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La traviata

Opera

20 September 2014 - 27 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

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 pre-show talks
Sat 27 September, Fri 3 & 17 October, Tue 28 October, Sat 1 November.
​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 2 hours 45 minutes

Listen below to hear the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North with Hye Youn Lee as Violetta and Ji-Min Park as Alfredo perform Brindisi from La traviata

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Next Performances
Sat 31st Jan
Fri 6th Feb
Sat 14th Feb
Thu 19th Feb
There are a total of 13 upcoming performances for this production
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Behind the Curtain: Photography Exhibition

Exhibitions

26 November 2014

Leeds

White Cloth Gallery

Behind the Curtain: Photography Exhibition

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26th November 2014 - 1st February 2015 

This winter, White Cloth Gallery in Leeds is hosting Behind the Curtain, an exhibition of new photography exposing the hidden world behind-the-scenes Opera North. 

Yorkshire-based photographer Tom Arber spent a week in residence with Opera North in September 2014, as the company prepared for a new production of Verdi’s La traviata.

Granted full backstage access for the project, Tom’s images lovingly detail the final stage rehearsals in the run up to opening night, giving a glimpse of rarely seen moments on and off stage, in dressing rooms and backstage corridors, from principal opera singers to costume dressers and stage technicians.

White Cloth Gallery
24-26 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4HT
Opening hours: Mon-Tue: 12-9pm, Wed-Sat: 12-11pm

Free entrance

For further information, phone 0113 218 1923 or email info@whiteclothgallery.com

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The Nutcracker & The Snowman

Orchestral

21 December 2014

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

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
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Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

28th - 30 December 2014

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

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
Mon 29th Dec
Tue 30th Dec
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James Meek

Spoken Word/Talks

17 January 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

James Meek

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Private Island 

In a little over a generation the bones and sinews of the British economy – rail, energy, water, postal services, municipal housing – have been sold to remote, unaccountable private owners.

‘Brilliant...some of it will make you sad, some of it will make you furious, but you are guaranteed to be left feeling that you understand this country much better.’ John Lanchester on Capital and Whoops!

In a series of panoramic accounts, novelist and journalist James Meek explores the human stories behind the incremental privatization of Britain’s assets. He analyses the winners who reap the rewards, and those who pay the ever rising bill.

'Meek’s range, humour and boldness are a joy' The Observer

The evening will be introduced and chaired by Dr Kirsteen Paton, Lecturer in School of Sociology and Social Policy 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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Sat 17th Jan
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From Prague to the Rhine

Orchestral

23 January 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

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
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Icebreaker

Film

23 January 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Icebreaker

Synopsis

Kraftwerk Uncovered 

Following their highly successful Apollo tour, contemporary orchestra Icebreaker focus on the music of Kraftwerk. Drawing from the sonic legacy of Kraftwerk’s back catalogue, they move from the radical early albums to iconic synthesised material from Autobahn, Computer World and Trans-Europe Express.

‘Icebreaker's reinterpretations seemed to delve deep into Kraftwerk's innards, discovering something messy and frightening but more interesting’ The Guardian

Kraftwerk's music is reworked by German soundscape artist J. Peter Schwalm, the evening articulates Kraftwerk’s journey from experimental Krautrock band to international icon, with film by Sophie Clements and Toby Cornish. Purposefully detaching themselves from the dehumanised high-tech of current Kraftwerk shows, this is a nostalgic vision of an earlier era of technological innovation.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 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
Fri 23rd Jan
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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera

24 Jan - 28 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

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.     

Free Inside Opera 
Fri 30 January 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 
Thurs 5, Weds 11, Tue 17, Sat 21 & Fri 27 February and Thurs 5, Sat 7, Tue 10, Sat 14, Thurs 26 & Sat 28 March from 6.00-6.30pm. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 3 hours

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
English version by Jeremy Sams
​Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Next Performances
Sat 24th Jan
Fri 30th Jan
Thu 5th Feb
Wed 11th Feb
There are a total of 15 upcoming performances for this production
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Bombino

World Music

28 January 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bombino

Synopsis

With support 

Guitarist and singer Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar is the latest Saharan musician to find meteoric rise in the West. Born and raised in Agadez, Niger, Bombino is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa.

‘The singer and guitarist Bombino emerges from the dunes of the Sahara with his desert folk dancing in the flames. Absolutely magical.’ Les Inrockuptibles

Rolling Stone magazine called his 2013 album Nomad ‘the most exciting blues album of the year’, in which his supple licks and grooves find an extra crunch and touch of sweetness from arrangements by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys). Bombino’s intensity and unflashy brilliance make this is an unmissable performance from him and his band.

