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The Snowman & Paddington Bear: Orchestra of Opera North

Orchestral

15th - 20 December 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

The Snowman & Paddington Bear: Orchestra of Opera North

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Delight your family this Christmastime with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children accompanied by a live orchestra.

With the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, orchestral forces inject tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air - the soundtrack to every child's Christmas.

Before that we follow everyone’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru. In London he meets The Browns, Mr Gruber and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn and Rossini. This delightful musical story was written by Paddington’s creator Michael Bond, with original music by Herbert Chappell. Told by a narrator, Paddington Bear’s First Concert is an ideal opportunity to introduce live orchestra music to younger family members and friends.

The perfect way to begin this exciting festive time.

Next Performances
Tue 15th Dec
Sun 20th Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: A Joyous Christmas

Orchestral

17 December 2015

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: A Joyous Christmas

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

The Orchestra of Opera North is joined by the combined voices of the Chorus of Opera North, Opera North Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus in a joyous concert that will fill you with festive cheer! The annual Dewsbury Christmas concert has become a popular fixture in the calendar in recent years, and with good reason: the most wonderful time of the year has inspired many of the greatest composers to write some of their finest music. Take a feast of seasonal favourites, add a dash of traditional carols, and you have the perfect prelude to the Christmas holiday season.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Martin Pickard, Conductor

Chorus of Opera North

Opera North Children’s Chorus

Opera North Youth Chorus

Next Performances
Thu 17th Dec
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The Night before Christmas

Classical

18 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Night before Christmas

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Kick-start your Christmas spirit with a beautiful candlelit concert for the holiday season. In the darkest days of the year, the scene is set for a wonderland of festive music, carols and spectacular images.

From Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé, Bach and Handel to carols and Billie Holiday, the halls are decked with holly and the Yuletide log lit, for a feast of music to banish the most stubborn winter blues, and bring the spirit of Christmas to your door. 

Duration 1hr 15 mins.

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.

Next Performances
Fri 18th Dec
Fri 18th Dec
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Puppetry Workshop: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Have some fiendish fun in this exciting puppet-making workshop, inspired by Tim Burton’s magical musical fantasy, The Nightmare Before Christmas - then take your creations along to the afternoon film screening.

This workshop is suitable for children of all ages and their families.

Next Performances
Sat 19th Dec
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The Nightmare before Christmas

Film and Howard Assembly Room

19 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Nightmare before Christmas

Synopsis

Celebrate Christmas-time in spooktacular style with Tim Burton's delightfully dark Yuletide fable The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington gets a new lease of life when he stumbles on Christmastown. He plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus, but discovers that the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry… With festive treats on offer in the merry surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room, this is a deliciously different Christmas treat for all the family. 

We've also planned an exciting puppet-making workshop inspired by Tim Burton’s magical musical fantasy. So join us before the film in the Howard Assembly Room between 10.30 – 12.30pm.

Dir Tim Burton; Cert PG; 76 mins; 1993

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.

Next Performances
Sat 19th Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

30th - 31 December 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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Huddersfield concert part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Be swept off your feet and into the New Year by this afternoon of Viennese classics.  One of the season’s highlights for many, do book early as this ever-popular concert regularly sells out. This year's programme includes excerpts from Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus and Lehar's Die lustige Witwe.

John Rigby, Conductor

Jennifer France, Soprano

Leeds Town Hall
On sale date to be announced

Next Performances
Wed 30th Dec
Thu 31st Dec
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Andrea Chénier

Opera

19 Jan - 19 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Andrea Chénier

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Umberto Giordano (1896)

New production

Based (very loosely) on the life of the French poet André Chénier (1762 – 94) and set at the time of the French Revolution and the ensuing Terror, Giordano’s stirring opera has always been warmly embraced by audiences for its open-hearted emotionalism and ardent dramatic lyricism. 

For many, Andrea Chénier encapsulates the very essence of Italian opera and the title role is one of the most prized in the tenor repertoire.  It’s not hard to hear why when you listen to arias such as ‘Un di all’azzuro spazio’, ‘Come un bel dì di maggio’ and the closing duet for Chénier and the opera’s heroine Maddalena, whose love endures even in the face of death.  In the best verismo tradition, Giordano also colours his score with tunes associated with the French Revolution, such as ‘Ça ira’ and the ‘Marseillaise’.

Annabel Arden’s new production for Opera North explores the chaos of revolution and examines the role of the artist in a time of political turmoil.  Her cast includes Rafael Rojas (Chénier) and Robert Hayward (Carlo Gérard), who last squared up to each other at Opera North in The Girl of the Golden West, and Annemarie Kremer (Maddalena), who gave an unforgettable performance in the title role of Norma for the Company in 2012. 

