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Charlbury

Wilderness Festival

The Devil's Jukebox at Wilderness Festival

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Step into the Devil's Jukebox, for a tour of five centuries of Faustian music. From the fiendish fiddling of Paganini and Tartini, to Mussorgsky, Mozart, and Robert Johnson's blues, we seek to prove once and for all that the devil really does have the best tunes. A hand-picked group of international soloists joins cellist Matthew Sharp to bring Lucifer to life in two hours of non-stop live music..

Just be careful to leave with your soul...

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Please note the time indicated is approximate and subject to change by the festival.
Next Performances
Sat 8th Aug
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices: Opera North’s Early Years Programme

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Sessions run Sept – Dec. To book for either time slot (10am – 10.45am & 11.15am – 12pm) click Book Tickets.

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.

Times: 10am – 10.45am & 11.15am – 12pm, during term time only
Refreshment: There is a shared refreshment break from 10.45am – 11.15am
Price: £6 per session, per child. Sibling discounts available: 2 children for £10.
Ages: ​Suitable for ages 0-4

Session dates (booking essential):

Mon 7 Sep
Mon 21 Sep
Mon 19 Oct
Mon 26 Oct
Mon 2 Nov
Mon 9 Nov
Mon 16 Nov
Mon 30 Nov
Mon 7 Dec
Mon 14 Dec

For more information or to discuss special circumstances call 01132233520 or email littlevoices@operanorth.co.uk

Supported by the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
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Mon 7th Sep
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Orchestra of Opera North: Wagner, Strauss

Orchestral

17 September 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Wagner, Strauss

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

The Kirklees Concert Season is launched in high heroic style with Richard Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben, which charts the progress of a hero’s life in thrilling fashion. It’s an exhilarating showcase for the orchestra, encompassing the clamorous excitement of the battlefield and the passionate lyricism of a portrait of the composer’s wife Pauline in the guise of the ‘hero’s companion’.  Opening proceedings are two works by Wagner.  Rienzi was the composer’s third opera and his first big success.  It is Grand Opera at its grandest, and the extravagant overture, which culminates in a jaunty military march, also includes one of Wagner’s noblest melodies, Rienzi’s Prayer.  The Wesendonck Lieder were composed at the time Wagner was working on Tristan und Isolde, his great hymn to erotic love, and both opera and song cycle share an overpowering intensity of expression.    

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Aleksandar Marković, Conductor
Emma Bell, Soprano   

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Thu 17th Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Dawson and Asiq Nargile: Double bill tour of the UK

Synopsis

Plus support

A very special union of two bold and visionary performers from very different walks of song: Richard Dawson (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK) and Asiq Nargile (Georgia) are bound together by the distinctive ways in which they channel the ancients to transcend the everyday.

Dawson and Nargile met at last October's TUSK Festival in Newcastle, and the seeds were sown for a tour pairing these questing musical spirits for a select run of double-bill dates across the UK.

Beautiful in its strangeness.

The Guardian

It was astonishing – direct, raw, wounded, loud….. The voice of a bear smouldering on a peat fire, the words of poet.

The Quietus

This concert is available on the autumn multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

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 18th Sep
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Borodin Quartet

Classical

19 September 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Borodin Quartet

Synopsis

When four students assembled at the Moscow Conservatory to play string quartets one afternoon in 1945, they unknowingly set the foundations for what soon became one of the world’s finest chamber music ensembles. The Borodin Quartet ranks today among the great names in music-making, universally acclaimed for the richness of its sound, the profound insights of its interpretations and its enduring pursuit of artistic truth. The group’s current members are ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary year with a packed schedule of international performances, including its first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room.

Here we have not four individual players, but a single sixteen-stringed instrument of great virtuosity’ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerhard Rohde, October 2013

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
Sat 19th Sep
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Kiss Me, Kate: Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

21 Sep - 21 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate: Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Cole Porter's sparkling American musical before the performance with guest speaker Steven Phillips, Chorus Manager at Opera North.

Leeds Grand Theatre
Mon 21 Sep
Wed 23 Sep
Fri 25 Sep
Sat 3 Oct
Wed 21 Oct
Fri 30 Oct

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Fri 6 Nov
Sat 7 Nov, 1.15pm
Sat 7 Nov

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Fri 13 Nov
Sat 14 Nov, 1.15pm
Sat 14 Nov

Nottingham Theatre Royal
Fri 20 Nov
Sat 21 Nov, 1.15pm
Sat 21 Nov

All talks run from 6.15 - 6.45pm unless otherwise indicated

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
Mon 21st Sep
Wed 23rd Sep
Fri 25th Sep
Sat 3rd Oct
There are a total of 16 upcoming performances for this production
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Kiss Me, Kate

Musicals

21 Sep - 21 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter (1948)
New production

'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  

Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro. New choreography is by Will Tuckett, whose recent shows include The Crucible, The Turn of the Screw (The Royal Ballet), West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Wind in the Willows (The Royal Ballet and West End). Featuring breathtaking designs, a 40-piece orchestra and renowned West End stars, this show is simply 'Too Darn Hot' to be missed! 

