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Film with live score: His People

Winter 2014

8th Feb 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Film with live score: His People

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American Routes

In English with Intertitles

A rare opportunity to see one of the most evocative films of the 1920s with a new Klezmer inflected live soundtrack.

New York’s bustling immigrant-Jewish Lower East Side has seldom been better captured than in this sparkling tale of a generational clash of cultures. The two sons of a Jewish migrant family opt for different paths in life and love.

This classic morality tale with a bold, contemporary feel is accompanied by a live improvised soundtrack from virtuosic violinist Sophie Solomon and her band.

Originally produced by the UK Jewish Film Festival in partnership with Jewish Music Institute and Barbican Film.

Film Restoration by The National Center for Jewish Film jewishfilm.org

USA; 1925 Dir Edward Sloman; 93 min.

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Macbeth

Winter 2014

7th Feb - 20th Mar 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £65

Macbeth

Synopsis

Giuseppe Verdi (1865). 

Following the hugely successful production of Verdi’s Otello, Opera North presents another Verdian take on a Shakespearean masterpiece. Expect musical fireworks in a captivating drama about the nature of ambition, conscience and the human heart that has gripped audiences for centuries.

On return from battle, King Duncan’s generals, Macbeth and Banquo, encounter three unnatural women who deliver a strange prophecy. When Macbeth tells his wife of their prediction – that he will become King of Scotland – it leads to a chain of bloody, unstoppable events...

‘One of mankind’s greatest creations’ is how Verdi described Shakespeare’s play. Determined to transmute the ferocity of the original into music, he created a gripping, unparalleled work of ‘extravagance and originality’, displaying the full breadth of his genius.

Béla Perencz and Kelly Cae Hogan, who gave sensational performances as Wotan and his rebellious daughter Brünnhilde in 2012’s Die Walküre, star in Tim Albery’s excitingly dramatic and energetic production

...a fast, vivid, bloody and energetic Macbeth that grabs and keeps the audience’s attention.Daily Telegraph

Down to the last detail, Tim Albery’s production is thoughtful and penetrating, the evening absorbed by the enthralled audience in pin-drop silence.The Independent

Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 mins

Sung in Italian with English titles.

Download our complete opera performance diary for 2013-14 here.

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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 - £24

Orchestra of Opera North: Shelley father and son

Synopsis

With its reputation as one of the toughest of all piano works to perform, Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto is a breathtaking experience when heard live. It is apt that this musical Everest is the first public performance together of a remarkable father and son pairing. Howard Shelley is one of the UK’s most highly esteemed pianists, a favourite on the  international stage, and his gifted son Alexander won the 2005 Leeds Conducting Competition. The evening kicks off with MacMillan’s madcap Stomp, where Mozart and Tchaikovsky crash together, and ends with César Franck’s only symphony. Full of energy and joy, it is the perfect way to round off a unique occasion.

MacMillan Stomp (with Fate and Elvira)
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
César Franck Symphony in D Minor

Conductor Alexander Shelley
Piano Howard Shelley

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Film: Johnny Guitar

Winter 2014

1st Feb 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: Johnny Guitar

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American Routes

'the Beauty and the Beast of westerns, a western dream,Francois Trauffaut

Saloon-owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) seeks to bring the railroad to her small town, but faces violent opposition by the locals led by Emma (Mercedes McCambridge). As protection she summons Johnny Guitar, her ex-lover.

Philip Yordan’s script is literary Hollywood at its best, with extraordinary performances in the two central female roles, both embracing and transcending melodrama.

Operatically, deliriously stylized and utterly compelling, with elements of both Greek tragedy and political commentary, this film remains one of the greatest, most inventive westerns ever made.

Introduced by Dr Lee Broughton, fellow in World Cinemas at the University of Leeds.

Dir Nicholas Ray; 110 mins; 1954; ; cert PG

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £6

Participate: Family Bluegrass Interactive Performance

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Uncover the American roots of Bluegrass with music from a professional ensemble and sing along songs.

Suitable for children of all ages and their parents/carers. All children should be accompanied by an adult, and all adults should be accompanied by a child!  

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Music: Fretwork with Elizabeth Kenny and Ian Bostridge

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'Kenny’s lute solos had an intimacy, and Fretwork’s sound a plangency, which ideally set off Bostridge’s art.The Independent

Viol ensemble Fretwork is joined by leading British tenor, Ian Bostridge and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny for a special concert of music by Tudor composer and lutenist John Dowland.

Passionate, poetic and heartbreakingly beautiful, Dowland’s music speaks to us today as clearly as it ever did. His distilled melancholy is at the beating heart of early music repertoire infusing the contemporary culture of musicians such as Sting and Elvis Costello.