‘Nomad's opener, Amidinine, has everything – perpetual motion, a chanted chorus, rocked-up drums and flashes of bluesy brilliance’ 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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Wed 28th Jan
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

François and the Atlas Mountains: With Sanou Darra & Djiga Boubacar

Synopsis

With support from Songhoy Blues

François and the Atlas Mountains unleash their love for a great pop tune, chanson tradition and strange synths and combine them with Afrobeat from special West African guests.

“…euphorically addictive” Drowned in Sound

Following the successful European tour of album E Volo Love, the group toured Ethiopia, Morocco and Burkina Faso, meeting local musicians Sanou Darra & Djiga Boubacar. Touring the UK together for the first time, they fuse indie pop tunes with the beautiful sounds of the balafon and ngoni.

Unable to perform last autumn, it’s a delight to welcome François to the Howard Assembly Room.

2 For The Road and African Oye in association with Opera North present Songhoy Blues. Songhoy Blues have been supported by the Arts Council.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

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 29th Jan
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Amjad Ali Khan

World Music

5 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Amjad Ali Khan

Synopsis

with Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

The sixth generation of an illustrious Bangash lineage, Amjad Ali Khan is a renowned maestro of the sarod. The ‘Indian string superstar’ (The Times-Picayune) is celebrated both internationally and at home, and in 2001 was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, one of the highest Indian civilian awards.

'The finest living exponent of the sarod' The Guardian

This concert is a special chance to see Amjad Ali Kahn in one of only a few shows in the UK. Appearing with his two sons, both virtuosos in their own right, Amjad Ali Khan’s skill in classical Indian music and delicate and expressive performance will make this a night to remember.

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.

In assocation with the Asian Arts Agency

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 5th Feb
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Festive Grandeur

Orchestral

7 February 2015

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

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
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Quercus

Folk

7 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Quercus

Synopsis

June Tabor joins forces with pioneering jazz musicians Iain Ballamy (saxophone) and Huw Warren (piano) under the name Quercus. The three internationally celebrated musicians create lyrically harmonious and intriguing music that effortlessly moves between folk and jazz.

‘[June’s] voice wins you over... Unafraid, unadorned and completely beautiful’ BBC Music

Tales of courtship, both loving and cruel, are scattered through many traditional songs, from As I Roved Out to a beautifully tender version of Robert Burns’ Lassie Lie Near Me. Together the trio create quietly emotional music that puts June Tabor’s earthy vocals centre stage to tell life’s bittersweet tales.

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 7th Feb
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Doric String Quartet

Classical

12 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Doric String Quartet

Synopsis

With Andreas Haefliger

The Doric Quartet was described by Gramophone Magazine in 2010 as being ‘one of the finest young string quartets’ in the world. Since then their style has continued to mature through insightful interpretations and sparkling playing. The Quartet is particularly lauded for their portrayal of the works of Haydn. Here they play his String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1 in G Major, followed by Britten’s Second String Quartet in C Op. 36.

‘The way they blend the sound is flawless in every dynamic, in every colour, and in every style, there is a unity which makes the music making seem so effortless’ Bachtrack

They are joined by the ‘serene, consummately lyrical’ (International Record Review) pianist Andreas Haefliger for an unmissable rendition of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. 

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 12th Feb
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Flamenco Twilight

World Music

14 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flamenco Twilight

Synopsis

Flamenco Twilight is performed in conjuction with the film Blood Wedding

Fall in love with Spain on Valentine’s Day in a two-part evening of flamenco music and dance on film. The Howard Assembly Room transforms into an intimate flamenco bar for the early evening with a glorious hour of vocals and guitar from Seville born singer Chico Pere and guitarist Glenn Sharp.

‘…flamenco at it’s finest’ Folkworld.com

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Flamenco Twilight and Blood Wedding on Sat 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

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 14th Feb
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Blood Wedding

Film

14 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Blood Wedding

Synopsis

Blood Wedding is screened in conjunction with Flamenco Twilight.

Carlos Saura’s flamenco dance film masterpiece completes our Spanish evening. The film captures the rehearsal of a dance piece based on Federico García Lorca's play. A treat for lovers of Spanish music and dance, the evening accompanies Opera North’s production of La vida breve.

The film will be introduced by Duncan Wheeler, Associate Professor in Spanish Studies.

Dir Carlos Saura; 1981; Spain; Cert U; 68mins

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Flamenco Twilight and Blood Wedding on Sat 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

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 14th Feb
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Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Folk

17 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Synopsis

With support

 

World-renowned Northumbrian piping virtuoso Kathryn Tickell is joined by her new band The Side, a super group of musicians featuring Amy Thatcher on accordion and clog dancing, Ruth Wall on harps and Louisa Tuck on cello.  

