In the Veins of America / The musical

Opera North (UK)
Kiss Me, Kate

music and lyrics Cole Porter
libretto Bella e Samuel Spewack
critical edition David Charles Abell and Seann Alderking
conductor James Holmes
director Jo Davies
choreography Will Tuckett
set and costume design Colin Richmond
lighting design Ben Cracknell
sound design Nick Lidster
Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North

a project by Opera North (UK) in co-production with Welsh National Opera

Italian premiere


Cole Porter, together with George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, is the lighthouse of Broadway and of American cinema. And his Kiss mMe, Kate is a watershed in the musical comedy of the first half of the XX century: such songs as “Another Opening, Another Show” and “So in Love” are no isolated acts, but rather support and enliven both the plot and the characters. This masterpiece is dated 1948, a time when 57-year-old Porter was considered by many to have reached the end of the career he had embarked on at the age of ten, writing operettas with help from his mother Kate. The characters in this “backstage musical” double up as Shakespearean actors and real-life people, easily switching from stage acting to backstage chattering. This is meta-theatre, in a production using the original manuscripts found in Manhattan.