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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices: Opera North’s Early Years Programme

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Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions.

Weekly starting Monday 11 May
10am – 10.45am & 11.15am – 12.00pm during term time
£6 per session, per child
Suitable for ages 0-4

For more information call 01132233520 or email littlevoices@operanorth.co.uk

Supported by the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

Next Performances
Mon 6th Jul
Mon 6th Jul
Mon 13th Jul
Mon 13th Jul
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The Flying Dutchman

Opera

27 Jun - 11 July 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Flying Dutchman

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Richard Wagner 1843

Having performed all four instalments of the Ring cycle in successive years, Opera North continues its Wagnerian voyage with the work that the composer himself regarded as the true beginning of his career as a musical dramatist.

Perhaps one reason for this assessment is that the myth of the Dutchman, doomed to wander the seas eternally unless he finds redemption through a woman’s faithful love, treats of themes that were to recur throughout the rest of Wagner’s career. From this material, he constructed a thrillingly taut music drama that grips from the first storm-tossed notes of the famous overture, to the work’s resplendent final moments of transfiguration.

Like Opera North’s highly acclaimed Ring, The Flying Dutchman will be presented in a concert staging by Peter Mumford, and conducted by the Company’s Music Director Richard Farnes. The principal singers all made their mark in the Opera North Ring: Béla Perencz (Wotan) and Alwyn Mellor (Sieglinde) in Die Walküre, and Mats Almgren (Fafner) and Mati Turi (title role) in Siegfried.

Sung in German with English titles
Approximate running time: 2 hours 20 minutes. No interval.


Inside Opera Special: The Flying Dutchman

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Tue 30 June 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

In this special pre-performance event we explore the origins, creation and nature of Wagner's first true musical and dramatic masterpiece. Read more...

Book online or call box office on 0844 848 2700

Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund

Next Performances
Sun 5th Jul
Wed 8th Jul
Sat 11th Jul
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The Selfish Giant

Family

12 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Selfish Giant

Synopsis

Opera North’s Children Chorus present a new semi-staged production of The Selfish Giant, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, with music by Handel.

Join the 80 strong Children’s Chorus for the music loved tale of the giant who builds a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the world out.

Conducted by Justin Doyle and directed by James Hurley

*Please note: The role of the Giant will now be played by Dean Robinson, who recently appeared as Doctor Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro and is a member of the Chorus of Opera North.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Sun 12th Jul
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Southwold

Latitude Festival

I AM YOURS, YOURS AM I: an operatic immersion at Latitude Festival

Synopsis

8pm – 12 midnight: a performance will begin approximately every ten minutes

Something strange has happened in the Faraway Forest. A garden has taken root in the middle of the woods and, as the clock strikes, singers and musicians appear around you, like a giant living automaton. Take a step into another world of music, light and performance and experience a moment of magic.

Bringing to life one of the most achingly beautiful love songs ever written, this is opera for the 21st century, a celebration for all your senses. Produced by award-winning Opera North, the magical music box takes to the real outdoors, specially for the opening night of Latitude.

Sit where you like, stay as long as you like, and experience a moment of pure magic, where all is not as it seems.

latitudefestival.com | #farawayopera

Next Performances
Thu 16th Jul
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Opera Bingo

Family

18 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera Bingo

Synopsis

Opera North Youth Company present…Opera Bingo

Charge your glasses, cards at the ready... it's Bingo Life! Bingo NEVER stops...

Eyes down and play… look at the world around you, the people you see on the streets, in the corner of a room, sitting alone at a table. Do you know their names? Who’s deceiving whom? And what are the secret desires of Miss Leeds Twinkletoes 1963?

Based on Leeds city centre social observations, this brand new piece of music theatre invites the audience to take part in a highly irregular game of Bingo.

With over fifty members aged 13-19, the Opera North Youth Company have been meeting weekly with a team of professional artists since September to explore, devise and create Opera Bingo.

Please note seating for this performance is unreserved – immersive bingo table seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the night. The time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 30 minutes before.

The Opera North Youth Company is supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Bernarr Rainbow Trust.

