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2012/13 Season Announced

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I am delighted to announce our season from August 2012 – March 2013, which features seven operas presented in no fewer than six new productions.

The 2012/13 season announced here is slightly shorter than those of previous years.  This is because it marks the bold transition to a new pattern in which our performing year will, commencing with the 2013/14 season, coincide with the financial year.  This will help us plan more securely in what is, and is likely to remain for the foreseeable future, a challenging financial environment.

And so a spirit of optimism infuses Opera North’s 2012/13 season as we celebrate opera in all its extraordinary richness and diversity.  2013 is the year of three enormously significant operatic anniversaries: it will be 200 years since the birth of both Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, and 100 years since the birth of Benjamin Britten.  All three composers will feature in our repertoire in the coming year.

This season we conclude two ongoing cycles of work that have occupied the Company for several years; Janáček’s mature operas, with a new production of The Makropulos Case opening this year’s Edinburgh Festival in August, and a new production of the only mature Mozart opera we have yet to perform, La clemenza di Tito.

And we celebrate one of the UK’s best-loved sopranos, Lesley Garrett, returning to her ‘operatic home’, performing in Poulenc’s La voix humaine.

The further reaches of Opera North’s work also generate much to be excited about, including a fourth year of programming of unique events and performances in the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, the first full year of the newly established Opera North Children’s Chorus with 92 children aged 7-13 years old, and an increasing national concert schedule and profile for the Orchestra of Opera North.

We are planning confidently for 2013 and beyond and look forward to announcing this November further details on new productions until as far ahead as March 2014.We look forward to welcoming you in the months ahead, as together we celebrate opera in all its forms.

Richard Mantle

General Director

2012/13 season

Don Giovanni Mozart 
New production sung in Italian with English titles.
Conductor Tobias Ringborg. Director Alessandro Talevi.

Faust Gounod
New production sung in French with English titles.
Conductor Stuart Stratford. Directors Ran Arthur Braun & Rob Kearley.

The Makropulos Case Janáček
New production sung in English with English titles.
Conductor Richard Farnes. Director Tom Cairns.

Otello Verdi
New production sung in Italian with English titles.
Conductor Richard Farnes. Director Tim Albery.

La clemenza di Tito Mozart
New production sung in Italian with English titles.
Conductor Douglas Boyd. Director John Fulljames.

La voix humaine Poulenc
New production sung in English. Elle: Lesley Garrett.
Conductor Wyn Davies. 

Dido and Aeneas Purcell
Sung in English.
Conductor Wyn Davies. Director/Choreographer Aletta Collins.

Full dates and times will be announced shortly and general booking will open in July. For further information please download the press release.

 

What you say

Comment from Sheila Shotts

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Sheila Shotts said ago

I agree, please come back to Hull.

Comment from Paul Hewins

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Paul Hewins said ago

I do hope that Opera North will be returning to the New Theatre, Hull during the 2012/2013 Season. There are many people in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire who are opera lovers.

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Opera North said ago

Thank you for all your comments. We will be announcing full dates and times shortly and general booking will open in July. Britten will feature in 2013 and there is more information on the press release which can be downloaded from the 'Press' section of the website.

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Matt Barker said ago

Britten festival is 2013. Peter Grimes, Albert Herring, Death in Venice and Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Phil H said ago

Just hope that this time if I book they don't cancel! Was gutted not to see Giulio Cesare in Dublin and the waste of air tickets........

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Guest said ago

The programme looks great but without the dates and venues it is too soon to get excited! I would have thought that they would be the most important part of the season details and yet are missing.

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john welham said ago

You mention Britten in your introduction to the new season. Which opera is that? Thanks

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peter said ago

wow. some great looking stuff but without the details of casting and tour dates it seems fruitless i'm guessing siegfried is still happening?

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Guest said ago

Have been waiting for new season programme of opera and it looks great. However, we would like know when the productions are on and when booking opens.

Comment from David Parker

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David Parker said ago

Looks very exciting but agree with comment about lack of dates - quite irritating.

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Guest said ago

Looks like a good season. When will you be announcing venues and dates?

Comment from Marcus

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Marcus said ago

Superb! Six new productions from one of my favourite companies!

Comment from JonnyDublin

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JonnyDublin said ago

Are any of the 2012/2013 productions coming to Dublin? I LOVED your Giulio Cesare.

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JonnyDublin said ago

Are any of the 2012/2013 productions coming to Dublin? I LOVED your Giulio Cesare.

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sheiladuthie@btinternet.com said ago

Very pleased to receive programme, but dissapointed no month or year, so dont know whe productions are on.

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