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera


Pre-show talks

Mon 21, Wed 23, Fri 25 Sep; Sat 3, Wed 21, Fri 30 Oct; Fri 6, Sat 7 (mat & eve), Fri 13, Sat 14 (mat & eve), Fri 20, Sat 21 Nov (mat & eve).

Evening performances 6.15-6.45pm, matinee performances 1.15-1.45pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book online or to find out more


Next Performances
Mon 21st Sep
Wed 23rd Sep
Thu 24th Sep
Fri 25th Sep
There are a total of 17 upcoming performances for this production
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Sain Zahoor

World Music

1 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sain Zahoor

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Sain Zahoor is a Sufi musician who embodies the cultural wealth and soul of Pakistan’s popular street culture. With his robes, beads, tightly bound turban and single-string ektara lute, Sain Zahoor delivers Sufi kalams with focused and flamboyant joy.

Zahoor might have ended his days playing sacred music outside shrines in Pakistan, were it not for a presenter from Pakistan TV who stopped to hear him one day Captivated, he fast-tracked Zahoor into a studio to record a sequence of poems by the great Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah which was then broadcast. Without a manager, a or a record deal, and thanks entirely to a groundswell of grapevine interest, he won a BBC World Music Award in 2006 and has since released records, contributed to film soundtracks and performed all over the world. Sain Zahoor is presented by Asian Arts Agency.

No support.

This concert is available on the autumn multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

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.

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Thu 1st Oct
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Aaron Parks Trio

Jazz

2 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Aaron Parks Trio

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Aaron Parks is a leading musician in the new generation of jazz pianists and composers to come out of New York: a master of melody, and a composer and arranger of protean skill and dexterity. As an ECM artist, he is joined on this first UK tour by two other formidable players from that label, bassist Ben Street and masterful drummer Billy Hart whose rich history stretches back to Miles Davis and includes stints with Wes Montgomery, and, Herbie Hancock.

Aged 18, Aaron was asked by Terrence Blanchard to join his band and subsequently recorded on four albums with the veteran trumpeter and contributed to several Spike Lee soundtracks, including the Grammy winning A Tale of Gods Will (A Requiem for Katrina) for the documentary When the Levees Broke.

Aaron's 2008 album Invisible Cinema was lauded by BBC Online as one of the great albums of the year. More recently, Arborescence, his luminously atmospheric solo debut album for ECM has received glowing reviews and confirmed him as a leading pianist of his generation.

Other:

Aaron Parks piano
Ben Street double bass
Billy Hart drums

No support

This concert is available on the autumn multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

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.

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Fri 2nd Oct
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Xiu Xiu Play the Music of Twin Peaks

Synopsis

Commissioned by David Lynch

In a weird way (what other way could there be?), there is no more apt a group to perform Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch's unmistakeable score for Lynch's seminal Twin Peaks TV-series than Jamie Stewart's Xiu Xiu. Like the show, their music is elusive, dream-lit with dark undertones. Commissioned by David Lynch himself, this is an immediately recognisable yet entirely new interpretation of the music of Twin Peaks; one emphasising its chaos, drama, fear, noise and sidelong leering glances.

The music of Twin Peaks is everything that we aspire to as musicians and is everything that we want to listen to as music fans. It is romantic, it is terrifying, it is beautiful, it is unnervingly sexual. Our attempt will be to play the parts of the songs as written, meaning, following the harmony melody but to arrange in the way that it has shaped us as players

Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu

In association with ReCon and Room 237

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 4th Oct
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The Barber of Seville

Opera

7 Oct - 19 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Barber of Seville

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Gioachino Rossini (1816)

Rosina is rich, beautiful and in love with a dashing young Count. However, her elderly guardian, Doctor Bartolo, has designs on her himself, and does everything he can to put obstacles in the way of their happiness. But with the help of the sharp-witted Figaro, true love finally triumphs.

Tuneful and vivacious, Rossini’s score contains one irresistibly catchy number after another, ranging from the fireworks of Figaro’s ‘Largo al factotum’ to the seductive beauty of the Count’s ‘Ecco, ridente’.

Giles Havergal’s handsome period production delivers pure enjoyment with bags of style. This revival features three exceptionally engaging young singers in Nicholas Watts (Count), Katie Bray (Rosina) and Gavan Ring (Figaro). They are joined by one of the UK’s most distinguished operatic basses, Alastair Miles, as Basilio, and this classic production wouldn’t be complete without the comic genius of Eric Roberts as Bartolo.