Next Performances
Sat 18th Jul
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Norton

Saint Peter's Church

Orchestra of Opera North: Heavenly Sounds

Synopsis

Richard Farnes conducts the Orchestra of Opera North at Ryedale Festival, bringing to life Bartók’s unearthly Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Written in 1936, its powerful rhythms and amazing instrumental effects fuse to create a piece both haunting and profound. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is a grand orchestral work complete with sleighbells and solo soprano. This vibrant symphony is full of folk-like colour and glorious melodies and makes an ideal introduction to Mahler’s work. The finale, based on an exquisite song depicting a child’s vision of heaven, is sure to lift both body and soul.

Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Mahler Symphony No. 4

Conductor Richard Farnes
Soprano TBA

Next Performances
Fri 24th Jul
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Charlbury

Wilderness Festival

The Devil's Jukebox at Wilderness Festival

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Step into the Devil's Jukebox, for a tour of five centuries of Faustian music. From the fiendish fiddling of Paganini and Tartini, to Mussorgsky, Mozart, and Robert Johnson's blues, we seek to prove once and for all that the devil really does have the best tunes. A hand-picked group of international soloists joins cellist Matthew Sharp to bring Lucifer to life in two hours of non-stop live music..

Just be careful to leave with your soul...

wildernessfestival.com

Please note the time indicated is approximate and subject to change by the festival.
Next Performances
Sat 8th Aug
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Dawson and Asiq Nargile: Double bill tour of the UK

Synopsis

Plus support

A very special union of two bold and visionary performers from very different walks of song: Richard Dawson (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK) and Asiq Nargile (Georgia) are bound together by the distinctive ways in which they channel the ancients to transcend the everyday.

Dawson and Nargile met at last October's TUSK Festival in Newcastle, and the seeds were sown for a tour pairing these questing musical spirits for a select run of double-bill dates across the UK.

Beautiful in its strangeness.

The Guardian

It was astonishing – direct, raw, wounded, loud….. The voice of a bear smouldering on a peat fire, the words of poet.

The Quietus

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Fri 18th Sep
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Borodin Quartet

Classical

19 September 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Borodin Quartet

Synopsis

When four students assembled at the Moscow Conservatory to play string quartets one afternoon in 1945, they unknowingly set the foundations for what soon became one of the world’s finest chamber music ensembles. The Borodin Quartet ranks today among the great names in music-making, universally acclaimed for the richness of its sound, the profound insights of its interpretations and its enduring pursuit of artistic truth. The group’s current members are ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary year with a packed schedule of international performances, including its first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room.

Here we have not four individual players, but a single sixteen-stringed instrument of great virtuosity’ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerhard Rohde, October 2013

 

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

Next Performances
Sat 19th Sep
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Kiss Me, Kate

Musicals

21 Sep - 21 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate

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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


Cole Porter (1948)
New production

'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  

Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro.  

There is surely no more enjoyable way to brush up your Shakespeare than with this show.     

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera

Next Performances
Mon 21st Sep
Wed 23rd Sep
Thu 24th Sep
Fri 25th Sep
There are a total of 17 upcoming performances for this production
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Sain Zahoor

World Music

1 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sain Zahoor

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Sain Zahoor is a Sufi musician who embodies the cultural wealth and soul of Pakistan’s popular street culture. With his robes, beads, tightly bound turban and single-string ektara lute, Sain Zahoor delivers Sufi kalams with focused and flamboyant joy.

Zahoor might have ended his days playing sacred music outside shrines in Pakistan, were it not for a presenter from Pakistan TV who stopped to hear him one day Captivated, he fast-tracked Zahoor into a studio to record a sequence of poems by the great Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah which was then broadcast. Without a manager, a or a record deal, and thanks entirely to a groundswell of grapevine interest, he won a BBC World Music Award in 2006 and has since released records, contributed to film soundtracks and performed all over the world. Sain Zahoor is presented by Asian Arts Agency.

No support.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Thu 1st Oct
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Aaron Parks Trio

Jazz

2 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Aaron Parks Trio

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Aaron Parks is a leading musician in the new generation of jazz pianists and composers to come out of New York: a master of melody, and a composer and arranger of protean skill and dexterity. As an ECM artist, he is joined on this first UK tour by two other formidable players from that label, bassist Ben Street and masterful drummer Billy Hart whose rich history stretches back to Miles Davis and includes stints with Wes Montgomery, and, Herbie Hancock.

