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Swanhunter

Opera

2 Apr - 3 May 2015

Nationwide

Touring 10 theatres

Swanhunter

Synopsis

An Opera North / The Wrong Crowd co-production | Composed by Jonathan Dove using a libretto written by Alasdair Middleton

Against his mother’s wishes, Lemminkäinen travels to the icy north in search of a bride. There, impossible tasks await him: he must hunt the Devil’s elk, ride the Devil’s horse, and shoot a swan. But unseen danger lies in wait for him on Death’s river...

Based on a tale from the Finnish folk epic The Kalevala, Swanhunter is a magical chamber opera written by the composer and librettist of Opera North’s hugely successful The Adventures of Pinocchio. Scored for six singers accompanied by six instrumentalists, Swanhunter is a celebration of the power of song, designed specifically for a family audience – for adults just as much as for children.

Opera North gave the world premiere of Swanhunter in the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds in 2009. For this brand new production, Opera North collaborates for the first time with the acclaimed theatre company The Wrong Crowd to create an inventive fusion of opera, puppetry and live action.

Suitable for ages 7+ | Lasts approximately 1 hour 10mins (no interval) | Sung in English


The story so far...

Discover more at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds:

Interactive pre-show talk
Sat 18 April, 12.15pm and 5.15pm
(Free to ticket holders)

Meet the puppets and discover the secrets, myths and magic behind the beautiful creation of this exciting tale with members of the cast and creative team. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Book pre-show talk Sat 18 April 12.15 - 1.00pm
Book pre-show talk Sat 18 April 5.15 - 6.00pm

Swanhunter Performance for Schools
Mon 20 April, 11am
Dedicated performance solely for an audience of school parties. Find out more or book directly with Andy Kitching, group sales officer at Leeds Grand Theatre: andy.kitching@leedsgrandtheatre.com | 0844 8482705

Supportive online resources are available. Discover more...

Pre/post show talks may be available at other venues, please check the venue's website or with their Box Office when making your booking.

Next Performances
Sun 26th Apr
Mon 27th Apr
Wed 29th Apr
Thu 30th Apr
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Sardinia at Twilight

Folk

1 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sardinia at Twilight

Synopsis

Discover the magic and music of Italy’s most intriguing island: Sardinia. This hour long concert from versatile singer/guitarist Elena Piras contrasts her native music with that of Bulgaria and Scotland.

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Sardinia at Twilight and Red Desert on Friday 1 May 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
Fri 1st May
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Red Desert

Film

1 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Red Desert

Synopsis

Shot on location in Budelli, Sardinia, Red Desert is Antonioni’s first colour film, starring the incomparable Monica Vitti. His use of spellbinding panoramas of the industrial side of the Sardinian landscape, abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, and looming docked ships, creates an ultra-stylish, near apocalyptic vision of a disaffected woman’s life.

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Sardinia at Twilight and Red Desert on Friday 1 May for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Dir Michelangelo Antonioni; 117 mins; in Italian with English subtitles; 1964; cert 12A.

Introduced by Dr Alan O’Leary, Senior Lecturer in Italian Cinema and Cultural Studies.

In association with LivItaly, a project run by Italian at the University of Leeds.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Fri 1st May
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sing ON: With hope in your heart

Synopsis

Few songs have had as many lives as You’ll Never Walk Alone.  Performed twice in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1945 musical Carousel, the song was popularised by Gerry and the Pacemakers and Elvis Presley, before it was adopted by fans in Liverpool and Glasgow, becoming perhaps the most iconic football song of all times.

Join Opera North for an uplifting morning of music exploring this and other songs from the musicals. 

FREE for all ages. Booking essential, call Box Office on 0844 848 2727.

This workshop accompanies Opera North’s revival of Carousel this May at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Part of European Opera Days

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 9th May
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices: Opera North’s Early Years Programme

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Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions.

Weekly starting Monday 11 May
10am – 10.45am & 11.15am – 12.00pm during term time
£6 per session, per child
Suitable for ages 0-4

For more information call 01132233520 or email littlevoices@operanorth.co.uk

Supported by the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

Next Performances
Mon 11th May
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Carousel

Musicals

13 May - 13 June 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Carousel

Synopsis

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II 1945

Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws. It is also a vivid portrait of a society: a fishing community in New England ready to celebrate the joys of living as well as to face its hardships square on.

