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Letter from an Unknown Woman

Autumn 2014

18th Sep 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Letter from an Unknown Woman

Synopsis

Immorality Tales

“A weepie like they don't make them like anymore” The Independent

By the time you read this letter, I may be dead.’

Set in Vienna at the turn of the century, a former concert pianist receives a letter from a woman (Joan Fontaine) which reveals her lifelong love for him, and the devastation that their encounters have caused her. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, as the pianist struggles to recall the author of the letter.

Letter from an Unknown Woman portrays Ophüls’ favourite theme of woman ill-met in love with a mix of European style, Hollywood muscularity and lyrical camera work.

Dir Max Ophüls; 1948; America; 86 Mins; cert U

This showing accompanies Opera North’s production of La Traviata

Introduced by Dr Claudia Sternberg, Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Cultural Studies 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.

 
Next Performances
Thu 18th Sep Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

A Time and Place - Sam Lee and members of The Unthanks

Synopsis

Musical meditations on the First World War

Rachel Unthank, Becky Unthank, Sam Lee, Adrian McNally and more

Video design by Matthew J Watkins.

A Time and Place presents an evening of music inspired by the folk song, stories and poetry of the First World War created for audiences today.

Known for their ability to take traditional repertoire and reinvent it for contemporary ears, Mercury Prize nominated folk artists Sam Lee, Rachel and Becky Unthank collaborate for the first time in this poignant project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

As part of an 11 strong line-up they will perform original repertoire from the time alongside new material inspired by personal stories and arrangements to First World War poetry, all against the backdrop of Matthew J Watkins striking video design.

Rachel and Becky Unthank return to the Howard Assembly Room following two sell out shows in 2009 and 2011.

'Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence' - The Independent on The Unthanks

'Just beautiful' - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music on The Unthanks

‘Sam Lee: The heart of folk’ The Times on Sam Lee

'Lee's unique take on folk music needs to be heard.' - The Guardian on Sam Lee

 

Co-produced by the Barbican, sounduk, and Opera North in partnership with Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham. A Time and Place is part of the Imperial War Museums Centenary Partnership Programme.

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 19th Sep Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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La traviata

Autumn 2014

20th Sep 2014 - 27th Mar 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £68

La traviata

Synopsis

Giuseppe Verdi (1853)

New production
Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love.  But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life, and circumstances conspire to force her to sacrifice what may be her only chance of real love.

Asked some years after its premiere which of his operas he liked best, Verdi replied ‘Speaking as a professional, Rigoletto; as an amateur La traviata’.  He poured some of his most heartfelt music into this intimate story of family tensions and blighted love, and the result is one of opera’s most profoundly moving masterpieces.  

Director Alessandro Talevi and designer Madeleine Boyd (The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni) set Opera North’s first new production of La traviata for 15 years in Belle Époque Paris.  Two South Korean artists with burgeoning international careers, the soprano Hye-Youn Lee and the tenor Ji-Min Park, are Violetta and Alfredo; and the young Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò makes his Opera North debut.

Free Inside Opera
Thu 23 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.

Free pre-show talks
Sat 27 September, Fri 3 & 17 October, Tue 28 October, Sat 1 Novemeber.
​Talks by Opera North Chorus member Sarah Estill. Begins 1 hour before the performance. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Sung in Italian with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

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Next Performances
Sat 20th Sep Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 27th Sep Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Fri 3rd Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Fri 17th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
There are a total of 26 upcoming performances for this production
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Making an Opera: Monteverdi's Poppea

Autumn 2014

23rd Sep 2014

Leeds

Emerald Grand Hall

Adult ticket: Priority booking now open. Tickets: Free, but must be booked in advance.

Making an Opera: Monteverdi's Poppea

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Priority booking for Friends, Associates and Patrons of Opera North from Fri 1 August at 10am

To book online click Buy Tickets and enter your Promotional Code

General sale from Mon 1 September at 10am

The Coronation of Poppea has a notoriously tangled textual history. Although the opera is regularly attributed to Monteverdi it is almost certain that some of its most famous music wasn't written by Monteverdi at all - and there isn't anything close to a definitive version of the score. In this special event, director Tim Albery and conductor Laurence Cummings discuss the opera and the making of a new performing edition for Opera's North's first ever production of one of opera's earliest masterpieces - whoever it's by.

