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THE DICTATOR

4 September 2022, 2pm

The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn, Leeds, LS119QX

Part of the Leeds Opera Festival

Free (Pay as you Feel)

Music and libretto by Ernst Krenek

First performed 1928

Ensconced in the Grand Palace Hotel, the Dictator declares a needless war.

He is surrounded by those who have suffered beneath him, and the plot is set for his demise.

But, for some, the inexplicable attraction to power - and powerful people - is too much to overcome ...

A bold examination of the eternal allure that powerful people can hold over a populace, 'The Dictator' is a timely and stark warning to us all.

Krenek's short opera premiered in 1928 with its powerful subject cloaked in a rich, melodic and often beautiful score.

Following this concert performance will be a panel discussion on the opera's historical context, and representations of war and dictators on stage.

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Neil Balfour

The Dictator

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Charlotte Pawley

Charlotte

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Holly Teague

Maria

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Will Anderson

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