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Götterdämmerung

Summer 2014

14th Jun - 12th Jul 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £51

Götterdämmerung

Synopsis

Twilight of the Gods

Opera North’s four-year traversal of Der Ring des Nibelungen reaches the cycle’s overwhelming conclusion. The all-consuming love of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is broken in bitter betrayal; the machinations of Hagen, son of Alberich, seal Siegfried’s doom; and Brünnhilde’s self-immolation precipitates the end of the old world order and the beginning of a new era.

The musical and dramatic power of Götterdämmerung is awe-inspiring – from Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, to the mighty chorus of the Gibichung vassals, to Siegfried’s Funeral March, and – above all – to Brünnhilde’s immolation and the work’s titanic orchestral climax.

Alwyn Mellor, widely praised for her radiant portrayal of Sieglinde in Opera North’s Die Walküre in 2012, sings the role of Brünnhilde in these performances. She is joined by a cast that also includes the Estonian tenor Mati Turi as Siegfried and Susan Bickley as Waltraute. All are under the guidance of Opera North’s Music Director Richard Farnes, whose conducting of the previous instalments of this cycle has been universally acclaimed.

Sung in German with English titles

Inside Opera Special: The Music of Götterdämmerung
Join Martin Pickard, Opera North's Head of Music, for a unique exploration of Wagner's monumental musical achievement in the final instalment of the Ring cycle.

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Saturday 12 July 1.45pm - 2.45pm
Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

Free pre-performance talk
Opera North's Head of Music Martin Pickard in conversation with Stuart Leeks about the final instalment of Wagner's epic Ring cycle. The talk takes place in the auditorium and is free to all ticket-holders for the following performances.

Wed 18 June 2.30pm - 3.00pm Leeds Town Hall
Sat 21 June 2.15pm - 2.45pm Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Sat 28 June 2.30pm - 3.00pm Sage Gateshead
Sat 5 July 2.30pm - 3.00pm The Lowry

Opera North's pre-performance talks are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Opera North.

Performance time (approx): 6 hours 21mins 
Please note: performance time includes two intervals.

Running time for Leeds Town Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Lowry: 

I Act approx 2 hrs 5 mins, 3.30pm - 5.35pm
Interval 75 mins, 5.35pm - 6.50pm
II Act approx 70 mins, 6.50pm - 7.58pm
Interval 30 mins, 7.58pm - 8.28pm
III. Act approx 83 mins, 8.28pm - 9.51pm

Running time for Sage Gateshead:

I Act approx 2 hrs 5 mins, 3.30pm - 5.35pm
Interval 85 mins, 5.35pm - 7pm
II Act approx 70 mins, 7pm - 8.10pm
Interval 20 mins, 8.10pm - 8.30pm
III. Act approx 80 mins, 8.30pm - 9.50pm

Next Performances
Sat 12th Jul Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Inside Opera Special: The Music of Götterdämmerung

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Join Martin Pickard, Opera North's Head of Music, for a unique exploration of Wagner's monumental musical achievement in the final instalment of the Ring cycle.  This Inside Opera Special will include live musical illustrations from Martin together with the singers Hazel Croft, Sarah Estill and Kathryn Stevens of the Chorus of Opera North, and requires no specialist musical knowledge on the part of the audience.  It's the perfect prelude to the performance of Götterdämmerung at Leeds Town Hall later the same afternoon, and will be equally rewarding for those who have already experienced one of the earlier performances.

Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

Next Performances
Sat 12th Jul Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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SLEEP TIGHT AND…

Summer 2014

19th Jul 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £4

SLEEP TIGHT AND…

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Opera North Youth Company presents their end of year production.

Three people, three lives, three dreams

“ONYC is really enjoyable; fun people, great atmosphere and a very productive and professional environment.”
ONYC member

Empty your minds and enter the dreamers’ secret world of sound and image in a new piece of music theatre devised by the Opera North Youth Company. Nothing is what it seems, and anything is possible when sleeping beasts and beauties dream. 

The Opera North Youth Company is a 50-strong group of young people aged 13-19. The company visits professional performances, makes new work and develops performance skills with professional artists. The Youth Company works as an ensemble and members specialise in their preferred talent by opting to join either the Youth Chorus (to develop singing and musicianship skills) or Youth Artist group (to develop as a creative artist). 

We will be recruiting for new members in September and would encourage anyone interested in joining to attend a free taster session. Tasters offer a flavour of the proj ect and a chance to see if you want to be involved.

Find out more or to sign up to a taster session 

The Opera North Youth Company is kindly supported by The Opera North Future Fund
Next Performances
Sat 19th Jul Leeds Howard Assembly Room
Sat 19th Jul Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

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

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'An avid song collector, a folk entrepreneur and singer who sets out to revive lesser-known traditional material in a startlingly unexpected styleGuardian on Sam Lee

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

An evening of music inspired by the lives and stories of the generation that witnessed the First World War. Featuring Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Sam LeeBecky Unthank, Rachel Unthank, Adrian McNally and more artists to be announced, the event also includes video design by Matt Watkins.

Co-produced by the Barbican, sounduk, and Opera North, A Time and a 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

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Tickets on general sale from July 2014. For priority booking and discounted tickets see our Season Tickets or enter your Friends promotional code directly at the venue's website.

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.    

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

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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The Coronation of Poppea

Autumn 2014

4th Oct - 29th Nov 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £68

The Coronation of Poppea

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Tickets on general sale from July 2014. For priority booking and discounted tickets see our Season Tickets or enter your Friends promotional code directly at the venue's website.

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.   

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

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From Scotland with Love

King Creosote is the stage name of Scottish folk singer and songwriter Kenny Anderson. His powerful and cinematic new album From Scotland With Love is his first since his Mercury-nominated collaborative record with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine.

The album 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

Next Performances
Sat 11th 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

Tickets on general sale from July 2014. For priority booking and discounted tickets see our Season Tickets or enter your Friends promotional code directly at the venue's website.

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

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

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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Music: John Smith

Autumn 2014

27th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: 12.50

Music: John Smith

Synopsis

Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith pays a return visit to the Howard Assembly Room following 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 and background.

John Smith is a favourite at the Howard Assembly Room having supported 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

 

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 27th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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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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Tickets on general sale from July 2014. For priority booking and discounted tickets see our Season Tickets or enter your Friends promotional code directly at the venue's website.

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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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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Tickets on general sale from July 2014. For priority booking and discounted tickets see our Season Tickets or enter your Friends promotional code directly at the venue's website.

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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Tickets on general sale from July 2014. For priority booking and discounted tickets see our Season Tickets or enter your Friends promotional code directly at the venue's website.

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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