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2015/16 Season announced


We are delighted to announce our mainstage repertoire for the 2015/16 season, which kicks off in dazzling style with a brand new production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Jo Davies.

Staging Porter’s witty, jazz-inflected reworking of The Taming of the Shrew, with classic numbers including ‘Too Darn Hot’ and ‘Always True to You in My Fashion,’ is the realisation of a longstanding ambition of Opera North’s, in a co-production with Welsh National Opera.

Giordano’s verismo masterpiece Andrea Chénier comes to Opera North for the first time, in a new production by Annabel Arden exploring the chaos of revolution and the role of the artist in a time of political turmoil. The cast includes Rafael Rojas as Chénier, Robert Hayward as Gérard and Annemarie Kremer as Maddelena, returning to Opera North following memorable performances in the title role of Norma (2012).

Much-loved productions of The Barber of Seville, Cosi fan tutte and L'elisir d'amore, return to Opera North, bringing together the ensemble talents of a new generation of British and international singers, including Nicholas Watts, Gavan Ring, Helen Sherman, Ellie Laugharne, Gabriela Iştoc, Jung Soo Yun, Katie Bray and Duncan Rock.

Tom Cairns’ intense and powerful production of Jenůfa stars Swedish soprano Ylva Kihlberg in the title role and Susan Bickley as the Kostelnička, conducted by the young Serbian conductor Aleksandar Marković. 

A collaboration between Aldeburgh Music, The Royal Opera and Opera North, new chamber opera, Pleasure, receives its world premiere in April 2016, featuring Lesley Garrett in the role of Val.

A major new co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, will be directed by James Brining in June 2016.

Finally, an extraordinary journey comes full circle in the Summer of 2016. We celebrate the end of music director Richard Farnes’ 12 year tenure with performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen where the dramatic power of the music takes centre stage in a Ring like no other.

Season listings:

Autumn 2015

Kiss Me, Kate
Cole Porter
Directed by Jo Davies, conducted by David Charles Abell
Cast includes Jeni Bern (Lilli Vanessi) and Quirijn de Lang (Fred Graham)

The Barber of Seville
Gioachino Rossini
Directed by Giles Havergal, conducted by Stuart Stratford
Cast includes Katie Bray (Rosina), Nicholas Watts (Count Almaviva) and Gavan Ring (Figaro)

Leoš Janáček
Directed by Tom Cairns, conducted by Aleksandar Marković
Cast includes Ylva Kihlberg (Jenůfa), Susan Bickley (Kostelnička), and Elizabeth Sikora (Grandmother).

Winter 2016

Andrea Chénier
Umberto Giordano
Directed by Annabel Arden, conducted by Oliver von Dohnányi
Cast includes Rafael Rojas (Chénier), Robert Hayward (Gérard) and Annemarie Kremer (Maddalena)

Così fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Directed by Tim Albery, conducted by Jac van Steen
Cast includes Helen Sherman (Dorabella), Nicholas Watts (Ferrando), Gavan Ring (Guglielmo) and Ellie Laugharne (Despina)

L’elisir d’amore
Gaetano Donizetti
Directed by Daniel Slater, conducted by Tobias Ringborg
Cast includes Gabriela Iştoc (Adina) Jung Soo Yun (Nemorino), Duncan Rock (Belcore) and Richard Burkhard (Dulcamara)

Spring 2016

Mark Simpson
Directed by Tim Albery, conducted by Nicholas Kok
Cast includes Lesley Garrett (Val)

Into the Woods
Stephen Sondheim
Directed by James Brining

Der Ring des Nibelungen
Richard Wagner
Concert staging by Peter Mumford, conducted by Richard Farnes
Cast includes Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde), Daniel Frank (Siegfried), Alwyn Mellor (Sieglinde; Brünnhilde), Béla Perencz (Wotan; Wanderer) Mati Turi (Siegfried), Michael Weinius (Siegmund)

Tickets are currently on sale for Pleasure in the Howard Assembly Room and for The Ring Cycle at all venues (returns only at Southbank Centre).

General booking for productions in Opera North’s Autumn 2015 and Winter 2016 seasons opens in July:

2 July at The Lowry, Salford Quays

3 July at Theatre Royal Newcastle

7 July at Leeds Grand Theatre

7 July at Theatre Royal Nottingham

Find out more about priority booking packages and Season Tickets.

Let us know what you think of our new season in the comments below! What are you looking forward to seeing?

What you say

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Dear Phil Sorry to hear you've had trouble with our website. Full details of L'elisir d'amore dates and venues can be found on the production page: We appreciate all feedback about our website and we're constantly looking to improve our audience's ability to get the information they're looking for. Thanks for your comment.

Comment from Dr Phil Hegarty


Dr Phil Hegarty said ago

When and where can I see l'elisir? Why is this information so hard to find on your website?

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Dear Gwen, Many thanks for your question. Most of our work does tour to Nottingham and we are delighted that next season we will be touring to the Theatre Royal in November with Kiss Me, Kate, The Barber of Seville and Jenufa, and in March 2016 with Andrea Chenier, Cosi fan tutte and L'elisir d'amore. Tickets for our Autumn and Winter seasons in Nottingham will be on sale in July. We are also extremely pleased to be bringing our dramatic concert staging of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman to the Royal Concert Hall on 11 July 2015, followed by a full Ring cycle 6-11 June 2016. We very much hope to see you at some of these performances over the next year! If you would like any further information you can also contact us by emailing or by phone 0113 243 9999 Kind regards, Opera North

Comment from Gwen Bragg


Gwen Bragg said ago

I always look forward to seeing the names of your productions but as I live near Nottingham and would go to the Theatre Royal there are always very few visits. I know you usually make a visit in February but can we have more?

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