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La traviata

Opera

20 September 2014 - 27 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

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 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.

Audio Described performance on Thursday 26 February at 7pm
Audio Described performance
Thursday 26 February, 7:00pm. Please call 0113 223 3700 to book.

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
Wed 4th Mar
Fri 6th Mar
Wed 11th Mar
Fri 13th Mar
There are a total of 8 upcoming performances for this production
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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera

24 Jan - 28 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Marriage of Figaro

Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1786)

New production

It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna.  The Countess is heartbroken by her husband’s faithlessness – but she is the object of the adolescent desires of the page, Cherubino.  And Figaro is in trouble with the housekeeper, Marcellina, who has lent him money on the promise that, if he can’t repay her, he’ll have to marry her …

The Marriage of Figaro is aptly subtitled ‘The Follies of a Day’.  Mozart’s music bubbles along with comedic high spirits, but it plumbs the depths of emotion, too, expressing the joy and pain of love and the agony and ecstasy of desire, until all is resolved in a spirit of forgiveness.

With recent work for Opera North including a deliciously funny Ruddigore and a heart-rending Carousel, director Jo Davies is perfectly placed to hold the effervescent comedy and the serious heart of Mozart’s sublime masterpiece in ideal balance.     

Free Inside Opera 
Fri 30 January from 5.45-6.30pm, Howard Assembly Room
Members of the cast and creative team offer an exclusive insight into the production. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Free pre-show talks 
Thurs 5, Weds 11, Tue 17, Sat 21 & Fri 27 February and Thurs 5, Sat 7, Tue 10, Sat 14, Thurs 26 & Sat 28 March from 6.00-6.30pm. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Sung in English
Performance lasts approximately 3 hours 13 minutes

Please note: performance time includes one interval

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
English version by Jeremy Sams
​Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Next Performances
Fri 27th Feb
Thu 5th Mar
Sat 7th Mar
Tue 10th Mar
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi

Opera

18 Feb - 24 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi

Synopsis

Presented as a double bill

La vida breve

Manuel de Falla (1913)

From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera that sets violently passionate emotions amid the colourful sights and sounds of Granada.

La vida breve is an all or nothing tragedy of a woman who loves too much a worthless man who strings her along, knowing all the while that he is to marry another girl.   The atmosphere is heavy with Spanish fatalism, heightened by the influence of Andalusian folk song, lightened by Spanish dance rhythms, and the action is ferociously intense. 

Christopher Alden’s production was one of the highlights of Opera North’s groundbreaking, award-winning Eight Little Greats season in 2004, and was extravagantly praised by Germaine Greer on BBC2’s Newsnight Review:

‘It’s a staggering work and it was staggeringly presented and performed. If you see nothing else this year, and you give a damn, see La vida breve. Go to Salford, Nottingham, go wherever you can and see it.’

Sung in Spanish with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 1 hour 
Guidance: Contains some violence and sexual references 

Gianni Schicchi 

Giacomo Puccini (1918)

New production

After the dark, suicidal angst of La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi is the perfect companion piece – an irresistible satyr play set around the death-bed of a rich man. The scheming relatives who vie for a chunk of his fortune are all too recognisable and reveal the greed and avarice which lie just below the thin veneer of their family loyalties.

‘If you were ever in doubt that opera could be hilarious then [...] Gianni Schicchi will convince you’
The Daily Telegraph

Inspired by an episode in Dante’s Inferno, Gianni Schicchi is Puccini’s only outright comedy. Christopher Alden’s new production nods slyly in the direction of the timeless themes which Puccini exploits to brilliantly farcical effect – after all, those scheming relatives may bear an uncanny resemblance to our own family members!

With its vivid characterisation and the spontaneity of its musical invention, Gianni Schicchi is a comic masterpiece in miniature. Featuring one of Puccini’s best-loved arias, ‘O mio babbino caro’, it is here brought alive by a top drawer cast – starring Christopher Purves, ‘one of the great operatic artists of the present’ (The Spectator), in the title role.

