Opera North's enchanting staging of The Adventures of Pinocchio, Jonathan Doves 21st opera, is a wittily inventive feast for the eyes and ears. A full-length, through-composed grand opera with 29 characters, a sizeable chorus and a profound symphonic score, it is overflowing with visual delights, and children will love it! A sublime achievement by Martin Duncan and team, this production shines a bright new light on Collodis dream-like original story, full of charm, darkness and magic. The superb ensemble stars Victoria Simmonds in the title role, and the orchestra and chorus respond splendidly under David Parry's vibrant baton. Mastered from the High Definition video recording and in true surround sound, this is a wonderful chance for children and adults to relive an exhilarating theatre experience at home.
Composer: Jonathan Dove
Pinocchio: Victoria Simmonds
Geppetto: Jonathan Summers
The Blue Fairy: Mary Plazas
Cricket / Parrot: Rebecca Bottone
Puppeteer / Ape-Judge / Ringmaster: Graeme Broadbent
Lampwick: Allan Clayton
Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North
Conductor: David Parry
Stage Director: Martin Duncan
Plus: Synopsis / Cast gallery / Thoughts on The Adventures of Pinocchio by the Composer, Librettist, Stage Director & Conductor.
Sound: 2.0 LPCM Stereo/ DTS 5.1 Surround
Region code: All Regions
Running Time: 213 mins