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Autumn 2017: The Little Greats


Autumn 2017 sees Opera North return to an experimental format first presented in 2004 for a new festival season.

The Little Greats brings six short operas together in a series of changing combinations, from the well-known to rarely performed jewels of the genre:

The season journeys from the raw, hot-blooded passion of 19th century Italian verismo, via the popular charm and unmatched comic style of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Victorian operetta, through the inventive modernism of Ravel and Janáček at the start of the 20th century, and ending in the 1950s with Bernstein’s fusion of operatic conventions with the newer musical languages of American jazz and musical theatre.

A company of artists has been assembled, all taking on multiple roles, with involvement of the Chorus in all but one of the pieces, and the whole season epitomises the kind of company spirit that is essential to Opera North’s character. The Chorus of Opera North is involved in five of the six pieces, and they also take all the principal roles in Trial by Jury.

The ensemble of guest principal singers includes Giselle Allen, Peter Auty, Katie Bray, Richard Burkhard, Wallis Giunta, John Graham-Hall, Quirijn de Lang, Rosalind Plowright, Phillip Rhodes, John Savournin, Joseph Shovelton, Jonathan Stoughton, Ann Taylor, and Fflur Wyn.

In Opera North’s home city of Leeds, the six operas will be presented in changing rotation throughout a five week run, creating new and unusual pairings in a single evening. Tickets for each opera in Leeds will be sold separately.

New ticket offers for The Little Greats: £10 tickets for new attenders

 - £10 tickets for anyone new to opera, available for every performance in The Little Greats season in Leeds, supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

 - £5 tickets for members of the Under 30s scheme and full-time students, available for every performance in The Little Greats season in Leeds (offered at all seat levels).

Booking dates*

Take advantage of our priority booking periods and get the best seats for the shows you don’t want to miss!

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Associates of Opera North: Tuesday 21 March
Friends of Opera North: Thursday 23 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March 

Find out more about Season Tickets Packages
Find out how to become an Associate or Friend of Opera North 

*Booking dates may vary by venue 

Operas in The Little Greats season will also tour as double-bills, visiting Hull New Theatre, The Lowry Salford Quays, Theatre Royal Newcastle and Theatre Royal Nottingham.

Find out more about Opera North’s 2017/18 season


Giselle Allen in rehearsals for Il tabarro, 2016. Photo credit: Tom Arber. 

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