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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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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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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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The Nutcracker & The Snowman

Orchestral

21 December 2014

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

The Nutcracker & The Snowman

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Orchestra of Opera North

Delight your family this Christmas with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children accompanied by a live orchestra.

With the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, orchestral forces inject tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air - the soundtrack to every child's Christmas.

The perfect way to begin the exciting build-up to Christmas Day.

Tim Lihoreau | narrator
Neil Thomson | conductor

Next Performances
Sun 21st Dec
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Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

28th - 30 December 2014

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Be swept off your feet and into the New Year by this afternoon of Viennese classics.  One of the season’s highlights for many, do book early as this ever-popular concert regularly sells out.

Concert includes:

Johann Strauss IIDie Fledermaus Overture

Kreisler | Viennese Rhapsody

Offenbach | Orpheus in the Underworld Overture

Josef Strauss | Jockey Polka

Johann & Josef Strauss | Pizzicato Polka

Richard Strauss | Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes

Lehár | The Land of Smiles: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz

J0hann Strauss II | On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Tobias Ringborg | Conductor/Violin

Michael Weinius | Tenor/Conductor

Mark Forrest | Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
Next Performances
Sun 28th Dec
Mon 29th Dec
Tue 30th Dec
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James Meek

Spoken Word/Talks

17 January 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

James Meek

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Private Island 

In a little over a generation the bones and sinews of the British economy – rail, energy, water, postal services, municipal housing – have been sold to remote, unaccountable private owners.

‘Brilliant...some of it will make you sad, some of it will make you furious, but you are guaranteed to be left feeling that you understand this country much better.’ John Lanchester on Capital and Whoops!

In a series of panoramic accounts, novelist and journalist James Meek explores the human stories behind the incremental privatization of Britain’s assets. He analyses the winners who reap the rewards, and those who pay the ever rising bill.

'Meek’s range, humour and boldness are a joy' The Observer

The evening will be introduced and chaired by Dr Kirsteen Paton, Lecturer in School of Sociology and Social Policy 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
Sat 17th Jan
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From Prague to the Rhine

Orchestral

23 January 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

From Prague to the Rhine

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Mozart had a special relationship with the city of Prague – his opera The Marriage of Figaro was a triumph there and led to the commission for Don Giovanni.  His Symphony No.38 was premièred in the city in January 1787 – hence its nickname.  It’s a work full of operatic touches – the drama of Don Giovanni rubbing shoulders with the high spirits and nobility of The Magic Flute.  Schumann’s symphonies were regarded by the more discerning of his contemporaries as being the most original and important after Beethoven’s.  The ‘Rhenish’ Symphony is perhaps the most popular of the four, and its opening movement rides an adrenalin surge of energy.  Between these two masterly symphonies comes Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, dramatic and fiendishly difficult for the soloist.  Expect fireworks this evening from the Serbian pianist Aleksander Madzar.

Mozart | Symphony no.38, K504 ‘Prague’

Prokofiev | Piano Concerto no. 2

Schumann | Symphony No.3 in EÙ ‘Rhenish’

Aleksander Markovic | Conductor

Aleksander Madzar | Piano

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Fri 23rd Jan
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Icebreaker

Film

23 January 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Icebreaker

Synopsis

Kraftwerk Uncovered 

Following their highly successful Apollo tour, contemporary orchestra Icebreaker focus on the music of Kraftwerk. Drawing from the sonic legacy of Kraftwerk’s back catalogue, they move from the radical early albums to iconic synthesised material from Autobahn, Computer World and Trans-Europe Express.

‘Icebreaker's reinterpretations seemed to delve deep into Kraftwerk's innards, discovering something messy and frightening but more interesting’ The Guardian

Kraftwerk's music is reworked by German soundscape artist J. Peter Schwalm, the evening articulates Kraftwerk’s journey from experimental Krautrock band to international icon, with film by Sophie Clements and Toby Cornish. Purposefully detaching themselves from the dehumanised high-tech of current Kraftwerk shows, this is a nostalgic vision of an earlier era of technological innovation.

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
Fri 23rd Jan
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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera

24 Jan - 28 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Marriage of Figaro

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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.     

Free Inside Opera 
Fri 30 January from 5.45-6.30pm, Howard Assembly Room
Members of the cast and creative team offer an exclusive insight into the production. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Free pre-show talks 
Thurs 5, Weds 11, Tue 17, Sat 21 & Fri 27 February and Thurs 5, Sat 7, Tue 10, Sat 14, Thurs 26 & Sat 28 March from 6.00-6.30pm. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 3 hours

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
English version by Jeremy Sams
​Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Next Performances
Sat 24th Jan
Fri 30th Jan
Thu 5th Feb
Wed 11th Feb
There are a total of 15 upcoming performances for this production
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Bombino

World Music

28 January 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bombino

Synopsis

With support 

Guitarist and singer Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar is the latest Saharan musician to find meteoric rise in the West. Born and raised in Agadez, Niger, Bombino is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa.

‘The singer and guitarist Bombino emerges from the dunes of the Sahara with his desert folk dancing in the flames. Absolutely magical.’ Les Inrockuptibles

Rolling Stone magazine called his 2013 album Nomad ‘the most exciting blues album of the year’, in which his supple licks and grooves find an extra crunch and touch of sweetness from arrangements by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys). Bombino’s intensity and unflashy brilliance make this is an unmissable performance from him and his band.

‘Nomad's opener, Amidinine, has everything – perpetual motion, a chanted chorus, rocked-up drums and flashes of bluesy brilliance’ The Guardian

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 28th Jan
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

François and the Atlas Mountains: With Sanou Darra & Djiga Boubacar

Synopsis

With support from Songhoy Blues

François and the Atlas Mountains unleash their love for a great pop tune, chanson tradition and strange synths and combine them with Afrobeat from special West African guests.

“…euphorically addictive” Drowned in Sound

Following the successful European tour of album E Volo Love, the group toured Ethiopia, Morocco and Burkina Faso, meeting local musicians Sanou Darra & Djiga Boubacar. Touring the UK together for the first time, they fuse indie pop tunes with the beautiful sounds of the balafon and ngoni.

Unable to perform last autumn, it’s a delight to welcome François to the Howard Assembly Room.

2 For The Road and African Oye in association with Opera North present Songhoy Blues. Songhoy Blues have been supported by the Arts Council.

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 29th Jan
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Amjad Ali Khan

World Music

5 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Amjad Ali Khan

Synopsis

with Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

The sixth generation of an illustrious Bangash lineage, Amjad Ali Khan is a renowned maestro of the sarod. The ‘Indian string superstar’ (The Times-Picayune) is celebrated both internationally and at home, and in 2001 was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, one of the highest Indian civilian awards.

'The finest living exponent of the sarod' The Guardian

This concert is a special chance to see Amjad Ali Kahn in one of only a few shows in the UK. Appearing with his two sons, both virtuosos in their own right, Amjad Ali Khan’s skill in classical Indian music and delicate and expressive performance will make this a night to remember.

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.

In assocation with the Asian Arts Agency

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 5th Feb
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