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Swanhunter

Opera

2 Apr - 3 May 2015

Nationwide

Touring 10 theatres

Swanhunter

Synopsis

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


The story so far...

Discover more at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds:

Interactive pre-show talk
Sat 18 April, 12.15pm and 5.15pm
(Free to ticket holders)

Meet the puppets and discover the secrets, myths and magic behind the beautiful creation of this exciting tale with members of the cast and creative team. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Book pre-show talk Sat 18 April 12.15 - 1.00pm
Book pre-show talk Sat 18 April 5.15 - 6.00pm

Swanhunter Performance for Schools
Mon 20 April, 11am
Dedicated performance solely for an audience of school parties. Find out more or book directly with Andy Kitching, group sales officer at Leeds Grand Theatre: andy.kitching@leedsgrandtheatre.com | 0844 8482705

Supportive online resources are available. Discover more...

Pre/post show talks may be available at other venues, please check the venue's website or with their Box Office when making your booking.

Next Performances
Wed 29th Apr
Thu 30th Apr
Fri 1st May
Sat 2nd May
There are a total of 5 upcoming performances for this production
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Sardinia at Twilight

Folk

1 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sardinia at Twilight

Synopsis

Discover the magic and music of Italy’s most intriguing island: Sardinia. This hour long concert from versatile singer/guitarist Elena Piras contrasts her native music with that of Bulgaria and Scotland.

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Sardinia at Twilight and Red Desert on Friday 1 May 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.
Next Performances
Fri 1st May
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Red Desert

Film

1 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Red Desert

Synopsis

Shot on location in Budelli, Sardinia, Red Desert is Antonioni’s first colour film, starring the incomparable Monica Vitti. His use of spellbinding panoramas of the industrial side of the Sardinian landscape, abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, and looming docked ships, creates an ultra-stylish, near apocalyptic vision of a disaffected woman’s life.

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Sardinia at Twilight and Red Desert on Friday 1 May for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Dir Michelangelo Antonioni; 117 mins; in Italian with English subtitles; 1964; cert 12A.

An introduction will now be given by Projects Director Dominic Gray, as Dr Alan O’Leary, Senior Lecturer in Italian Cinema and Cultural Studies, is unable to join us due to unforeseen circumstances.

In association with LivItaly, a project run by Italian 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.
Next Performances
Fri 1st May
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sing ON: With hope in your heart

Synopsis

Few songs have had as many lives as You’ll Never Walk Alone.  Performed twice in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1945 musical Carousel, the song was popularised by Gerry and the Pacemakers and Elvis Presley, before it was adopted by fans in Liverpool and Glasgow, becoming perhaps the most iconic football song of all times.

Join Opera North for an uplifting morning of music exploring this and other songs from the musicals. 

FREE for all ages. Booking essential, call Box Office on 0844 848 2727.

This workshop accompanies Opera North’s revival of Carousel this May at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Part of European Opera Days

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 9th May
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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 11th May
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Carousel

Musicals

13 May - 13 June 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Carousel

Synopsis

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

Audio-described performance
Tue 19 May, 7pm. Call 0113 223 3700 to book.

Signed performance (Signer: Paul Whittaker OBE)
Thursday 21 May, 7pm. To book call the box office on 0844 848 2720.

Captioned performance
Friday 22nd May, 7pm. To book call the box office on 0844 848 2720.

A co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris


 

*Performance split for role of Louise: 

Alex Newton: 13, 14 (x2), 15, 16 (x2), 17 (4pm), 19, 20 May (Leeds); 28 (mat); 29, 30 (eve) May (Norwich); 3, 4 (eve), 6 (mat) June (Edinburgh); 10, 11 (eve), 12, 13 (eve) June (Dublin)

Beverley Grant: 21 (x2), 22, 23 May (Leeds); 28 (eve), 30 (mat) May (Norwich); 2, 4 (mat), 5, 6 (eve) June (Edinburgh); 11 (mat), 13 (mat) June (Dublin) 

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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The Virtues of Things

Opera

15 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Virtues of Things

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Conceived by composer Matt Rogers (AKA Gameshow Outpatient) and writer Sally O’Reilly, The Virtues of Things is a witty dissection of how operas unfold their fictions and how objects themselves carry meaning.