Sung in Italian with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 1 hour

Double bill lasts approximately 2 hours 30 mins


Creative Team

Conductor | Jac van Steen
Conductor | Martin Pickard (24 Mar)
​Director | Christopher Alden


Free pre-show talks 

Fri 20, Wed 25 & Sat 28 February and Tue 3, Thu 12 & Tue 24 March from 6.00-6.30pm. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Next Performances
Sat 28th Feb
Tue 3rd Mar
Thu 12th Mar
Tue 24th Mar
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Ólafur Arnalds

Music

27 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ólafur Arnalds

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Over the years, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds has gained a huge following for his unique blend of lush strings and piano, juxtaposed with edgier loops and beats. His most recent album Now I am Winter, evokes the atmospheres of winter nights and crisp snowy hills. It weaves its spell slowly, over its course.

Ólafur Arnalds will also play music from the award-winning drama Broadchurch, which has recently returned to ITV for a second series.

'an exemplary suite of Icelandic music, blending American minimalist techniques with European sensibilities' The Independent

Moving between ambient electronica to pop, his tracks have been widely featured in film and TV – fans of The Hunger Games will recognise Ólafur’s song Allt Varð Hljótt, a track he penned for the film’s score and soundtrack.

Next Performances
Fri 27th Feb
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Classic FM at the Movies

Orchestral

1 March 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Classic FM at the Movies

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Some of the best-loved – and some of the best – orchestral music of the 20th and 21st centuries has been composed for the silver screen.  This season’s Classic FM at the Movies programme pays tributes to such masters of the genre as Danny Elfman and Howard Shore, as well as celebrating the enormous contribution that the great classical composers have made to so many of our favourite films.  This concert is the perfect way to share with all the family the power and the glory of wonderful orchestral music played live – so do book soon for what is bound to be one of the most popular dates in the season!

Concert includes:

Richard Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra [2001: A Space Odyssey]

Wagner | Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries [Apocalypse Now]

Danny Elfman | Batman: Suite

Mahler | Symphony no.5: Adagietto [Death in Venice, Lorenzo’s Oil]

Howard Shore | The Lord of the Rings: Suite

Dukas | The Sorcerer’s Apprentice [Fantasia]

Oliver von Dohnányi | Conductor

Nick Bailey | Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

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Sun 1st Mar
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Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

Classical

5 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

Synopsis

A diverse programme from two of the world’s leading artists in song. Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is in high demand from international orchestras and opera houses. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear her in a more intimate setting. She is accompanied by distinguished pianist Roger Vignoles.

“Pokupić is a serious, gifted practitioner of this endangered art form…fluidly and charmingly performed.” Opera News Magazine

The duo delights in a programme that includes Mahler’s heart-breaking Rückert Leider, Finzi’s wonderful Shakespeare Songs: O Mistress Mine, Come Away Death and pieces by Wolf and Hahn.

"... with Roger Vignoles at the piano, extraordinary things can happen" The Times

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

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Thu 5th Mar
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The White Ribbon

Film

6 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The White Ribbon

Synopsis

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or award-winning film is a spellbinding tale of bigotry and brutality set in a north German village immediately before the outbreak of the First World War.

‘Haneke's films always feel, once the credits have rolled, unstoppable. This one surely is. The Guardian

Shot in austere monochrome, The White Ribbon is as tense as a thriller and as unsettling as a horror film. The film shines a light onto an unjust social system that is morally and physically disintegrating, though no one is prepared to confront it.

Dir Michael Haneke; Austria/Germany 2009; in German with English subtitles; 144 mins; Cert 15

The White Ribbon will be introduced by Rachel Green from the Centre for World Cinemas 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.

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Fri 6th Mar
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Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Jazz

11 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Synopsis

Ravi Coltrane has followed in his father’s footsteps to become one of the finest saxophonists of his generation.  In a career spanning two decades, the Grammy-nominated performer has been a bandleader and composer, worked alongside jazz luminaries and founded a record label.

‘Great music, played with freedom, passion and respect for the past — what more could you ask for?’  5* review in the Evening Standard

His new album Spirit Fiction has been hailed as mature and commanding. The record encompasses his huge artistic legacy and distinct vision, without losing his signature tone and nimbleness of thought. For this appearance at the Howard Assembly Room he plays with his collaborators David Virelles on keyboards, Dezron Douglas on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums.

