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The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio
An opera in two acts by Jonathan Dove with a libretto by Alasdair Middleton 
based on the novel by Carlo Collodi. 
 
The original production opened at the Grand Theatre in Leeds on December 21, 2007. 
Directed by Martin Duncan
Conducted by David Parry
Designed by Francis O'Connor
Choreographed by Nick Winston
 
Cast
Pinocchio Victoria Simmonds 
Blue Fairy Mary Plazas 
Geppetto Jonathan Summers
Cricket/Parrot Rebecca Bottone
 
The work was recorded live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, on 29 February & 1 March 2008, and was released on the Opus Arte label on Feb.1, 2009 in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats.
 
German premiere by Chemnitz Opera in 2008 
Pinocchio Inga Jager 
 
North American premiere by the Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2009
Pinocchio Adriana Zabala 
 
Russian premiere by Teatr Sats, Moscow 21st November 2011
Pinocchio Giulia Macariants
 
Press:
 
 
THE TIMES ***** "It is the music, thrillingly played under the baton of David Parry, and as fresh-minted this time round as the staging itself, that impresses each tableau on the memory; and, of course, Nick Winston's choreography, which senses out every nerve of fish, fowl, animal and mechanical to a nicety" 
 
OPERA BRITANNIA ***** "brilliantly choreographed" 
 
THE PUBLIC REVIEWS ***** "stunning!" 
 
THE GUARDIAN **** "Astonishing production" 
 
WHATSONSTAGE ***** 
 
Star Tribune USA "Director Martin Duncan, choreographer Nick Winston and designer Francis O'Connor's work is fantastically detailed and hugely exhilarating; their witty realization of "Fire Eater's Puppet Show," to choose but one example, is a prodigious feat of stagecraft. For sheer theatrical smarts, and for a palpable sense of wonder, this production has few rivals"
 
Wall Street Journal  "Nick Winston's choreography was an animating force"
 
The British Theatre Guide "Nick Winston made a major contribution with the movement language he devised for the various animal characters and, indeed, the puppet Pinocchio"
 
Music & Vision "choreography (of which there is much) by Nick Winston, all contributing to a lavish evening's entertainment"
 
Red Orbit  "the choreography by Nick Winston takes every note and beat of music into account, creating a constant motion"