Sung in English

Next Performances
Wed 7th Oct
Sat 17th Oct
Fri 23rd Oct
Tue 27th Oct
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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Light Night: Parklife

Autumn 2015

9 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night: Parklife

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Discover a glowing summer night in the middle of the October chill, with love, longing and sweet music on the air. A strange band of musicians is spellbound to play all night long in a mysterious bandstand: welcome to Light Night 2015.

A whirl of European music from Bartók to Brahms brings to life lost worlds. Ferocious Transylvanian fiddling meets smoky Hungarian café songs. The Howard Assembly Room is transformed into a strange and magical carousel where the music plays on, perhaps forever. Join us for a night in the park for an unforgettable experience of music.

Light Night accompanies Opera North’s production of Janáček’s Jenůfa at Leeds Grand Theatre in October.

No ticket required

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Fri 9th Oct
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

To open the season in Dewsbury we are delighted to welcome one of the world’s leading pianists/conductors, Howard Shelley.  This peerless musician has recorded all of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra with the Orchestra of Opera North to international critical acclaim. In this concert he plays and conducts from the keyboard the last and most impressive of Beethoven’s piano concertos, the ‘Emperor’. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is one of the pinnacles of Russian orchestral music.The recurrence of the fateful opening motif suggests an autobiographical aspect to the work, but this shouldn’t obscure Tchaikovsky’s mastery of symphonic form, especially in the 20-minute long opening movement.  The Fourth is a symphony supercharged with emotion, and in the intimate setting of Dewsbury Town Hall it promises to be a shattering experience.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Howard Shelley, Piano / Conductor

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Thu 15th Oct
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tigran Hamasyan & Yerevan State Chamber Choir

Synopsis

No support

Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and the 8 strong Yerevan State Chamber Choir perform a unique exploration of their nation's music, as Tigran's flowing improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his homeland. Although still in his twenties, Tigran is already a solo recording artist for Verve/Universal, Nonesuch and ECM and has been highly praised by piano luminaries Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau for his dazzling virtuosity.

Tigran and the remarkable choir perform music he has arranged by seven famous Armenian composers including composer Komitas Vardapet, who is well known to admirers of performances by Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble.

'Hamasyan stands out because he has something important and urgent to say' Daily Telegraph

This concert is available on the autumn multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

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 16th Oct
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Closely Watched Trains

Film

17 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Closely Watched Trains

Synopsis

At a village railway station in Czechoslovakia during the German occupation, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity.  Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, he embarks on his own personal drama of sexual awakening, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater.

Wry, tender and understatedly dramatic, Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.

The film will be introduced by James Wilson, Teaching Fellow in Russian and Language Studies at University of Leeds. 

DARE international film series, in association with University of Leeds.

Czechoslovakia; 1966; 93 mins; Cert 15; In Czech with English subtitles. Bluray; Dir Jiří Menzel.

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
Sat 17th Oct
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Jenůfa

Opera

22 Oct - 18 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Jenůfa

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Leoš Janáček (1904)

This intense story of love, jealousy and sacrifice is by turns harrowing, heart-wrenching and starkly tragic.  It took Janáček ten years to complete his first great opera, and in the final year of its composition he witnessed his own daughter’s painful illness and early death.  His soul-piercing score is laced with the suffering caused by this event.

Tom Cairns returns to direct a production acclaimed for its beautifully simple staging and sheer emotional power.  A world-class cast includes Susan Bickley (Waltraute, Götterdämmerung) as the Kostelnička and Elizabeth Sikora (Salud’s Grandmother, La vida breve) as Grandmother Buryjkova.  In the title role is the Swedish soprano Ylva Kihlberg, who gave a memorably powerful performance as Emilia Marty in The Makropolus Case for the Company in 2012. 

Sung in English with English titles


Inside Opera: Jenůfa   

A special pre-performance event in which we explore the origins and creation of Janáček's first great opera.

 Sat 24 Oct, 6.00 - 6.45pm 

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book or to find out more

Pre-show talks

Mon 26, Wed 28 Oct; Wed 4, Wed 11, Wed 18 Nov
6.15 - 6.45pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book or to find out more


Next Performances
Thu 22nd Oct
Sat 24th Oct
Mon 26th Oct
Wed 28th Oct
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Bassekou Kouyate: Sings the Blues

World Music

23 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bassekou Kouyate: Sings the Blues

Synopsis

"Kouyate holds something that could rival the electric guitar" - The Quietus

 

On his way home from the USA, Howard Assembly Room favourite Bassekou Kouyate stops off in Leeds for a special blues-inflected set, inspired by his travels.

This project is paired with music from his much-lauded new album, Ba Power – a striking, career defining record marked by mesmerising songs, razor-sharp riffs and full throttle emotions. Bassekou’s band, Ngoni Ba, has turned up the volume significantly and Bassekou’s masterful ngoni playing has achieved a new level of intensity.

Early booking is highly recommended.

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 23rd Oct
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Inside Opera: Jenůfa

Spoken Word/Talks

24 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: Jenůfa

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Join us for a special panel discussion of Opera North's production of Janacek's beautiful and harrowing opera with members of the cast and creative team.

