“This year will see fresh interpretations of popular classics, such as Edward Dick’s viscerally thrilling take on Tosca, and Alessandro Talevi’s deeply moving La traviata, alongside imaginative new approaches to opera performance. In this season we are especially thrilled to collaborate once again with partners across our home city as we approach the year-long celebration of culture in Leeds 2023.
“Working with South Asian Arts-uk on a bold new take on Monteverdi’s Orpheus, we return to opera’s experimental beginnings, when a new form emerged from the blending of words and music, drama and dance. It’s in the same spirit of discovery that we unite musicians and performers from the western and South Asian classical traditions to breathe new life into opera’s founding myth.
“We have forged a highly successful partnership with our Leeds neighbours Phoenix Dance Theatre in recent years, and we will be taking this relationship even further with a new version of Mozart’s Requiem, choreographed by Dane Hurst and conducted by our Music Director Garry Walker. The Requiem will combine the full resources of both companies together with guest artists from South Africa and will be performed alongside a newly created complementary work.
“Throughout the last few years, and especially during lockdown, the Company has developed new digital audiences for creative work. We are delighted that this year, Orpheus and Tosca will also be filmed live at Leeds Grand Theatre and made available to watch online, allowing us to extend the audience for these exciting productions beyond the boundaries of the theatrical space.”