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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
Tue 21st Apr
Wed 22nd Apr
Fri 24th Apr
Sat 25th Apr
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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El Amor Brujo

Classical

23 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

El Amor Brujo

Synopsis

Spain meets the New World

The Orchestra of Opera North takes over the Howard Assembly Room with a magnificent concert exploring the centuries-old links between Spain and South America. At its heart is Villa-Lobos’ exquisitely expressive Concerto for Guitar, played by guitarist Craig Ogden. Alongside it sits El Amor Brujo, Manuel de Falla’s flamenco-inflected evocation of love, lust and witchcraft and Ginastera’s Argentine Variaciones Concertantes. The evening is completed by Schoenberg’s arrangement of Debussy’s symphonic Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune.

Conducted by Eduardo Portal, this is the Orchestra of Opera North at its best.

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 23rd Apr
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Paul Lewis and Allan Clayton

Classical

24 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Paul Lewis and Allan Clayton

Synopsis

Die schöne Müllerin

A long list of prestigious prizes, awards and honours reflects the esteem in which, much-loved English pianist Paul Lewis’ artistry is held worldwide. For this concert he partners tenor Allan Clayton in a work of timeless musical beauty and artistic truth. Schubert’s song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin, explores a young man’s love, despair, contemplation of death and ultimate recognition of impermanence.

‘arguably the finest Schubert interpreter of his generation’

Gramophone on Lewis

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Having performed at the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall to name but a few, it’s a delight to host two outstanding artists in such an intimate setting.

‘a majestic and insightful performance’ 

NY Times on Lewis

Firmly established as one of the most exciting singers of his time, over the years Clayton has worked with the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North amongst others and continues to be in high demand.

‘Clayton is the real thing: a great British singer who deserves to be championed’

The Times on Clayton

Following a five year absence, Paul Lewis returns to the Howard Assembly Room following his 2010 sell-out concert. Early booking is highly recommended. 

Next Performances
Fri 24th Apr
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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Film

25 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Synopsis

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has cemented his world-class reputation with his most recent pair of films, Palme d’Or winning Winter Sleep and this, his 2011 epic, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

Stunning….pure exhilarating mastery. The Guardian

Depicting 24 hours in a murder investigation, police, prosecutors, a doctor and the killers themselves search for a body buried in the Anatolian steppe. Extraordinary photography of the landscape at night, absorbing characterisation and wry humour come together in an unforgettable film that is at once a road movie, a police procedural and a drama of Chekhovian subtlety.

The film will be introduced by Dr Christiana Gregoriou, Lecturer in English Language at the University of Leeds.

Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Cert 15; 2011; 157 mins; in Turkish with English subtitles.

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 25th Apr
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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.

Introduced by Dr Alan O’Leary, Senior Lecturer in Italian Cinema and Cultural Studies.

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, 21 (eve) May (Leeds); 28 (mat), 29, 30 (eve) May (Norwich); 3, 4 (eve), 6 (eve) June (Edinburgh) 10, 11 (eve), 12, 13 (eve) June (Dublin) 
Beverley Grant: 21 (mat), 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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