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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Music: Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains - Support: Petit Fantôme and Babe

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On Piano Ombre: 

“…confident and packed full of elevating song structures, Piano Ombre is an album many will find euphorically addictive.” Drowned in Sound

Since the release of their hugely popular first album E Volo Love, Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains have come a long way.  Their most recent music, while remaining true to their signature, sunny harmonies, is at times a more shadowy electronic affair.

According to Frànçois, “Piano Ombre translates as Calm Down Shadow, which refers to me trying to tame the shadows.” The result retains their love of a great pop tune, mixed with elegant French lyrics, West African rhythms and a more confident darker edge.

Next Performances
Fri 14th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

Autumn 2014

20th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Music: Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

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"…the humble high priest of international jazz" The Guardian

Abdullah Ibrahim returns to Leeds for a special concert to celebrate his 80th year. Casting his own atmospheric spell of heart-stopping melodies and delicately propulsive grooves, Ibrahim plays music from across his vast musical landscape of knowledge and technique.

The legendary South African pianist and Composer occupies a central position in his country's music history as an exile from apartheid and politicised pioneer of township and Cape Jazz.

There’s nothing in music quite like the atmosphere of an Abdullah Ibrahim concert.

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Thu 20th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Frazey Ford

Autumn 2014

21st Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Music: Frazey Ford

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from The Be Good Tanyas
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This event is on general sale from Thu 31 July at 10am.

One of the defining features of The Be Good Tanyas is Frazey Ford’s distinctive vocals.  David Honigmann said in the Financial Times “as a lead singer, Frazey is poised halfway between folk and soul, paying simultaneous obeisance to Bob Dylan and Otis Redding”.  Her influences run near the surface – you can hear in her songs the combination of soul and folk that fueklled artists like Donny Hathaway and Joni Mitchell – but the stories of her new album Indian Ocean are all her own.

Next Performances
Fri 21st Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: John Smith

Autumn 2014

27th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: 12.50

Music: John Smith

Synopsis

Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith pays a return visit to the Howard Assembly Room following an incredible year (culminating in a sell out show at Union Chapel in London) touring his most recent album Great Lakes. He is a dazzling and inventive guitarist and possessor of an unforgettable honeyed gravel growl of a voice that belies his age and background.

John Smith is a favourite at the Howard Assembly Room having supported Iron and Wine in 2010.

“He possesses a common name but a rare talent” – The Independent

“His performance was an object lesson in how taste and imagination always outweigh mere musical virtuosity…unexpected and daring” – The Sunday Times

 

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 27th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Tallis Scholars

Autumn 2014

18th Dec 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £22.50

Music: Tallis Scholars

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Voices 

“…the sound coming from the Tallis Scholars almost surpassed the humanly possible…” The Telegraph

The Tallis Scholars make a welcome return to the Howard Assembly Room after a four-year absence. Leading exponents of early sacred music for over 40 years, this superb a capella ensemble, founded and conducted by Peter Phillips, continues to delight with their beautifully pure tone and exquisite blend of voices. Performing an inspired programme of English Renaissance music focusing on composer William Byrd, the ensemble offers a festive and moving concert for the Christmas period.

Next Performances
Thu 18th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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The Marriage of Figaro

Winter 2015

24th Jan - 28th Mar 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £68

The Marriage of Figaro

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1786)

New production

It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna.  The Countess is heartbroken by her husband’s faithlessness – but she is the object of the adolescent desires of the page, Cherubino.  And Figaro is in trouble with the housekeeper, Marcellina, who has lent him money on the promise that, if he can’t repay her, he’ll have to marry her …

The Marriage of Figaro is aptly subtitled ‘The Follies of a Day’.  Mozart’s music bubbles along with comedic high spirits, but it plumbs the depths of emotion, too, expressing the joy and pain of love and the agony and ecstasy of desire, until all is resolved in a spirit of forgiveness.

