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Little Voices

Family

11 Apr - 18 Jul 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices

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Opera North Early Years Programme

Suitable for 0 - 4 years

Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.

Led by a professional singer, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.

I love bringing my child to Little Voices; the space is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It is brilliant that we have the chance to sing with a professional vocal artist. Coming to the sessions have given me more confidence to sing with my child at home

Time: 10.15 - 11.00am
Price: £5/child

Resource Pack

A useful tool to help you sing at home with your child is available to participants

Little Voices

Next Performances
Mon 23rd May
Mon 6th Jun
Mon 13th Jun
Mon 20th Jun
There are a total of 8 upcoming performances for this production
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The Ring Cycle

Opera

23 Apr - 10 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Ring Cycle

Synopsis

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner (1876)

Wagner's epic masterpiece: unforgettable music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North is placed at the heart of a concert staging that makes Wagner’s narrative enthralling for both experienced Wagnerians and newcomers alike.

The culminative power of The Ring Cycle is all the more palpable when experienced in such a concentrated burst, offering the rare opportunity for total immersion in this unique, all-encompassing music drama.

The Ring Cycle is conducted by Richard Farnes, one of today’s leading interpreters of Wagner. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music is translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford, bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception.

A company of top British and international singers includes Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz,  Mati Turi and Michael Weinius.

Please note that tickets for The Ring Cycle will be sold as full cycles per venue in the first instance. Single tickets may become available at a later date.

Next Performances
Sat 30th Apr
Sat 14th May
Sat 21st May
Tue 24th May
There are a total of 23 upcoming performances for this production
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Pleasure

Opera

28 Apr - 14 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Pleasure

Synopsis

A world premiere: Rising star composer Mark Simpson makes his operatic debut with this tragedy, set in a gay nightclub.

Please note: all Leeds and London dates are now sold out.

Introduction

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

Background

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

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

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

Next Performances
Fri 29th Apr
Sat 30th Apr
Wed 4th May
Sat 7th May
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Courtney Pine

Jazz

4 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Courtney Pine

Synopsis

Song (the Ballad Book)

Featuring Zoe Rahman

With his latest project, drawn from his 16th studio album, the great British jazz musician Courtney Pine plays the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career. 

He takes to the stage playing bass clarinet, drawing magic from its ‘low-register purrs and ship’s-timber creakings, lustrous mid-tones and whistling upper range’. (The Guardian).

He is accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman, whose subtle and highly individual collaboration is the perfect pairing for this celebration of timeless ballads.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) 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 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
Wed 4th May
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Leeds

Linacre Studio, Opera North

Come & Sing: a Fairy Tale Adventure

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Enter the magical world of castles and dragons, giants and gingerbread men and explore songs from some of the best loved fairy tales.

​Sign up for one of our two 'Come and Sing' workshops and we'll take you on a musical adventure, learning fairy tales from well-known operas, musicals and much more. No singing experience necessary, just bring your voice (and some breadcrumbs... to find your way home!) and have some fun! 

10.30 - 11.30am Early Years (0-5 yrs + parents/carers
12.30 - 2.00pm All ages welcome (5-90 yrs!) 

How to book

Please contact Opera North Education to book a place:

Email: education@operanorth.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 113 223 3520

Next Performances
Sat 7th May
Sat 7th May
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Arve Henriksen

Jazz

11 - 13 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Arve Henriksen

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Places of Worship

Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s exploration of the instrument's possibilities shows no limits. Premièred at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, this special UK tour sees Arve bring the improvising spirit of his album Places of Worship to life, alongside long-term collaborators Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset and visual artist Anastasia Isachsen.

His improvising style is rooted both in the glorious geography of his native natural habitats and his hybrid, cosmopolitan environments of the 21st century. In Places of Worship he inhabits the space between these two worlds, in a series of pieces taking inspiration from religious buildings and ruins. Anastasia Isachsen's beautiful and responsive architectural lighting and projection will be mapped live onto the performance spaces.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects in association with Sound UK.

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
Wed 11th May
Thu 12th May
Fri 13th May
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Teddy Thompson

Folk

12 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Teddy Thompson

Synopsis

With Kelly Jones & Sunny Ozell

On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, Teddy Thompson and American singer Kelly Jones give audiences engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart. Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly first sang together at LA's Club Largo in 2011.

