Alessandro Stradella's (1678) The Power of Paternal Love

Crescent Theatre - Sheepcote Street - B16 8AE
Wednesday 12 April (19:00) - Saturday 15 April 2023 (17:00)
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The Power of Paternal Love

Barber Opera

Wed 12 April, 7pm

Fri 14 April, 7pm

Sat 15 April, 2pm

Director Christopher Cowell
Conductor Andrew Kirkman
Designer Anna Reid
Lighting Design Matt Carter

Alessandro Stradella’s 1678 opera La Forza dell’amor paterno returns to the stage for the first time since the 17th century with this Barber Opera production. At stake is the selflessness of paternal love: will a father sacrifice his own marital relationship for the benefit of his besotted son, or will he put his own happiness above all else?

As the story unravels, we are drawn into the inevitable baroque operatic themes of unrequited love and pure desperation, mixed with the usual dose of comedy, and gossiping, as we follow the path of Cupid’s dart.


Antioco Lara Marie Müller
Stratonica Galina Averina
Seleuco Paul Hopwood
Lucinda Joanna Harries
Ersistrato Giuseppe Pellingra
Silo Brendan Collins
Eurindo Andy Shen Liu
Rubio Helen Stanley

£30-£5. Book tickets online here ( or call The Crescent Theatre on 0121 643 5898.

Funded by the Henry Barber Trust.

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