Tickets: Free, but must be booked in advance

Next Performances
Tue 23rd Sep Leeds Emerald Grand Hall
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Music: Classical Greats

Autumn 2014

26th Sep 2014

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 to £19

Music: Classical Greats

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

The Kirklees Concert Season opens with masterpieces by two of the greatest exponents of the classical style, together with a symphony by a 20th-century master.  Haydn is widely acknowledged as the Father of the Symphony, and it’s impossible to imagine the great works of Mozart, Beethoven and all who came after him without his example.  But Haydn’s symphonies are also wonders in their own right, brimming with invention, humour, drama and surprises; this is some of the most sheerly enjoyable music you will ever hear.  Like Haydn’s ‘London’ symphony, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is a work that came late in its composer’s career.  Tailor-made for Mozart’s friend, the clarinettist Anton Stadler, it is one of the best-loved pieces of all time, its enduring popularity boosted by its use in films such as Out of Africa.

Haydn | Symphony No.104 ‘London’ 

Mozart | Clarinet Concerto, K622

Sibelius | Symphony No. 3 in C

Eugene Tzigane | Conductor

Colin Honour | Clarinet

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Fri 26th Sep Dewsbury Dewsbury Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld - Still Smiling

Synopsis

A special UK performance brings an alliance of the highest order to the Howard Assembly Room. Still Smiling sees German-born Blixa Bargeld (former Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Einstürzende Neubauten founder) join forces with Italian electronic composer Teho Teardo.

Theirs is a dark collaboration in which Bargeld’s sardonic, poetic lyrics and unmistakeable voice combine with a palette of strings, experimentation and a dose of theatrical flair. The result is a multi-lingual masterpiece of intimacy and controlled grandeur.

Programmed by Opera North Projects as part of the Recon Festival.

 

'Still Smiling is a playful, intelligent album, a series of personal and observational sketches of a disquieting world.' - The Quietus

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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Fri 26th Sep Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

James Yorkston and David Thomas Broughton - with Juice Vocal Ensemble

Synopsis

Voices

Starting out as an integral part of the Fence Collective, Scottish folk singer-songwriter James Yorkston’s solo career rocketed when his debut solo single was endorsed by John Peel. Since then Yorkston has firmly put his stamp on traditional folk music, creating a loyal following including international folk-star KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail and King Creosote to name a few.  Performing a collection of songs from his anthology, this talented multi-instrumentalist will draw you in with his heart-felt lyrics, Scottish-lilted vocals and catchy, stripped-back melodies.

‘The time for Fife’s softly spoken James Yorkston to be ranked as one of the country’s great songwriters is long overdue. His honesty, wry humour and rippling folk guitar are on peak form’ - NME

Otley-born folk singer and guitarist David Thomas Broughton’s music is by turns delightful, disturbing and heartbreaking. Here he performs with Juice Vocal Ensemble in music that spans from hymnal to human beatbox, discord to angelic harmony, with lyrical themes, ranging from love to pub brawls.

‘Arguably the most staggering live musician in the country’ Mojo on David Thomas Broughton

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

This event was previously scheduled with Dark Northumbrian, unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the line-up has been changed. Tickets held before this change are still valid. Any queries please contact Box Office on 0844 848 2727.

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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Sat 27th Sep Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Mozart Requiem

Autumn 2014

2nd - 26th Oct 2014

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Adult ticket: £8 to £31.50

Music: Mozart Requiem

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

UK première of a new edition of Mozart’s Requiem, by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs.

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 Requiem is here being performed for the first time in Britain in the acclaimed new edition by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs.

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

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Thu 2nd Oct Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
Sun 26th Oct Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Light Night: I am yours, yours am I

Autumn 2014

3rd - 4th Oct 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free drop in

Light Night: I am yours, yours am I

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Immorality Tales

Something strange has happened in the Howard Assembly Room. Trees have taken root in the floor and birds are singing from the treetops, indoors, on a cold, dark October night…

Experience opera as never before, for as the clock strikes, singers and musicians appear around you, bringing one of the most achingly beautiful love songs ever written. From the final moments of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, this is a moment of magic where all is not as it seems...

Sit where you like, stay as long as you want, this is opera for everyone in 3d and surround sound.

The Coronation of Poppea is at Leeds Grand Theatre in October.

Free to drop in on -

Fri 3 October: 5.30pm-10.00pm
Sat 4 October: 5.00pm - 7.30pm

A performance will begin approximately every 10 minutes.