Asked if he had ever been tempted to write an opera, Richard Rodgers replied that he had, but that Carousel was the closest that he ever came to doing so. The score is studded with classic numbers, including ‘If I Loved You’, ‘June is Bustin’ Out All Over’, ‘Soliloquy’ and, of course, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Jo Davies’s vibrant production, highly praised when it was first seen in Leeds, Salford and London in 2012, is moving and uplifting in equal measure.

‘Opera North has a fine record of presenting Broadway classics, and this new production does a rich piece of musical theatre great honour.’ Daily Telegraph

Sung in English | Performance lasts approximately 3 hours

Audio-described performance
Tue 19 May, 7pm. Call 0113 223 3700 to book.

Signed performance (Signer: Paul Whittaker OBE)
Thursday 21 May, 7pm. To book call the box office on 0844 848 2720.

Captioned performance
Friday 22nd May, 7pm. To book call the box office on 0844 848 2720.

A co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris


 

*Performance split for role of Louise: 

Alex Newton: 13, 14 (x2), 15, 16 (x2), 17 (4pm), 19, 20 May (Leeds); 28 (mat); 29, 30 (eve) May (Norwich); 3, 4 (eve), 6 (mat) June (Edinburgh); 10, 11 (eve), 12, 13 (eve) June (Dublin)

Beverley Grant: 21 (x2), 22, 23 May (Leeds); 28 (eve), 30 (mat) May (Norwich); 2, 4 (mat), 5, 6 (eve) June (Edinburgh); 11 (mat), 13 (mat) June (Dublin) 

Next Performances
Wed 13th May
Thu 14th May
Thu 14th May
Fri 15th May
There are a total of 31 upcoming performances for this production
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The Virtues of Things

Opera

15 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Virtues of Things

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Conceived by composer Matt Rogers (AKA Gameshow Outpatient) and writer Sally O’Reilly, The Virtues of Things is a witty dissection of how operas unfold their fictions and how objects themselves carry meaning.

A long-established family prop-making business struggles to adapt to modern pressures and time only sees its problems multiply.  A slick outsider steps in to help, but his attempts to modernise place the family in peril.

The Virtues of Things is directed by Olivier Award-nominated Bijan Sheibani, (Associate Director at the National Theatre), and was concieved by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North to give opportunities to emerging opera writers. 

Joining together these leading arts organisations for the second year running The Virtues of Things premieres in London before visiting Leeds for an exclusive Yorkshire date.

Sung in English | 80 mins long, no interval

Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North: giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.
Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Music Matt Rogers
Libretto Sally O’Reilly
Director Bijan Sheibani
Design Giles Cadle
Lighting Matt Haskins
Conductor Richard Baker
Orchestra Aurora Orchestra

Next Performances
Fri 15th May
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Taraf de Haïdouks

Folk

18 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Taraf de Haïdouks

Synopsis

Support: Omar Puente

Astonishing Romanian music from the world’s greatest Gypsy group. 

Taraf de Haïdouks, literally translated as ‘band of outlaws’, has an intense energy and flair. Their shows burst with clattering virtuosity and passionate gypsy rasp – stealing your breath and getting your feet moving.

When presenting their BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music, long time admirer Johnny Depp stated: ‘Taraf de Haïdouks are the greatest musicians I know – they play a music which expresses the most intense joy, and have this gift to make you feel alive.

Their live act is extraordinary – a magical mix of quicksilver melodies, amazing violin and cimbalom solos, earthy songs of lost loves and riotous traditional wedding songs. Daily Telegraph

Frantic, rapid-fire blend of violins, accordions, flute and xylophone-like cimbalom and swirling, furious instrumental pieces. The Guardian 

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
Mon 18th May
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Lau

Folk

19 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau

Synopsis

Support: Siobhan Wilson

The Bell That Never Rang is the hugely anticipated new album and tour from the U.K’s most musically revered and celebrated folk trio Lau.

Described by the Guardian as ‘perhaps the best live band in the country’, Lau combine the talents of accordion virtuoso Martin Green, guitarist/singer Kris Drever and nimble fiddler Aidan O’Rourke.

Since their debut album in 2007 Lau have picked up four awards for ‘Best Group’at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and the individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their acclaimed solo works. 

For a decade they have been stretching folk music's boundaries and exploring new musical territory. 2012’s Race the Loser album was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and featured in many critics 'best of year' lists.

