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Brodsky Quartet - Angels and Maidens

Autumn 2014

15th Oct 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Brodsky Quartet - Angels and Maidens

Synopsis

The Brodsky Quartet bring their fine blend of musical curiosity and impeccable mastery to a programme centred on one of the pinnacles of the classical period: Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.  

Alongside it sits George Crumb’s masterpiece of the avant-garde: Black Angels. Composed for amplified string quartet, using a refrain from Death and the Maiden as its theme, this piece uses shouting, chanting, whistling, whispering, gongs, maracas, and crystal glasses to evoke the mangrove swamps of Vietnam which inspired it. 

‘The Brodskys’ achingly beautiful performance reached deep into the heart’ - The Guardian

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 15th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Mônica Vasconcelos: Brazilian Freedom Songs

Synopsis

50 years ago, a military coup in Brazil marked the beginning of a long, repressive dictatorship. The crisis heralded one of the most creative periods in Brazilian popular music. Under heavy censorship, and with no political rights, composers and lyricists voiced their opposition in songs: songs with coded messages, songs of resistance, and life-affirming hymns that today stand as masterpieces.

Mônica Vasoncelos has been searching for the stories behind these songs and plays them with a team of leading musicians from Brazil and Britain including Brazilian singer and guitarist Ife Tolentino.

‘Mônica’s sweet, sensual and sometimes husky vocal talks everyone's language’ BBC

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

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

 
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Thu 16th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Zakir Hussain

Autumn 2014

17th Oct 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £22.50

Zakir Hussain

Synopsis

A rare UK show from tabla master Zakir Hussain.

A classical repertoire of ragas and talas is at the heart of music exploring the frontier between traditional and contemporary.

Hussain’s spectacular tabla solos are one of the great sights and sounds in music today – a virtuoso at the very height of his creative powers.

Here, Hussain is accompanied by a hand-picked group of India’s finest musicians: Rakesh Chaurasia(bansuri), Ganesh Rajagopalan (violin), Sridar Parthasarathy (mridangam & kanjira), Navin Sharma(dholak) and T.H.V. Umashankar (ghatam).

A true inspiration to behold, this award-winning performer has not only gained national treasure status in his homeland, but also on an international level.

‘Zakir Hussain, the peerless North Indian tabla player, favours an impish strain of virtuosity. He’s a fearsome technician but also a whimsical inventor, devoted to exuberant play’ New York Times

‘Legends drum among us… Zakir Hussain has accomplished more with his hands and heart than most other artists in the world let alone percussionists’ DRUM! Magazine

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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Fri 17th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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The Bartered Bride

Autumn 2014

18th Oct - 27th Nov 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £68

The Bartered Bride

Synopsis

Bedřich Smetana (1866)

Mařenka and Jeník are in love, but her father wants her to marry the son of the wealthiest man in town.  In the end, youth and cunning outsmart age and power, and the constraints of rural life are thrown off for a while when the circus comes to town.

Smetana is best known for his symphonic poem Ma Vlast (My Country).  His music for The Bartered Bride abounds with freshness and vitality, its energy generated by bold contrasts of mood and atmosphere, the exuberance of its folk-like rhythms and the catchiness of its tunes. 

Daniel Slater’s colourful production has been enthusiastically received by both audiences and critics:

If you want to introduce someone to the delights of opera, this is the one to take them to.’  Sunday Telegraph, 1998

Daniel Slater’s updating of Smetana’s sentimental comedy first appeared in 1998 and is one for all the family, with its all-dancing verve and second-half circus interlude, which gets the evening’s biggest cheer.’  The Times, 2004

Free Inside Opera 
Sat 25 October from 5.45-6.30pm, Howard Assembly Room Members of the cast and creative team offer an exclusive insight into the production. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Audio Described Performance 
​Wed 29 October. Audio Description by Vocaleyes including a touch tour of the set and cosumes at 5.45pm. Limited capacity, to book for audio description and touch tour call 0113 22 33 590. Tickets £13.50 Essential companion free. 

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Find out more about our special performance of The Bartered Bride for schools on 22 October 2014 - the perfect way to introduce young people to the vibrant, dramatic world of opera. 

Next Performances
Sat 18th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 25th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 29th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Fri 31st Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
There are a total of 10 upcoming performances for this production
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Untold Scandal

Autumn 2014

24th Oct 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Untold Scandal

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Immorality Tales

Writer/Director EJ-Yong relocates the action of De Laclos’ classic French novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, to 18th Century Korea.  A beautiful noblewoman bets her womanising cousin that he can’t seduce a virtuous young woman.  This drama of immorality, eroticism and betrayal unfolds against delicate landscapes.  

Revealing the moral hypocrisy behind the exquisitely observed etiquette of courtly society, Untold Scandal finds the essence of the original story in a rendition that combines sly wit and understated intensity.

“…a viciously purring Korean comedy of sexual conquest” New York Times

Dir EJ-Yong; 2003, Cert 18, 124 mins; with English subtitles

This film accompanies Opera North’s new production of The Coronation of Poppea.

Introduction by Paul Cooke, Centenary Chair in World Cinemas 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.

