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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
Thu 2nd Apr
Sat 4th Apr
Mon 6th Apr
Tue 7th Apr
There are a total of 25 upcoming performances for this production
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Metropolis

Film

2 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Metropolis

Synopsis

with the Orchestra of Opera North

Cult 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis is a triumph of German Expressionism and remains one of the most influential films ever made. With its depiction of a futuristic cityscape and an alluring female robot, Metropolis is the mother of sci-fi cinema influencing Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless others. Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang, its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery, and modernist grandeur remain as powerful as ever.

‘It is a technical marvel’ NY Times

The original chamber orchestra version of its powerful score by German composer Gottfried Huppertz is conducted by Hugh Brunt and performed by the Orchestra of Opera North.

**** The Guardian on Metropolis

Dir Fritz Lang; Germany 1927; Cert PG (contains mild violence and nudity); 153mins

FILMPHILHARMONIC EDITION

Film by courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung,

Music by courtesy of European Filmphilharmonic Institute.

(photo credits: © Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung)

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.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before. There will be one 20 minute interval at approximately 8:20pm. 

Next Performances
Thu 2nd Apr
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Swanhunter: Indoor Camping Adventure

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Storytelling, tents and marshmallows. Join us on a camping adventure in this family-friendly workshop, exploring the story and songs of Swanhunter.

For children aged 4+ and their families

Limited capacity, booking essential

Next Performances
Wed 8th Apr
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Invitation to the Dance

Orchestral

11th - 16 April 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Invitation to the Dance

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Three works with strong associations with dance dominate this evening’s concert.  Gershwin’s musical love letter to Paris, written in 1928, was not originally intended to be danced, but it is now indelibly linked with images of Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly dancing against the backdrop of the City of Romance in the 1951 film An American in Paris.  Stravinsky’s Firebird took a journey in the opposite direction, from ballet score to orchestral suite.  Premièred in 1910 by the Ballets Russes, the ballet was an immediate sensation with audiences and critics, and the 1919 orchestral suite heard here demonstrates Stravinsky’s total mastery of orchestral colour.  In his Mother Goose suite, Ravel weaves together several French fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Tom Thumb, to make music that is a delight for adults and children alike.

This concert will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 on Sat 11 April, from Leeds Town Hall.

Gershwin | An American in Paris

Shostakovich | Piano Concerto No.1

Ravel Mother Goose (Complete)

Stravinsky | The Firebird (1919)

Kees Bakels | Conductor

Federico Colli | Piano

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

Next Performances
Sat 11th Apr
Thu 16th Apr
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Popular Classics for all the Family

Orchestral

18th - 19 April 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Popular Classics for all the Family

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Join us for an afternoon of popular classics in the intimate surroundings of Dewsbury Town Hall.  Tchaikovsky’s music for the ballet The Nutcracker and Prokofiev’s musical tale Peter and the Wolf have inspired a love of classical music in generation after generation of children, and such is the enduring quality of these scores that they are also enjoyed and enjoyed again by all those – young and old – who know and love them well.  Peter and the Wolf will be followed this afternoon by Wolf Tracks, or The Wolf and Peter, a delightful sequel to Prokofiev’s original by the French composer Jean-Pascal Beintus, and the concert is presented and narrated by Huddersfield-born BBC Radio Leeds personality Liz Green.

Tchaikovsky | Nutcracker (excerpts)

Prokofiev | Peter and the Wolf

Jean-Pascal Beintus | Wolf Tracks

Justin Doyle | Conductor  

Liz Green | Narrator and Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

Next Performances
Sat 18th Apr
Sun 19th Apr
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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.

There will be an introduction ahead of the film screening.

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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