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Swanhunter, Opera North

Swanhunter, Opera North

Chamber opera for children embarks on great north run

Andrew Rees as Lemminkäinen with Yvonne Howard as Lemminkäinen's MotherTristram Kenton
The violin figure which opens Jonathan Dove’s delightful Swanhunter evokes Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. The allusion is surely deliberate. Like L’Histoire, and in contrast to Pinocchio, Dove’s large-scale Opera North commission of two years ago, Swanhunter is a 70-minute, chamber-sized work designed for performance in small venues.

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