‘Light Night is an annual event showcasing some of Leeds’ best examples of its culture. For one night only, cultural venues open up for artists to temporarily transform small ad large spaces to show their work to the residents of Leeds’ The Public Reviews

Find out more about Light Night

 
Next Performances
Fri 3rd Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
Sat 4th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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The Coronation of Poppea

Autumn 2014

4th Oct - 29th Nov 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £68

The Coronation of Poppea

Synopsis

Claudio Monteverdi (1643)

New production

Based loosely on actual events in 1st-century AD Rome, The Coronation of Poppea charts the consuming erotic obsession of the Emperor Nero for the beautiful Poppea Sabina.  Ruthlessly sweeping aside anyone who stands in the way of their union – including Nero’s wife Octavia and the poet and philosopher Seneca – Nero and Poppea triumph over all their opponents and rejoice in one of the most sexually-charged love duets ever written.

The moral ambivalence of one of opera’s earliest masterpieces ensures that it remains to this day one of the most shocking and compelling.  Tim Albery, who directed a ravishing production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Opera North in 2012, has prepared a new performing version of a dramma musicale about which almost everything is disputed, including its authorship. 

A cast of superb singer-actors is led by the American soprano Sandra Piques Eddy (Poppea) and the British counter-tenor James Laing (Nerone).  The conductor is Laurence Cummings, one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historically-informed performance.   

Free Inside Opera 
Thu 23 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.

Free pre-show talks
Sat 11 October, Thu 30 October. Talks by Assistant Director Emma Black and Opera North Editor Stuart Leeks. Begins 1 hour before the performance. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 3 hours

Production supported by Friends of Opera North

Next Performances
Sat 4th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 11th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Fri 24th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Thu 30th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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King Creosote

Autumn 2014

11th Oct 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15.00

King Creosote

Synopsis

From Scotland With Love

With Support - Charlie Cunningham

King Creosote is the stage name of Scottish folk singer and songwriter Kenny Anderson. His powerful and cinematic new album From Scotland With Love, released to coincide with Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, has received universal critical acclaim.

His first since his Mercury-nominated collaborative record with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine, From Scotland With Love was originally composed to accompany a documentary film, so for the first time King Creosote found himself writing the stories and perspectives of other people. The result is a sweepingly charismatic set of songs with themes of love and loss, war and resistance.

“King Creosote’s voice – a light, reedy tenor with departures, occasionally uncertain, into counter-tenor – is a thing of extraordinary beauty” The Independent

‘Stately songs of disarming passion’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.

 
Next Performances
Sat 11th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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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), Sabir Khan (sarangi), Abbos Kosimov (doyra), Deepak Bhatt (dohl) and Vijay S. Chavan (dholki).

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.

 
Next Performances
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. 

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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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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.

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Thu 13th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

Autumn 2014

14th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

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CANCELLED We are sorry to announce that the band has cancelled this performance due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have booked tickets and paid by card, the Box office will automatically refund your card; if you paid by cheque or cash, a cheque will be sent to you in the course of the next four weeks. If you have any queries, please call the Box office on 0844 848 2720.
Next Performances
Fri 14th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Ben Frost: AURORA

Autumn 2014

15th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Ben Frost: AURORA

Synopsis

Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label in 2003. Frost’s own music is varied, he welds structured sound to immersive melody.

With 2014 release A U R O R A, he strips away piano and strings in favour of a world of fiercely synthetic shapes, live manipulation of electronics, guitar noise and drumbeats firing in all directions. Live he commands the stage, judging the perfect moment to send down his next lightning bolt.  

“A brutal yet glorious release that doubles up as an unbending overture to fervour and force” The Line of Best Fit

In association with Room 237

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 15th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

Autumn 2014

20th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

Synopsis

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.

"…the humble high priest of international jazz" - 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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Thu 20th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Frazey Ford

Autumn 2014

21st Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Frazey Ford

Synopsis

from The Be Good Tanyas
With support

One of the defining features of The Be Good Tanyas is the distinctive vocal style of Frazey Ford. David Honigmann said in the Financial Times ‘as a lead singer, Frazey is posed halway 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 fuelled artists like Donny Hathaway and Joni Mitchell – but the stories of her new album Indian Ocean are all her own.

