UCOpera is proud to present

La Favorite

by Gaetano Donizetti

14, 16, 18, 19 March 2016
Theatre Royal Stratford East

Musical Director: Charles Peebles
Director: John Ramster
Designer: Louis Carver
Lighting Designer: Joshua Pharo


In Celebration of our 65th Anniversary, UCOpera is delighted to be performing Donizetti's masterpiece in its original French, in its first full staging in the UK since 1993.

Set in 1930s Spain, La Favorite tells the tale of Fernand who abandons monastic life on falling in love with Léonor. However, it is only after their wedding that he discovers that she was once the mistress or 'la favorite' of King Alphonse of Castille who, forbidden by the Pope to divorce his wife, had agreed to release her to marry as a prize for Fernand’s recent military victories. What will happen to the newlyweds now Léonor's shameful secret has been uncovered?