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The Little Greats Festival: additional events full of big emotions


There are lots of ways to complement and enrich your Little Greats Festival this Autumn.

In addition to the six short operas, we've got whistle-stop shows, a mini-season of films, a Howard Assembly Room programme that pushes the boundaries of the ‘operatic’ and some fantastic workshops for the whole family to draw you into the world of The Child and the Magic Spells.   

Whistle-Stop Opera

Never tried opera before? Dip your toe in with our brilliant Pop Up Opera.   

Come along and be entertained by a group of proper opera singers and an accordionist, who will make you laugh – maybe even cry – in half an hour packed with comedy, deceit, love and tragedy. Be treated to scenes and songs from a variety of operas and experience what opera does best: everyday emotions amplified by epic music.  

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Only You: the post-war domestic dream of married bliss gone sour 

A mini-season of films, Only You, takes a look at the dark side of the post-war American dream alongside Opera North’s mainstage production of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Two acclaimed recent adaptations of period novels, Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates) and Carol (Patricia Highsmith) are complemented by a 1950s gem, Roberto Rossellini’s hugely influential but rarely screened Journey to Italy.   

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Operatic in the Howard Assembly Room 

From celestial electronica to the further reaches of the Underworld, Autumn season at the Howard Assembly Room explores the ‘Operatic’ in its fullest sense through world music, contemporary experimentation, chamber recitals and more. Light Night this year finds the venue transformed into a haunted underworld with an audio-visual installation based on Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and Gavin Bryars performs his settings of Shakespeare’s sonnets with a handpicked ensemble including Gavin Friday and tenor John Potter.

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L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

Family Matinee
Ravel’s brilliant, bonkers L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) tells the story of a naughty child who gets more than he bargained for when objects that he previously broke – furniture, clocks, crockery – start coming to life. In French, with English surtitles, the magical words and spellbinding musical score make this the perfect introduction to opera for children aged 7+.   

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(Tickets are half price for Under 18s accompanied by an adult)

Family Workshop

Before seeing the 45 minute opera, get to know some of the unusual characters, discover the enchanting story, learn some French words and sing some of the songs from the show. Great for families with children aged 7+ that love drama and music. Groups also welcome.

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Pre-show talks

Pre-show talks in Leeds take place at 6.15 in the Howard Assembly Room and last approximately 30 minutes.

Sat 23 Sep Pagliacci / L’enfant et les sortilèges Book now
Fri 29 Sep Trial by Jury / L’enfant et les sortilèges Book now
Sat 7 Oct Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Book now
Thu 12 Oct Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Book now
Fri 13 Oct Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Book now
Sat 14 Oct Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Book now
Wed 18 Oct Pagliacci / Osud Book now
Sat 21 Oct Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Book now

 Please call Box Office on 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm + access charge) to book tickets.

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