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Pre-performance talk: The Girl of the Golden West

Winter 2014

30th Jan - 21st Feb 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free (tickets must be booked in advance)

Pre-performance talk: The Girl of the Golden West

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Explore Opera North's exciting new production with editor, Stuart Leeks

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The Tiger Lillies: Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Winter 2014

28th Jan - 1st Mar 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £10 - £24

The Tiger Lillies: Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Synopsis

Opera North Projects, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre present Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Written by Martyn Jacques. 
Directed and Designed by Mark Holthusen.

Performed by The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow. Based on Frank Wedekind’s plays, Earth Spirit (1895) and Pandora’s Box (1904)

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

Age advisory 16+

The Tiger Lillies’ genre-defying brand of other-worldly vocals and unnerving performance style have carved them a unique niche in the cabaret and music theatre scene. After a sell-out run of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at the Southbank Centre, the cult creators of the award-winning Shockheaded Peter now stage another adaptation of a macabre classic.

The character of Lulu is one of the great creations of 20th Century fiction, and one of its most disturbing. Her unbridled sex appeal, her youth, and her self-destructiveness combine to make her dangerous, unpredictable and tragic. With the men (and the women) who circle her, Lulu’s journey from street prostitute to the toast of Society and back again, is told as a hypnotic and kaleidoscopic dance of death. Journey with her from Berlin to Paris and finally to the dark London streets of Jack The Ripper.

The band’s flamboyant live performance is enhanced by large-scale virtual sets that create an immersive and richly atmospheric environment. Across 20 songs and interludes, the ballad of Lulu unfolds as an uncompromising musical and visual melodrama.

Opera North gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation for Lulu: A Murder Ballad

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Music: The Prince Consort

Winter 2014

24th Jan 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Music: The Prince Consort

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Schubert in Song

'Stylistically and tonally, the blend was sensational.' The Independent 

Founded in 2003, The Prince Consort has established itself as one of the leading ensembles for voice and piano, and was named in The Observer’s Best Classical Music of 2010.

In this all-Schubert programme, a combination of solos, duets and quartets display the full range and depth of the exceptional voices brought together by director Alisdair Hogarth.

Their characteristic energy and flair brings to life a programme from the master of Romantic classical song, including Gretchen am Spinnrade, Erlkönig, Der Wanderer, Nacht und Träume, Fischerweise and Im Frühling.

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The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West)

Winter 2014

21st Jan - 21st Mar 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £65

The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West)

Synopsis

New production

It’s the Gold Rush of 1849 and plucky, gun-toting, saloon owner Minnie plays surrogate mother to the rough crew of miners who frequent her bar, whilst batting back the affections of the local Sheriff. But when a mysterious stranger comes into her life, everything looks set to change... A tale of true love and second chances set in a world of gun fights, poker games and stagecoach robberies, La fanciulla del West combines the suspense and action of a great Western with the emotional punch of Italian opera.

Deemed by Puccini as one of his greatest works, Fanciulla was originally written for three of the most esteemed opera singers of all time including Emmy Destinn and Enrico Caruso. With Alwyn Mellor, whose breathtaking performance as Sieglinde in our Walküre enthused audiences and critics, Robert Hayward and Rafael Rojas taking on the lead roles, this blazing new production of the original Spaghetti Western is sure to strike gold.

Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 mins
Sung in Italian with English titles

This production is supported by the Friends of Opera North

Download our complete opera performance diary for 2013-14 here.

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Music: Frank Fairfield

Winter 2014

11th Jan 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Music: Frank Fairfield

Synopsis

American Routes

‘He plays with a rare integrity, offering up his life in a way that does exactly what folk music must do – it relates the world as the singer sees it’ Pitchfork

Frank Fairfield performs music ranging from soaring hillbilly songs to murder ballads, all delivered in his unworldly tenor. Still in his twenties but steeped in the pre-war Americana of legendary musicians Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs, he has the raw intensity and quick-fingered technique to make your hairs stand on end.

Since touring with Fleet Foxes in 2008, he has become a real phenomenon in the Americana world. Alternating between banjo, fiddle and guitar, he performs a different set each night, drawing on his encyclopaedic knowledge of the American folk canon.

Support: Cian Nugent

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BBC Philharmonic: Magnificent Firsts

Winter 2014

11th Jan 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 - £24

BBC Philharmonic: Magnificent Firsts

Synopsis

Start the New Year with a night to remember. The incredible sound of Shostakovich’s powerful First Cello Concerto will stay with you long after the concert is over, and who better to perform this technical and musical feat than Leonard Elschenbroich, BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2012-2014? Brahms took nearly 15 years to complete his First Symphony, in which lush strings, blazing brass and pounding timpani combine to astonishing dramatic effect. Sit back and let the BBC Philharmonic’s glorious sound sweep over you in this piece famously described as ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’.

Beethoven Egmont: Overture
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Brahms Symphony No. 1

Conductor Alexander Joel
Cello Leonard Elschenbroich

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