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New productions announced for Spring 2013


Opera North is excited to present three very different works - all new productions - in three very different venues in the final part of the 2012/13 Season.  

These three productions close a full year of new productions in the 2012/13 Season, from Don Giovanni, Faust and The Makropulos Case to Otello, La clemenza di Tito and a double-bill of Poulenc’s La voix humaine and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in the new year.

The new productions announced for Spring 2013 begin in April with Handel’s mighty oratorio, Joshua, at Leeds Grand Theatre. Depicting the Old Testament story of Joshua, as he leads the Israelites in conquest of Canaan, this dramatic oratorio demonstrates Handel’s skill as an opera composer in its highly theatrical and strongly characterised score. Daniel Norman (Joshua) and Fflur Wyn (Achsah) lead a cast directed by Charles Edwards.

A new production of Benjamin Britten’s chamber comedy, Albert Herring, will be staged in the intimate space of the Howard Assembly Room in May. Albert Herring is directed by Giles Havergal (The Merry Widow, 2010), with set and costume design by Leslie Travers (Giulio Cesare, 2012). Casting includes the return to Opera North of Dame Josephine Barstow as Lady Billows, Alexander Sprague as Albert, and Joseph Shovelton as Mr Upfold.

Conducted by Music Director Richard Farnes, the next thrilling instalment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Siegfried, will première at Leeds Town Hall in June before travelling to The Sage Gateshead, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and The Lowry, Salford Quays. Annalena Persson (Die Walküre, 2012) returns as Brünnhilde, while Estonian tenor Mati Turi sings the heroic title role.

The upcoming 2013/14 Season will now open with a ‘Festival of Britten’ in September 2013 and will close with the final part of Opera North’s four-year Ring Cycle, Götterdämmerung, in June 2014. Full details of the 2013/14 season will be announced in February 2013.

General booking for Joshua, Albert Herring and Siegfried will go on sale on 17 December. 

What you say

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Priority booking for Siegfried will be available for existing fixed subscribers from 29 October; and for multibuy ticket packages (5-6 operas) from 19 November or from 21 November (3-4 operas). Albert Herring is a completely new production which will be presented in the round, allowing audiences to experience this chamber piece as intended by Britten. It is an ideal choice for our first full scale opera production made specifically for the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North. We are constantly seeking to engage with audiences in new and interesting ways, including matching the works we perform to the most appropriate venues. Together with Siegfried and Joshua, Albert Herring reflects the growing variety and scope of Opera North’s work, within a full year of ten brand new productions.

Comment from Guest


Guest said ago

Will there be priority booking for Seigfried for people who have bought multi-opera packages for the operas as there has been for the two Ring Cycle operas performed so far?

Comment from Ed clar


Ed clar said ago

How sad. It seems gone are the days when Opera North presented Grand Opera on a Grand Stage; set, costumes and all. One early piece, one repeat of a chamber work in "intimate surroundings" and one concert performance - not worth the effort of an hour long drive and the price of the tickets.

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