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.

Next Performances
Wed 11th Mar
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Arve Henriksen

Jazz

12 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Arve Henriksen

Synopsis

Places of Worship tour

Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s exploration of the instrument’s possibilities shows no limits. In this special UK performance, he brings the improvising spirit of his album Places of Worship to life, alongside long-term collaborator Jan Bang and visual artist Anastasia Isachsen. 

‘Nobody plays a trumpet quite like the plaintively expressive Norwegian Arve Henriksen’ The Guardian

His improvising style is rooted both in the glorious geography of his native natural habitats and his hybrid, cosmopolitan environments of the 21st century. On Places of Worship he inhabits the space between these two worlds in a series of pieces taking inspiration from religious buildings and ruins.

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.

Next Performances
Thu 12th Mar
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Natalie Clein

Classical

20 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Natalie Clein

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And Mahan Esfahani

Natalie Clein is described by The Times as a ‘mesmerising’ cellist who ‘plays everything with passion’. Known for her soulful and profound approach to music making, she returns with a programme dominated by J.S Bach, in honour of his 330th birthday. The evening features two of Bach’s Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord including G Major BWV1027 and G Minor BWV 1029, as well as pieces by two of Bach's sons, Vivaldi, Ligeti and Kurtág.

‘…breathtakingly beautiful’ BBC Radio 3

Clein is accompanied by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani whose ‘passionate engagement with the music’ (The Telegraph) is fast making him a reputation as a leading exponent of his instrument.

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

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Fri 20th Mar
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Fennesz and Lillevan

Music

21 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fennesz and Lillevan

Synopsis

A UK premiere from one of the great electronic musicians. 

Sparing with his solo releases, electronic guitarist Christian Fennesz has constantly extended his avenues of expression through collaborations with other artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Mike Patton, and by creating music for film.

'It feels like a ride, like the music transports you bodily from one place to the next' Pitchfork

In this rare UK performance, Fennesz joins forces with visual artist Lillevan. This special project, performed for the first time in the UK, takes inspiration from Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler, who music is transformed by Fennesz’s characteristic clouds of distortion, drones and infinitely slowly evolving melody.

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 21st Mar
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Lemminkäinen's Quest

Family

28 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lemminkäinen's Quest

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Opus presents…

Lemminkäinen's Quest: When the Hunter becomes the Hunted

An end of project performance, based on Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter.

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 on Death’s river. But unseen dangers lie in wait for him along the way...

Inspired by Opera North’s upcoming production of Swanhunter, the Opus group presents this retelling of a traditional tale from the Finnish folk epic The Kalevala.  This performance uses music, movement, poetry and visual art to tell the story of love, bravery, adventure and magic in a unique and exciting way.

Suitable for ages 7+ | Lasts approximately 40 minutes (no interval)

To book your tickets call the Box Office on 0844 848 2727.

Next Performances
Sat 28th Mar
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The Cardinall's Musick

Classical

1 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Cardinall's Musick

Synopsis

A jewel in the crown of Early Music consorts, The Cardinall’s Musick is one of the most expressive and entertaining ensembles in the world. This imaginative vocal group recreates the sounds of the past in a way that makes them live in the present. Under Andrew Carwood’s direction The Cardinall’s Musick has won the Gramophone Award for Early Music no fewer than four times.

‘Clear tones; perfect intonation; an ideal balance between individual colour and an ensemble blend’ The Times

This special Easter concert is dominated by Thomas Tallis’ darkly glorious Mass for Four Voices and concludes with a new commission by young composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, the first DARE Cultural Fellow in the Opera Related Arts in association with Opera North and 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
Wed 1st Apr
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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


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

Schools Performance 
Mon 20 April, 11am
Dedicated performance solely for an audience of school parties. Bookings can be made via Andy Kitching on 0844 848 2705. Supportive online resources will be available soon.

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.

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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. Suitable from children aged 7+ their families.

Limited capacity, booking essential

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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.

