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Xiu Xiu plays Twin Peaks

Music

4 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Xiu Xiu plays 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 indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
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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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


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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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tigran Hamasyan & Yerevan State Chamber Choir

Synopsis

Tickets on sale from 12noon on Thursday 25 June

No support

Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and the 24 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

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 16th Oct
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Jenůfa

Opera

22 Oct - 18 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Jenůfa

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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


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

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

Next Performances
Sat 24th Oct
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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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General booking opens 25 June

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

Next Performances
Tue 27th Oct
Sat 31st Oct
Fri 20th Nov
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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 indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

 

Next Performances
Wed 4th 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’

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 7th 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 indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
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.

Next Performances
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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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 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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