Production Archive

Cropped_becky__rachel_unthank_and_sam_lee_credit_sarah_mason___1_

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

A Time and Place - Sam Lee and members of The Unthanks

Synopsis

Musical meditations on the First World War

Rachel Unthank, Becky Unthank, Sam Lee, Adrian McNally and more

Video design by Matthew J Watkins.

A Time and Place presents an evening of music inspired by the folk song, stories and poetry of the First World War created for audiences today.

Known for their ability to take traditional repertoire and reinvent it for contemporary ears, Mercury Prize nominated folk artists Sam Lee, Rachel and Becky Unthank collaborate for the first time in this poignant project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

As part of an 11 strong line-up they will perform original repertoire from the time alongside new material inspired by personal stories and arrangements to First World War poetry, all against the backdrop of Matthew J Watkins striking video design.

Rachel and Becky Unthank return to the Howard Assembly Room following two sell out shows in 2009 and 2011.

'Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence' - The Independent on The Unthanks

'Just beautiful' - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music on The Unthanks

‘Sam Lee: The heart of folk’ The Times on Sam Lee

'Lee's unique take on folk music needs to be heard.' - The Guardian on Sam Lee

 

Co-produced by the Barbican, sounduk, and Opera North in partnership with Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham. A Time and Place is part of the Imperial War Museums Centenary Partnership Programme.

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
Expand
Cropped_letter_from_an_unknown_woman_05_100x100

Letter from an Unknown Woman

Autumn 2014

18th Sep 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Letter from an Unknown Woman

Synopsis

Immorality Tales

“A weepie like they don't make them like anymore” The Independent

By the time you read this letter, I may be dead.’

Set in Vienna at the turn of the century, a former concert pianist receives a letter from a woman (Joan Fontaine) which reveals her lifelong love for him, and the devastation that their encounters have caused her. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, as the pianist struggles to recall the author of the letter.

Letter from an Unknown Woman portrays Ophüls’ favourite theme of woman ill-met in love with a mix of European style, Hollywood muscularity and lyrical camera work.

Dir Max Ophüls; 1948; America; 86 Mins; cert U

This showing accompanies Opera North’s production of La Traviata

Introduced by Dr Claudia Sternberg, Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Cultural Studies 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
Expand
Cropped_janusz_1618a_rpo_rah_cropped

Ripon

Ripon Cathedral

Adult ticket: £16 - £28

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival

Cropped_orchestra-generic-event-image Synopsis

Beethoven’s 'little symphony' is full of optimism and playfulness, bursting with exuberance, its whirling finale a masterpiece of invention. Mozart’s intricate flute concerto is played by one of Europe’s finest and most imaginative musicians: Samuel Coles has performed with l’Orchestre National de Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonia, the ECO and l’Orchestre du Monde. Mendelssohn’s moving evocation of Scotland’s dramatic landscape and history, with its dark undertones, is told in glorious melody.

Presented by Ripon International Festival

Orchestra of Opera North

Janusz Piotrowicz | Conductor
Samuel Coles | Flute

Beethoven | Symphony no 8 in F
Mozart | Flute Concerto no 2 in D
Mendelssohn | Symphony no 3 “Scottish”

Next Performances
Expand
Cropped_story-telling-image-2

Sing, Sing, Sing!

Autumn 2014

6th - 8th Aug 2014

Chapeltown

Reginald Centre

Adult ticket: Free, but please book in advance

Sing, Sing, Sing!

Cropped_story-telling-image-2 Synopsis

Family Arts Festival

at The Reginald Centre, Chapeltown

Opera North is excited to present a series of FREE, creative workshops for children and families of all ages at The Reginald Centre. Each workshop caters for different age groups but the whole family, young and old, are welcome to join in the fun!

Download the festival diary:

 

For more information or to book your place, please contact Marc Dunleavy (Opera North): education@operanorth.co.uk or call 0113 223 3557.

Next Performances
Expand

Norton

Saint Peter's Church

Adult ticket: £20 - £28

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

Cropped_liverpool-phil2 Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Howard Shelley (piano/conductor)

Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)
Schumann – Piano Concerto
Dvořák – Symphony no. 7 in D minor

Pianist and conductor Howard Shelley joins the Orchestra of Opera North for a famous overture which Mendelssohn penned after visiting the Scottish isle of Staffa and one of the best-loved of all piano concertos. After the interval, Dvořák’s 7th symphony – a work full of stirring themes and emotional depth which, if not his most famous symphony, has a strong claim to being his finest.

‘a true keyboard aristocrat’ – Gramophone

‘Shelley’s... is the most finely realised and ravishingly beautiful Schumann Concerto to have come for a long time…’ – International Record Review

‘I am now busy with this symphony for London, and wherever I go I can think of nothing else. God grant that this Czech music will be a work capable of stirring the world! What is in my mind is Love, God, and my Fatherland’ – Dvořák, in a letter of 1884

Pre-concert and interval drinks

Next Performances
Expand
Cropped_onyc_100

SLEEP TIGHT AND…

Summer 2014

19th Jul 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £4

SLEEP TIGHT AND…

Cropped_onyc_428 Synopsis

Opera North Youth Company presents their end of year production.

Three people, three lives, three dreams

“ONYC is really enjoyable; fun people, great atmosphere and a very productive and professional environment.”
ONYC member

Empty your minds and enter the dreamers’ secret world of sound and image in a new piece of music theatre devised by the Opera North Youth Company. Nothing is what it seems, and anything is possible when sleeping beasts and beauties dream. 

The Opera North Youth Company is a 50-strong group of young people aged 13-19. The company visits professional performances, makes new work and develops performance skills with professional artists. The Youth Company works as an ensemble and members specialise in their preferred talent by opting to join either the Youth Chorus (to develop singing and musicianship skills) or Youth Artist group (to develop as a creative artist). 