‘Britain’s most celebrated traditional musician and the world’s foremost virtuoso on the Northumbrian pipes... I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape.’ The Times

Deeply rooted in the history of Northumbria, their music takes inspiration from traditional songs and the landscape itself. The result is a tour de force of rich textures, stark lines and stunning musicianship. The new blend of pipes and strings reaffirms Tickell’s place at the forefront of contemporary British folk music.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Tue 17th Feb
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A Beautiful Death

Spoken Word/Talks

18 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Beautiful Death

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To coincide with Opera North’s revival of Christopher Alden’s acclaimed production of La vida breve, leading thinkers and artists explore the relationship between violence and its artistic representation in film, opera and the visual arts. This fascinating afternoon of talks and discussion includes speakers Professor Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at Leeds University, and the Director of La vida breve, Christopher Alden.

“Pollock draws on psychoanalysis and deconstruction to explore searingly insightful and important  questions of sexuality and cultural difference.” Foreword Reviews

A Beautiful Death is a wonderful complement to La vida breve (a highlight of Opera North's award-winning Eight Little Greats season in 2004) which is performed in a double-bill with Gianni Schicchi at Leeds Grand Theatre in February.

Presented by DARE in association with 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 18th Feb
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La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi

Opera

18 Feb - 24 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi

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Presented as a double bill

La vida breve

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

Gianni Schicchi 

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

Double bill lasts approximately 2 hours 30 mins


Free pre-show talks 

Fri 20, Wed 25 & Sat 28 February and Tue 3, Thu 12 & Tue 24 March from 6.00-6.30pm. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Next Performances
Wed 18th Feb
Fri 20th Feb
Wed 25th Feb
Sat 28th Feb
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Angela Hewitt

Classical

19 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Angela Hewitt

Synopsis

Bach, Beethoven and Liszt

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt is particularly known for her thoughtful and commanding playing of JS Bach. In a nod to his 330th anniversary Hewitt performs his Partita No. 5 in G Major BWV829.

‘Marvellous. The variety and beauty of tone alone make compelling listening, bringing contrasts, clarity and warmth to Bach’s intellectual marvels‘ The Times

The evening is completed by Beethoven’s tender Les Adieux Sonata No.2 in E Flat Major Op. 8a and Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième année, Italie and Après une Lecture du Dante. Perhaps less well known as part of her repertoire, Hewitt’s interpretation of Liszt has been described as ‘exquisite in its subtlety’ and ‘admirable in its lucidity’ by The Guardian.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 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 19th Feb
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John Smith

Autumn 2014

21 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Smith

Synopsis

Sat 27 November 2014 gig postponed and rescheduled to Sat 21 February 2015

November date postponed by the artist due the extension of his North American tour. We are pleased to have secured a new date of Sat 21 February 2015 at 7.45pm. If you have tickets for the original Sat 27 November date, they have been automatically transferred to the new date.

For existing ticket holders (who bought their tickets prior to Tue 7 October 2014)

If you would like to come on the new date: no action is required – just come with your current ticket/s on Sat 21 February instead.

If you would like a refund you must send back your tickets by Mon 15 December 2014: please send your ticket/s back to the Box Office and they will arrange your refund. If you paid in cash, by cheque or Theatre tokens, your refund will be issued as a cheque. This will take 2-3 weeks.

If you have any queries, please contact the Box Office:

Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office:
Open 10.00am to 8pm Monday to Saturday
46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
0844 848 2727 (calls charged at local rate) *on performance nights, the Box Office will be busier from 6-7.30pm.
Email: boxoffice@leedsgrandtheatre.com

We share your disappointment that this event has had to be rescheduled and we hope we can welcome you back to the Howard Assembly Room soon.

Synopsis

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.

With support: details tbc

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

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

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

 
Next Performances
Sat 21st Feb
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Ólafur Arnalds

Winter 2015

27 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ólafur Arnalds

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With support

Over the years, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds has gained a huge following for his unique blend of lush strings and piano, juxtaposed with edgier loops and beats. His most recent album Now I am Winter, evokes the atmospheres of winter nights and crisp snowy hills. It weaves its spell slowly, over its course.

'an exemplary suite of Icelandic music, blending American minimalist techniques with European sensibilities' The Independent

Moving between ambient electronica to pop, his tracks have been widely featured in film and TV – fans of The Hunger Games will recognise Ólafur’s song Allt Varð Hljótt, a track he penned for the film’s score and soundtrack.

