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Family: The Gruffalo

Autumn 2014

26 October 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Family: The Gruffalo

Synopsis

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Join us as we venture into the deep dark wood with the acclaimed animated films based on the books The Gruffalo and its delightful successor The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  This enchanting double bill is shown on the big screen accompanied live by the Royal Northern Sinfonia.  Rene Aubrey’s beautiful scores make for a perfect introduction to the orchestra, so this performance is the ideal opportunity to introduce the delights of live orchestral music to younger family members and friends.  Now, can the cunning and resourceful little mouse outsmart that hungry Gruffalo? …

René Aubrey The Gruffalo live orchestra and film | The Gruffalo’s Child live orchestra and film

Terry Davies | Conductor

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Untold Scandal

Autumn 2014

24 October 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Untold Scandal

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Immorality Tales

Writer/Director EJ-Yong relocates the action of De Laclos’ classic French novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, to 18th Century Korea.  A beautiful noblewoman bets her womanising cousin that he can’t seduce a virtuous young woman.  This drama of immorality, eroticism and betrayal unfolds against delicate landscapes.  

Revealing the moral hypocrisy behind the exquisitely observed etiquette of courtly society, Untold Scandal finds the essence of the original story in a rendition that combines sly wit and understated intensity.

“…a viciously purring Korean comedy of sexual conquest” New York Times

Dir EJ-Yong; 2003, Cert 18, 124 mins; with English subtitles

This film accompanies Opera North’s new production of The Coronation of Poppea.

Introduction by Paul Cooke, Centenary Chair in 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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The Bartered Bride

Opera

18 Oct - 27 November 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Bartered Bride

Synopsis

Bedřich Smetana (1866)

Mařenka and Jeník are in love, but her father wants her to marry the son of the wealthiest man in town.  In the end, youth and cunning outsmart age and power, and the constraints of rural life are thrown off for a while when the circus comes to town.

Smetana is best known for his symphonic poem Ma Vlast (My Country).  His music for The Bartered Bride abounds with freshness and vitality, its energy generated by bold contrasts of mood and atmosphere, the exuberance of its folk-like rhythms and the catchiness of its tunes. 

Daniel Slater’s colourful production has been enthusiastically received by both audiences and critics:

If you want to introduce someone to the delights of opera, this is the one to take them to.’  Sunday Telegraph, 1998

Daniel Slater’s updating of Smetana’s sentimental comedy first appeared in 1998 and is one for all the family, with its all-dancing verve and second-half circus interlude, which gets the evening’s biggest cheer.’  The Times, 2004

Audio Described Performance 
​Wed 29 October. Audio Description by Vocaleyes including a touch tour of the set and cosumes at 5.45pm. Limited capacity, to book for audio description and touch tour call 0113 22 33 590. Tickets £13.50 Essential companion free. 

Sung in English
Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes

Resources for schools 
If you attended our schools performance or would like information on using The Bartered Bride in the classroom, download our schools Resource Pack and Lesson Plans here.  

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Zakir Hussain

Autumn 2014

17 October 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Zakir Hussain

Synopsis

A rare UK show from tabla master Zakir Hussain.

A classical repertoire of ragas and talas is at the heart of music exploring the frontier between traditional and contemporary.

Hussain’s spectacular tabla solos are one of the great sights and sounds in music today – a virtuoso at the very height of his creative powers.

Here, Hussain is accompanied by a hand-picked group of India’s finest musicians: Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri), Sabir Khan (sarangi), Abbos Kosimov (doyra), Deepak Bhatt (dohl) and Vijay S. Chavan (dholki).

A true inspiration to behold, this award-winning performer has not only gained national treasure status in his homeland, but also on an international level.

