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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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Music: Go West!

Winter 2014

10th Jan 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £7.50

Music: Go West!

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American Routes

From Appalachian Spring to High Noon

‘The Opera North orchestra, conducted with outstanding insight by Richard Farnes, again played marvellously. In the last ten minutes, the best in the work, they touched emotional heights.’ Opera Magazine

Start the New Year with an hour long journey through the music that became the sound of Hollywood’s West.

Jump on board the wagon train far to the east in the mountains of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring then turn sharply westward towards music from his Billy the Kid Suite. Elmer Bernstein’s Magnificent Seven Suite and Dmitri Tiomkin’s High Noon Suite follow.

Concluding with Barber’s Adagio for Strings, famously featured in the Platoon soundtrack among others, this is a trip not to be missed.

Conducted by Christopher Swaffer, with images by Timothy O’Sullivan.
Performed by the Orchestra of Opera North.

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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Autumn 2013

28th - 30th Dec 2013

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Adult ticket: £14

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Be swept off your feet at this afternoon of Viennese classics. One of the year’s highlights, do book your tickets early as this ever-popular concert always sells out.

Nicolai The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture
Johann Strauss II Annen Polka
Johann Strauss II Pizzicato Polka,
Johann Strauss II Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring)
Johann Strauss II On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Josef Strauss Sphärenklänge
Josef Strauss Brennende Liebe
Gershwin By Strauss

Conductor Jac van Steen
Soprano Sarah Tynan
Presenter Mark Forrest

This concert has a special ticket pricing and is a nonsubscription concert. However, if you subscribe to both Dewsbury and Huddersfield orchestral seasons, you can get a ticket for this concert FREE.

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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £15 - £23

Orchestra of Opera North: Peter And The Wolf & The Snowman

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Delight your family this Christmas with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children, accompanied by a live orchestra and narrated by Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Peter and his animal companions are brought to life before your ears by dancing strings, quacking oboes, fluttering flutes and prowling horns in Prokofiev’s charming tale of courage and compassion.

With the enchanting animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, orchestral forces inject tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air – the soundtrack to every child’s Christmas.

The perfect way to begin the exciting build-up to Christmas day.

Sanjeev Bhaskar - narrator
​Neil Thomson - conductor

Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf
Howard Blake/Raymond Briggs - The Snowman​

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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 - £19

Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North & Opera North Children’s Chorus: A Ceremony of Carols

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Ding dong merrily on high, in Dewsbury the choirs are singing! Join us for a wonderfully festive Christmas concert, featuring the angelic voices of the Opera North Children’s Chorus alongside the Company’s magnificent Orchestra and Chorus. Britten’s delightful A Ceremony of Carols features in a programme that includes a feast of music inspired by this special time of year – and you’ll also get the chance to join in with some of your  favourite carols. Dewsbury Town Hall will be brimming with the Christmas spirit in what is guaranteed to be a joyful occasion for all.

Britten A Ceremony of carols
Rimsky-Korsakov Christmas Eve Suite: Prelude
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel (excerpts)
Audience carol: Good King Wenceslas
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers
Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherds’ Farewell
Audience carol: O Come all Ye Faithful

Festival of Britten season supported by:

The Opera North Future Fund

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