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Sat 24 Oct 6.00pm – 6.45pm

Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

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Sat 24th Oct
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Vox Luminis

Classical

24 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vox Luminis

Synopsis

Purcell: Night and Day

Vox Luminis, founded in 2004, is a Gramophone Award winning, first-class European ensemble specialising in 16th – 18th century vocal music that are particularly noted for its seamless blend of exceptional individual voices, exquisite tuning and clarity of sound.

For this Autumnal concert, the programme centres on the sublime songs of English composer Henry Purcell. Turning a traditional liturgy of the hours on its head, a beautifully chosen selection of sacred and secular songs begins in the evening, and ends with the uplifting brightness of morning. The programme is completed with pieces by John Blow and Matthew Locke.

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.

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Sat 24th Oct
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Paddington Bear’s First Concert

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Join the world’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru. In London he meets The Browns, Mr Gruber and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn, Rossini and even Ástor Piazzolla.  This delightful musical story is an extended version of the original written by Paddington’s creator Michael Bond and has original music by Herbert Chappell.  Narrated by John Suchet and accompanied live by the Royal Northern Sinfonia, this is an ideal opportunity to introduce the delights of live orchestral music to younger family members and friends.

Please note, there is no screening.

John Suchet, Narrator

Paddington Bear
Composer Herbert Chappell
Story Michael Bond
Image: Paddington Bear © P&Co Ltd/SC 2014

Next Performances
Sun 25th Oct
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Jenůfa: Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

26 Oct - 18 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Jenůfa: Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Janáček's first great opera before the performance with guest speaker Sarah Estill, soprano and member of the Chorus of Opera North.

Leeds Grand Theatre
Mon 26 Oct
Wed 28 Oct

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Wed 4 Nov

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wed 11 Nov

Nottingham Theatre Royal
Wed 18 Nov

All talks run from 6.15 - 6.45pm

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
Mon 26th Oct
Wed 28th Oct
Wed 4th Nov
Wed 11th Nov
There are a total of 5 upcoming performances for this production
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The Tiger Lillies: Love For Sale

Music

27 Oct - 20 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

The Tiger Lillies: Love For Sale

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The Songs of Cole Porter including 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy', 'Love For Sale' and 'Miss Otis Regrets'.

Following the huge success of Lulu: A Murder Ballad, Opera North and The Tiger Lillies embark on a new adventure into the words and music of Cole Porter, one of America’s all-time great songwriters. From High Society to Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s musicals are always emotional roller-coasters, but under their surfaces lie beautiful, tender and often mysterious romantic trysts. In the hands of The Tiger Lillies the darkness and wonder of these songs comes to the surface, for an evening of delight, despair and delirium.

Commissioned and produced by Opera North Projects.

'The Tiger Lillies create the most haunting and hypnotic of soundtracks with the sparsest resources'
- The Independent on Lulu: A Murder Ballad, 5 stars

'They are completely peerless' - Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand

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.

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Tue 27th Oct
Sat 31st Oct
Fri 20th Nov
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Musical Rumpus: Lyrebird

Family

29 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Musical Rumpus: Lyrebird

Synopsis

The music is wonderful... the performance is perfect for little ones.’ - Audience member

A Spitalfields Music production

Musical Rumpus is an interactive, multisensory experience especially for pre-school children.

Before words and music existed, sound blossomed into beautiful loops and patterns and sang the world into being. Inspired by the Australian lyrebird – an animal that can mimic any sound and make it into song – award-winning Spitalfields Music presents an enchanting adventure in music, written by Zoë Palmer and composer Soosan Lolavar.

As the story unfolds in a space full of sounds and colours, you and your child can discover making music together.

Suitable for ages 0-2½

Running time: 50 minutes

Max. 2 adults per child

Supported by Arts Council England, Dunard Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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.

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Thu 29th Oct
Thu 29th Oct
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Freddy Kempf

Classical

4 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Freddy Kempf

Synopsis

Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. A first-class musician, Kempf has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

'Kempf shaped lines with delicacy and insight, yet it was the balance with an impetuous Beethovian fire that lifted the performance of the third concerto on to a higher level' - The Guardian

Marking a long-awaited return to the Howard Assembly Room following his 2011 concert, early booking is highly recommended.

'The delicacy of his touch was almost excruciating… His right-hand twinkled like a music box… The subtle, refined tenderness of Kempf’s musicianship keeps you leaning in… Kempf has the ability to turn his hand to every mood and style necessary.' - Time Out

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
Wed 4th Nov
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Mistaken for Strangers

Film

6 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mistaken for Strangers

Synopsis

‘…the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap’ - Pitchfork

Hailed by Michael Moore as ‘one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen’, Mistaken for Strangers is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger.

Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure.

Dir Tom Berninger; 2013; 75 mins; cert 15; USA

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.

