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Little Voices

Family

11 Jan - 11 Apr 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices

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Opera North Early Years Programme

Suitable for 0 - 4 years

Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.

Led by a professional singer, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.

I love bringing my child to Little Voices; the space is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It is brilliant that we have the chance to sing with a professional vocal artist. Coming to the sessions have given me more confidence to sing with my child at home

Session dates
Mon 11, Mon 18, Mon 25 Jan; Mon 1, Mon 22, Mon 29 Feb; Mon 7, Mon 14, Mon 21 Mar; Mon 11 Apr 2015

Time: 10.15 - 11.00am
Price: £5/child

Resource Pack

A useful tool to help you sing at home with your child is available to participants

Little Voices

Next Performances
Mon 22nd Feb
Mon 29th Feb
Mon 7th Mar
Mon 14th Mar
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Andrea Chénier

Opera

19 Jan - 19 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Andrea Chénier

Synopsis

Umberto Giordano (1896)

New production

The dramatic plot of Andrea Chénier is inspired by the tragic story of the Romantic poet guillotined during the French Revolution. Giordano was a contemporary of Puccini and his most popular opera is a tragic and thrilling historical drama charting the love rivalry between the poet Chénier and the servant Gérard for the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the Revolution, Chénier offers her protection and provokes the revenge of the now-powerful Gérard.

Annabel Arden’s new production explores the chaos of revolution and examines the role of the artist in a time of social and political turmoil. Giordano’s stirring opera offers the tenor a leading and impressive role and is coloured with tunes associated with the French Revolution. This opera has always been warmly embraced by audiences for its open-hearted emotionalism and ardent dramatic lyricism. It is a truly passionate opera that is not to be missed!

Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Supported by a generous gift from Terry and Liz Bramall

The Music

Next Performances
Sat 20th Feb
Wed 24th Feb
Sat 5th Mar
Wed 9th Mar
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Andrea Chénier | Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

23 Jan - 19 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Andrea Chénier | Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Umberto Giordano's passionate Italian opera...

Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 23 Jan; Tue 2, Sat 20, Wed 24 Feb

Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Sat 5 Mar

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Wed 9, Sat 12 Mar

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Sat 19 Mar

All pre-show talks run from 6.30 - 7.00pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Opera North's series of pre-performance talks are generously supported by the Friends of Opera North
 

Next Performances
Sat 20th Feb
Wed 24th Feb
Sat 5th Mar
Wed 9th Mar
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Così fan tutte

Opera

3 Feb - 18 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Così fan tutte

Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1790)

It starts with a casual bet. The wily old cynic Don Alfonso wagers that the fiancées of two young men, complacent in their romantic notions of love, won’t stay faithful for a minute if put to the test. It sounds harmless enough and, anyway, the lovers are entirely sure of themselves. But cruelty is inherent in this game of love and chance.

Mozart created some of his most dazzlingly beautiful music for Così fan tutte and with unsparing accuracy, truthfulness and sparkling humour he explores the themes of trust and deception, and loyalty and desire in romantic relationships.

Director Tim Albery has had a long and distinguished association with Opera North over the last 30 years, from his groundbreaking production of The Trojans in the 1980s to his recent five-star (The Observer) production of The Coronation of Poppea (2014).

Go to this production: there are lots of good Cosìs, but this is in a class apart.

The Spectator

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 3 hours

Supported by the Friends of Opera North

The Music

Next Performances
Sat 13th Feb
Thu 18th Feb
Fri 26th Feb
Wed 2nd Mar
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Così fan tutte | Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

10 Feb - 18 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Così fan tutte | Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Mozart's sublime opera buffa...

Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 10, Sat 13, Thu 18, Fri 26 Feb

Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Wed 2, Fri 4 Mar

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Tue 8, Fri 11 Mar

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wed 16, Fri 18 Mar

All pre-show talks run from 6.00 - 6.30pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Opera North's series of pre-performance talks are generously supported by the Friends of Opera North

Next Performances
Sat 13th Feb
Thu 18th Feb
Fri 26th Feb
Wed 2nd Mar
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Asian Dub Foundation

Film and Music

12 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Asian Dub Foundation

Synopsis

Live Soundtrack: La Haine

Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz, France 1995, 96 mins. Cert 15. In French with English subtitles

Asian Dub Foundation perform a live score for one of the most provocative, raw and relevant films made about urban youth, Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine. The film charts a day in the life of three characters in the Paris suburbs struggling against hopelessness and urban blight.

Asian Dub Foundation’s righteous mixture of punk, dub reggae, rap and clench-fist political commitment has taken them everywhere from a landmark performance on the troubled Bridgewater estate in London to David Bowie’s Meltdown Festival and venues all over the world. Epic and mould-breaking, don’t miss this emotional rollercoaster ride of music and film.