The new album, The Bell That Never Rang is released in May, just in time for this show-stopping night.

‘Lau continue to imbue the British folk scene with colourful, thought-provoking and highly original sounds’ Folk Radio

***** The Guardian Albums of the Year **** MOJO **** Observer

**** Songlines  **** The Morning Star ******** UNCUT 8/10

Next Performances
Tue 19th May
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Pizzica Indiavolata

Synopsis

Support: Chico Pere & Glenn Sharp

Tens of thousands of people congregate in Italian piazzas for Canzoniere’s concerts in Italy. Originally thought to cure the poison spider’s bite, the pizzica tarantata is a hypnotic blend of ferocious rhythms and passionate dance that Canzoniere take from its ancient roots to the present day, and right back again.

Canzoniere was a whirlwind. The New York Times

Now, with their most recent album chosen as one of The Guardian’s Top 5 Albums of the Year and collaborations with Ludovico Einaudi and Ibrahim Maalouf, their explosive brand of tarantella is conquering the global stage. Not to be missed.

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
Wed 20th May
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Stefano Bollani

Jazz

21 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Stefano Bollani

Synopsis

Please note there is no longer a support for this artist. Stefano Bollani will be on stage at the advertised time of 7.45pm.

Stefano Bollani is an Italian pianist and composer of ebullient charm and uncommon sensitivity, whether performing solo or in landmark collaborations with Enrico Rava and Chick Corea. Of his latest release, Joy in Spite of Everything, All About Jazz said ‘like a kind of musical contortionist, Stefano Bollani keeps repositioning himself with eye-popping ease. The diversity and eclecticism of Bollani's projects are reflected in the sweeping breadth of his vocabulary’.

...makes the instrument sound as if it functioned with liquids rather than hammers. The Guardian

His solo piano concerts are a veritable tour-de-force, a combination of virtuoso improvisation with an unfaltering lightness of spirit.  A rare opportunity to a major figure in today’s European jazz.

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 21st May
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Invitation to Dream

Orchestral

22 May 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Invitation to Dream

Synopsis

BBC Philharmonic

Brahms struggled mightily to compose his First Symphony, so weighed down was he by the expectation that he was Beethoven’s natural successor. His Second Symphony came much more quickly and is a far more relaxed work than the heroic First.

Brahms jokingly wrote to his publisher that the Second Symphony ‘is so melancholy that you’ll be unable to bear it’, but it is a joke that contains a germ of truth, for although this is a predominantly warm and lyrical work, it is shot through with moments of agitation and melancholy before reaching its triumphant conclusion.

The prodigiously talented Guy Johnston makes a welcome return to the Kirklees Season for the first time in four years in one of the great Romantic cello concertos, and the concert opens with a perennial favourite, Tchaikovsky’s lovely Serenade for Strings.

Tchaikovsky | Serenade for Strings

Saint-Saëns | Cello Concerto No.1

Brahms | Symphony No.2 in D

Andrew Gourlay | Conductor

Guy Johnston | Cello

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15

Next Performances
Fri 22nd May
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Tariq Ali

Spoken Word/Talks

28 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tariq Ali

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Between Past and Future

‘Since the beginning of the Arab Spring there has been much talk of revolutions. Not from me. I’ve argued against the position that mass uprisings on their own constitute a revolution, i.e. a transfer of power from one social class … to another that leads to fundamental change’. Tariq Ali.

Acclaimed commentator, author and broadcaster Tariq Ali investigates the deep currents of change sweeping across the Eastern Mediterranean, from IS, Assad and the rise in old tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the role of the West. Acute analysis, provocative analogy and a lifetime of activism come together in this fascinating lecture.

Ali remains an outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower; an urbane, Oxford-educated polemicist. The Observer

Part of Liberty Lectures in association with the University of Leeds.

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 28th May
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Casablanca

Film

30 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Casablanca

Synopsis

Released in 1942, Casablanca has only improved with age, remaining Hollywood’s quintessential evocation of love. This blockbuster has it all: silver screen royalty, quotable lines, and a heart-breaking love story.

...a rich, detailed screenplay studded with an indecent number of sparklingly quotable lines. It is a movie to play again, and again. The Daily Telegraph

The film is set in a highly fictionalised WWII Morocco, under the control of the French Vichy Regime, where desperate refugees plead for transit papers to escape the stucco-walled coastal city of Casablanca. There, nightclub owner Rick Blaine (the thrilling Humphrey Bogart) has his world shaken as his lost love (Ingrid Bergman) and her anti-Nazi rebel husband arrive.

