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La traviata

Autumn 2014

20th Sep 2014 - 27th Mar 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £68

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 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. 
Speakers: 
Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield)
Martin Pickard (Assistant conductor)
Kara McKechnie (University of Leeds) 

Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

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 1st Nov Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 12th Nov Newcastle Theatre Royal
Fri 14th Nov Newcastle Theatre Royal
Wed 19th Nov Salford Quays The Lowry
There are a total of 20 upcoming performances for this production
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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 mezzo 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 
Fri 24 October from 5.45-6.30pm Howard Assembly Room
Members of the cast and creative team offer an exclusive insight into the production.

Speakers: 
James Laing (Nerone)
Laurence Cummings (Musical Director)
Emma Black (Assistant director) 

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 2 hours 45 minutes

Production supported by Friends of Opera North

We have put together a playlist of iconic love duets across all musical genres as inspired by the final duet of The Coronation of Poppea. 

Next Performances
Thu 30th Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 15th Nov Newcastle Theatre Royal
Sat 22nd Nov Salford Quays The Lowry
Sat 29th Nov Nottingham Theatre Royal
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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

Free Inside Opera 
Sat 25 October from 5.45-6.30pm, Howard Assembly Room Members of the cast and creative team offer an exclusive insight into the production.
Speakers: 
Nicholas Watts (Vasek)
Tony Kraus (Conductor)
Jack Furness (Assistant director) 

Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Audio Described Performance 
​Wed 29 October. Audio Description by Vocaleyes including a touch tour of the set and cosumes at 5.45pm. Limited capacity, to book for audio description and touch tour call 0113 22 33 590. Tickets £13.50 Essential companion free. 

Sung in English
Performance lasts 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. 

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Next Performances
Fri 31st Oct Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre
Tue 11th Nov Newcastle Theatre Royal
Thu 13th Nov Newcastle Theatre Royal
Tue 18th Nov Salford Quays The Lowry
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £7.50

Strauss: Enoch Arden - Op. 38 a melodrama (1897)

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Music by Richard Strauss
Words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Enoch Arden tells the heart-rending story of a shipwrecked sailor who returns home after many years to find that the world, and his loved ones, have long given him up for dead. A true melodrama; Strauss’ music digs deep into the psychological turmoil of Enoch, his wife Annie, and Philip, their shared childhood friend.

Famously recorded by Claude Rains and Glenn Gould, here the piece’s wonderfully dynamic relationship between spoken voice and piano is brought to life by music theatre actor Dale Rapley, and Opera North’s Head of Music, Martin Pickard, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ birth.

‘Tennyson’s small epic… so tear-jerking, is a verbal treasure’ BBC Music Magazine

This immersive storytelling will last for approximately one hour. For your enjoyment, the seating will be cabaret style.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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.

 
Next Performances
Thu 30th Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Night of the Hunter: Halloween at Opera North

Synopsis

Inspired by German expressionist films of the 1920s, Night of the Hunter is shot in black and white, with striking shadows and distored perspectives. Walter Schumann’s soundtrack is an integral part of the film’s eerie atmosphere. The chilling story that follows Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), a serial-killer who styles himself as a preacher man to gain the trust of a family on the Ohio River. The children escape by boat, but Powell hunts them relentlessly, believing they know the location of a robbery haul.

A classic tale of innocence versus evil, Night of the Hunter is perfect viewing for Halloween.

Dir Charles Laughton; 93 mins; USA; 1955; Cert 12

Introduced by Bridget Bennett, Professor in American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds.

‘A gripping, complex chiller.’ 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
Fri 31st Oct Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £9.50 - £27.50

What The World Needs Now...The Music of Burt Bacharach

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Orchestra of Opera North
Conducted by Richard Balcombe

What The World Needs Now…The Music of Burt Bacharach celebrates the sound of symphonic pop from one of the 20th century’s most prolific and popular musicians, exploring the diversity and complexity of the music of Burt Bacharach.

As well as his extensive chart successes with the likes of Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Herb Albert and many others, Burt Bacharach has composed extensively for the big screen and the Broadway Stage, and is the recipient of three Academy and seven Grammy Awards.