'Frazey Ford's warm voice is instantly recognizable to any fan of her former group, The Be Good Tanyas. But unlike that trio and its folksy air, Ford's solo work has more of a smoky, soulful mood'Washington Post

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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Fri 21st Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free, but must be booked in advance

Forced Entertainment: That Night Follows Day

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That Night Follows Day is a comical and poignant text by Tim Etchells, the Artistic Director of internationally renowned theatre company Forced Entertainment.

Written for an adult audience with performers aged 8 to 14, the work explores the ways in which adults’ words and actions shape and influence young people’s experience. Addressing the audience directly, a chorus of children explores and interrogates the range of advice, facts, truisms, white lies and excuses they hear from their elders.

In partnership with Compass Festival and Opera North, Forced Entertainment will create a rehearsed reading of the work. Age recommendation 16 +. Although the piece is performed by children it is for an adult audience as the text contains strong language.

‘One of Britain’s greatest theatre companies’ The Guardian

Part of Compass Festival 2014, taking all over Leeds City Centre between 13 - 23 November.

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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Sun 23rd Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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John Smith

Autumn 2014

27th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: 12.50

John Smith

Synopsis

With support

John Smith has had 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.

John Smith is a firm favourite at the Howard Assembly Room having first performed in the venue supporting 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

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Thu 27th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Giorgos Xylouris and Jim White

Autumn 2014

28th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Giorgos Xylouris and Jim White

Synopsis

Xylouris White is the collaboration between two masters of contemporary music: Jim White, founder of the internationally acclaimed trio Dirty Three, and Giorgos Xylouris (aka Psarogiorgis) the master lutenist who has been described as the future of Cretan music.

‘With his commanding stage presence, creative approach and curly hair, Xylouris is the Bob Dylan of Greek music’ Neoskosmos.com on Giorgos Xylouris

Xylouris White makes a compelling new blend of melody and rhythm - an exhilarating experience to watch. Having first played together in Melbourne, the duo has been on a wonderful journey across three continents. Although these new experiences have added many riches, neither has lost touch with the best of their diverse traditions.

‘ever-astounding’ Pitchfork on Jim White

The first album by Xylouris White will be released this Autumn.

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 28th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Scaling the Heights

Autumn 2014

4th - 6th Dec 2014

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Adult ticket: £8 to £31.50

Music: Scaling the Heights

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Brahms’s D major Concerto is one of the peaks of the violin repertoire.  The rugged grandeur of the massive first movement gives way to the melting lyricism of the second, whilst the finale is flavoured with vigorous Hungarian folk rhythms, a tribute to the man for whom the work was written, the Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim.  Following in Joachim’s footsteps this evening is one of the most compelling young violinists on the concert platform today, Jack Liebeck.  The concert is completed by two masterworks of French orchestral tone painting – La Valse, Ravel’s tribute to the waltz, its touches of parody shot through with a surprising romanticism, and Debussy’s impressionistic evocation of the sea, La Mer.

Brahms | Violin Concerto

Debussy | La Mer

Ravel La Valse

Richard Farnes | Conductor

Jack Liebeck | Violin

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Thu 4th Dec Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
Sat 6th Dec Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £6

Vocal Harmony: Interactive Family Performance

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Following the storming sell-out success of the Family Bluegrass and West African Music Interactive Performance, Vocal Harmony is our latest concert.

The morning not only features a performance from a professional a cappella vocal harmony group, the audience will also be given a chance to join in and sing along in a fun, relaxes environment.

‘A brilliant morning of music, dance and play… Opera North really went out of the way to make the event family friendly’ Yorkshire Tots

This morning concert is the ideal way to introduce young children to music, singing and professional performance.

Suitable for children of all ages and their parents/carers.

All children should be accompanied by an adult and all adults should be accompanied by a child!

‘I loved it’ Participant aged 5​

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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Sat 6th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: A Joyous Christmas

Autumn 2014

11th Dec 2014

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 to £19

Music: A Joyous Christmas

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

The annual Dewsbury Christmas concert has become a popular fixture in the calendar in recent years, and with good reason: this special time of year has inspired many of the greatest composers to write some of their finest music.  This year, as well as enjoying music by Bach and Mendelssohn, you’ll bask in the glow of some exquisite arrangements of Christmas carols by the English composer John Rutter, whose own music is often strongly associated with the festive period.  You’ll also have the opportunity to add your voice to the Chorus of Opera North in favourite carols, ensuring that your Christmas season gets off to a truly joyous start.