A long-established family prop-making business struggles to adapt to modern pressures and time only sees its problems multiply.  A slick outsider steps in to help, but his attempts to modernise place the family in peril.

The Virtues of Things is directed by Olivier Award-nominated Bijan Sheibani, (Associate Director at the National Theatre), and was concieved by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North to give opportunities to emerging opera writers. 

Joining together these leading arts organisations for the second year running The Virtues of Things premieres in London before visiting Leeds for an exclusive Yorkshire date.

Sung in English | 80 mins long, no interval

Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North: giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.
Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Music Matt Rogers
Libretto Sally O’Reilly
Director Bijan Sheibani
Design Giles Cadle
Lighting Matt Haskins
Conductor Richard Baker
Orchestra Aurora Orchestra

Next Performances
Fri 15th May
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Taraf de Haïdouks

Folk

18 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Taraf de Haïdouks

Synopsis

Support: Omar Puente

Astonishing Romanian music from the world’s greatest Gypsy group. 

Taraf de Haïdouks, literally translated as ‘band of outlaws’, has an intense energy and flair. Their shows burst with clattering virtuosity and passionate gypsy rasp – stealing your breath and getting your feet moving.

When presenting their BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music, long time admirer Johnny Depp stated: ‘Taraf de Haïdouks are the greatest musicians I know – they play a music which expresses the most intense joy, and have this gift to make you feel alive.

Their live act is extraordinary – a magical mix of quicksilver melodies, amazing violin and cimbalom solos, earthy songs of lost loves and riotous traditional wedding songs. Daily Telegraph

Frantic, rapid-fire blend of violins, accordions, flute and xylophone-like cimbalom and swirling, furious instrumental pieces. 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
Mon 18th May
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Lau

Folk

19 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau

Synopsis

Support: Siobhan Wilson

The Bell That Never Rang is the hugely anticipated new album and tour from the U.K’s most musically revered and celebrated folk trio Lau.

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 Aidan O’Rourke.

Since their debut album in 2007 Lau have picked up four awards for ‘Best Group’at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and the individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their acclaimed solo works. 

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.

The new album, The Bell That Never Rang is released in May, just in time for this show-stopping night.

‘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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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Pizzica Indiavolata

Synopsis

Support: Chico Pere & Glenn Sharp

Tens of thousands of people congregate in Italian piazzas for Canzoniere’s concerts in Italy. Originally thought to cure the poison spider’s bite, the pizzica tarantata is a hypnotic blend of ferocious rhythms and passionate dance that Canzoniere take from its ancient roots to the present day, and right back again.

Canzoniere was a whirlwind. The New York Times

Now, with their most recent album chosen as one of The Guardian’s Top 5 Albums of the Year and collaborations with Ludovico Einaudi and Ibrahim Maalouf, their explosive brand of tarantella is conquering the global stage. Not to be missed.

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
Wed 20th May
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Stefano Bollani

Jazz

21 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Stefano Bollani

Synopsis

Please note there is no longer a support for this artist. Stefano Bollani will be on stage at the advertised time of 7.45pm.

Stefano Bollani is an Italian pianist and composer of ebullient charm and uncommon sensitivity, whether performing solo or in landmark collaborations with Enrico Rava and Chick Corea. Of his latest release, Joy in Spite of Everything, All About Jazz said ‘like a kind of musical contortionist, Stefano Bollani keeps repositioning himself with eye-popping ease. The diversity and eclecticism of Bollani's projects are reflected in the sweeping breadth of his vocabulary’.

...makes the instrument sound as if it functioned with liquids rather than hammers. The Guardian

His solo piano concerts are a veritable tour-de-force, a combination of virtuoso improvisation with an unfaltering lightness of spirit.  A rare opportunity to a major figure in today’s European jazz.

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 21st 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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