 
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Fri 24th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Family: The Gruffalo

Autumn 2014

26th Oct 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 to £24

Family: The Gruffalo

Synopsis

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Join us as we venture into the deep dark wood with the acclaimed animated films based on the books The Gruffalo and its delightful successor The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  This enchanting double bill is shown on the big screen accompanied live by the Royal Northern Sinfonia.  Rene Aubrey’s beautiful scores make for a perfect introduction to the orchestra, so this performance is the ideal opportunity to introduce the delights of live orchestral music to younger family members and friends.  Now, can the cunning and resourceful little mouse outsmart that hungry Gruffalo? …

René Aubrey The Gruffalo live orchestra and film | The Gruffalo’s Child live orchestra and film

Terry Davies | Conductor

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Sun 26th Oct Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
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Music: Mozart Requiem

Autumn 2014

26th Oct 2014

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £16 - £31.50

Music: Mozart Requiem

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The Requiem was Mozart’s very last work, left unfinished at the time of his death aged just 35. All sorts of myths have sprung up over the years surrounding the commissioning and composition of the work, but however intriguing the mysteries, the actuality of this most human of Requiems in all its beauty and terror remains a wonder to behold when encountered live. The joint forces of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North are conducted by maestro Jac van Steen in a programme that also features Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony and the Prelude to Wagner’s opera Lohengrin.

Wagner | Lohengrin Prelude to Act I
Sibelius | Symphony No.4 in A minor
Mozart Requiem

Jac van Steen | Conductor
Aoife O'Sullivan | Soprano
Rosie Aldridge | Mezzo
Rupert Charlesworth | Tenor
Matthew Brook | Bass
Chorus of Opera North

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Sun 26th Oct Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £7.50

Strauss: Enoch Arden - Op. 38 a melodrama (1897)

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Music by Richard Strauss
Words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Enoch Arden tells the heart-wrenching story of a shipwrecked sailor who returns home after many years to find that the world, and his loved ones, have long given him up for dead. A true melodrama; Strauss’ music digs deep into the psychological turmoil of Enoch, his wife Annie, and Philip, their shared childhood friend.

Famously recorded by Claude Rains and Glenn Gould, here the piece’s wonderfully dynamic relationship between spoken voice and piano is brought to life by music theatre actor Dale Rapley, and Opera North’s Head of Music, Martin Pickard, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ birth.

‘Tennyson’s small epic… so tear-jerking, is a verbal treasure’ BBC Music Magazine

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

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

 
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Thu 30th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Night of the Hunter: Halloween at Opera North

Synopsis

Inspired by German expressionist films of the 1920s, Night of the Hunter is shot in black and white, with striking shadows and distored perspectives. Walter Schumann’s soundtrack is an integral part of the film’s eerie atmosphere. The chilling story that follows Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), a serial-killer who styles himself as a preacher man to gain the trust of a family on the Ohio River. The children escape by boat, but Powell hunts them relentlessly, believing they know the location of a robbery haul.

A classic tale of innocence versus evil, Night of the Hunter is perfect viewing for Halloween.

Dir Charles Laughton; 93 mins; USA; 1955; Cert 12

Introduced by Bridget Bennett, Professor in American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds.

‘A gripping, complex chiller.’ The Guardian

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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Fri 31st Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Storming of the Heart

Autumn 2014

6th Nov 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 to £24

Music: Storming of the Heart

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

In the first of two consecutive appearances in this year’s Kirklees Season, Opera North’s Music Director conducts three groundbreaking works.  The music of the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók is especially close to Richard Farnes’s heart.  Premièred in 1939, Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto is widely regarded as one of the greatest orchestral works of the 20th century: rhapsodic, mysterious and superbly scored, it is extraordinarily atmospheric.  Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is famous for its ferocious rhythmic drive – Wagner wrote of it ‘All tumult, all yearning, and storming of the heart’ and dubbed it ‘the apotheosis of the dance’.  Wagner’s own overture to his opera The Flying Dutchman – his first true masterpiece – opens the concert, and is a taste of things to come: Opera North will give complete performances of the opera in the summer of 2015.

Wagner | Der fliegende Holländer Overture

Bartók | Violin Concerto No.2                                    

Beethoven | Symphony No.7 in A

Richard Farnes | Conductor

Ning Feng | Violin

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Thu 6th Nov Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Extended Circle

Synopsis

The slowly turning, luminous music of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen has, without fanfare developed a staggering depth of meaning and confidence. His quartet with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and long-term associate Jarle Vespestad, has matured into a group whose interactions draw their strength from restraint.

‘For a modern take on the European jazz tradition, this quartet is hard to beat.’ The Arts Desk

The material for this one-off UK date ranges from gospel-influenced pieces and glowing group improvisation, to the Norwegian traditional I Know A Castle In Heaven. Drawn mainly from his latest ECM album, its striking ‘Nordic-Caribbean-Gospel-Impressionist-Bluesy touch’ is reminiscent of his much-lauded debut album.

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

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

 
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Sat 8th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg - The Golden Age Revived

Synopsis

Immorality Tales 

Emma Kirkby, the grande dame of Early Music, makes her Howard Assembly Room debut with a glorious selection of songs focussing on the heroines of the classical world, accompanied by lutenist Jakob Lindberg.

From Purcell’s Dido’s Lament to Dowland’s When Phoebus First Did Daphne Love, these are songs about the women of epic and myth. The recital is completed by Monteverdi’s exquisite Lamento d’Arianna, in tribute to Opera North’s new production of The Coronation of Poppea.

“Kirkby embellishes every note with a grace, lightness and sparkle which other sopranos in careers half as long have already lost”Classic FM

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

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

 
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Thu 13th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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