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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices: Opera North’s Early Years Programme

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Sessions run Sept – Dec. To book for either time slot (10am – 10.45am & 11.15am – 12pm) click Book Tickets.

Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.

Led by a professional singer, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.

Times: 10am – 10.45am & 11.15am – 12pm, during term time only
Refreshment: There is a shared refreshment break from 10.45am – 11.15am
Price: £6 per session, per child. Sibling discounts available: 2 children for £10.
Ages: ​Suitable for ages 0-4

Session dates (booking essential):

Mon 7 Sep
Mon 21 Sep
Mon 19 Oct
Mon 26 Oct
Mon 2 Nov
Mon 9 Nov
Mon 16 Nov
Mon 30 Nov
Mon 7 Dec
Mon 14 Dec

For more information or to discuss special circumstances call 01132233520 or email littlevoices@operanorth.co.uk

Supported by the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Next Performances
Mon 7th Sep
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Heritage Open Day

Exhibitions

13 September 2015

Leeds

Leeds Grand Theatre

Heritage Open Day

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On Sunday 13 September, Leeds Grand Theatre throws open its doors for one day only to welcome you into the all-absorbing world of the theatre.

Make your way around the twists and turns of the building, exploring backstage and discovering nooks and crannies you never knew existed!

There will be many things to see and do throughout the day, but here are some of Opera North's highlights:

  • Catch our live pop-up opera performance and experience some of opera's most sparkling arias up close
  • Take part in our family friendly Education workshops
  • Have a sneak peek at the opera set on the Leeds Grand Theatre stage
  • Peep into dressing rooms backstage where the costumes and wigs for Opera North's Kiss Me, Kate will be on display

Download the full timetable of events, talks and workshops ► 

Doors open 10.30am - 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm)

FREE ENTRY, NO TICKET REQUIRED.

Next Performances
Sun 13th Sep
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Orchestra of Opera North: Wagner, Strauss

Orchestral

17 September 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Wagner, Strauss

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

The Kirklees Concert Season is launched in high heroic style with Richard Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben, which charts the progress of a hero’s life in thrilling fashion. It’s an exhilarating showcase for the orchestra, encompassing the clamorous excitement of the battlefield and the passionate lyricism of a portrait of the composer’s wife Pauline in the guise of the ‘hero’s companion’.  Opening proceedings are two works by Wagner.  Rienzi was the composer’s third opera and his first big success.  It is Grand Opera at its grandest, and the extravagant overture, which culminates in a jaunty military march, also includes one of Wagner’s noblest melodies, Rienzi’s Prayer.  The Wesendonck Lieder were composed at the time Wagner was working on Tristan und Isolde, his great hymn to erotic love, and both opera and song cycle share an overpowering intensity of expression.    

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Aleksandar Marković, Conductor
Emma Bell, Soprano   

Next Performances
Thu 17th Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Dawson and Asiq Nargile: Double bill tour of the UK

Synopsis

Plus support

A very special union of two bold and visionary performers from very different walks of song: Richard Dawson (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK) and Asiq Nargile (Georgia) are bound together by the distinctive ways in which they channel the ancients to transcend the everyday.

Dawson and Nargile met at last October's TUSK Festival in Newcastle, and the seeds were sown for a tour pairing these questing musical spirits for a select run of double-bill dates across the UK.

Beautiful in its strangeness.

The Guardian

It was astonishing – direct, raw, wounded, loud….. The voice of a bear smouldering on a peat fire, the words of poet.

The Quietus

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

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 18th Sep
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Borodin Quartet

Classical

19 September 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Borodin Quartet

Synopsis

When four students assembled at the Moscow Conservatory to play string quartets one afternoon in 1945, they unknowingly set the foundations for what soon became one of the world’s finest chamber music ensembles. The Borodin Quartet ranks today among the great names in music-making, universally acclaimed for the richness of its sound, the profound insights of its interpretations and its enduring pursuit of artistic truth. The group’s current members are ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary year with a packed schedule of international performances, including its first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room.

Here we have not four individual players, but a single sixteen-stringed instrument of great virtuosity’ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerhard Rohde, October 2013

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 19th Sep
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Kiss Me, Kate: Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

21 Sep - 21 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate: Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Cole Porter's sparkling American musical before the performance with guest speaker Steven Phillips, Chorus Manager at Opera North.

Leeds Grand Theatre
Mon 21 Sep
Wed 23 Sep
Fri 25 Sep
Sat 3 Oct
Wed 21 Oct
Fri 30 Oct

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Fri 6 Nov
Sat 7 Nov, 1.15pm
Sat 7 Nov

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Fri 13 Nov
Sat 14 Nov, 1.15pm
Sat 14 Nov

Nottingham Theatre Royal
Fri 20 Nov
Sat 21 Nov, 1.15pm
Sat 21 Nov

All talks run from 6.15 - 6.45pm unless otherwise indicated

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Opera North's series of pre-performance talks are generously supported by the Friends of Opera North

Next Performances
Mon 21st Sep
Wed 23rd Sep
Fri 25th Sep
Sat 3rd Oct
There are a total of 16 upcoming performances for this production
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Kiss Me, Kate

Musicals

21 Sep - 21 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter (1948)
New production

'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  

Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro. New choreography is by Will Tuckett, whose recent shows include The Crucible, The Turn of the Screw (The Royal Ballet), West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Wind in the Willows (The Royal Ballet and West End). Featuring breathtaking designs, a 40-piece orchestra and renowned West End stars, this show is simply 'Too Darn Hot' to be missed! 