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Fri 6th Nov
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Kate Royal & Joseph Middleton

Classical

7 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kate Royal & Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

In collaboration with Leeds Lieder

If there was ever a more obviously fitting adjective to describe young British soprano Kate Royal, one suspects it would be “regal” as she has the sort of luminously lyric voice that comes from the same realm as Renée Fleming or Felicity Lott.

As part of Leeds Lieder Plus, she is joined by the organisation’s new Artistic Director, pianist Joseph Middleton in a programme that includes Mahler’s tender and direct Rückert Lieder, based on poems by Friedrich Rückert of whom Mahler wrote ‘I could not compose anything but Rückert – this is lyric poetry from the source, all else is lyric poetry of a derivative kind’

This concert is available on the autumn multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

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.

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Sat 7th Nov
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Emily Portman Trio: Twilight Concert

Music

11 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Emily Portman Trio: Twilight Concert

Synopsis

 ‘A marvelous original work’ - The Observer on 2015 album Coracle

Emily Portman lures listeners into a complex and darkly surreal netherworld that ‘casts an entrancing spell’ (The Observer). Her ethereal voice combines with beguiling harmonies from Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton, and rich arrangements for harp, concertina, banjo, strings and saw.

This beauty meets a world of dark storytelling, cruel deeds and sordid city landscapes, partly inspired by traditional balladry and part by rich literary sources, from myth to the magical realism of novelist Angela Carter.

Duration 1 hour

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.

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Wed 11th Nov
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Folk

13 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Synopsis

'The duo's banjos produce such a rich palette of sounds that you'd swear a full string band was at work' - Songlines

Multiple Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck is possibly the best banjo player in the world, reinventing his instrument’s sound in a world-spanning career that has featured collaborations with Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, and Toumani Diabaté, among others.

His duo with Abigail Washburn makes magic from both traditional and original songs. Their music is steeped in languages of American music, combining the earthy sophistication of the old-time singer-songwriter, with an instrumental ingenuity that transcends its bluegrass roots. The fast-fingered interplay of the two creates an astonishing sonic landscape from an array of banjos, laced with warmth and playfulness.

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.

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Fri 13th Nov
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Brodsky Quartet

Classical

14 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brodsky Quartet

Synopsis

The Last Quartets: Beethoven and Shostakovich

Beethoven concluded his final quartet with enigmatic phrase ‘Must it Be? It must be!’. Since then, there have been numerous interpretations of his final motto both prosaic and profound by other composers. The only certainty gleaned from Beethoven’s phrase is that the words describe the essence of the music, and its stark, hymn-like and humble final movement.

Shostakovich's answer to Beethoven’s question in his own final quartet is both moving and intimate. If there is a season for all things, then this, Shostakovich's 15th quartet, lives in the intensity of mid-winter.

This specially conceived collaboration between the Brodsky Quartet and Opera North brings together these last quartets with beautifully atmospheric and restrained lighting that reflects and responds to the Brodsky’s exceptional interpretation of these jewel-like final works.

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.

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Sat 14th Nov
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Huun-Huur-Tu

World Music

21 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Huun-Huur-Tu

Synopsis

The legendary Tuvan throat-singing band Huun-Huur-Tu returns to the Howard Assembly Room as part of a very rare UK tour. Having almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to Tuvan over-tone or “throat-singing” techniques invented by nomadic hunter-herders of the Tuvan steppes and mountains, they have gone on to an incredibly rich career including collaborations with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Nina Nastasia and the Kronos Quartet.

Using traditional instruments, percussion and an array of vocal techniques, they create a world of sound that seems almost unbelievable, of harmony and otherworldly sound. While many of their themes are pastoral, this is no gentle folk music but fierce, heart-searing and incredibly direct. Unmissable.

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.

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Sat 21st Nov
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Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Music

23rd - 28 November 2015

London

Linbury Studio Theatre

Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Synopsis

Tickets on sale to Friends of Royal Opera House, General Booking will open on Tuesday 14 July.

The Tiger Lillies’ genre-defying brand of other-worldly vocals and unnerving performance style have carved them a unique niche in the cabaret and music theatre scene. After a sell-out run of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at the Southbank Centre, the cult creators of the award-winning Shockheaded Peter now stage another adaptation of a macabre classic.

The character of Lulu is one of the great creations of 20th Century fiction, and one of its most disturbing. Her unbridled sex appeal, her youth, and her self-destructiveness combine to make her dangerous, unpredictable and tragic. With the men (and the women) who circle her, Lulu’s journey from street prostitute to the toast of Society and back again, is told as a hypnotic and kaleidoscopic dance of death. Journey with her from Berlin to Paris and finally to the dark London streets of Jack The Ripper.

The band’s flamboyant live performance is enhanced by large-scale virtual sets that create an immersive and richly atmospheric environment. Across 20 songs and interludes, the ballad of Lulu unfolds as an uncompromising musical and visual melodrama.