The songs that they’ve written since, capture complex emotions with simple honesty. You can hear the give and take, the dynamics, the beguiling imperfections, the deep human soul of performances. After their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall, Teddy and Kelly are looking forward to their first national tour together.

An opening set from American singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell, is followed by Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones' "glorious country-edged duets that have the easy charm of the Everly Brothers" (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
Thu 12th May
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Cory Henry

Jazz

14 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cory Henry

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Revival Project

Multi-instrumentalist and organist Cory Henry has a back catalogue worthy of a man twice his age and has recently stepped firmly into the limelight as the funkiest of Grammy-award winning jazz-funk band Snarky Puppy.

Known for harmonically rich organ playing, he seems to capture the breadth of the jazz and gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two.

He has also worked with a host of stars, often at their request, including P. Diddy, Kenny Garrett, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Glasper.

His second album The Revival, an ode to New York sound, is out in March.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) 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 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 14th May
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The Water Sinks Down With Them

Exhibitions

16 May - 26 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

The Water Sinks Down With Them

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by Emma Critchley

The water sinks down with them is a new film and sound installation by visual artist Emma Critchley, inspired by the opening bars of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle.

The installation acts as an immersive metaphor for the evolution of life itself, a journey from a pre-conscious golden age to conscious humanity.

The film is set in the Rhine, the underwater space where Wagner chose to open and close his epic work. A timeless, unending yet ever changing cosmos unfolds where the Rhine provides the fundamental rhythmic pulse of nature.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

Opening times of Leeds Library: 

Monday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Tuesday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Wednesday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Thursday 12 noon - 5.45pm 
Friday 12 noon - 4.45pm 
Saturday 12 noon - 4.45pm 
Sunday 12 noon - 2.45pm
Next Performances
Mon 16th May
Fri 24th Jun
Fri 8th Jul
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Kronos Quartet

Classical

17 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kronos Quartet

Synopsis

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

Over 40 years San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has revolutionised the musical potential of the string quartet; innovating, collaborating and commissioning music from every corner of the globe.

In their first ever performance in Leeds, they play a trademark programme of exciting new music. The programme includes Terry Riley’s One Earth, One People, One Love, the world premiere of a new piece by Martin Green of Lau, commissioned by Kronos after they saw him in Lau-Land, works by Laurie Anderson and Komitas, and arrangements including The Who’s Baba O’Riley.

It’s an honour to have the Kronos at the Howard Assembly Room for the most intimate date of their short national tour.

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
Tue 17th May
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George Monbiot

Spoken Word/Talks

18 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

George Monbiot

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How Did We Get Into This Mess?

George Monbiot is one of the most eloquent critics of today.

In his latest book How Did We Get Into This Mess?, he brilliantly anatomises the state we are in:

  • the devastation of our environment
  • the crisis of inequality
  • our obsessions with growth and profit
  • and the decline of the political debate over what to do

While his diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted, he also develops solutions to challenge this politics of fear.

Drawing from his latest work and his 2008 publication Bring on the Apocalypse, he both identifies and challenges the apocalyptic currents of contemporary times.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2016, in association with the University of Leeds.

Next Performances
Wed 18th May
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Apocalypse Now

Film

20 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Apocalypse Now

Synopsis

Dir. Francis Coppola (1979) 153 mins. Cert 15

Apocalypse Now is Francis Ford Coppola's stunning vision of man's heart of darkness revealed through the madness of the Vietnam War.

Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) receives orders to seek out a renegade military outpost led by Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willard's mission: ‘Terminate with extreme prejudice.’

An unforgettable, hallucinatory and harrowing depiction of men at war, the film is conceived on an epic visual scale, with legendary sequences set to music including Wagner’s 'Ride of the Valkyries'. 

Apocalypse Now was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won Two for Best Sound and Best Cinematography.

This screening

Presented in surround sound. Introduced by Alan O’Leary, Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds.

Screened to accompany Opera North’s Production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle at Leeds Town Hall.

Next Performances
Fri 20th May
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