Opera North Blog

February Frenzy



Carousel is the focus for Spring and rehearsals are now in full swing in the basement studios of Opera North. Watch one of a number of short films from leading cast and production members to start the countdown:

Jo Davies, opera and theatre director, talks about Carousel’s strong connection to the world of MGM musicals

Singer Sarah Tynan highlights a show packed with ‘great numbers’

Designer Anthony Ward believes this show will press all the right buttons


The Howard Assembly Room opened the new season with its annual art installation and a new and innovative ‘digital street art’ project across Leeds. Read more about the Five Truths installation and Who is Ophelia? on our blog and watch the audience reaction.

Vieux Farka Touré, one of the most celebrated African guitarists, played a one-off gig in the Howard Assembly Room to a sold-out audience.  He wrote a blog ahead of his Leeds visit. 

We discovered this rather fun blog Leeds Playlist and took part with our own playlist that mashed classical and contemporary from all over the company.


A season of strong women, Giulio Cesare and Norma were the two new operas for the mainstage, that toured from Leeds to Nottingham, Newcastle, Salford Quays and this week Giulio Cesare on to the great Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin for the first time.

Blogs included singer Katie Rudge’s whirlwind year, our Technical Manager’s insider knowledge on the creative process, ‘in conversation with’ Italian language coach Rosalba do Luca and a chat with James Creswell.

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