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The Nightingale and the Rose

A romantic opera based on the short story by

Oscar Wilde

Overhearing a student’s heartsick lament of unrequited love from her nest, a nightingale decides that she will find the one object that will save the day: a single red rose. However, there is no red rose tree in the garden and only the deadly sacrifice of her heart’s blood, procured though song, can summon one.

Music and libretto by Oliver Rudland


First Staged Performance:


9th - 12th July 2008

Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds


Director: Jonathan Clift

Conductor: Michael Williamson

Costume Design: Jonathan Clift

Photos © Leeds Youth Opera

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