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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

Find out more about Light Night

 
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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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Music: Classical Greats

Autumn 2014

26 September 2014

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Music: Classical Greats

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

The Kirklees Concert Season opens with masterpieces by two of the greatest exponents of the classical style, together with a symphony by a 20th-century master.  Haydn is widely acknowledged as the Father of the Symphony, and it’s impossible to imagine the great works of Mozart, Beethoven and all who came after him without his example.  But Haydn’s symphonies are also wonders in their own right, brimming with invention, humour, drama and surprises; this is some of the most sheerly enjoyable music you will ever hear.  Like Haydn’s ‘London’ symphony, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is a work that came late in its composer’s career.  Tailor-made for Mozart’s friend, the clarinettist Anton Stadler, it is one of the best-loved pieces of all time, its enduring popularity boosted by its use in films such as Out of Africa.

Haydn | Symphony No.104 ‘London’ 

Mozart | Clarinet Concerto, K622

Sibelius | Symphony No. 3 in C

Eugene Tzigane | Conductor

Colin Honour | Clarinet

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Making an Opera: Monteverdi's Poppea

Autumn 2014

23 September 2014

Leeds

Emerald Grand Hall

Making an Opera: Monteverdi's Poppea

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The Coronation of Poppea has a notoriously tangled textual history. Although the opera is regularly attributed to Monteverdi it is almost certain that some of its most famous music wasn't written by Monteverdi at all - and there isn't anything close to a definitive version of the score. In this special event, director Tim Albery and conductor Laurence Cummings discuss the opera and the making of a new performing edition for Opera's North's first ever production of one of opera's earliest masterpieces - whoever it's by.

Tickets: Free, but must be booked in advance on 0844 848 2700.

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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.  The young Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò makes his Opera North debut. Two South Korean artists with burgeoning international careers, the soprano Hye-Youn Lee and the tenor Ji-Min Park, are Violetta and Alfredo during the autumn 2014 season while Polish soprano Anna Jeruc-Kopec takes over the role of Violetta for the January to March 2015 season.  

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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 recorded in November 2014. 

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

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.

 
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Letter from an Unknown Woman

Autumn 2014

18 September 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

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.

 
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Ripon

Ripon Cathedral

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival

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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”

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Sing, Sing, Sing!

Autumn 2014

6th - 8 August 2014

Chapeltown

Reginald Centre

Sing, Sing, Sing!

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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.

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Norton

Saint Peter's Church

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

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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

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