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From First Rehearsal to First Night


Follow Opera North's production of Così fan tutte from rehearsals and first fittings to singer’s insights and first night nerves. First in the series is a week in the life of Jane Bonner, Company Manager, as the first rehearsal begins. Mon 20 July Return from hols a... Read More

My First Time at the Opera!


If you ask a lot of people what they think opera is they’ll say ‘a long boring show with lots of annoying singing in it’. Believe me, it is absolutely not! The first time I went to the opera I thought it was going to be really boring and long. After the show, if you asked ... Read More

Behind the scenes at an Opera North photoshoot...


It is quite a task of coordination and creativity to design the brochures and posters in order to advertise our performances. I recently spent the day resourcefully pulling together all elements to generate the right mood and tone for three of our operas for September. ... Read More

Wigs on Tour


Paradise Moscow is tonight and the acrylic wigs are being prepared, set in rollers and put under the dryer, they will be done in 4 to 5 hours. The long natural blond wig worn by Summer Strallen, costing the most (you pay more for natural) is safely tucked away in her dressin... Read More



By Stuart Leeks, Marketing Officer, Opera North I went to a wonderful concert at Huddersfield Town Hall last week, as part of the orchestral season that Opera North runs throughout the year for Kirklees Council in Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls. The Royal Liverpool Phil... Read More

Confessions of a Conductor


I am conducting the company’s new production of Mozart’s great singspiel “The Abduction from the Seraglio”. This is my first visit to Leeds, and I’m having a great time.  I’m from Glasgow originally, and the city reminds me a lot of home, lots of culture and friendly peopl... Read More

A season of adventures and introductions…


2009 has already proven to be a momentous year for Opera North; our 30th birthday year and the opening of the Howard Assembly Room alone,  and Opera North’s 2009/10 season is set to show even more creativity and ambition for opera and arts lovers alike, with an exciting re... Read More

Lights on an opera enthusiast


 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXLT2rx9TJo] Its two days to go to opening night and in the admin offices of Opera North keyboards are furiously tapping. The reason that everything is so frantic is because this Saturday brings the classic opera (the ‘towering maste... Read More

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