Age advisory 16+

Opera North gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation for Lulu: A Murder Ballad

Next Performances
Mon 23rd Nov
Tue 24th Nov
Wed 25th Nov
Thu 26th Nov
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Orchestra of Opera North: Sibelius, Dvořák

Orchestral

26 November 2015

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Sibelius, Dvořák

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Both Sibelius and Dvořák were deeply attuned to the folk culture of their native lands, Finland and Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) respectively.  Dvořák wrote that ‘Love, God, Country’ were in his mind as he worked on his Seventh Symphony, yet there was something more personal too: the recent deaths of his mother and eldest child cast a shadow over the work.  Yet tragedy is counter pointed by lyrical warmth and a determined sense that life’s adversities may be overcome.  The stirring opening of the Sibelius’ Karelia Suite is one of the most instantly recognisable passages in all classical music and is matched by the wonderfully uplifting march with which the work concludes.  Figures from Finnish legend take centre stage in two further works: the impetuous youth Lemminkäinen and Luonnotar, the Spirit of Nature and Mother of the Seas. The Orchestra is joined by soprano Lee Bisset in Autumn Evening and in Luonnotar, a work that has the other-worldly quality of ancient incantation.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

David Angus, Conductor
Lee Bisset, Soprano

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Thu 26th Nov
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mozart Unwrapped: National Opera Studio 2015

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Great moments from three of Mozart’s finest operas, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan Tutte and Don Giovanni are brought together in this exploration of the relationship between words and music in Mozart’s work.  Focussing on the operas he wrote with the extraordinary librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, the concert is performed by great singers of the next generation from the National Opera Studio, with sparkling direction by Giles Havergal.

The concert is conducted by Aleksander Marković, with members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

"Having recently made the transition from Baritone to Tenor my year at the NOS provided an invaluable opportunity to study new repertoire in detail with top class coaches. It also helped me to establish informal links with the major opera companies and gave me a fantastic platform from which to launch my career.

The Opera North showcase was certainly one of the highlights of my year at the NOS. Working intensively on a set of scenes with a world-class director & conductor (not to mention the superb Orchestra of Opera North!) closely replicates the experience of a production at a major company and inspires you to raise your game to their consistently high standards
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- David Butt Philip, National Opera Studio graduate (2012), who makes his debut with Opera North in Jenůfa this Autumn.

The National Opera Studio residency is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.

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.

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Sat 28th Nov
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Mark Padmore & Simon Lepper

Classical

3 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mark Padmore & Simon Lepper

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Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wolf

British tenor Mark Padmore makes a welcome return to Leeds following his 2010 performance of Dichterliebe, with another of Schumann’s great songs, this time set to poet Heinrich Heine: Liederkreis Op. 24. Written in 1840, Schumann’s ‘year of song’, Liederkreis is a meditation of lost love and longing.

The evening journeys though the great Lieder composers, in which Padmore also brings his ‘startling purity of tone’ (The Guardian) and clarion way with words, to selections of songs by Schubert, Wolf and more.

For this concert Mark Padmore is accompanied by celebrated pianist Simon Lepper who has been described by Opera Magazine as ‘one of the most gifted and enterprising accompanists of his generation’. 

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.

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Thu 3rd Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: Lutosławski, Mahler

Orchestral

3rd - 5 December 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Lutosławski, Mahler

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Huddersfield concert part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Richard Farnes’ illustrious 12-year term as Music Director of Opera North concludes in the summer of 2016 with complete cycles of Wagner’s Ring up and down the country.  Richard has conducted the Orchestra in several memorable concerts in the Kirklees Season over the years, and this evening promises to be an extra-special occasion.  The Concerto for Orchestra by the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski was premièred in 1954 and, like Bartók’s earlier work of the same title, is a remarkable demonstration of the virtuosity of the modern symphony orchestra. It’s a perfect piece with which to celebrate the creative partnership of Farnes and the Orchestra of Opera North.  Mahler’s First Symphony is full of vivid orchestral scene-painting, from the glorious opening sunrise from which the work derives its nickname, ‘Titan’, to a fittingly triumphant conclusion.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Richard Farnes, Conductor

Huddersfield Town Hall
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Thu 3rd Dec
Sat 5th Dec
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Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

World Music

4 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

Synopsis

remarkable...an elegant, gently exquisite set’ - The Guardian ****

It’s been an amazing couple of years for Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita as they have gathered awards and praise for their debut album of ‘heavenly music…intricately realised’ (Songlines). The harps of West Africa and Wales and the two nations’ bardic traditions, expressed through song and verse, create music that is coherent, relevant and entirely new.

The sky is the limit for this fearless pair of skilful musicians whose infectious onstage chemistry defies categorisation and continues to merge the boundaries between the genres of classical, world, folk and traditional music.

This concert is available on the autumn multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

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.

