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.
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.
Kiss Me, Kate
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
Directed by Giles Havergal, conducted by Stuart Stratford
Cast includes Katie Bray (Rosina), Nicholas Watts (Count Almaviva) and Gavan Ring (Figaro)
Directed by Tom Cairns, conducted by Aleksandar Marković
Cast includes Ylva Kihlberg (Jenůfa), Susan Bickley (Kostelnička), and Elizabeth Sikora (Grandmother).
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)
Directed by Daniel Slater, conducted by Tobias Ringborg
Cast includes Gabriela Iştoc (Adina) Jung Soo Yun (Nemorino), Duncan Rock (Belcore) and Richard Burkhard (Dulcamara)
Directed by Tim Albery, conducted by Nicholas Kok
Cast includes Lesley Garrett (Val)
Into the Woods
Directed by James Brining
Der Ring des Nibelungen
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)
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
Let us know what you think of our new season in the comments below! What are you looking forward to seeing?