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String Things

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In honour of the Basquiat Strings and the Skampa Quartet, both playing at the Howard Assembly Room this Autumn, here are a few of the string-based albums that have been getting an airing in our office of late. All highly recommended! Basquiat Strings Self titled Touman... Read More

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

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I am delighted to find a good reason to show The Tree of Wooden Clogs on the big screen at the Howard Assembly Room. Ermanno Olmi’s astonishing film has since somewhat disappeared from public view since it won the Palme D’Or in 1978. Our 'Back to the Woods' series of events in... Read More

Sit Bach and enjoy...

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Jo Nockels, Projects Manager, Opera North Projects, talks Light Night Leeds From discussing whether the name is just too silly, to talking to the musicians about just how much Bach they can play without stopping, preparations for Light Night 2010 at the Howard Assembly Room... Read More

John Whitfield, Gamelan player

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John Whitfield talks techno lullabies before the Southbank Gamelan players join Plaid on stage at the Howard Assembly Room One night in the late 1990s, I heard a track called Kortisin by a group I’d never heard of, called Plaid on the London dance-music station Kiss FM. It ... Read More

Roll up roll up...

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Greentop is a circus school based in Sheffield and uses circus ‘arts’ to help educate people. We are very excited to be able to deliver a clowning and circus skills workshop at Opera North tomorrow. All art forms come with their own baggage - preconceptions about what it’s ... Read More

IT’S A THRILLER AT OPERA NORTH

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  Anish Miyangar New Media Placement, Opera North The New Media Placement is a recent role at Opera North, with the Company’s focus to reach a wider digital audience and create more interactive content for the website. It’s an Arts Council Funded part-time placeme... Read More

Berlin's got nothing on Leeds!

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We’ve just done a photoshoot for our new production, The Gypsy Bible, which is a piece that Opera North has commissioned and created with the librettist who wrote The Adventures of Pinocchio, Alasdair Middleton. The photo has inspired so many conversations around it as... Read More

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