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New commissions for Opera North Projects among Autumn highlights in the Howard Assembly Room

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Two new commissions by Opera North Projects are announced today alongside highlights of the programme in the Howard Assembly Room this Autumn.

A theme for the Autumn season in the Howard Assembly Room is ‘Pacts with the Devil,’  inspired by Opera North’s mainstage programme for Autumn, which includes Gounod’s Faust, Janacek’s The Makropulos Case, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Events will include talks, film screenings, concerts, and a free installation as part of Leeds’ annual Light Night (5 Oct).

The Autumn line-up in the Howard Assembly Room also includes two exciting new commissions by Opera North Projects. The first of these is a new live score by Icelandic post-classical composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and cellist and composer Hildur Gudnadóttir, to GW Pabst’s 1929 silent film Pandora’s Box, which follows the rise and fall of the exquisite but amoral young prostitute Lulu.

The second new commission sees award-winning vocal ensemble I Fagiolini performing David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, this new production for Opera North Projects will be overseen by creative advisor John Fulljames and theatrically animated by shadow puppetry from Matthew Robins. The Little Match Girl Passion will be performed alongside one of JS Bach's greatest motets, Jesu Meine Freude, and carols from Germany and Denmark.

Full details and dates for the upcoming Autumn season in the Howard Assembly Room will be announced later in the year. The season will include more than 20 events ranging from free concerts and workshops to recitals by some of the biggest names in music, including mezzo soprano Alice Coote performing Schubert’s Winterreise, flamenco guitarist Juan Martin, and an evening with Lesley Garrett, ahead of her return to the Opera North mainstage in Poulenc’s La voix humaine in 2013.

Performance dates for Pandora’s Box and The Little Match Girl Passion:

Pandora’s Box

31 October 2012          Islington Assembly Hall

1 November 2012        Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Leeds

2 November 2012        Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

3 November 2012        Warwick Arts Centre

I Fagiolini – The Little Match Girl Passion

14 December 2012      Spitalfields Winter Music Festival, London

15 December 2012     Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Leeds

21 December 2012      Warwick Arts Centre

Tickets for events this Autumn in the Howard Assembly Room, including Pandora's Box and The Little Match Girl Passion will go on sale later this Summer. Sign up to our Newsletter on the right of this page to be kept up-to-date with news and on-sale dates. 

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