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Ripon

Ripon Cathedral

Adult ticket: £16 - £28

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival

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Beethoven’s 'little symphony' is full of optimism and playfulness, bursting with exuberance, its whirling finale a masterpiece of invention. Mozart’s intricate flute concerto is played by one of Europe’s finest and most imaginative musicians: Samuel Coles has performed with l’Orchestre National de Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonia, the ECO and l’Orchestre du Monde. Mendelssohn’s moving evocation of Scotland’s dramatic landscape and history, with its dark undertones, is told in glorious melody.

Presented by Ripon International Festival

Orchestra of Opera North

Janusz Piotrowicz | Conductor
Samuel Coles | Flute

Beethoven | Symphony no 8 in F
Mozart | Flute Concerto no 2 in D
Mendelssohn | Symphony no 3 “Scottish”

Next Performances
Sat 6th Sep Ripon Ripon Cathedral
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Letter from an Unknown Woman

Autumn 2014

18th Sep 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Letter from an Unknown Woman

Synopsis

Immorality Tales

“A weepie like they don't make them like anymore” The Independent

By the time you read this letter, I may be dead.’

Set in Vienna at the turn of the century, a former concert pianist receives a letter from a woman (Joan Fontaine) which reveals her lifelong love for him, and the devastation that their encounters have caused her. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, as the pianist struggles to recall the author of the letter.

Letter from an Unknown Woman portrays Ophüls’ favourite theme of woman ill-met in love with a mix of European style, Hollywood muscularity and lyrical camera work.

Dir Max Ophüls; 1948; America; 86 Mins; cert U

This showing accompanies Opera North’s production of La Traviata

Introduced by Dr Claudia Sternberg, Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Cultural Studies 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
Thu 18th Sep Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

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

Synopsis

Musical meditations on the First World War

Rachel Unthank, Becky Unthank, Sam Lee, Adrian McNally and more

Video design by Matthew J Watkins.

A Time and Place presents an evening of music inspired by the folk song, stories and poetry of the First World War created for audiences today.

Known for their ability to take traditional repertoire and reinvent it for contemporary ears, Mercury Prize nominated folk artists Sam Lee, Rachel and Becky Unthank collaborate for the first time in this poignant project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

As part of an 11 strong line-up they will perform original repertoire from the time alongside new material inspired by personal stories and arrangements to First World War poetry, all against the backdrop of Matthew J Watkins striking video design.

Rachel and Becky Unthank return to the Howard Assembly Room following two sell out shows in 2009 and 2011.

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

'Just beautiful' - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music on The Unthanks

‘Sam Lee: The heart of folk’ The Times on Sam Lee

'Lee's unique take on folk music needs to be heard.' - The Guardian on Sam Lee

 

Co-produced by the Barbican, sounduk, and Opera North in partnership with Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham. A Time and 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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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 Inside Opera
Thu 23 October 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
Sat 27 September, Fri 3 & 17 October, Tue 28 October, Sat 1 Novemeber.
​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 approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

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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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Making an Opera: Monteverdi's Poppea

Autumn 2014

23rd Sep 2014

Leeds

Emerald Grand Hall

Adult ticket: Priority booking now open. Tickets: Free, but must be booked in advance.

Making an Opera: Monteverdi's Poppea

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Priority booking for Friends, Associates and Patrons of Opera North from Fri 1 August at 10am

To book online click Buy Tickets and enter your Promotional Code

General sale from Mon 1 September at 10am

The Coronation of Poppea has a notoriously tangled textual history. Although the opera is regularly attributed to Monteverdi it is almost certain that some of its most famous music wasn't written by Monteverdi at all - and there isn't anything close to a definitive version of the score. In this special event, director Tim Albery and conductor Laurence Cummings discuss the opera and the making of a new performing edition for Opera's North's first ever production of one of opera's earliest masterpieces - whoever it's by.

Tickets: Free, but must be booked in advance

Next Performances
Tue 23rd Sep Leeds Emerald Grand Hall
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Music: Classical Greats

Autumn 2014

26th Sep 2014

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 to £19

Music: Classical Greats

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

The Kirklees Concert Season opens with masterpieces by two of the greatest exponents of the classical style, together with a symphony by a 20th-century master.  Haydn is widely acknowledged as the Father of the Symphony, and it’s impossible to imagine the great works of Mozart, Beethoven and all who came after him without his example.  But Haydn’s symphonies are also wonders in their own right, brimming with invention, humour, drama and surprises; this is some of the most sheerly enjoyable music you will ever hear.  Like Haydn’s ‘London’ symphony, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is a work that came late in its composer’s career.  Tailor-made for Mozart’s friend, the clarinettist Anton Stadler, it is one of the best-loved pieces of all time, its enduring popularity boosted by its use in films such as Out of Africa.

