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Sing, Sing, Sing!

Autumn 2014

6th - 8th Aug 2014

Chapeltown

Reginald Centre

Adult ticket: Free, but please book in advance

Sing, Sing, Sing!

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Family Arts Festival

at The Reginald Centre, Chapeltown

Opera North is excited to present a series of FREE, creative workshops for children and families of all ages at The Reginald Centre. Each workshop caters for different age groups but the whole family, young and old, are welcome to join in the fun!

Download the festival diary:

 

For more information or to book your place, please contact Marc Dunleavy (Opera North): education@operanorth.co.uk or call 0113 223 3557.

Next Performances
Wed 6th Aug Chapeltown Reginald Centre
Thu 7th Aug Chapeltown Reginald Centre
Thu 7th Aug Chapeltown Reginald Centre
Fri 8th Aug Chapeltown Reginald Centre
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Ripon

Ripon Cathedral

Adult ticket: £16 - £28

The 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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Film: Letter from an Unknown Woman

Autumn 2014

18th Sep 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: Letter from an Unknown Woman

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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 20th 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. Told in a series of flashbacks, the pianist struggles to recall the author of the letter.

A bewitching mix of European style, Hollywood muscle and beautiful camera work, Letter from an Unknown Woman portrays Ophüls’ favourite theme of women-ill met in love with delicacy, and is widely regarded as one of his greatest films.

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

This showing accompanies Opera North’s production of La Traviata

Next Performances
Thu 18th Sep 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 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.    

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

Follow Opera North's board La Traviata: Designing Violetta on Pinterest.
 
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

Making an Opera: Monteverdi's Poppea

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

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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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Music: Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld - Still Smiling

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

An exclusive UK performance brings a trans-Alpine 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.

A dark and sumptuous collaboration, in which Bargeld’s sardonic, poetic lyrics and unmistakeable voice combines with a rich palette of strings, experimentation and a dose of theatrical flair. This multi-lingual masterpiece of melodic ideas creates a grand, yet intimate experience.

Part of the Recon Festival

 

Next Performances
Fri 26th Sep Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Music: Dark Northumbrian and David Thomas Broughton - with Juice Vocal Ensemble

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On David Thomas Broughton: 

'Arguably the most staggering live musician in the country' Mojo

This double bill brings together some of the North’s most original folk voices.

Exploring the rich heritage of Northumbian folk, Dark Northumbrian – developed by Steve Malley (The Horse Loom) – showcases a fine line-up of acoustic musicians including Cath and Phil Tyler, and Alasdair Roberts.

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

Part of Recon Festival

Next Performances
Sat 27th Sep 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.   

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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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Music: Brodsky Quartet - Angels and Maidens

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‘The Brodskys’ achingly beautiful performance reached deep into the heart’ The Guardian

The Brodsky Quartet bring their fine blend of musical curiosity and impeccable craftsmanship to a programme centred on one of the pinnacles of the classical period: Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.  

Alongside it is George Crumb’s masterpiece of the avant-garde: Black Angels. Composed for amplified string quartet using a refrain from Death and the Maiden as its theme, this piece uses unusual performance techniques including shouting, chanting, whistling, whispering, gongs, maracas, and crystal glasses to evoke the swamps of Vietnam which inspired it. 

Next Performances
Wed 15th 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

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

Find out more about our special performance of The Bartered Bride for schools on 22 October 2014 - the perfect way to introduce young people to the vibrant, dramatic world of opera. 

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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