With live piano to transport you back to the ‘40s on arrival.

Dir. Michael Curtiz; 1942; 103 mins; cert PG; USA

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 30th May
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Heritage Blues Orchestra

Music

4 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Heritage Blues Orchestra

Synopsis

With support

Like fellow neo-traditionalists the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra draw their lifeblood from African-American musical traditions: from juke joint country blues to chain gang songs. Performing here as a quintet, their sound harnesses the grit of low-down Mississippi blues, urban R&B, gospel and bold New Orleans brass.

A welcome new sound bringing a sense of urgency to the Blues All About Jazz

Lead guitarist Junior Mack, singer/guitarist Bill Sims Jr and vocalist Chaney Sims perform classics from the likes of Son House, Muddy Waters and Leadbelly: all driven along by drummer Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith, and harmonica ace Vincent Butcher. An unmissable show!

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 4th Jun
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Le Trio Joubran

Music

5 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Le Trio Joubran

Synopsis

A rare opportunity to catch the pre-eminent Palestinian oud trio, formed by three brothers – Samir, Wissam Adnan Joubran – perform with master percussionist Youssef Hbeisch. The Joubran brothers come from a family steeped in Palestine’s rich musical history. Their father, Hatem Mbadda Joubran, is a great oud maker, and their mother, Ibtisam Hanna Joubran, is an acclaimed singer.

a style that brings a new dimension to the traditional Arabic lute, thanks to the almost intuitive way they work together, and the emotional range of their improvisations. The Guardian

The brothers have a glittering international career. Their repertoire pays homage to their 4,000-year old instrument and takes inspiration from jazz and flamenco. Only hearing is believing these rich, subtle melodies and magnificent improvisations.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Fri 5th Jun
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Çigdem Aslan: Mortissa

Folk

6 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Çigdem Aslan: Mortissa

Synopsis

With support

Just occasionally, a new artist emerges to throw old music styles into an intriguing contemporary perspective.

Turkish-Kurdish vocalist Çigdem Aslan has been described by The Guardian as ‘one of the best British-based discoveries of the year… [whose] success is down to her reworking old songs with a blend of delicate soulful vocals, subtle theatrics and a stage persona that could switch from stately to slinky and flirtatious.’

Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6

With her band, she sings Rebetiko - the bravely outspoken Greek urban folk blending Byzantine, Turkish and Balkan influences – bringing to life the smoky bars and cafes of 1920s Athens and Smyrna.

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 6th Jun
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Reem Kelani

Music

11 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Reem Kelani

Synopsis

With support

British-Palestinian singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani returns to the Howard Assembly Room following a show-stopping sell-out performance in 2012. With repertoire that criss-crosses the Mediterranean, from Palestine and Syria, Egypt and Tunisia, Turkey and Spain, these are songs she not only sings, but truly inhabits.

…searingly beautiful. The Financial Times

A staggeringly powerful voice and joyful stage presence make for a live performance that is quite simply unforgettable.  The concert includes songs from her forthcoming album based on the music of great Egyptian composer Sayyid Darwish (1892 – 1925) accompanied by Bruno Heinen on piano.

Due to popularity max. 2 tickets per booking.

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 11th Jun
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Hisham Matar

Spoken Word/Talks

12 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hisham Matar

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The Temptations of the Sea

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo. His father, a political dissident, was kidnapped from Cairo in 1990 and remains among Libya’s ‘disappeared’. 

Matar suffuses Nuri’s education in love and loss with an erotic frisson and fragile grace that lend the book an inner radiance The Independent

As part of the Mediterranean series, he reads from his novels Anatomy of a Disappearance and Man Booker Prize-nominated In the Country of Men. Interlacing fiction, autobiography and reflection he explores what it is to be a wanderer and the nature of displacement. Live music weaves through this specially conceived talk.

Part of Liberty Lectures in association with the University of Leeds.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Fri 12th Jun
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Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap

Music

13 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap

Synopsis

With support

Nine years after Lookaftering, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan performs songs from her new LP, a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what she is adamant will be her final album. Vashti re-emerged after 30 years in the wilderness with the 2000 re-release of her 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day (a bona fide cult-classic that made number 53 in The Observer Music Monthly’s Top 100 British Albums of All Time). Her new songs reveal an artist at her peak, masterfully marrying content and form to sparkling effect.

