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28 Apr - 14 May 2016


Touring 4 theatres


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World Premiere

Val (Lesley Garrett) works the toilets in “Pleasure”, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England. For years, she’s been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante. She is much-loved but viewed as an enigma. Why is she still there? Why does she never leave? When a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of a passionate and violent night…

Born in Liverpool in 1988, composer Mark Simpson won BBC Young Musician of the Year as a clarinettist in 2006 and also, that same year, received the accolade of BBC Young Composer of the year – the only individual to have won both competitions. In 2010 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award. With a growing catalogue of works to his credit, his orchestral scores A Mirror-Fragment and Threads (both 2008) as well as sparks (2012) have all been well received.

Pleasure sees Simpson turn to opera for the first time, collaborating once again with librettist Melanie Challenger. Highly sought after, and admired by peers, critics and audiences alike, Challenger’s works includes a stunning selection of poetry and prose including the award-winning non-fiction book On Extinction. The duo recently received critical praise for their contribution to the Manchester International Festival, The Immortal, which was performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

Pleasure marks the third collaborative project by Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Royal Opera House, giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.​

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, the Emerald Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Next Performances
Thu 28th Apr
Fri 29th Apr
Wed 4th May
Sat 7th May
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production

Inside Opera Special: The Ring

Spoken Word/Talks

26 May 2016


Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera Special: The Ring

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Explore Wagner’s Ring and Opera North’s acclaimed concert staging of the complete cycle in the company of special guest speakers and members of the company and creative team.

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Next Performances
Thu 26th May

Into the Woods


2 - 25 Jun 2016


West Yorkshire Playhouse

Into the Woods

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Stephen Sondheim (1987)

Be careful what you wish for …..

In Sondheim’s classic musical, well-known fairy tale characters collide, but for Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Red Riding Hood, together with a childless baker and his wife, Happily Ever After turns out to be far from the end of the story. Whilst all the elements are there - a slipper as pure as gold, hair as yellow as corn, magic beans and of course the curse of a witch - this is no conventional fairy tale. The familiar find themselves in very unfamiliar circumstances in this darkly comic tale.

A recent movie hit starring Meryl Streep, Sondheim’s revered wit and intelligence unite Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse in their first major collaboration. Featuring the Chorus of Opera North and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director, James Brining, prepare for a performance that is far more than Once Upon A Time….   

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

A co-production between Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED
Next Performances
Thu 2nd Jun
Fri 3rd Jun
Sat 4th Jun
Mon 6th Jun
There are a total of 20 upcoming performances for this production


Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Mahler Symphony no.8

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Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

David Hill, Conductor 

Lee Bisset, Soprano
Katherine Broderick, Soprano
Kate Valentine, Soprano
Sarah Castle, Mezzo-soprano
Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-soprano
Peter Wedd, Tenor
Michael Druiett, Bass
Andrew Foster Williams, Baritone

Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Bradford Catholic Youth Choir

Next Performances
Sat 4th Jun


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