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera


Pre-show talks

Mon 21, Wed 23, Fri 25 Sep; Sat 3, Wed 21, Fri 30 Oct; Fri 6, Sat 7 (mat & eve), Fri 13, Sat 14 (mat & eve), Fri 20, Sat 21 Nov (mat & eve).

Evening performances 6.15-6.45pm, matinee performances 1.15-1.45pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book online or to find out more


Next Performances
Mon 21st Sep
Wed 23rd Sep
Thu 24th Sep
Fri 25th Sep
There are a total of 17 upcoming performances for this production
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Sain Zahoor

World Music

1 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sain Zahoor

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Sain Zahoor is a Sufi musician who embodies the cultural wealth and soul of Pakistan’s popular street culture. With his robes, beads, tightly bound turban and single-string ektara lute, Sain Zahoor delivers Sufi kalams with focused and flamboyant joy.

Zahoor might have ended his days playing sacred music outside shrines in Pakistan, were it not for a presenter from Pakistan TV who stopped to hear him one day Captivated, he fast-tracked Zahoor into a studio to record a sequence of poems by the great Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah which was then broadcast. Without a manager, a or a record deal, and thanks entirely to a groundswell of grapevine interest, he won a BBC World Music Award in 2006 and has since released records, contributed to film soundtracks and performed all over the world. Sain Zahoor is presented by Asian Arts Agency.

No support.

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

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 1st Oct
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Aaron Parks Trio

Jazz

2 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Aaron Parks Trio

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Aaron Parks is a leading musician in the new generation of jazz pianists and composers to come out of New York: a master of melody, and a composer and arranger of protean skill and dexterity. As an ECM artist, he is joined on this first UK tour by two other formidable players from that label, bassist Ben Street and masterful drummer Billy Hart whose rich history stretches back to Miles Davis and includes stints with Wes Montgomery, and, Herbie Hancock.

Aged 18, Aaron was asked by Terrence Blanchard to join his band and subsequently recorded on four albums with the veteran trumpeter and contributed to several Spike Lee soundtracks, including the Grammy winning A Tale of Gods Will (A Requiem for Katrina) for the documentary When the Levees Broke.

Aaron's 2008 album Invisible Cinema was lauded by BBC Online as one of the great albums of the year. More recently, Arborescence, his luminously atmospheric solo debut album for ECM has received glowing reviews and confirmed him as a leading pianist of his generation.

Other:

Aaron Parks piano
Ben Street double bass
Billy Hart drums

No support

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

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 2nd Oct
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Xiu Xiu Play the Music of Twin Peaks

Synopsis

Commissioned by David Lynch

In a weird way (what other way could there be?), there is no more apt a group to perform Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch's unmistakeable score for Lynch's seminal Twin Peaks TV-series than Jamie Stewart's Xiu Xiu. Like the show, their music is elusive, dream-lit with dark undertones. Commissioned by David Lynch himself, this is an immediately recognisable yet entirely new interpretation of the music of Twin Peaks; one emphasising its chaos, drama, fear, noise and sidelong leering glances.

The music of Twin Peaks is everything that we aspire to as musicians and is everything that we want to listen to as music fans. It is romantic, it is terrifying, it is beautiful, it is unnervingly sexual. Our attempt will be to play the parts of the songs as written, meaning, following the harmony melody but to arrange in the way that it has shaped us as players

Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu

In association with ReCon and Room 237

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
Sun 4th Oct
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The Barber of Seville

Opera

7 Oct - 19 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Barber of Seville

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Gioachino Rossini (1816)

Rosina is rich, beautiful and in love with a dashing young Count. However, her elderly guardian, Doctor Bartolo, has designs on her himself, and does everything he can to put obstacles in the way of their happiness. But with the help of the sharp-witted Figaro, true love finally triumphs.

Tuneful and vivacious, Rossini’s score contains one irresistibly catchy number after another, ranging from the fireworks of Figaro’s ‘Largo al factotum’ to the seductive beauty of the Count’s ‘Ecco, ridente’.

Giles Havergal’s handsome period production delivers pure enjoyment with bags of style. This revival features three exceptionally engaging young singers in Nicholas Watts (Count), Katie Bray (Rosina) and Gavan Ring (Figaro). They are joined by one of the UK’s most distinguished operatic basses, Alastair Miles, as Basilio, and this classic production wouldn’t be complete without the comic genius of Eric Roberts as Bartolo.

Sung in English

Lasts approximately 3 hours

Next Performances
Wed 7th Oct
Sat 17th Oct
Fri 23rd Oct
Tue 27th Oct
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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Light Night: Parklife

Autumn 2015

9 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night: Parklife

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Discover a glowing summer night in the middle of the October chill, with love, longing and sweet music on the air. A strange band of musicians is spellbound to play all night long in a mysterious bandstand: welcome to Light Night 2015.

A whirl of European music from Bartók to Brahms brings to life lost worlds. Ferocious Transylvanian fiddling meets smoky Hungarian café songs. The Howard Assembly Room is transformed into a strange and magical carousel where the music plays on, perhaps forever. Join us for a night in the park for an unforgettable experience of music.

Light Night accompanies Opera North’s production of Janáček’s Jenůfa at Leeds Grand Theatre in October.

No ticket required

Next Performances
Fri 9th Oct
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