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Fri 27th Feb
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Classic FM at the Movies

Orchestral

1 March 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

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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Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

Classical

5 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

Synopsis

A diverse programme from two of the world’s leading artists in song. Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is in high demand from international orchestras and opera houses. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear her in a more intimate setting. She is accompanied by distinguished pianist Roger Vignoles.

“Pokupić is a serious, gifted practitioner of this endangered art form…fluidly and charmingly performed.” Opera News Magazine

The duo delights in a programme that includes Mahler’s heart-breaking Rückert Leider, Finzi’s wonderful Shakespeare Songs: O Mistress Mine, Come Away Death and pieces by Wolf and Hahn.

"... with Roger Vignoles at the piano, extraordinary things can happen" The Times

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 5th Mar
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The White Ribbon

Film

6 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The White Ribbon

Synopsis

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or award-winning film is a spellbinding tale of bigotry and brutality set in a north German village immediately before the outbreak of the First World War.

‘Haneke's films always feel, once the credits have rolled, unstoppable. This one surely is. The Guardian

Shot in austere monochrome, The White Ribbon is as tense as a thriller and as unsettling as a horror film. The film shines a light onto an unjust social system that is morally and physically disintegrating, though no one is prepared to confront it.

Dir Michael Haneke; Austria/Germany 2009; in German with English subtitles; 144 mins; Cert 15

The White Ribbon will be introduced by Rachel Green from the Centre for 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 6th Mar
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Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Jazz

11 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Synopsis

Ravi Coltrane has followed in his father’s footsteps to become one of the finest saxophonists of his generation.  In a career spanning two decades, the Grammy-nominated performer has been a bandleader and composer, worked alongside jazz luminaries and founded a record label.

‘Great music, played with freedom, passion and respect for the past — what more could you ask for?’  5* review in the Evening Standard

His new album Spirit Fiction has been hailed as mature and commanding. The record encompasses his huge artistic legacy and distinct vision, without losing his signature tone and nimbleness of thought. For this appearance at the Howard Assembly Room he plays with his collaborators David Virelles on keyboards, Dezron Douglas on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums.

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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Wed 11th Mar
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Arve Henriksen

Jazz

12 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Arve Henriksen

Synopsis

Places of Worship tour

Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s exploration of the instrument’s possibilities shows no limits. In this special UK performance, he brings the improvising spirit of his album Places of Worship to life, alongside long-term collaborator Jan Bang and visual artist Anastasia Isachsen. 

‘Nobody plays a trumpet quite like the plaintively expressive Norwegian Arve Henriksen’ The Guardian

His improvising style is rooted both in the glorious geography of his native natural habitats and his hybrid, cosmopolitan environments of the 21st century. On Places of Worship he inhabits the space between these two worlds in a series of pieces taking inspiration from religious buildings and ruins.

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.

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Thu 12th Mar
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Natalie Clein

Classical

20 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Natalie Clein

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And Mahan Esfahani

Natalie Clein is described by The Times as a ‘mesmerising’ cellist who ‘plays everything with passion’. Known for her soulful and profound approach to music making, she returns with a programme dominated by J.S Bach, in honour of his 330th birthday. The evening features two of Bach’s Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord including G Major BWV1027 and G Minor BWV 1029, as well as pieces by two of Bach's sons, Vivaldi, Ligeti and Kurtág.

‘…breathtakingly beautiful’ BBC Radio 3

Clein is accompanied by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani whose ‘passionate engagement with the music’ (The Telegraph) is fast making him a reputation as a leading exponent of his instrument.

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 20th Mar
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Fennesz and Lillevan

Music

21 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fennesz and Lillevan

Synopsis

A UK premiere from one of the great electronic musicians. 

Sparing with his solo releases, electronic guitarist Christian Fennesz has constantly extended his avenues of expression through collaborations with other artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Mike Patton, and by creating music for film.

'It feels like a ride, like the music transports you bodily from one place to the next' Pitchfork

In this rare UK performance, Fennesz joins forces with visual artist Lillevan. This special project, performed for the first time in the UK, takes inspiration from Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler, who music is transformed by Fennesz’s characteristic clouds of distortion, drones and infinitely slowly evolving melody.

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 21st Mar
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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.

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Wed 1st Apr
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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

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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

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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
 

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Sat 11th Apr
Thu 16th Apr
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Swanhunter

Opera

16th - 18 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

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

Swanhunter is supported by the Opera North Future Fund and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.

Performances in the North East supported by The Carr-Ellison Charitable Trust Fund.

Performances in the North West supported by The Sir John Fisher Foundation.

Licensed by arrangement with Edition Peters

Next Performances
Thu 16th Apr
Fri 17th Apr
Sat 18th Apr
Sat 18th 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
 

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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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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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