With recent work for Opera North including a deliciously funny Ruddigore and a heart-rending Carousel, director Jo Davies is perfectly placed to hold the effervescent comedy and the serious heart of Mozart’s sublime masterpiece in ideal balance.     

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 3 hours

Next Performances
Sat 24th Jan Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Fri 30th Jan Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Thu 5th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 11th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
There are a total of 15 upcoming performances for this production
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La vida breve

Winter 2015

18th Feb - 24th Mar 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £68

La vida breve

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This production is presented as part of a double-bill alongside Gianni Schicchi.

Manuel de Falla (1913)

From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera that sets violently passionate emotions amid the colourful sights and sounds of Granada.

La vida breve is an all or nothing tragedy of a woman who loves too much a worthless man who strings her along, knowing all the while that he is to marry another girl.   The atmosphere is heavy with Spanish fatalism, heightened by the influence of Andalusian folk song, lightened by Spanish dance rhythms, and the action is ferociously intense. 

Christopher Alden’s production was one of the highlights of Opera North’s groundbreaking, award-winning Eight Little Greats season in 2004, and was extravagantly praised by Germaine Greer on BBC2’s Newsnight Review:

‘It’s a staggering work and it was staggeringly presented and performed.  If you see nothing else this year, and you give a damn, see La vida breve.  Go to Salford, Nottingham, go wherever you can and see it.’  

Sung in Spanish with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Next Performances
Wed 18th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Fri 20th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 25th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 28th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Gianni Schicchi

Winter 2015

18th Feb - 24th Mar 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £68

Gianni Schicchi

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This production is presented in a double-bill alongside La Vida Breve.

Giacomo Puccini (1918)

New production

After the dark, suicidal angst of La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi is the perfect companion piece – a satyr play played out around the death-bed of a rich man.  The scheming relatives who vie for a chunk of his fortune are all too recognizable types, revealing the greed and avarice which lies just below the thin veneer of their family loyalties.

Puccini’s only outright comedy is based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno, and Christopher Alden’s new production locates the action in the early Renaissance, at a time when medieval cobwebs were blown away by the fresh air of radical new thinking and creative innovation.  The production also nods slyly in the direction of the timeless themes which Puccini exploits to brilliantly farcical effect – after all, those scheming relatives may bear an uncanny resemblance to our own family members!

With its vivid characterization and the spontaneity of its musical invention, Gianni Schicchi is a comic masterpiece in miniature, and features one of Puccini’s best-loved arias, ‘O mio babbino caro’.

Sung in Italian with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 1 hour

Next Performances
Wed 18th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Fri 20th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 25th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 28th Feb Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Swanhunter

Spring 2015

16th - 18th Apr 2015

Swanhunter

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Jonathan Dove & Alasdair Middleton 2009

An Opera North / The Wrong Crowd co-production

Lemminkäinen is determined to travel to the icy north in search of a bride, against his mother’s wishes. There, impossible tasks await him: he must face the Devil’s Elk, the Swan on Death’s River – and in the shadows, an unseen danger lurks.

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.

Lasts approximately 1 hour 

Sung in English

 

Next Performances
Thu 16th Apr Leeds Howard Assembly Room
Fri 17th Apr Leeds Howard Assembly Room
Sat 18th Apr Leeds Howard Assembly Room
Sat 18th Apr Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Carousel

Spring 2015

13th - 23rd May 2015

Leeds

Leeds Grand Theatre

Adult ticket: £15 - £47

Carousel

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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

A co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

Next Performances
Wed 13th May Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Thu 14th May Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Thu 14th May Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Fri 15th May Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
There are a total of 13 upcoming performances for this production
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The Flying Dutchman

Summer 2015

27th Jun - 11th Jul 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £52

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 Leeds Leeds Town Hall
Tue 30th Jun Leeds Leeds Town Hall
Fri 3rd Jul Gateshead Sage
Sun 5th Jul Birmingham Symphony Hall
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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