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Jenůfa: Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

26 Oct - 18 Nov 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Jenůfa: Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Janáček's first great opera before the performance with guest speaker Sarah Estill, soprano and member of the Chorus of Opera North.

Leeds Grand Theatre
Mon 26 Oct
Wed 28 Oct

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Wed 4 Nov

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wed 11 Nov

Nottingham Theatre Royal
Wed 18 Nov

All talks run from 6.15 - 6.45pm

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

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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Paddington Bear’s First Concert

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

John Suchet, Narrator

Join the world’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru. In London he meets The Browns, Mr Gruber and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn, Rossini and even Ástor Piazzolla

This delightful musical story is an extended version of the original written by Paddington’s creator Michael Bond and has original music by Herbert Chappell. Narrated by John Suchet and accompanied live by the Royal Northern Sinfonia, this is an ideal opportunity to introduce the delights of live orchestral music to younger family members and friends.

Please note, there is no screening.
Approx 55 minutes with no interval

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Vox Luminis

Classical

24 Oct 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vox Luminis

Synopsis

Purcell: Night and Day

Vox Luminis, founded in 2004, is a Gramophone Award winning, first-class European ensemble specialising in 16th – 18th century vocal music that are particularly noted for its seamless blend of exceptional individual voices, exquisite tuning and clarity of sound.

For this Autumnal concert, the programme centres on the sublime songs of English composer Henry Purcell. Turning a traditional liturgy of the hours on its head, a beautifully chosen selection of sacred and secular songs begins in the evening, and ends with the uplifting brightness of morning. The programme is completed with pieces by John Blow and Matthew Locke.

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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Inside Opera: Jenůfa

Spoken Word/Talks

24 Oct 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: Jenůfa

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Join us for a special panel discussion of Opera North's production of Janacek's beautiful and harrowing opera with members of the cast and creative team.

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Sat 24 Oct 6.00pm – 6.45pm

Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

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Bassekou Kouyate: Sings the Blues

World Music

23 Oct 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bassekou Kouyate: Sings the Blues

Synopsis

"Kouyate holds something that could rival the electric guitar" - The Quietus

 

On his way home from the USA, Howard Assembly Room favourite Bassekou Kouyate stops off in Leeds for a special blues-inflected set, inspired by his travels.

This project is paired with music from his much-lauded new album, Ba Power – a striking, career defining record marked by mesmerising songs, razor-sharp riffs and full throttle emotions. Bassekou’s band, Ngoni Ba, has turned up the volume significantly and Bassekou’s masterful ngoni playing has achieved a new level of intensity.

Early booking is highly recommended.

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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Jenůfa

Opera

22 Oct - 18 Nov 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Jenůfa

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Leoš Janáček (1904)

This intense story of love, jealousy and sacrifice is by turns harrowing, heart-wrenching and starkly tragic.  It took Janáček ten years to complete his first great opera, and in the final year of its composition he witnessed his own daughter’s painful illness and early death.  His soul-piercing score is laced with the suffering caused by this event.

Tom Cairns returns to direct a production acclaimed for its beautifully simple staging and sheer emotional power.  A world-class cast includes Susan Bickley (Waltraute, Götterdämmerung) as the Kostelnička and Elizabeth Sikora (Salud’s Grandmother, La vida breve) as Grandmother Buryjkova.  In the title role is the Swedish soprano Ylva Kihlberg, who gave a memorably powerful performance as Emilia Marty in The Makropolus Case for the Company in 2012. 

Sung in English with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes


Pre-show talks

Mon 26, Wed 28 Oct; Wed 4, Wed 11, Wed 18 Nov
6.15 - 6.45pm

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


Jenůfa in a Moment

Join us for this interactive introduction to the opera.

Wed 14 Oct 6.30pm, Wed 4, Wed 11 Nov 2.30pm

Click here to book or find out more

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Closely Watched Trains

Film

17 Oct 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Closely Watched Trains

Synopsis

At a village railway station in Czechoslovakia during the German occupation, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity.  Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, he embarks on his own personal drama of sexual awakening, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater.

Wry, tender and understatedly dramatic, Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.

The film will be introduced by James Wilson, Teaching Fellow in Russian and Language Studies at University of Leeds. 

DARE international film series, in association with University of Leeds.

Czechoslovakia; 1966; 93 mins; Cert 15; In Czech with English subtitles. Bluray; Dir Jiří Menzel.

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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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tigran Hamasyan & Yerevan State Choir

Synopsis

No support

Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and the 8 strong Yerevan State Choir perform a unique exploration of their nation's music, as Tigran's flowing improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his homeland. Although still in his twenties, Tigran is already a solo recording artist for Verve/Universal, Nonesuch and ECM and has been highly praised by piano luminaries Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau for his dazzling virtuosity.

Tigran and the remarkable choir perform music he has arranged by seven famous Armenian composers including composer Komitas Vardapet, who is well known to admirers of performances by Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble.

'Hamasyan stands out because he has something important and urgent to say' Daily Telegraph

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.

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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Howard Shelley, Piano / Conductor

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4

To open the season in Dewsbury we are delighted to welcome one of the world’s leading pianists/conductors, Howard Shelley. This peerless musician has recorded all of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra with the Orchestra of Opera North to international critical acclaim. In this concert he plays and conducts from the keyboard the last and most impressive of Beethoven’s piano concertos, the ‘Emperor’

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is one of the pinnacles of Russian orchestral music.The recurrence of the fateful opening motif suggests an autobiographical aspect to the work, but this shouldn’t obscure Tchaikovsky’s mastery of symphonic form, especially in the 20-minute long opening movement. The Fourth is a symphony supercharged with emotion, and in the intimate setting of Dewsbury Town Hall it promises to be a shattering experience.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

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Light Night: Parklife

Autumn 2015

9 Oct 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.

Guest artist: Gabriela Iştoc, Soprano

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

No ticket required

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The Barber of Seville

Opera

7 Oct - 19 Nov 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Barber of Seville

Synopsis

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

The Music

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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.

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