Sung in Italian with English titles

Production supported by a generous gift from Terry and Liz Bramall

Next Performances
Tue 19th Jan
Sat 23rd Jan
Tue 2nd Feb
Sat 20th Feb
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

One of the delights of a performance by the Royal Northern Sinfonia is the palpable joy in their music-making. Stravinsky’s neoclassical Concerto in D was composed in Hollywood in 1946, and its exciting rhythmic character later inspired Jerome Robbins to choreograph it in his ballet The Cage. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante is a distillation of his genius: from the grace and poise of the opening movement, to the deep sadness of the central andante, to the high-spirited fun of the finale. Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony is so called because in the last movement the musicians leave the stage by turns, leaving just two violins to finish the work.  This was perhaps a not so subtle hint to Haydn’s patron Prince Esterházy that it was time to pack up his summer residence and head home so that his musicians could be reunited with their families. 

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 28th Jan
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Così fan tutte

Opera

3 Feb - 18 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Così fan tutte

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1790)

It starts with a casual bet. The wily old cynic Don Alfonso wagers that the fiancées of two young men, complacent in their romantic notions of love, won’t stay faithful for a minute if put to the test. It sounds harmless enough and, anyway, the lovers are entirely sure of themselves. But cruelty is inherent in this game of love and chance.

It’s difficult to think of an opera that contains more music of sheer beauty than Così fan tutte – or that has a libretto that is more unsettling. The plot is a work of supreme artifice, yet the opera charts the boundaries of real and feigned emotion, trust and deception, loyalty and desire, with unsparing accuracy and truthfulness.

Tim Albery, whose recent work at Opera North includes The Coronation of Poppea (2014), directs a fresh young cast in a production set firmly in the Age of Reason.

Sung in English

Next Performances
Wed 3rd Feb
Wed 10th Feb
Sat 13th Feb
Thu 18th Feb
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Classic FM - Classic Romance

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

There has been no greater source of inspiration for composers throughout the ages than the joys and sorrows of romantic love. In this very special Valentine’s Day concert we celebrate love in all its aspects – from the thrill of falling into it to the heartbreak of losing it. And there is surely nothing more romantic than serenading the object of your heart’s desire with a full-size symphony orchestra live in the room, playing some of the most beautiful and passionate music ever written!

Tobias Ringborg, Conductor/Violin

Anne-Marie Minhall, Presenter

Next Performances
Sun 14th Feb
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L’elisir d’amore

Opera

17 Feb - 17 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

L’elisir d’amore

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Gaetano Donizetti (1832)

L’elisir d’amore is the ‘male Cinderella’ tale of Nemorino, ineffectual but good-hearted, and his love for the very self-assured Adina, who fancies the experienced charmer Belcore. When the quack Dr. Dulcamara comes to town touting a miraculous ‘love potion’, Nemorino thinks his prayers have been answered. But is it really the potion that makes him suddenly irresistible to all the girls in the village?

Daniel Slater’s sunny 1950s-style production, complete with hot-air balloon and Vespas, is a perfect fit for Donizetti’s irrepressibly fresh comedy. Funny and moving, the opera includes one of the best-loved of tenor arias, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. The cast is headed by four singers who’ve each made a strong impression in recent Opera North productions: Gabriela Iştoc and Duncan Rock as, respectively, Mimì and Marcello in La Bohème (2014); Jung Soo Yun, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth (2014); and Richard Burkhard in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro (2015).

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Wed 17th Feb
Fri 19th Feb
Thu 25th Feb
Sat 27th Feb
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss, Brahms

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

We are delighted to welcome the BBC Philharmonic to the Kirklees Season under its Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in a programme of works by three generations of Austro-German masters.  Franz Strauss was renowned as a virtuoso horn player, and his son Richard composed his First Horn Concerto with the hope that his father would give the premiere. In the event, the technical demands of this wonderfully fresh work, rich in melody, were deemed too risky by Strauss senior, who was by then in his sixties. Schubert’s genial Sixth Symphony owes much to the example of Haydn, while Brahms’ Third Symphony is a work of striking contrasts.  The allegretto third movement, laced with melancholy, is a favourite for many, and it is followed by a tautly dramatic finale which eventually relaxes into a quiet ending that glows like sunshine through Autumn haze.

Juanjo Mena, Conductor

Alberto Menéndez Escribano, Horn

Next Performances
Fri 4th Mar
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