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The Cardinall's Musick

Classical

1 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Cardinall's Musick

Synopsis

A jewel in the crown of Early Music consorts, The Cardinall’s Musick is one of the most expressive and entertaining ensembles in the world. This imaginative vocal group recreates the sounds of the past in a way that makes them live in the present. Under Andrew Carwood’s direction The Cardinall’s Musick has won the Gramophone Award for Early Music no fewer than four times.

‘Clear tones; perfect intonation; an ideal balance between individual colour and an ensemble blend’ The Times

This special Easter concert is dominated by Thomas Tallis’ darkly glorious Mass for Four Voices and concludes with a new commission by young composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, the first DARE Cultural Fellow in the Opera Related Arts in association with Opera North and 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
Wed 1st Apr
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Swanhunter

Opera

2nd - 30 April 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Swanhunter

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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

Schools Performance - Mon 20 April, 11am
Dedicated performance solely for an audience of school parties. Bookings can be made via Andy Kitching on 0844 848 2705. Supportive online resources will be available soon.

Supported by Opera North Future Fund, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust and by using public funding by Arts Council England. In addition we are grateful for the support of the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation (Yorkshire dates), the Sir John Fisher Foundation (North West dates), the Sir James Knott Trust, the Hedley Denton Charitable Trust and the Carr- Ellison Charitable Trust Fund (North East dates).
Commissioned by Opera North, Licensed by Edition Peters
Next Performances
Thu 2nd Apr
Sat 4th Apr
Mon 6th Apr
Tue 7th Apr
There are a total of 17 upcoming performances for this production
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Metropolis

Film

2 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Metropolis

Synopsis

with the Orchestra of Opera North

Cult 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis is a triumph of German Expressionism and remains one of the most influential films ever made. With its depiction of a futuristic cityscape and an alluring female robot, Metropolis is the mother of sci-fi cinema influencing Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless others. Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang, its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery, and modernist grandeur remain as powerful as ever.

‘It is a technical marvel’ NY Times

The original chamber orchestra version of its powerful score by German composer Gottfried Huppertz is conducted by Hugh Brunt and performed by the Orchestra of Opera North.

**** The Guardian on Metropolis

Dir Fritz Lang; Germany 1927; Cert PG (contains mild violence and nudity); 153mins

FILMPHILHARMONIC EDITION

Film by courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung,

Music by courtesy of European Filmphilharmonic Institute.

(photo credits: © Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung)

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.

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 2nd Apr
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Swanhunter: Indoor Camping Adventure

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Storytelling, tents and marshmallows. Join us on a camping adventure in this family-friendly workshop, exploring the story and songs of Swanhunter. Suitable from children aged 7+ their families.

Limited capacity, booking essential

Next Performances
Wed 8th Apr
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Invitation to the Dance

Orchestral

11th - 16 April 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Invitation to the Dance

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Three works with strong associations with dance dominate this evening’s concert.  Gershwin’s musical love letter to Paris, written in 1928, was not originally intended to be danced, but it is now indelibly linked with images of Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly dancing against the backdrop of the City of Romance in the 1951 film An American in Paris.  Stravinsky’s Firebird took a journey in the opposite direction, from ballet score to orchestral suite.  Premièred in 1910 by the Ballets Russes, the ballet was an immediate sensation with audiences and critics, and the 1919 orchestral suite heard here demonstrates Stravinsky’s total mastery of orchestral colour.  In his Mother Goose suite, Ravel weaves together several French fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Tom Thumb, to make music that is a delight for adults and children alike.

Gershwin | An American in Paris

Shostakovich | Piano Concerto No.1

Ravel Mother Goose (Complete)

Stravinsky | The Firebird (1919)

Kees Bakels | Conductor

Frederico Colli | Piano

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

Next Performances
Sat 11th Apr
Thu 16th Apr
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Popular Classics for all the Family

Orchestral

18th - 19 April 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Popular Classics for all the Family

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Join us for an afternoon of popular classics in the intimate surroundings of Dewsbury Town Hall.  Tchaikovsky’s music for the ballet The Nutcracker and Prokofiev’s musical tale Peter and the Wolf have inspired a love of classical music in generation after generation of children, and such is the enduring quality of these scores that they are also enjoyed and enjoyed again by all those – young and old – who know and love them well.  Peter and the Wolf will be followed this afternoon by Wolf Tracks, or The Wolf and Peter, a delightful sequel to Prokofiev’s original by the French composer Jean-Pascal Beintus, and the concert is presented and narrated by Huddersfield-born BBC Radio Leeds personality Liz Green.

Tchaikovsky | Nutcracker (excerpts)

Prokofiev | Peter and the Wolf

Jean-Pascal Beintus | Wolf Tracks

Justin Doyle | Conductor  

Liz Green | Narrator and Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

Next Performances
Sat 18th Apr
Sun 19th Apr
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Carousel

Musicals

13 May - 13 June 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

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
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 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 its problems seem only to multiply.  A slick outsider steps in to help, but his attempts to modernise place the family in peril.

Matt Rogers (also known as Gameshow Outpatient) has created commissions for the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, among many others. Sally O’Reilly writes art criticism and fiction for video, performance and the page. The Virtues of Things will be directed by Bijan Sheibani, Associate Director at the National Theatre. To date, Sheibani has been nominated for the Olivier Awards three times, most recently for Best Director in 2010.

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

Next Performances
Fri 15th May
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Lau

Folk

19 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau

Synopsis

Support: Ella The Bird

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 Aiden O’Rourke. 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.

‘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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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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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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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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