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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices: Opera North’s Early Years Programme

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Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions.

Weekly starting Monday 11 May
10am – 10.45am & 11.15am – 12.00pm during term time
£6 per session, per child
Suitable for ages 0-4

For more information call 01132233520 or email littlevoices@operanorth.co.uk

Supported by the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

Next Performances
Mon 6th Jul
Mon 6th Jul
Mon 13th Jul
Mon 13th Jul
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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
Approximate running time: 2 hours 20 minutes. No interval.


Inside Opera Special: The Flying Dutchman

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Tue 30 June 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

In this special pre-performance event we explore the origins, creation and nature of Wagner's first true musical and dramatic masterpiece. Read more...

Book online or call box office on 0844 848 2700

Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund

Next Performances
Fri 3rd Jul
Sun 5th Jul
Wed 8th Jul
Sat 11th Jul
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tell me what yo’ singin’ for: Soul of Calypso

Synopsis

A concert of calypsos celebrating the pioneer of Caribbean music in 1950s Britain: Edric Connor. Connor collected, catalogued and recorded Trinidadian music, as well as being an acclaimed singer, broadcaster and actor in his own right. The evening features calypsos and Trinidadian folk music from his songbooks, performed by Nigel Wong and Simone Sauphanor, who both played with Edric.

In the second half, the electrified beats of Trinidad’s most popular contemporary musical form, Soca ‘the soul of calypso’, bring us bang up to date and are performed by Sheldon Blackman and members of the legendary Breakfast Band.

Produced by the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

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 3rd Jul
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The Selfish Giant

Family

12 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Selfish Giant

Synopsis

Opera North’s Children Chorus present a new semi-staged production of The Selfish Giant, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, with music by Handel.

Join the 80 strong Children’s Chorus for the music loved tale of the giant who builds a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the world out.

Graeme Danby (Policeman in Opera North’s 2013 Albert Herring) plays the giant, Justin Doyle conducts and James Hurley directs.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Sun 12th Jul
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Southwold

Latitude Festival

I AM YOURS, YOURS AM I: an operatic immersion at Latitude Festival

Synopsis

8pm – 12 midnight: a performance will begin approximately every ten minutes

Something strange has happened in the Faraway Forest. A garden has taken root in the middle of the woods and, as the clock strikes, singers and musicians appear around you, like a giant living automaton. Take a step into another world of music, light and performance and experience a moment of magic.

Bringing to life one of the most achingly beautiful love songs ever written, this is opera for the 21st century, a celebration for all your senses. Produced by award-winning Opera North, the magical music box takes to the real outdoors, specially for the opening night of Latitude.

Sit where you like, stay as long as you like, and experience a moment of pure magic, where all is not as it seems.

latitudefestival.com | #farawayopera

Next Performances
Thu 16th Jul
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Opera Bingo

Family

18 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera Bingo

Synopsis

Opera North Youth Company present…Opera Bingo

Charge your glasses, cards at the ready... it's Bingo Life! Bingo NEVER stops...

Eyes down and play… look at the world around you, the people you see on the streets, in the corner of a room, sitting alone at a table. Do you know their names? Who’s deceiving whom? And what are the secret desires of Miss Leeds Twinkletoes 1963?

Based on Leeds city centre social observations, this brand new piece of music theatre invites the audience to take part in a highly irregular game of Bingo.

With over fifty members aged 13-19, the Opera North Youth Company have been meeting weekly with a team of professional artists since September to explore, devise and create Opera Bingo.

Please note seating for this performance is unreserved – immersive bingo table seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the night. The time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 30 minutes before.

The Opera North Youth Company is supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Bernarr Rainbow Trust.

Next Performances
Sat 18th Jul
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Norton

Saint Peter's Church

Orchestra of Opera North: Heavenly Sounds

Synopsis

Richard Farnes conducts the Orchestra of Opera North at Ryedale Festival, bringing to life Bartók’s unearthly Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Written in 1936, its powerful rhythms and amazing instrumental effects fuse to create a piece both haunting and profound. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is a grand orchestral work complete with sleighbells and solo soprano. This vibrant symphony is full of folk-like colour and glorious melodies and makes an ideal introduction to Mahler’s work. The finale, based on an exquisite song depicting a child’s vision of heaven, is sure to lift both body and soul.

Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Mahler Symphony No. 4

Conductor Richard Farnes
Soprano TBA

Next Performances
Fri 24th Jul
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Charlbury

Wilderness Festival

The Devil's Jukebox at Wilderness Festival

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Step into the Devil's Jukebox, for a tour of five centuries of Faustian music. From the fiendish fiddling of Paganini and Tartini, to Mussorgsky, Mozart, and Robert Johnson's blues, we seek to prove once and for all that the devil really does have the best tunes. A hand-picked group of international soloists joins cellist Matthew Sharp to bring Lucifer to life in two hours of non-stop live music..

Just be careful to leave with your soul...

wildernessfestival.com

Please note the time indicated is approximate and subject to change by the festival.
Next Performances
Sat 8th Aug
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Dawson and Asiq Nargile: Double bill tour of the UK

Synopsis

Plus support

A very special union of two bold and visionary performers from very different walks of song: Richard Dawson (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK) and Asiq Nargile (Georgia) are bound together by the distinctive ways in which they channel the ancients to transcend the everyday.

Dawson and Nargile met at last October's TUSK Festival in Newcastle, and the seeds were sown for a tour pairing these questing musical spirits for a select run of double-bill dates across the UK.

Beautiful in its strangeness.

The Guardian

It was astonishing – direct, raw, wounded, loud….. The voice of a bear smouldering on a peat fire, the words of poet.

The Quietus

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 18th Sep
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Borodin Quartet

Classical

19 September 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Borodin Quartet

Synopsis

When four students assembled at the Moscow Conservatory to play string quartets one afternoon in 1945, they unknowingly set the foundations for what soon became one of the world’s finest chamber music ensembles. The Borodin Quartet ranks today among the great names in music-making, universally acclaimed for the richness of its sound, the profound insights of its interpretations and its enduring pursuit of artistic truth. The group’s current members are ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary year with a packed schedule of international performances, including its first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room.

Here we have not four individual players, but a single sixteen-stringed instrument of great virtuosity’ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerhard Rohde, October 2013

 

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 19th Sep
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Kiss Me, Kate

Musicals

21 Sep - 21 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate

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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


Cole Porter (1948)
New production

'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  

Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro.  

There is surely no more enjoyable way to brush up your Shakespeare than with this show.     

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera

Next Performances
Mon 21st Sep
Wed 23rd Sep
Thu 24th Sep
Fri 25th Sep
There are a total of 17 upcoming performances for this production
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Sain Zahoor

World Music

1 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sain Zahoor

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Sain Zahoor is a Sufi musician who embodies the cultural wealth and soul of Pakistan’s popular street culture. With his robes, beads, tightly bound turban and single-string ektara lute, Sain Zahoor delivers Sufi kalams with focused and flamboyant joy.

Zahoor might have ended his days playing sacred music outside shrines in Pakistan, were it not for a presenter from Pakistan TV who stopped to hear him one day Captivated, he fast-tracked Zahoor into a studio to record a sequence of poems by the great Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah which was then broadcast. Without a manager, a or a record deal, and thanks entirely to a groundswell of grapevine interest, he won a BBC World Music Award in 2006 and has since released records, contributed to film soundtracks and performed all over the world. Sain Zahoor is presented by Asian Arts Agency.

No support.

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 1st Oct
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