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
Sat 13th Jun
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The Flying Dutchman

Opera

27 Jun - 11 July 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Flying Dutchman

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Richard Wagner 1843

Having performed all four instalments of the Ring cycle in successive years, Opera North continues its Wagnerian voyage with the work that the composer himself regarded as the true beginning of his career as a musical dramatist.

Perhaps one reason for this assessment is that the myth of the Dutchman, doomed to wander the seas eternally unless he finds redemption through a woman’s faithful love, treats of themes that were to recur throughout the rest of Wagner’s career. From this material, he constructed a thrillingly taut music drama that grips from the first storm-tossed notes of the famous overture, to the work’s resplendent final moments of transfiguration.

Like Opera North’s highly acclaimed Ring, The Flying Dutchman will be presented in a concert staging by Peter Mumford, and conducted by the Company’s Music Director Richard Farnes. The principal singers all made their mark in the Opera North Ring: Béla Perencz (Wotan) and Alwyn Mellor (Sieglinde) in Die Walküre, and Mats Almgren (Fafner) and Mati Turi (title role) in Siegfried.

Sung in German with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with no interval

Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund

Next Performances
Sat 27th Jun
Tue 30th Jun
Fri 3rd Jul
Sun 5th Jul
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Sacred Sounds

Music

1 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sacred Sounds

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More then 877,000 Indian soldiers, many of them Punjabi Sikhs, fought in WWI. Their involvement has only recently been fully acknowledged in remembrance of the Great War. Inspired by the discovery of a single photograph held by the British Library, this special concert uncovers the music the soldiers took with them to the camp and battlefield.

Interspersed by readings of Sikh soldiers’ letters, the concert explores the songs of the Great War, from ‘Shabads’, sacred Sikh hymns sung before battle, to a mother’s lament for a departing son. With Keertan Rehal, Kirpal Singh Panesar, Christella Litras and band.

Produced by Alchemy in association with SAA UK and The Network of Sikh Organisations.

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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Wed 1st Jul
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tell me what yo’ singin’ for: Soul of Calypso

Synopsis

A concert of calypsos celebrating the pioneer of Caribbean music in 1950s Britain: Edric Connor. Connor collected, catalogued and recorded Trinidadian music, as well as being an acclaimed singer, broadcaster and actor in his own right. The evening features calypsos and Trinidadian folk music from his songbooks, performed by Nigel Wong and Simone Sauphanor, who both played with Edric.

In the second half, the electrified beats of Trinidad’s most popular contemporary musical form, Soca ‘the soul of calypso’, bring us bang up to date and are performed by Sheldon Blackman and members of the legendary Breakfast Band.

Produced by the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Fri 3rd Jul
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The Selfish Giant

Family

12 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Selfish Giant

Synopsis

Opera North’s Children Chorus present a new semi-staged production of The Selfish Giant, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, with music by Handel.

Join the 80 strong Children’s Chorus for the music loved tale of the giant who builds a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the world out.

Graeme Danby (Policeman in Opera North’s 2013 Albert Herring) plays the giant, Justin Doyle conducts and James Hurley directs.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Sun 12th Jul
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Opera Bingo

Family

18 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera Bingo

Synopsis

Opera North Youth Company present…Opera Bingo

Cards at the ready... it's Bingo Life!

How much do we really know about the people we see in everyday life?  This immersive musical theatre piece puts the audience in the centre of the action during a Bingo game, which has life changing effects for the bingo hall regulars.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Bernarr Rainbow Trust.

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 18th Jul
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Borodin Quartet

Classical and Howard Assembly Rm

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

Next Performances
Sat 19th Sep
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Vox Luminis

Classical and Howard Assembly Rm

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

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Sat 24th Oct
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Freddy Kempf

Classical and Howard Assembly Rm

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

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Wed 4th Nov
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Kate Royal & Joseph Middleton

Opera, Classical, and Music

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’

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 Nov
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Brodsky Quartet

Orchestral, Classical, and Music

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

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Sat 14th Nov
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Mark Padmore & Simon Lepper

Opera, Orchestral, Classical, Howard Assembly Rm, and Music

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 Henirich 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 ‘starling 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 indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Thu 3rd Dec
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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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