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Life Cycle… we are counting


[caption id="attachment_425" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Mara Carlyle will perform in Life Cycle"][/caption] With just three days to go until the premiere of Life Cycle at the Southbank Centre on Sunday 13 March, here are some more of Toby Litt’s lyrics from the s... Read More

An extraordinary opera...


Opera North's Music Director, Richard Farnes A production of From the House of the Dead will always be a much-anticipated  and significant event in the life of an opera company, because it has to be the most extraordinary opera by one of the most individual and dramatically... Read More

Yorkshire tourism singing from the same hymn sheet


Gary Verity, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire I think it’s fitting that our Y 11 event is to be held on the stage at the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. We've had 12 months of ups and downs that have felt, at times, like we have been part of a drama production, bu... Read More

Life Cycle... the journey continues


It’s the final countdown in the last few days before the premiere of Life Cycle at the Southbank Centre on Sunday 13 March. Here are some more lyrics from Life Cycle songs, written by Toby Litt for music composed by Emily Hall, charting the course of new parenthood to birth ... Read More

From Conception to Cradle - Life Begins


A brand new song series, Life Cycle, charting one woman’s progress on her journey to becoming a mother, premieres next week as part of the WOW-Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre, London. The series of twenty songs about creating and nurturing life is less freq... Read More

"He shouldn't have ran away and got dead"


A new children’s opera Cautionary Tales opens next week in the Howard Assembly Room and we interviewed sisters Lexi (age 8 ) and Izzy (age 3) to get their thoughts and expectations of the piece after being read the poem about Jim. Based on Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Ta... Read More

A drama on an epic scale


[caption id="attachment_651" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Orchestra of Opera North. Photo Richard Moran"][/caption] Richard Farnes, Opera North's Music Director, talks about big scale drama ahead of the Company's first step on Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. I... Read More

Music That Moves Me


This week sees the end of Mariele Neudecker’s installation in the Howard Assembly Room, Kindertotenlieder, set to Gustav Mahler’s intensely moving song cycle, “Songs on the Death of Children.” If you haven’t been to see it yet, the exhibition will still be open between 2pm and... Read More