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Fri 4th Dec
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The Snowman & Paddington Bear: Orchestra of Opera North

Orchestral

15th - 20 December 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

The Snowman & Paddington Bear: Orchestra of Opera North

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Delight your family this Christmastime with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children accompanied by a live orchestra.

With the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, orchestral forces inject tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air - the soundtrack to every child's Christmas.

Before that we follow everyone’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru. In London he meets The Browns, Mr Gruber and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn and Rossini. This delightful musical story was written by Paddington’s creator Michael Bond, with original music by Herbert Chappell. Told by a narrator, Paddington Bear’s First Concert is an ideal opportunity to introduce live orchestra music to younger family members and friends.

The perfect way to begin this exciting festive time.

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Tue 15th Dec
Sun 20th Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: A Joyous Christmas

Orchestral

17 December 2015

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: A Joyous Christmas

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

The Orchestra of Opera North is joined by the combined voices of the Chorus of Opera North, Opera North Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus in a joyous concert that will fill you with festive cheer! The annual Dewsbury Christmas concert has become a popular fixture in the calendar in recent years, and with good reason: the most wonderful time of the year has inspired many of the greatest composers to write some of their finest music. Take a feast of seasonal favourites, add a dash of traditional carols, and you have the perfect prelude to the Christmas holiday season.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Martin Pickard, Conductor

Chorus of Opera North

Opera North Children’s Chorus

Opera North Youth Chorus

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Thu 17th Dec
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The Night before Christmas

Classical

18 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Night before Christmas

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Kick-start your Christmas spirit with a beautiful candlelit concert for the holiday season. In the darkest days of the year, the scene is set for a wonderland of festive music, carols and spectacular images.

From Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé, Bach and Handel to carols and Billie Holiday, the halls are decked with holly and the Yuletide log lit, for a feast of music to banish the most stubborn winter blues, and bring the spirit of Christmas to your door. 

Duration 1hr 15 mins.

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.

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Fri 18th Dec
Fri 18th Dec
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Puppetry Workshop: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Have some fiendish fun in this exciting puppet-making workshop, inspired by Tim Burton’s magical musical fantasy, The Nightmare Before Christmas - then take your creations along to the afternoon film screening.

This workshop is suitable for children of all ages and their families.

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Sat 19th Dec
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The Nightmare before Christmas

Film and Howard Assembly Room

19 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Nightmare before Christmas

Synopsis

Celebrate Christmas-time in spooktacular style with Tim Burton's delightfully dark Yuletide fable The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington gets a new lease of life when he stumbles on Christmastown. He plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus, but discovers that the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry… With festive treats on offer in the merry surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room, this is a deliciously different Christmas treat for all the family. 

We've also planned an exciting puppet-making workshop inspired by Tim Burton’s magical musical fantasy. So join us before the film in the Howard Assembly Room between 10.30 – 12.30pm.

Dir Tim Burton; Cert PG; 76 mins; 1993

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.

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Sat 19th Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

30th - 31 December 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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Huddersfield concert part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Be swept off your feet and into the New Year by this afternoon of Viennese classics.  One of the season’s highlights for many, do book early as this ever-popular concert regularly sells out. This year's programme includes excerpts from Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus and Lehar's Die lustige Witwe.

John Rigby, Conductor

Jennifer France, Soprano

Leeds Town Hall
On sale date to be announced

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Wed 30th Dec
Thu 31st Dec
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Andrea Chénier

Opera

19 Jan - 19 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Andrea Chénier

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Umberto Giordano (1896)

New production

Based (very loosely) on the life of the French poet André Chénier (1762 – 94) and set at the time of the French Revolution and the ensuing Terror, Giordano’s stirring opera has always been warmly embraced by audiences for its open-hearted emotionalism and ardent dramatic lyricism. 

For many, Andrea Chénier encapsulates the very essence of Italian opera and the title role is one of the most prized in the tenor repertoire.  It’s not hard to hear why when you listen to arias such as ‘Un di all’azzuro spazio’, ‘Come un bel dì di maggio’ and the closing duet for Chénier and the opera’s heroine Maddalena, whose love endures even in the face of death.  In the best verismo tradition, Giordano also colours his score with tunes associated with the French Revolution, such as ‘Ça ira’ and the ‘Marseillaise’.

Annabel Arden’s new production for Opera North explores the chaos of revolution and examines the role of the artist in a time of political turmoil.  Her cast includes Rafael Rojas (Chénier) and Robert Hayward (Carlo Gérard), who last squared up to each other at Opera North in The Girl of the Golden West, and Annemarie Kremer (Maddalena), who gave an unforgettable performance in the title role of Norma for the Company in 2012. 