Concert includes:

J. S. Bach | Christmas Oratorio Part I

Hess | Christmas Overture

Mendelssohn | Christus

Shaw | How Far is it to Bethlehem

arr. Rutter | The Twelve Days of Christmas | Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

Once in Royal David’s City
O Little Town of Bethlehem

Anthony Kraus | Conductor          

Chorus of Opera North

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Thu 11th Dec Dewsbury Dewsbury Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver: Visions of Russia

Synopsis

Following on from Natalie Clein’s sell out solo recital, Visions of Russia is the next in the series of special concerts taking place within projected ‘rooms’ on-stage at the Howard Assembly Room. Here, the ‘radiantly sympathetic’ (Julian Haylock, Sinfinimusic) violinist Chloë Hanslip is joined by internationally renowned pianist Danny Driver.

“An outstanding compelling partnership” Gramophone Magazine

The pair focus on two giants of Russian music - Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev, whose music spans the turn of the 20th Century. This intensely emotional programme includes Prokofiev’s austere and thrilling Sonata op 80, and sections of Rachmaninov’s supremely expressive Études Tableaux op. 39.

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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Fri 12th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Bulgarian Voices Angelite

Autumn 2014

13th Dec 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Bulgarian Voices Angelite

Synopsis

Voices

This wonderful group of 20 strong singers is a true phenomenon.  The all-female ensemble was formed from the ashes of the Bulgarian State Television Choir, and nominated for a Grammy in 1999.

Their style of singing and ornamentation is incredibly distinctive and inspired by centuries of tradition.  Blending classical and folk music in a programme for Christmas time, the choir’s sound is both mystical and muscular as “throaty sounds course above low drone notes and wide-open harmonies, the ensemble’s performances provide one of the most unique and compelling experiences in music”. (LA Times)

“Angelite is an amazing example of vocal virtuosity” The Scotsman

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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Sat 13th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £10 - £20

Music: Inspiration concert - Jesus, You are Him

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A gospel flavoured concert from your epic Inspiration.

Inspiration and the Orchestra of Opera North present: Jesus, You Are Him

The massed voices of Inspiration and The Orchestra of Opera North will once again thrill you with their extremely popular Christmas extravaganza.

This year we are exploring the exciting world of gospel, with brand new arrangements of familiar Christmas works together with some new songs, both home grown and also from some of the world's greatest gospel arrangers.

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Sun 14th Dec Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Tallis Scholars

Autumn 2014

18th Dec 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £22.50

Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

Voices 

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 cappella ensemble, founded and conducted by Peter Phillips, continues to delight with their beautifully pure tone and exquisite harmonies.

Performing an inspired programme of English Renaissance music focusing on composer William Byrd, the ensemble performs a festive and moving concert for the Christmas period.

'...the sound coming from the Tallis Scholars almost surpassed the humanly possible...' - The Telegraph

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Thu 18th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Christmas at Twilight

Autumn 2014

19th Dec 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Christmas at Twilight

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Voices

Take a break from gift wrapping and non-stop Slade, for an early evening injection of Christmas gladness and good cheer. Celebrating the spirit of midwinter festivities through the centuries, exceptional cellist Matthew Sharp, a cappella vocal trio Voice, and a group of musicians draw together Medieval harmonies, festive folk songs and carols for a unique Christmas concert.

‘An extraordinary cellist – virtuosic, charismatic, brimming with verve and poetry’ The Times on Matthew Sharp

In a holly-decked, candle-lit Howard Assembly Room, the spirits of Christmas past and present are invoked, through a wonderful array of music – from Tchaikovsky to Tavener - for the season.

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 19th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: The Nutcracker & The Snowman

Autumn 2014

21st Dec 2014

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £16 - £25

Music: The Nutcracker & The Snowman

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Orchestra of Opera North

Delight your family this Christmas 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.

The perfect way to begin the exciting build-up to Christmas Day.

Tim Lihoreau | narrator
Neil Thomson | conductor

Next Performances
Sun 21st Dec Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Music: Viennese Whirl

Autumn 2014

28th - 30th Dec 2014

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Adult ticket: £8 to £27

Music: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

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.