‘Zakir Hussain, the peerless North Indian tabla player, favours an impish strain of virtuosity. He’s a fearsome technician but also a whimsical inventor, devoted to exuberant play’ New York Times

‘Legends drum among us… Zakir Hussain has accomplished more with his hands and heart than most other artists in the world let alone percussionists’ DRUM! Magazine

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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Mônica Vasconcelos: Brazilian Freedom Songs

Autumn 2014

16 October 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mônica Vasconcelos: Brazilian Freedom Songs

Synopsis

50 years ago, a military coup in Brazil marked the beginning of a long, repressive dictatorship. The crisis heralded one of the most creative periods in Brazilian popular music. Under heavy censorship, and with no political rights, composers and lyricists voiced their opposition in songs: songs with coded messages, songs of resistance, and life-affirming hymns that today stand as masterpieces.

Mônica Vasoncelos has been searching for the stories behind these songs and plays them with a team of leading musicians from Brazil and Britain including Brazilian singer and guitarist Ife Tolentino.

‘Mônica’s sweet, sensual and sometimes husky vocal talks everyone's language’ BBC

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

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.

 
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Brodsky Quartet - Angels and Maidens

Autumn 2014

15 October 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brodsky Quartet - Angels and Maidens

Synopsis

The Brodsky Quartet bring their fine blend of musical curiosity and impeccable mastery to a programme centred on one of the pinnacles of the classical period: Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.  

Alongside it sits George Crumb’s masterpiece of the avant-garde: Black Angels. Composed for amplified string quartet, using a refrain from Death and the Maiden as its theme, this piece uses shouting, chanting, whistling, whispering, gongs, maracas, and crystal glasses to evoke the mangrove swamps of Vietnam which inspired it. 

‘The Brodskys’ achingly beautiful performance reached deep into the heart’ - The Guardian

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.

 
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King Creosote

Autumn 2014

11 October 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

King Creosote

Synopsis

From Scotland With Love

With Support - Charlie Cunningham

King Creosote is the stage name of Scottish folk singer and songwriter Kenny Anderson. His powerful and cinematic new album From Scotland With Love, released to coincide with Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, has received universal critical acclaim.

His first since his Mercury-nominated collaborative record with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine, From Scotland With Love was originally composed to accompany a documentary film, so for the first time King Creosote found himself writing the stories and perspectives of other people. The result is a sweepingly charismatic set of songs with themes of love and loss, war and resistance.

“King Creosote’s voice – a light, reedy tenor with departures, occasionally uncertain, into counter-tenor – is a thing of extraordinary beauty” The Independent

‘Stately songs of disarming passion’The Guardian

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The Coronation of Poppea

Opera

4 Oct - 29 November 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Coronation of Poppea

Synopsis

Claudio Monteverdi (1643)

New production

Based loosely on actual events in 1st-century AD Rome, The Coronation of Poppea charts the consuming erotic obsession of the Emperor Nero for the beautiful Poppea Sabina.  Ruthlessly sweeping aside anyone who stands in the way of their union – including Nero’s wife Octavia and the poet and philosopher Seneca – Nero and Poppea triumph over all their opponents and rejoice in one of the most sexually-charged love duets ever written.

The moral ambivalence of one of opera’s earliest masterpieces ensures that it remains to this day one of the most shocking and compelling.  Tim Albery, who directed a ravishing production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Opera North in 2012, has prepared a new performing version of a dramma musicale about which almost everything is disputed, including its authorship. 

A cast of superb singer-actors is led by the American mezzo soprano Sandra Piques Eddy (Poppea) and the British counter-tenor James Laing (Nerone).  The conductor is Laurence Cummings, one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historically-informed performance.   

Free pre-show talks
Sat 11 October, Thu 30 October. Talks by Assistant Director Emma Black and Opera North Editor Stuart Leeks. Begins 1 hour before the performance. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Sung in English
Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes

Production supported by Friends of Opera North

We have put together a playlist of iconic love duets across all musical genres as inspired by the final duet of The Coronation of Poppea.