Aged 18, Aaron was asked by Terrence Blanchard to join his band and subsequently recorded on four albums with the veteran trumpeter and contributed to several Spike Lee soundtracks, including the Grammy winning A Tale of Gods Will (A Requiem for Katrina) for the documentary When the Levees Broke.

Aaron's 2008 album Invisible Cinema was lauded by BBC Online as one of the great albums of the year. More recently, Arborescence, his luminously atmospheric solo debut album for ECM has received glowing reviews and confirmed him as a leading pianist of his generation.

Other:

Aaron Parks piano
Ben Street double bass
Billy Hart drums

No support

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Fri 2nd Oct
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Xiu Xiu plays Twin Peaks

Music

4 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Xiu Xiu plays 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 indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Sun 4th Oct
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The Barber of Seville

Opera

7 Oct - 19 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Barber of Seville

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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


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

Next Performances
Wed 7th Oct
Sat 17th Oct
Fri 23rd Oct
Tue 27th Oct
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tigran Hamasyan & Yerevan State Chamber Choir

Synopsis

Tickets on sale from 12noon on Thursday 25 June

No support

Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and the 24 strong Yerevan State Chamber 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

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Fri 16th Oct
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Jenůfa

Opera

22 Oct - 18 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Jenůfa

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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


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

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Oct
Sat 24th Oct
Mon 26th Oct
Wed 28th Oct
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Vox Luminis

Classical

24 October 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 indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Sat 24th Oct
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The Tiger Lillies: Love For Sale

Music

27 Oct - 20 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

The Tiger Lillies: Love For Sale

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General booking opens 25 June

The Songs of Cole Porter including 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy', 'Love For Sale' and 'Miss Otis Regrets'.

Following the huge success of Lulu: A Murder Ballad, Opera North and The Tiger Lillies embark on a new adventure into the words and music of Cole Porter, one of America’s all-time great songwriters. From High Society to Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s musicals are always emotional roller-coasters, but under their surfaces lie beautiful, tender and often mysterious romantic trysts. In the hands of The Tiger Lillies the darkness and wonder of these songs comes to the surface, for an evening of delight, despair and delirium.

Commissioned and produced by Opera North Projects.

'The Tiger Lillies create the most haunting and hypnotic of soundtracks with the sparsest resources'
- The Independent on Lulu: A Murder Ballad, 5 stars

'They are completely peerless' - Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand

Next Performances
Tue 27th Oct
Sat 31st Oct
Fri 20th Nov
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Freddy Kempf

Classical

4 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Freddy Kempf

Synopsis

Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. A first-class musician, Kempf has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

'Kempf shaped lines with delicacy and insight, yet it was the balance with an impetuous Beethovian fire that lifted the performance of the third concerto on to a higher level' - The Guardian

Marking a long-awaited return to the Howard Assembly Room following his 2011 concert, early booking is highly recommended.

'The delicacy of his touch was almost excruciating… His right-hand twinkled like a music box… The subtle, refined tenderness of Kempf’s musicianship keeps you leaning in… Kempf has the ability to turn his hand to every mood and style necessary.' - Time Out

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

 

Next Performances
Wed 4th Nov
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Kate Royal & Joseph Middleton

Classical

7 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kate Royal & Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

In collaboration with Leeds Lieder

If there was ever a more obviously fitting adjective to describe young British soprano Kate Royal, one suspects it would be “regal” as she has the sort of luminously lyric voice that comes from the same realm as Renée Fleming or Felicity Lott.

As part of Leeds Lieder Plus, she is joined by the organisation’s new Artistic Director, pianist Joseph Middleton in a programme that includes Mahler’s tender and direct Rückert Lieder, based on poems by Friedrich Rückert of whom Mahler wrote ‘I could not compose anything but Rückert – this is lyric poetry from the source, all else is lyric poetry of a derivative kind’

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

Next Performances
Sat 7th Nov
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Brodsky Quartet

Classical

14 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brodsky Quartet

Synopsis

The Last Quartets: Beethoven and Shostakovich

Beethoven concluded his final quartet with enigmatic phrase ‘Must it Be? It must be!’. Since then, there have been numerous interpretations of his final motto both prosaic and profound by other composers. The only certainty gleaned from Beethoven’s phrase is that the words describe the essence of the music, and its stark, hymn-like and humble final movement.