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.​

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 12th Feb
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Classic FM - Classic Romance

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Tobias Ringborg, Conductor/Violin
Anne-Marie Minhall, Presenter

There has been no greater source of inspiration for composers throughout the ages than the joys and sorrows of romantic love. In this very special Valentine’s Day concert we celebrate love in all its aspects – from the thrill of falling into it to the heartbreak of losing it.

And there is surely nothing more romantic than serenading the object of your heart’s desire with a full-size symphony orchestra live in the room, playing some of the most beautiful and passionate music ever written!

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
Mozart Overture, Così fan tutte 
Rodgers Ballet Music, Carousel & Overture, South Pacific
Delius Walk to the Paradise Garden
Stenhammar Two Sentimental Romances Op.28
Elgar ‘Nimrod’, Enigma Variations 
Wagner Prelude & Liebestod, Tristan und Isolde
Richard Strauss Waltzes, Der Rosenkavalier
Bernstein Dances, On the Town

Next Performances
Sun 14th Feb
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Twilight: Brief Encounter

Music

14 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Twilight: Brief Encounter

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From high romance to heartbreak, this twilight concert features music for solo violin and piano evoking the wonder and agony of true love.

Violinist Thomas Greed and pianist Anthony Kraus perform a selection of heart-stirring and achingly romantic music, hand-picked to complement the music of Brief Encounter.

Dvorak Romance op.11
Rachmaninov Morceaux de salon Op. 10
  No.1 Nocturne in A minor
Fauré Berceuse op.16

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both the film Brief Encounter and this Twilight concert on Sunday 14 February for £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sun 14th Feb
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Brief Encounter

Film

14 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brief Encounter

Synopsis

Dir David Lean, 1945, 86 minutes, UK

In a railway station café, housewife Laura Jesson meets doctor Alec Harvey. Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, although they know that their love is impossible…

One of the great love stories of all time, David Lean’s atmospheric and understated drama brings to life a time and society in which convention ruled supreme, all played out against Rachmaninoff’s swoopingly romantic Piano Concerto No 2.

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Twilight: Brief Encounter and Brief Encounter on Sunday 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sun 14th Feb
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L’elisir d’amore

Opera

17 Feb - 17 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

L’elisir d’amore

Synopsis

Gaetano Donizetti (1832)

Enjoy this sunny 1950s-style production of Donizetti’s light-hearted and moving comedy about the naive Nemorino besotted with the beautiful bar owner Adina. She torments him with her indifference and attaches herself to the experienced charmer Belcore. In desperation, Nemorino seeks the help of Dr. Dulcamara’s miraculous ‘love potion’. Is this the reason for Nemorino’s sudden popularity with every girl in the village? Will he gain Adina’s love before it’s too late?

Fresh and funny, the opera includes one of the best-loved of tenor arias, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. The cast is headed by four singers who’ve each made a strong impression in recent Opera North productions: Gabriela Iştoc and Duncan Rock as, respectively, Mimì and Marcello in La Bohème (2014); Jung Soo Yun, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth (2014); and Richard Burkhard in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro (2015).

Complete with a hot-air balloon and Vespas, this uplifting production will definitely leave you wanting more.

a Fellini-esque vision of scooters, cappuccino machines and champagne fountains, set on a sun-washed hotel terrace overlooking the sea... like revisiting a perfect holiday spot...

The Guardian

Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Next Performances
Wed 17th Feb
Fri 19th Feb
Thu 25th Feb
Sat 27th Feb
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Lucy Crowe and Joseph Middleton

Classical

18 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lucy Crowe and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

In collaboration with Leeds Lieder

Soprano Lucy Crowe has built her enviable international reputation singing baroque opera and she begins tonight's recital with four songs by the superb word-painter Henry Purcell, arranged by another great man of the theatre, Benjamin Britten.

Joining forces with pianist Joseph Middleton, the programme includes gems by John Ireland, a selection of Britten's folk songs and William Walton's settings of Edith Sitwell. 

Henry Purcell (arr. Britten) Lord, what is man?
O Solitude
I Attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly
Alleluia
Michael Head Over the Rim of the Moon
John Ireland The Trellis
My True Love Hath my Heart

When I am Dead, My Dearest
If There Were Dreams to Sell
Earth's Call
William Walton Daphne
Through Guilded Trellises
Old Sir Faulk
Benjamin Britten A selection of Folksongs

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.​

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 18th Feb
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Circlesong

Family

20 - 21 Feb 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Circlesong

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Opera North Youth Chorus and the Sage Gateshead Quay Voices join forces for the first time to perform Bob Chilcott’s Circlesong, based on Native American writings.  Circlesong follows the life cycle from birth and childhood through adulthood and middle age to death. Tribal rhythmic sections are contrasted with tender, simple melodies and glorious climactic moments, all performed by the two choirs and a percussion ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Next Performances
Sat 20th Feb
Sun 21st Feb
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