ON Double BillDaniel Norman will sing Gheraldo in a new production of Gianni Schicchi conducted by Jac van Steen and directed by Christopher Alden. Opera North will present Puccini’s one-act comic opera as a double bill with Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve, in which Daniel will also sing.

Alden’s production of La vida breve was one of the highlights of Opera North’s groundbreaking, award-winning Eight Little Greats season in 2004, and was extravagantly praised by Germaine Greer on BBC2’s Newsnight Review:

It’s a staggering work and it was staggeringly presented and performed. If you see nothing else this year, and you give a damn, see La vida breve. Go to Salford, Nottingham, go wherever you can and see it.”

La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on Wednesday 18 February, where it will run until 28 February followed by performances in Newcastle Theatre Royal on 3 March, The Lowry, Salford Quays on 12 March, and Nottingham Theatre Royal on 24 March.