Shostakovich's answer to Beethoven’s question in his own final quartet is both moving and intimate. If there is a season for all things, then this, Shostakovich's 15th quartet, lives in the intensity of mid-winter.

This specially conceived collaboration between the Brodsky Quartet and Opera North brings together these last quartets with beautifully atmospheric and restrained lighting that reflects and responds to the Brodsky’s exceptional interpretation of these jewel-like final works.

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

Next Performances
Sat 14th Nov
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Huun-Huur-Tu

World Music

21 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Huun-Huur-Tu

Synopsis

The legendary Tuvan throat-singing band Huun-Huur-Tu returns to the Howard Assembly Room as part of a very rare UK tour. Having almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to Tuvan over-tone or “throat-singing” techniques invented by nomadic hunter-herders of the Tuvan steppes and mountains, they have gone on to an incredibly rich career including collaborations with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Nina Nastasia and the Kronos Quartet.

Using traditional instruments, percussion and an array of vocal techniques, they create a world of sound that seems almost unbelievable, of harmony and otherworldly sound. While many of their themes are pastoral, this is no gentle folk music but fierce, heart-searing and incredibly direct. Unmissable.

Next Performances
Sat 21st Nov
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Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Music

23rd - 28 November 2015

London

Linbury Studio Theatre

Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Synopsis

Tickets on sale to Friends of Royal Opera House, General Booking will open on Tuesday 14 July.

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.

Age advisory 16+

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

Next Performances
Mon 23rd Nov
Tue 24th Nov
Wed 25th Nov
Thu 26th Nov
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Mark Padmore & Simon Lepper

Classical

3 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mark Padmore & Simon Lepper

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Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wolf

British tenor Mark Padmore makes a welcome return to Leeds following his 2010 performance of Dichterliebe, with another of Schumann’s great songs, this time set to poet Heinrich Heine: Liederkreis Op. 24. Written in 1840, Schumann’s ‘year of song’, Liederkreis is a meditation of lost love and longing.

The evening journeys though the great Lieder composers, in which Padmore also brings his ‘startling purity of tone’ (The Guardian) and clarion way with words, to selections of songs by Schubert, Wolf and more.

For this concert Mark Padmore is accompanied by celebrated pianist Simon Lepper who has been described by Opera Magazine as ‘one of the most gifted and enterprising accompanists of his generation’. 

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

Next Performances
Thu 3rd Dec
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Andrea Chenier

Opera

19 Jan - 19 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Andrea Chenier

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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


Umberto Giordano (1896)

New production

Based (very loosely) on the life of the French poet André Chénier (1762 – 94) and set at the time of the French Revolution and the ensuing Terror, Giordano’s stirring opera has always been warmly embraced by audiences for its open-hearted emotionalism and ardent dramatic lyricism. 

For many, Andrea Chénier encapsulates the very essence of Italian opera and the title role is one of the most prized in the tenor repertoire.  It’s not hard to hear why when you listen to arias such as ‘Un di all’azzuro spazio’, ‘Come un bel dì di maggio’ and the closing duet for Chénier and the opera’s heroine Maddalena, whose love endures even in the face of death.  In the best verismo tradition, Giordano also colours his score with tunes associated with the French Revolution, such as ‘Ça ira’ and the ‘Marseillaise’.

Annabel Arden’s new production for Opera North explores the chaos of revolution and examines the role of the artist in a time of political turmoil.  Her cast includes Rafael Rojas (Chénier) and Robert Hayward (Carlo Gérard), who last squared up to each other at Opera North in The Girl of the Golden West, and Annemarie Kremer (Maddalena), who gave an unforgettable performance in the title role of Norma for the Company in 2012. 