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Light Night: I am yours, yours am I

Autumn 2014

3rd - 4 October 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night: I am yours, yours am I

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Immorality Tales

Something strange has happened in the Howard Assembly Room. Trees have taken root in the floor and birds are singing from the treetops, indoors, on a cold, dark October night…

Experience opera as never before, for as the clock strikes, singers and musicians appear around you, bringing one of the most achingly beautiful love songs ever written. From the final moments of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, this is a moment of magic where all is not as it seems...

Sit where you like, stay as long as you want, this is opera for everyone in 3d and surround sound.

The Coronation of Poppea is at Leeds Grand Theatre in October.

Free to drop in on -

Fri 3 October: 5.30pm-10.00pm
Sat 4 October: 5.00pm - 7.30pm

A performance will begin approximately every 10 minutes.

‘Light Night is an annual event showcasing some of Leeds’ best examples of its culture. For one night only, cultural venues open up for artists to temporarily transform small ad large spaces to show their work to the residents of Leeds’ The Public Reviews

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Music: Mozart Requiem

Autumn 2014

2nd - 26 October 2014

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Music: Mozart Requiem

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

UK première of a new edition of Mozart’s Requiem, by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs.

The Requiem was Mozart’s very last work, left unfinished at the time of his death aged just 35.  All sorts of myths have sprung up over the years surrounding the commissioning and composition of the work, but however intriguing the mysteries, the actuality of this most human of Requiems in all its beauty and terror remains a wonder to behold when encountered live. 

The Requiem is here being performed for the first time in Britain in the acclaimed new edition by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs.

The joint forces of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North are conducted by maestro Jac van Steen in a programme that also features Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony and the Prelude to Wagner’s opera Lohengrin.  

Wagner | Lohengrin Prelude to Act I
Sibelius | Symphony No.4 in A minor
Mozart Requiem

Jac van Steen | Conductor
Aoife O'Sullivan | Soprano
Rosie Aldridge | Mezzo
Rupert Charlesworth | Tenor
Matthew Brook | Bass

Chorus of Opera North

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

James Yorkston and David Thomas Broughton - with Juice Vocal Ensemble

Synopsis

Voices

Starting out as an integral part of the Fence Collective, Scottish folk singer-songwriter James Yorkston’s solo career rocketed when his debut solo single was endorsed by John Peel. Since then Yorkston has firmly put his stamp on traditional folk music, creating a loyal following including international folk-star KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail and King Creosote to name a few.  Performing a collection of songs from his anthology, this talented multi-instrumentalist will draw you in with his heart-felt lyrics, Scottish-lilted vocals and catchy, stripped-back melodies.

‘The time for Fife’s softly spoken James Yorkston to be ranked as one of the country’s great songwriters is long overdue. His honesty, wry humour and rippling folk guitar are on peak form’ - NME

Otley-born folk singer and guitarist David Thomas Broughton’s music is by turns delightful, disturbing and heartbreaking. Here he performs with Juice Vocal Ensemble in music that spans from hymnal to human beatbox, discord to angelic harmony, with lyrical themes, ranging from love to pub brawls.

‘Arguably the most staggering live musician in the country’ Mojo on David Thomas Broughton

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

This event was previously scheduled with Dark Northumbrian, unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the line-up has been changed. Tickets held before this change are still valid. Any queries please contact Box Office on 0844 848 2727.

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.

 
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Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld - Still Smiling

Autumn 2014

26 September 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld - Still Smiling

Synopsis

A special UK performance brings an alliance of the highest order to the Howard Assembly Room. Still Smiling sees German-born Blixa Bargeld (former Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Einstürzende Neubauten founder) join forces with Italian electronic composer Teho Teardo.

Theirs is a dark collaboration in which Bargeld’s sardonic, poetic lyrics and unmistakeable voice combine with a palette of strings, experimentation and a dose of theatrical flair. The result is a multi-lingual masterpiece of intimacy and controlled grandeur.

Programmed by Opera North Projects as part of the Recon Festival.

 

'Still Smiling is a playful, intelligent album, a series of personal and observational sketches of a disquieting world.' - The Quietus

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.

 
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