With brand new symphonic orchestrations, a quartet of star vocalists and a programme including; Anyone who had a Heart, Close to You, What’s New Pussycat?, Walk On By, Alfie and many more.

Presented by GRB Concerts

Next Performances
Sun 2nd Nov Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Music: Storming of the Heart

Autumn 2014

6th Nov 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 to £24

Music: Storming of the Heart

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

In the first of two consecutive appearances in this year’s Kirklees Season, Opera North’s Music Director conducts three groundbreaking works.  The music of the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók is especially close to Richard Farnes’s heart.  Premièred in 1939, Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto is widely regarded as one of the greatest orchestral works of the 20th century: rhapsodic, mysterious and superbly scored, it is extraordinarily atmospheric.  Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is famous for its ferocious rhythmic drive – Wagner wrote of it ‘All tumult, all yearning, and storming of the heart’ and dubbed it ‘the apotheosis of the dance’.  Wagner’s own overture to his opera The Flying Dutchman – his first true masterpiece – opens the concert, and is a taste of things to come: Opera North will give complete performances of the opera in the summer of 2015.

Wagner | Der fliegende Holländer Overture

Bartók | Violin Concerto No.2                                    

Beethoven | Symphony No.7 in A

Richard Farnes | Conductor

Ning Feng | Violin

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
Next Performances
Thu 6th Nov Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Extended Circle

Synopsis

The slowly turning, luminous music of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen has, without fanfare developed a staggering depth of meaning and confidence. His quartet with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and long-term associate Jarle Vespestad, has matured into a group whose interactions draw their strength from restraint.

‘For a modern take on the European jazz tradition, this quartet is hard to beat.’ The Arts Desk

The material for this one-off UK date ranges from gospel-influenced pieces and glowing group improvisation, to the Norwegian traditional I Know A Castle In Heaven. Drawn mainly from his latest ECM album, its striking ‘Nordic-Caribbean-Gospel-Impressionist-Bluesy touch’ is reminiscent of his much-lauded debut album.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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.

 
Next Performances
Sat 8th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg - The Golden Age Revived

Synopsis

Immorality Tales 

Emma Kirkby, the grande dame of Early Music, makes her Howard Assembly Room debut with a glorious selection of songs focussing on the heroines of the classical world, accompanied by lutenist Jakob Lindberg.

From Purcell’s Dido’s Lament to Dowland’s When Phoebus First Did Daphne Love, these are songs about the women of epic and myth. The recital is completed by Monteverdi’s exquisite Lamento d’Arianna, in tribute to Opera North’s new production of The Coronation of Poppea.

“Kirkby embellishes every note with a grace, lightness and sparkle which other sopranos in careers half as long have already lost”Classic FM

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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.

 
Next Performances
Thu 13th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

Autumn 2014

14th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

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CANCELLED We are sorry to announce that the band has cancelled this performance due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have booked tickets and paid by card, the Box office will automatically refund your card; if you paid by cheque or cash, a cheque will be sent to you in the course of the next four weeks. If you have any queries, please call the Box office on 0844 848 2720.
Next Performances
Fri 14th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Ben Frost: AURORA

Autumn 2014

15th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Ben Frost: AURORA

Synopsis

With support

Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label in 2003. Frost’s own music is varied, he welds structured sound to immersive melody.

With 2014 release A U R O R A, he strips away piano and strings in favour of a world of fiercely synthetic shapes, live manipulation of electronics, guitar noise and drumbeats firing in all directions. Live he commands the stage, judging the perfect moment to send down his next lightning bolt.  

“A brutal yet glorious release that doubles up as an unbending overture to fervour and force” The Line of Best Fit

In association with Room 237

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

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.

 
Next Performances
Sat 15th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

Autumn 2014

20th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

Synopsis

Abdullah Ibrahim returns to Leeds for a special concert to celebrate his 80th year. Casting his own atmospheric spell of heart-stopping melodies and delicately propulsive grooves, Ibrahim plays music from across his vast musical landscape of knowledge and technique.

The legendary South African pianist and composer occupies a central position in his country's music history as an exile from apartheid and politicised pioneer of Township and Cape Jazz.

There’s nothing in music quite like the atmosphere of an Abdullah Ibrahim concert.

"…the humble high priest of international jazz" - 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
Thu 20th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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