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
 

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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
 

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Sat 18th Apr
Sun 19th Apr
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Paul Lewis and Allan Clayton

Classical

24 April 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Paul Lewis and Allan Clayton

Synopsis

ON SALE TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 12noon

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’

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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. 

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Fri 24th Apr
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Carousel

Musicals

13 May - 13 June 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Carousel

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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

A co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

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 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 its problems seem only to multiply.  A slick outsider steps in to help, but his attempts to modernise place the family in peril.

Matt Rogers (also known as Gameshow Outpatient) has created commissions for the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, among many others. Sally O’Reilly writes art criticism and fiction for video, performance and the page. The Virtues of Things will be directed by Bijan Sheibani, Associate Director at the National Theatre. To date, Sheibani has been nominated for the Olivier Awards three times, most recently for Best Director in 2010.

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

Next Performances
Fri 15th 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 Aiden 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.

‘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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Invitation to Dream

Orchestral

22 May 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Invitation to Dream

Synopsis

BBC Philharmonic

Brahms struggled mightily to compose his First Symphony, so weighed down was he by the expectation that he was Beethoven’s natural successor. His Second Symphony came much more quickly and is a far more relaxed work than the heroic First.

Brahms jokingly wrote to his publisher that the Second Symphony ‘is so melancholy that you’ll be unable to bear it’, but it is a joke that contains a germ of truth, for although this is a predominantly warm and lyrical work, it is shot through with moments of agitation and melancholy before reaching its triumphant conclusion.

The prodigiously talented Guy Johnston makes a welcome return to the Kirklees Season for the first time in four years in one of the great Romantic cello concertos, and the concert opens with a perennial favourite, Tchaikovsky’s lovely Serenade for Strings.

Tchaikovsky | Serenade for Strings

Saint-Saëns | Cello Concerto No.1

Brahms | Symphony No.2 in D

Andrew Gourlay | Conductor

Guy Johnston | Cello

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15

Next Performances
Fri 22nd May
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The Flying Dutchman

Opera

27 Jun - 11 July 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Flying Dutchman

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Richard Wagner 1843

Having performed all four instalments of the Ring cycle in successive years, Opera North continues its Wagnerian voyage with the work that the composer himself regarded as the true beginning of his career as a musical dramatist.

Perhaps one reason for this assessment is that the myth of the Dutchman, doomed to wander the seas eternally unless he finds redemption through a woman’s faithful love, treats of themes that were to recur throughout the rest of Wagner’s career. From this material, he constructed a thrillingly taut music drama that grips from the first storm-tossed notes of the famous overture, to the work’s resplendent final moments of transfiguration.

Like Opera North’s highly acclaimed Ring, The Flying Dutchman will be presented in a concert staging by Peter Mumford, and conducted by the Company’s Music Director Richard Farnes. The principal singers all made their mark in the Opera North Ring: Béla Perencz (Wotan) and Alwyn Mellor (Sieglinde) in Die Walküre, and Mats Almgren (Fafner) and Mati Turi (title role) in Siegfried.

Sung in German with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with no interval

Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund

Next Performances
Sat 27th Jun
Tue 30th Jun
Fri 3rd Jul
Sun 5th Jul
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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The Ring Cycle

Opera

23 Apr - 10 July 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Ring Cycle

Synopsis

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner (1876)

Wagner's epic masterpiece: unforgettable music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North is placed at the heart of a concert staging that makes Wagner’s narrative enthralling for both experienced Wagnerians and newcomers alike.

The culminative power of The Ring Cycle is all the more palpable when experienced in such a concentrated burst, offering the rare opportunity for total immersion in this unique, all-encompassing music drama.

The Ring Cycle is conducted by Richard Farnes, one of today’s leading interpreters of Wagner. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music is translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford, bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception.

A company of top British and international singers includes Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz,  Mati Turi and Michael Weinius.

Please note that tickets for The Ring Cycle will be sold as full cycles per venue in the first instance. Single tickets may become available at a later date.

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Apr
Sat 30th Apr
Sat 14th May
Sat 21st May
There are a total of 24 upcoming performances for this production
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