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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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The Coronation of Poppea

Opera

4 Oct - 29 November 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

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 mezzo 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 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 2 hours 45 minutes

Production supported by Friends of Opera North

We have put together a playlist of iconic love duets across all musical genres as inspired by the final duet of The Coronation of Poppea.

Next Performances
Sat 29th Nov
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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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Scaling the Heights

Orchestral

4th - 6 December 2014

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

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
Sat 6th Dec
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Vocal Harmony

Family

6 December 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vocal Harmony

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Interactive Family Performance

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.

Next Performances
Sat 6th Dec
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A Joyous Christmas

Orchestral

11 December 2014

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

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
Next Performances
Thu 11th Dec
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Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver

Classical

12 December 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver

Synopsis

Visions of Russia

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.

 
Next Performances
Fri 12th Dec
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Bulgarian Voices Angelite

World Music

13 December 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bulgarian Voices Angelite

Synopsis

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.

Next Performances
Sat 13th Dec
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Inspiration concert - Jesus, You are Him

Orchestral

14 December 2014

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

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.

Next Performances
Sun 14th Dec
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Handel's Messiah

Classical

16th - 17 December 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Handel's Messiah

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The Orchestra of Opera North are joined by Huddersfield Choral Society in Handel's Messiah at Huddersfield Town Hall for two performances. 

Soloists
Elizabeth Llewellyn
Jennifer Johnston
Stuart Jackson
Neal Davies

Conductor | David Angus

Box office: 01484 221900

Next Performances
Tue 16th Dec
Wed 17th Dec
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Tallis Scholars

Classical

18 December 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

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

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
Thu 18th Dec
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Christmas at Twilight

Classical

19 December 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christmas at Twilight

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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.

Next Performances
Fri 19th Dec
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