We will be recruiting for new members in September and would encourage anyone interested in joining to attend a free taster session. Tasters offer a flavour of the proj ect and a chance to see if you want to be involved.

Find out more or to sign up to a taster session 

The Opera North Youth Company is kindly supported by The Opera North Future Fund
Next Performances
Expand
Cropped_gotterdammerung-insideopera-main

Inside Opera Special: The Music of Götterdämmerung

Cropped_gotterdammerung-insideopera-main Synopsis

Join Martin Pickard, Opera North's Head of Music, for a unique exploration of Wagner's monumental musical achievement in the final instalment of the Ring cycle.  This Inside Opera Special will include live musical illustrations from Martin together with the singers Hazel Croft, Sarah Estill and Kathryn Stevens of the Chorus of Opera North, and requires no specialist musical knowledge on the part of the audience.  It's the perfect prelude to the performance of Götterdämmerung at Leeds Town Hall later the same afternoon, and will be equally rewarding for those who have already experienced one of the earlier performances.

Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

Next Performances
Expand
Cropped_oncc

Music: Opera North Children’s Concert

Spring 2014

10th Jul 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £7.50

Music: Opera North Children’s Concert

Cropped_opera_north_children_s_chorus Synopsis

I thought it as absolutely wonderful. The children were magicalDavid Dimbleby – Broadcaster

It was lovely to see so many young singers of a very high qualityBachtrack

Join Opera North’s very own Children’s Chorus as they celebrate another year of music making. This varied programme will feature repertoire ranging from traditional folk to ornate baroque. With over 90 members, the Opera North Children’s Chorus are a tour de force not to be missed!

Generously supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, The Carntyne Trust, Charles Brotherton Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Sir George Martin Trust, The Holbeck Charitable Trust, Opera North Future Fund, and The Whitaker Charitable Trust.
Next Performances
Expand
Cropped_horizon_community_college_-_horizon_community_college_007_thumbnail

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Using folk music, song and dance to enhance learning in schools

Cropped_horizon_community_college_-_horizon_community_college_007_428px Synopsis

Professional development one-day course for teachers, educators and artists working in both primary and secondary schools (key stages 1 - 4).

Gain knowledge, skills and resources to start using folk music and dance immediately in your teaching! Differentiated parallel sessions focusing on different key stages.

The one-day course will:

  • Demonstrate the use of folk music and dance to enhance learning in the school curriculum - in music, dance, drama, and other curriculum subjects such as English and history
  • Evidence the value of folk music and dance in the arts curriculum – in performance, composition and listening
  • Introduce freely available online learning resources – background notes, lesson plans, outline units of work at all key stages and in different subject areas
  • Familiarise you with The Full English digital archive of folk manuscripts – including material from your region. 
  • Share the folk arts work taking place in local schools as part of The Full English
  • Provide networking opportunities – with cultural organisations, schools, teachers and artists working with folk arts in your region
  • Be facilitated by leading folk arts educators with extensive experience in schools
  • Have you singing, playing and dancing… and more!

No prior experience of folk music required.

Who will be leading the course? 

Led by experienced educators Liam Robinson, Bobak Walker, Oli Matthews and Josie Wexler, joined by teachers from one or more local schools, who have participated in The Full English learning programme.

How much will it cost? 

The course fee is £10 (including refreshments and a light lunch)*

What are the timings for the day?

The day begins at 9.30am and ends at 4.00pm 

Find out more about the EFDSS and professional development 

View flyer for the event 

Next Performances
Expand
Cropped_french_man_on_a_bike_100

Tour de Proms

Summer 2014

2nd Jul 2014

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £9.50-£27.50

Tour de Proms

Cropped_french_man_on_a_bike_428 Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Christopher Seaman conductor
Louis Schwizgebel piano 
Simon Lindley organ

Experience the very best of French and British music in the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall as we celebrate the opening of the Tour de France with a traditional, rousing prom concert!

Join us as we journey through France with Bizet’s fiery Carmen Suite, Fauré’s popular Pavane and Saint-Saëns’ glorious Organ Symphony. We’ll then cross the English Channel to hear Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs, and raise the roof singing along to prom favourites Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem!

The Tour de Proms is the perfect way to join in the festivities this Summer! Tickets are priced £27.50 - £9.50 with 50% off for full time students, under 18s and unwaged and £1.50 off for over 60s.

Next Performances
Expand
Cropped_bicycle_thieves

Film: Bicycle Thieves

Spring 2014

28th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: Bicycle Thieves

Synopsis

Bicycle Thieves is a brilliant, tactlessly real work of art.’ The Guardian

A struggling father tries to make ends meet for his wife and young son. When his bicycle is stolen on his first day in a new job posting flyers, he loses his living and sets out to recover his precious bicycle. A landmark of Italian neorealist cinema directed by Vittorio de Sica.

Cert U; 93 Mins; dir. Vittorio De Sica; in Italian with English Subtitles; 1948 

Introduced by Dr Mariana Liz, Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Leeds. 

Next Performances
Expand
Cropped_a_sunday_in_hell

Film: A Sunday in Hell

Spring 2014

28th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: A Sunday in Hell

Synopsis

Vive le Grand Départ!

‘a polished and well captured documentary’ DVD Talk

‘Arguably the best film ever made about professional cyclingInternational Film Guide, Jørgen Leth’s documentary about the 1976 Paris to Roubaix bicycle race, shows the gruelling spring-classic race from the perspective of participants, organisers and spectators.

Cert PG; Denmark; 1976; 111mins; Dir Jørgen Leth

Next Performances
Expand

Search