Opera North's Music Director Richard Farnes has become a leading interpreter of Wagner's music and will conduct all six cycles of the Ring in 2016. In this interview Richard tells us what to expect from the full cycle and how the dramatic power of Wagner's music takes centre stage in a Ring like no other.
The first tickets for Opera North’s full Ring Cycle go on general sale on Thursday 22 January for performances at Sage Gateshead. The Ring Cycle will return in 2016 to Leeds Town Hall, The Lowry, Salford, and Sage Gateshead, where previous instalments of the four operas which make up Wagner’s epic masterpiece were performed in annual instalments between 2011 and 2014.
Jonathan Dove’s family chamber opera Swanhunter returns in a new production in Spring 2015, co-produced by Opera North and The Wrong Crowd.
Opera North’s hit production of the classic American musical, Carousel, returns to the stage for a new tour following a sell-out run at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
This Winter the Howard Assembly Room presents a new season inspired by the landscapes of Northern Europe, social liberty and Opera North’s upcoming production of La vida breve.
On Wednesday 22nd October at 2pm Opera North welcomed over 22 schools and community groups to the matinee performance of The Bartered Bride at Leeds Grand Theatre.
This September, members of community groups in Leeds will have the chance to find out more about opera in special introductory performances to The Coronation of Poppea.
Children and young people in the Bransholme area of Hull are set to take part in two new music education projects delivered by Opera North. A brand new pioneering project, given the working title of 'Singing Sistema,' will take place at Bude Park Primary School, while an Exchanging Notes programme will take place at Winifred Holtby Academy.
On Wednesday 9 July, the young musicians of In Harmony Opera North take to the concert platform at Leeds Town Hall, to demonstrate to family and friends how far they have come since the inspirational music education project began.
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