Sat 10 Feb

Film, MusicOpera Film Club: The Adventures of Pinocchio

Jonathan Dove

Opera Film Club is back! This season we have three glorious modern operas for your enjoyment. Introduced by Opera critic Michael Quinn, there will be further opportunity to discuss the films and music over a complimentary glass of wine or tea/coffee at the interval. This season kicks off with Opera North’s enchanting staging of The Adventures of Pinocchio. Jonathan Dove’s 21st opera is a wittily inventive feast for the eyes and ears. A full-length, through-composed grand opera with 29 characters, a sizeable chorus and a profound symphonic score, it is overflowing with visual delights.

Charm, darkness and magic


A sublime achievement by Martin Duncan and team, this production shines a bright new light on Collodi’s dream-like original story, full of charm, darkness and magic. The superb ensemble stars Victoria Simmonds in the title role, and the orchestra and chorus respond splendidly under David Parry’s vibrant baton. Mastered from the High Definition video recording and in true surround sound, this is a wonderful chance to relive an exhilarating theatre experience.


Victoria Simmonds (Pinocchio); Jonathan Summers (Geppetto); Mary Plazas (The Blue Fairy); Rebecca Bottone (Cricket / Parrot); Graeme Broadbent (Puppeteer / Ape-Judge / Ringmaster); Allan Clayton (Lampwick); The Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North; David Parry

What an inspired and exciting opera this is. Gorgeous characters, a busy story rich in incident and an exhilarating mix of music. Delight follows delight.

The Stage

The performance, filmed live, is excellent... conducted very ably by David Parry... Victoria Simmonds is excellent in the title-role, wearing a very convincing costume, with Jonathan Summers as Geppetto. Other first-rate contributions come from Mary Plazas, Rebecca Bottone, Graeme Broadbent, Allan Clayton and others in a big cast. A very welcome issue of a most attractive new opera.


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Event Details

Sat 10 Feb
19:00 to 22:00

All tickets £10


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Salthouse Restaurant
  • Slip Inn
  • The Slip Inn
  • Fiddler's Green

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.