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La traviata

Opera

20 September 2014 - 27 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

La traviata

Synopsis

Giuseppe Verdi (1853)

New production

Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love.  But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life, and circumstances conspire to force her to sacrifice what may be her only chance of real love.

Asked some years after its premiere which of his operas he liked best, Verdi replied ‘Speaking as a professional, Rigoletto; as an amateur La traviata’.  He poured some of his most heartfelt music into this intimate story of family tensions and blighted love, and the result is one of opera’s most profoundly moving masterpieces.  

Director Alessandro Talevi and designer Madeleine Boyd (The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni) set Opera North’s first new production of La traviata for 15 years in Belle Époque Paris.  Two South Korean artists with burgeoning international careers, the soprano Hye-Youn Lee and the tenor Ji-Min Park, are Violetta and Alfredo; and the young Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò makes his Opera North debut.

Free pre-show talks
Sat 27 September, Fri 3 & 17 October, Tue 28 October, Sat 1 November.
​Talks by Opera North Chorus member Sarah Estill. Begins 1 hour before the performance. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Audio Described performance on Thursday 26 February at 7pm
Audio Described performance
Thursday 26 February, 7:00pm. Please call 0113 223 3700 to book.

Sung in Italian with English titles
Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes

Listen below to hear the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North with Hye Youn Lee as Violetta and Ji-Min Park as Alfredo perform Brindisi from La traviata

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Next Performances
Sat 31st Jan
Fri 6th Feb
Sat 14th Feb
Thu 19th Feb
There are a total of 13 upcoming performances for this production
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Behind the Curtain: Photography Exhibition

Exhibitions

26 November 2014

Leeds

White Cloth Gallery

Behind the Curtain: Photography Exhibition

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26th November 2014 - 1st February 2015 

This winter, White Cloth Gallery in Leeds is hosting Behind the Curtain, an exhibition of new photography exposing the hidden world behind-the-scenes Opera North. 

Yorkshire-based photographer Tom Arber spent a week in residence with Opera North in September 2014, as the company prepared for a new production of Verdi’s La traviata.

Granted full backstage access for the project, Tom’s images lovingly detail the final stage rehearsals in the run up to opening night, giving a glimpse of rarely seen moments on and off stage, in dressing rooms and backstage corridors, from principal opera singers to costume dressers and stage technicians.

White Cloth Gallery
24-26 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4HT
Opening hours: Mon-Tue: 12-9pm, Wed-Sat: 12-11pm

Free entrance

For further information, phone 0113 218 1923 or email info@whiteclothgallery.com

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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera

24 Jan - 28 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Marriage of Figaro

Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1786)

New production

It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna.  The Countess is heartbroken by her husband’s faithlessness – but she is the object of the adolescent desires of the page, Cherubino.  And Figaro is in trouble with the housekeeper, Marcellina, who has lent him money on the promise that, if he can’t repay her, he’ll have to marry her …

The Marriage of Figaro is aptly subtitled ‘The Follies of a Day’.  Mozart’s music bubbles along with comedic high spirits, but it plumbs the depths of emotion, too, expressing the joy and pain of love and the agony and ecstasy of desire, until all is resolved in a spirit of forgiveness.

With recent work for Opera North including a deliciously funny Ruddigore and a heart-rending Carousel, director Jo Davies is perfectly placed to hold the effervescent comedy and the serious heart of Mozart’s sublime masterpiece in ideal balance.     

Free Inside Opera 
Fri 30 January from 5.45-6.30pm, Howard Assembly Room
Members of the cast and creative team offer an exclusive insight into the production. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Free pre-show talks 
Thurs 5, Weds 11, Tue 17, Sat 21 & Fri 27 February and Thurs 5, Sat 7, Tue 10, Sat 14, Thurs 26 & Sat 28 March from 6.00-6.30pm. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 3 hours 13 minutes

Please note: performance time includes one interval

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
English version by Jeremy Sams
​Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Next Performances
Fri 30th Jan
Thu 5th Feb
Wed 11th Feb
Tue 17th Feb
There are a total of 14 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

François and the Atlas Mountains: With Sanou Darra & Djiga Boubacar

Synopsis

With support from Songhoy Blues

François and the Atlas Mountains unleash their love for a great pop tune, chanson tradition and strange synths and combine them with Afrobeat from special West African guests.

“…euphorically addictive” Drowned in Sound

Following the successful European tour of album E Volo Love, the group toured Ethiopia, Morocco and Burkina Faso, meeting local musicians Sanou Darra & Djiga Boubacar. Touring the UK together for the first time, they fuse indie pop tunes with the beautiful sounds of the balafon and ngoni.

Unable to perform last autumn, it’s a delight to welcome François to the Howard Assembly Room.

2 For The Road and African Oye in association with Opera North present Songhoy Blues. Songhoy Blues have been supported by the Arts Council.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

 

Next Performances
Thu 29th Jan
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Inside Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Spoken Word/Talks

30 January 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

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Fri 30 January from 5.45-6.30pm, Howard Assembly Room

Members of the cast and creative team offer an exclusive insight into the production.

Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

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Fri 30th Jan
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Amjad Ali Khan

World Music

5 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Amjad Ali Khan

Synopsis

with Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

The sixth generation of an illustrious Bangash lineage, Amjad Ali Khan is a renowned maestro of the sarod. The ‘Indian string superstar’ (The Times-Picayune) is celebrated both internationally and at home, and in 2001 was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, one of the highest Indian civilian awards.

'The finest living exponent of the sarod' The Guardian

This concert is a special chance to see Amjad Ali Kahn in one of only a few shows in the UK. Appearing with his two sons, both virtuosos in their own right, Amjad Ali Khan’s skill in classical Indian music and delicate and expressive performance will make this a night to remember.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

In assocation with the Asian Arts Agency

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Thu 5th Feb
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Festive Grandeur

Orchestral

7 February 2015

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Festive Grandeur

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Dmitri Shostakovich may be best known for his intensely serious symphonies and string quartets, but there was a lighter, more carefree side to his musical personality, and it is given free rein in the predominantly cheerful Second Piano Concerto. The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has, for the past few years, been the most frequently performed contemporary composer in the world, a fact which comes as no surprise when you hear a piece as beautiful as his Fratres.  This evening’s concert closes with Mozart’s last symphony, the ‘Jupiter’.  The composer could hardly have known, when he put pen to manuscript paper in the summer of 1788, that this would be his last essay in the form, but it’s hard to imagine a more fitting climax to his symphonic career than this grand and festive work.

Brahms | Tragic Overture                        

Shostakovich | Piano Concerto no.2  

Pärt Fratres  

Mozart | Symphony No.41, K551 ‘Jupiter’

Alexandre Bloch | Conductor

Ian Buckle | Piano

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Sat 7th Feb
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Quercus

Folk

7 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Quercus

Synopsis

June Tabor joins forces with pioneering jazz musicians Iain Ballamy (saxophone) and Huw Warren (piano) under the name Quercus. The three internationally celebrated musicians create lyrically harmonious and intriguing music that effortlessly moves between folk and jazz.

‘[June’s] voice wins you over... Unafraid, unadorned and completely beautiful’ BBC Music

Tales of courtship, both loving and cruel, are scattered through many traditional songs, from As I Roved Out to a beautifully tender version of Robert Burns’ Lassie Lie Near Me. Together the trio create quietly emotional music that puts June Tabor’s earthy vocals centre stage to tell life’s bittersweet tales.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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Sat 7th Feb
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Doric String Quartet

Classical

12 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Doric String Quartet

Synopsis

With Andreas Haefliger

The Doric Quartet was described by Gramophone Magazine in 2010 as being ‘one of the finest young string quartets’ in the world. Since then their style has continued to mature through insightful interpretations and sparkling playing. The Quartet is particularly lauded for their portrayal of the works of Haydn. Here they play his String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1 in G Major, followed by Britten’s Second String Quartet in C Op. 36.

‘The way they blend the sound is flawless in every dynamic, in every colour, and in every style, there is a unity which makes the music making seem so effortless’ Bachtrack

They are joined by the ‘serene, consummately lyrical’ (International Record Review) pianist Andreas Haefliger for an unmissable rendition of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. 

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

 

Next Performances
Thu 12th Feb
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Flamenco Twilight

World Music

14 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flamenco Twilight

Synopsis

Flamenco Twilight is performed in conjuction with the film Blood Wedding

Fall in love with Spain on Valentine’s Day in a two-part evening of flamenco music and dance on film. The Howard Assembly Room transforms into an intimate flamenco bar for the early evening with a glorious hour of vocals and guitar from Seville born singer Chico Pere and guitarist Glenn Sharp.

‘…flamenco at it’s finest’ Folkworld.com

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Flamenco Twilight and Blood Wedding on Sat 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Sat 14th Feb
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Blood Wedding

Film

14 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Blood Wedding

Synopsis

Blood Wedding is screened in conjunction with Flamenco Twilight.

Carlos Saura’s flamenco dance film masterpiece completes our Spanish evening. The film captures the rehearsal of a dance piece based on Federico García Lorca's play. A treat for lovers of Spanish music and dance, the evening accompanies Opera North’s production of La vida breve.

The film will be introduced by Duncan Wheeler, Associate Professor in Spanish Studies.

Dir Carlos Saura; 1981; Spain; Cert U; 68mins

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Flamenco Twilight and Blood Wedding on Sat 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

 

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Sat 14th Feb
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Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Folk

17 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Synopsis

Support: Gilmore & Roberts

 

World-renowned Northumbrian piping virtuoso Kathryn Tickell is joined by her new band The Side, a super group of musicians featuring Amy Thatcher on accordion and clog dancing, Ruth Wall on harps and Louisa Tuck on cello.  

‘Britain’s most celebrated traditional musician and the world’s foremost virtuoso on the Northumbrian pipes... I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape.’ The Times

Deeply rooted in the history of Northumbria, their music takes inspiration from traditional songs and the landscape itself. The result is a tour de force of rich textures, stark lines and stunning musicianship. The new blend of pipes and strings reaffirms Tickell’s place at the forefront of contemporary British folk music.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Tue 17th Feb
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