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Tue 19th Jan
Sat 23rd Jan
Tue 2nd Feb
Sat 20th Feb
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Così fan tutte

Opera

3 Feb - 18 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Così fan tutte

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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1790)

It starts with a casual bet. The wily old cynic Don Alfonso wagers that the fiancées of two young men, complacent in their romantic notions of love, won’t stay faithful for a minute if put to the test. It sounds harmless enough and, anyway, the lovers are entirely sure of themselves. But cruelty is inherent in this game of love and chance.

It’s difficult to think of an opera that contains more music of sheer beauty than Così fan tutte – or that has a libretto that is more unsettling. The plot is a work of supreme artifice, yet the opera charts the boundaries of real and feigned emotion, trust and deception, loyalty and desire, with unsparing accuracy and truthfulness.

Tim Albery, whose recent work at Opera North includes The Coronation of Poppea (2014), directs a fresh young cast in a production set firmly in the Age of Reason.

Sung in English

Next Performances
Wed 3rd Feb
Wed 10th Feb
Sat 13th Feb
Thu 18th Feb
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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L’elisir d’amore

Opera

17 Feb - 17 March 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

L’elisir d’amore

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2015/16 On Sale Dates

Tickets for our upcoming season will be on sale at the respective venues from the following dates:

The Lowry, Salford – Thu 2 July from 8.30am
Theatre Royal Newcastle – Fri 3 July from 9am
Theatre Royal Nottingham – Tue 7 July from 9am
Leeds Grand Theatre – Tue 7 July from 10am


Gaetano Donizetti (1832)

L’elisir d’amore is the ‘male Cinderella’ tale of Nemorino, ineffectual but good-hearted, and his love for the very self-assured Adina, who fancies the experienced charmer Belcore. When the quack Dr. Dulcamara comes to town touting a miraculous ‘love potion’, Nemorino thinks his prayers have been answered. But is it really the potion that makes him suddenly irresistible to all the girls in the village?

Daniel Slater’s sunny 1950s-style production, complete with hot-air balloon and Vespas, is a perfect fit for Donizetti’s irrepressibly fresh comedy. Funny and moving, the opera includes one of the best-loved of tenor arias, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. The cast is headed by four singers who’ve each made a strong impression in recent Opera North productions: Gabriela Iştoc and Duncan Rock as, respectively, Mimì and Marcello in La Bohème (2014); Jung Soo Yun, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth (2014); and Richard Burkhard in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro (2015).

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Wed 17th Feb
Fri 19th Feb
Thu 25th Feb
Sat 27th Feb
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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The Ring Cycle

Opera

23 Apr - 10 July 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Ring Cycle

Synopsis

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner (1876)

Wagner's epic masterpiece: unforgettable music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North is placed at the heart of a concert staging that makes Wagner’s narrative enthralling for both experienced Wagnerians and newcomers alike.

The culminative power of The Ring Cycle is all the more palpable when experienced in such a concentrated burst, offering the rare opportunity for total immersion in this unique, all-encompassing music drama.

The Ring Cycle is conducted by Richard Farnes, one of today’s leading interpreters of Wagner. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music is translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford, bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception.

A company of top British and international singers includes Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz,  Mati Turi and Michael Weinius.

Please note that tickets for The Ring Cycle will be sold as full cycles per venue in the first instance. Single tickets may become available at a later date.

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Apr
Sat 30th Apr
Sat 14th May
Sat 21st May
There are a total of 24 upcoming performances for this production
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Pleasure

Opera

28th - 29 April 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Pleasure

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Val works the toilets in “Pleasure”, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England. For years, she’s been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante. She is much-loved but viewed as an enigma. Why is she still there? Why does she never leave? When a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of a passionate and violent night…

Born in Liverpool in 1988, composer Mark Simpson won BBC Young Musician of the Year as a clarinettist in 2006 and also, that same year, received the accolade of BBC Young Composer of the year – the only individual to have won both competitions. In 2010 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award. With a growing catalogue of works to his credit, his orchestral scores A Mirror-Fragment and Threads (both 2008) as well as Sparks (2012) have all been well received. Here he turns to opera for the first time; his librettist is Melanie Challenger, whose poetry and prose have both been widely admired.

Pleasure marks the third collaborative project Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Royal Opera House giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, the Emerald Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Next Performances
Thu 28th Apr
Fri 29th Apr
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