Haydn | Symphony No.104 ‘London’ 

Mozart | Clarinet Concerto, K622

Sibelius | Symphony No. 3 in C

Eugene Tzigane | Conductor

Colin Honour | Clarinet

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Fri 26th Sep Dewsbury Dewsbury Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld - Still Smiling

Synopsis

A special UK performance brings an alliance of the highest order to the Howard Assembly Room. Still Smiling sees German-born Blixa Bargeld (former Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Einstürzende Neubauten founder) join forces with Italian electronic composer Teho Teardo.

Theirs is a dark collaboration in which Bargeld’s sardonic, poetic lyrics and unmistakeable voice combine with a palette of strings, experimentation and a dose of theatrical flair. The result is a multi-lingual masterpiece of intimacy and controlled grandeur.

Programmed by Opera North Projects as part of the Recon Festival.

 

'Still Smiling is a playful, intelligent album, a series of personal and observational sketches of a disquieting world.' - The Quietus

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 26th Sep Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

James Yorkston and David Thomas Broughton - with Juice Vocal Ensemble

Synopsis

Voices

Starting out as an integral part of the Fence Collective, Scottish folk singer-songwriter James Yorkston’s solo career rocketed when his debut solo single was endorsed by John Peel. Since then Yorkston has firmly put his stamp on traditional folk music, creating a loyal following including international folk-star KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail and King Creosote to name a few.  Performing a collection of songs from his anthology, this talented multi-instrumentalist will draw you in with his heart-felt lyrics, Scottish-lilted vocals and catchy, stripped-back melodies.

‘The time for Fife’s softly spoken James Yorkston to be ranked as one of the country’s great songwriters is long overdue. His honesty, wry humour and rippling folk guitar are on peak form’ - NME

Otley-born folk singer and guitarist David Thomas Broughton’s music is by turns delightful, disturbing and heartbreaking. Here he performs with Juice Vocal Ensemble in music that spans from hymnal to human beatbox, discord to angelic harmony, with lyrical themes, ranging from love to pub brawls.

‘Arguably the most staggering live musician in the country’ Mojo on David Thomas Broughton

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

This event was previously scheduled with Dark Northumbrian, unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the line-up has been changed. Tickets held before this change are still valid. Any queries please contact Box Office on 0844 848 2727.

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 27th Sep Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Mozart Requiem

Autumn 2014

2nd Oct 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 to £24

Music: Mozart Requiem

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

The opening concert of the season in Huddersfield also features a masterpiece of Mozart’s final year, 1791.  The Requiem was Mozart’s very last work, left unfinished at the time of his death aged just 35.  All sorts of myths have sprung up over the years surrounding the commissioning and composition of the work, but however intriguing the mysteries, the actuality of this most human of Requiems in all its beauty and terror remains a wonder to behold when encountered live.  The joint forces of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North are conducted by maestro Jac van Steen in a programme that also features Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony and the Prelude to Wagner’s opera Lohengrin.  All in all, a very special start to the Huddersfield season.

Wagner | Lohengrin Prelude to Act I
Sibelius | Symphony No.4 in A minor
Mozart Requiem

Jac van Steen | Conductor
Aoife O'Sullivan | Soprano
Rosie Aldridge | Mezzo
Rupert Charlesworth | Tenor
Matthew Brook | Bass

Chorus of Opera North

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Thu 2nd Oct Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
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Light Night: I am yours, yours am I

Autumn 2014

3rd - 4th Oct 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free drop in

Light Night: I am yours, yours am I

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Immorality Tales

Something strange has happened in the Howard Assembly Room. Trees have taken root in the floor and birds are singing from the treetops, indoors, on a cold, dark October night…

Experience opera as never before, for as the clock strikes, singers and musicians appear around you, bringing one of the most achingly beautiful love songs ever written. From the final moments of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, this is a moment of magic where all is not as it seems...

Sit where you like, stay as long as you want, this is opera for everyone in 3d and surround sound.

The Coronation of Poppea is at Leeds Grand Theatre in October.

Free to drop in on -

Fri 3 October: 5.30pm-10.00pm
Sat 4 October: 5.00pm - 7.30pm

A performance will begin approximately every 10 minutes.

‘Light Night is an annual event showcasing some of Lees’ best examples of its culture. For one night only, cultural venues open up for artists to temporarily transform small ad large spaces to show their work to the residents of Leeds’ The Public Reviews

Find out more about Light Night

Next Performances
Fri 3rd Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
Sat 4th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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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

Synopsis

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.   

Free Inside Opera 
Thu 23 October 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
Sat 11 October, Thu 30 October. Talks by Assistant Director Emma Black and Opera North Editor Stuart Leeks. Begins 1 hour before the performance. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

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

Synopsis

From Scotland With Love

With Support

King Creosote is the stage name of Scottish folk singer and songwriter Kenny Anderson. His powerful and cinematic new album From Scotland With Love, released to coincide with Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, has received universal critical acclaim.

His first since his Mercury-nominated collaborative record with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine, From Scotland With Love 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

‘Stately songs of disarming passion’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
Sat 11th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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