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Death In Venice @ London Coliseum

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Olympian Passions Prove Fatal

The title of this opera pretty much sums up the story of Death in Venice, but despite the main character's foreshadowed doom, you can't help but wish there was some surprise deus ex machina at the end.

Originally written in 1912 by the German author, Thomas Mann, it was later adapted into an opera by playwright, Benjamin Britten, as his final work in 1973. The story is about a disenchanted writer called Gustav von Aschenbach, who, in an effort to cast off his writer's block, heads to Venice looking for inspiration. But inspiration comes in many forms, and instead of being swept away by the beauty of the Venetian Lagoon, gondola rides, and sunny streets, he is swept away by an Olympian passion for Tadzio, a Polish youth. Forbidden love spirals into further tragedy with the outbreak of cholera.

To celebrate Britten's centenary year, the English National Opera are putting on a production of Death in Venice between the 14th - 26th June at the London Coliseum. Tickets are between 25-99, but you can also book to see a pre-show talk on the 18th June for 5. Performances all start at 7.30pm, and on the last day, there will be a signing event.

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When: 14th - 26th June
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7845 9300
Where: London Coliseum
Cost: 25-99
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