Concert includes:

Johann Strauss IIDie Fledermaus Overture

Kreisler | Viennese Rhapsody

Offenbach | Orpheus in the Underworld Overture

Josef Strauss | Jockey Polka

Johann & Josef Strauss | Pizzicato Polka

Richard Strauss | Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes

Lehár | The Land of Smiles: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz

J0hann Strauss II | On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Tobias Ringborg | Conductor/Violin

Michael Weinius | Tenor/Conductor

Mark Forrest | Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Sun 28th Dec Leeds Leeds Town Hall
Mon 29th Dec Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
Tue 30th Dec Harrogate Royal Hall
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Music: From Prague to the Rhine

Winter 2015

23rd Jan 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 to £24

Music: From Prague to the Rhine

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Mozart had a special relationship with the city of Prague – his opera The Marriage of Figaro was a triumph there and led to the commission for Don Giovanni.  His Symphony No.38 was premièred in the city in January 1787 – hence its nickname.  It’s a work full of operatic touches – the drama of Don Giovanni rubbing shoulders with the high spirits and nobility of The Magic Flute.  Schumann’s symphonies were regarded by the more discerning of his contemporaries as being the most original and important after Beethoven’s.  The ‘Rhenish’ Symphony is perhaps the most popular of the four, and its opening movement rides an adrenalin surge of energy.  Between these two masterly symphonies comes Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, dramatic and fiendishly difficult for the soloist.  Expect fireworks this evening from the Serbian pianist Aleksander Madzar.

Mozart | Symphony no.38, K504 ‘Prague’

Prokofiev | Piano Concerto no. 2

Schumann | Symphony No.3 in EÙ ‘Rhenish’

Aleksander Markovic | Conductor

Aleksander Madzar | Piano

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Fri 23rd Jan Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
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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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Music: Festive Grandeur

Winter 2015

7th Feb 2015

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 to £19

Music: Festive Grandeur

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Dmitri Shostakovich may be best known for his intensely serious symphonies and string quartets, but there was a lighter, more carefree side to his musical personality, and it is given free rein in the predominantly cheerful Second Piano Concerto. The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has, for the past few years, been the most frequently performed contemporary composer in the world, a fact which comes as no surprise when you hear a piece as beautiful as his Fratres.  This evening’s concert closes with Mozart’s last symphony, the ‘Jupiter’.  The composer could hardly have known, when he put pen to manuscript paper in the summer of 1788, that this would be his last essay in the form, but it’s hard to imagine a more fitting climax to his symphonic career than this grand and festive work.

Brahms | Tragic Overture                        

Shostakovich | Piano Concerto no.2  

Pärt Fratres  

Mozart | Symphony No.41, K551 ‘Jupiter’

Alexandre Bloch | Conductor

Ian Buckle | Piano

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Sat 7th Feb Dewsbury Dewsbury Town Hall
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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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Music: Classic FM at the Movies

Winter 2015

1st Mar 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 to £24

Music: Classic FM at the Movies

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Some of the best-loved – and some of the best – orchestral music of the 20th and 21st centuries has been composed for the silver screen.  This season’s Classic FM at the Movies programme pays tributes to such masters of the genre as Danny Elfman and Howard Shore, as well as celebrating the enormous contribution that the great classical composers have made to so many of our favourite films.  This concert is the perfect way to share with all the family the power and the glory of wonderful orchestral music played live – so do book soon for what is bound to be one of the most popular dates in the season!

Concert includes:

Richard Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra [2001: A Space Odyssey]

Wagner | Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries [Apocalypse Now]

Danny Elfman | Batman: Suite

Mahler | Symphony no.5: Adagietto [Death in Venice, Lorenzo’s Oil]

Howard Shore | The Lord of the Rings: Suite

Dukas | The Sorcerer’s Apprentice [Fantasia]

Oliver von Dohnányi | Conductor

Nick Bailey | Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

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Sun 1st Mar Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
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Music: Invitation to the Dance

Winter 2015

11th - 16th Apr 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Adult ticket: £8 to £31.50

Music: 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 Leeds Leeds Town Hall
Thu 16th Apr Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
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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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Music: Popular Classics for all the Family

Winter 2015

18th - 19th Apr 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Adult ticket: £7 to £19

Music: 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 Dewsbury Dewsbury Town Hall
Sun 19th Apr Leeds University of Leeds Great Hall
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Carousel

Spring 2015

13th - 23rd May 2015

Leeds

Leeds Grand Theatre

Adult ticket: £15 - £50

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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Music: Invitation to Dream

Spring 2015

22nd May 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 to £24

Music: 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 Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
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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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