Sung in Italian with English titles

Production supported by a generous gift from Terry and Liz Bramall

Next Performances
Tue 19th Jan
Sat 23rd Jan
Tue 2nd Feb
Sat 20th Feb
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

One of the delights of a performance by the Royal Northern Sinfonia is the palpable joy in their music-making. Stravinsky’s neoclassical Concerto in D was composed in Hollywood in 1946, and its exciting rhythmic character later inspired Jerome Robbins to choreograph it in his ballet The Cage. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante is a distillation of his genius: from the grace and poise of the opening movement, to the deep sadness of the central andante, to the high-spirited fun of the finale. Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony is so called because in the last movement the musicians leave the stage by turns, leaving just two violins to finish the work.  This was perhaps a not so subtle hint to Haydn’s patron Prince Esterházy that it was time to pack up his summer residence and head home so that his musicians could be reunited with their families. 

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 28th Jan
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Così fan tutte

Opera

3 Feb - 18 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Così fan tutte

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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.

It’s difficult to think of an opera that contains more music of sheer beauty than Così fan tutte – or that has a libretto that is more unsettling. The plot is a work of supreme artifice, yet the opera charts the boundaries of real and feigned emotion, trust and deception, loyalty and desire, with unsparing accuracy and truthfulness.

Tim Albery, whose recent work at Opera North includes The Coronation of Poppea (2014), directs a fresh young cast in a production set firmly in the Age of Reason.

Sung in English

Next Performances
Wed 3rd Feb
Wed 10th Feb
Sat 13th Feb
Thu 18th Feb
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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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

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!

Tobias Ringborg, Conductor/Violin

Anne-Marie Minhall, Presenter

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Sun 14th Feb
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L’elisir d’amore

Opera

17 Feb - 17 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

L’elisir d’amore

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Gaetano Donizetti (1832)

L’elisir d’amore is the ‘male Cinderella’ tale of Nemorino, ineffectual but good-hearted, and his love for the very self-assured Adina, who fancies the experienced charmer Belcore. When the quack Dr. Dulcamara comes to town touting a miraculous ‘love potion’, Nemorino thinks his prayers have been answered. But is it really the potion that makes him suddenly irresistible to all the girls in the village?

Daniel Slater’s sunny 1950s-style production, complete with hot-air balloon and Vespas, is a perfect fit for Donizetti’s irrepressibly fresh comedy. Funny and moving, 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).

Sung in Italian with English titles

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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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss, Brahms

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

We are delighted to welcome the BBC Philharmonic to the Kirklees Season under its Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in a programme of works by three generations of Austro-German masters.  Franz Strauss was renowned as a virtuoso horn player, and his son Richard composed his First Horn Concerto with the hope that his father would give the premiere. In the event, the technical demands of this wonderfully fresh work, rich in melody, were deemed too risky by Strauss senior, who was by then in his sixties. Schubert’s genial Sixth Symphony owes much to the example of Haydn, while Brahms’ Third Symphony is a work of striking contrasts.  The allegretto third movement, laced with melancholy, is a favourite for many, and it is followed by a tautly dramatic finale which eventually relaxes into a quiet ending that glows like sunshine through Autumn haze.

Juanjo Mena, Conductor

Alberto Menéndez Escribano, Horn

Next Performances
Fri 4th Mar
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The Ring Cycle

Opera

23 Apr - 10 July 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Ring Cycle

Synopsis

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner (1876)

Wagner's epic masterpiece: unforgettable music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North is placed at the heart of a concert staging that makes Wagner’s narrative enthralling for both experienced Wagnerians and newcomers alike.

The culminative power of The Ring Cycle is all the more palpable when experienced in such a concentrated burst, offering the rare opportunity for total immersion in this unique, all-encompassing music drama.

The Ring Cycle is conducted by Richard Farnes, one of today’s leading interpreters of Wagner. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music is translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford, bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception.

A company of top British and international singers includes Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz,  Mati Turi and Michael Weinius.

Please note that tickets for The Ring Cycle will be sold as full cycles per venue in the first instance. Single tickets may become available at a later date.

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Apr
Sat 30th Apr
Sat 14th May
Sat 21st May
There are a total of 24 upcoming performances for this production
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Pleasure

Opera

28th - 29 April 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Pleasure

Cropped_behindthecurtain-tomarber-18-428-use-for-pleasure Synopsis

Val works the toilets in “Pleasure”, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England. For years, she’s been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante. She is much-loved but viewed as an enigma. Why is she still there? Why does she never leave? When a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of a passionate and violent night…

Born in Liverpool in 1988, composer Mark Simpson won BBC Young Musician of the Year as a clarinettist in 2006 and also, that same year, received the accolade of BBC Young Composer of the year – the only individual to have won both competitions. In 2010 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award. With a growing catalogue of works to his credit, his orchestral scores A Mirror-Fragment and Threads (both 2008) as well as Sparks (2012) have all been well received. Here he turns to opera for the first time; his librettist is Melanie Challenger, whose poetry and prose have both been widely admired.

Pleasure marks the third collaborative project Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Royal Opera House giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, the Emerald Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Next Performances
Thu 28th Apr
Fri 29th Apr
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