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Opera North holds free events in Leeds to mark European Opera Days


Opera North is holding a series of free events to recognise European Opera Dayswhich takes place on the 11th and 12th of May this year. In a celebration of the talent involved in the art of Opera across Europe, 107 Opera Companies across 24 countries will organise activities and performances to join together existingOpera enthusiasts and help to encourage the growth of a new Opera fan base.

As part of the continental festivities, Opera North will be:

• Producing a series of 3 ‘Concerts in a Café’ in which soprano Bibi Heal, a regular Opera North collaborator, will perform a variety of songs from France, Eastern Europe and Latin America at the Help the Aged Café in the city centre.

• Holding a family ‘May Morning’ singing workshop on Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, exploring the music of Benjamin Britten to coincide with the opening of their new production of ‘Albert Herring’. This will be led by composer and animateur Dom Harlan with a guest appearance from Gillene Herbert, part of theOpera North chorus. Participants will have the chance to learn some of the most famous opera arias, hear Gillene sing and also embark on writing their own music.

With their family and community focus, these events will be a brilliant way of introducing the Opera art form to newcomers. 

The details of the events are below:

Concert In a Café

Love, loss and dastardly doings

Grab a cup of tea and settle in to enjoy some great moments from opera unfold around you….

Soprano Bibi Heal escapes from the stage and lands in the Arch Café, to perform some of opera’s most beautiful and dramatic moments, from Spain, France and Italy, accompanied by accordion.  Find your socks blown off by the power and beauty of the operatic voice up close, and do something really different with your afternoon tea break.

Concerts last approx 25 minutes and are free of charge to café customers. No need to book.

Saturday 11th May

Start times:

  • 12.30pm

  • 1.30pm

  • 2.30pm

No ticket required.

Sing ON: Raise your voice!

This is a fantastic opportunity to raise your voice with friends and family.  Come along and take part in a creative workshop where artists from Opera North will teach you some of the most famous opera arias and you can also embark on writing your own. 

Suitable for ages 6+ , children must be accompanied by an adult (and all adults must be accompanied by a child!)

Saturday 11th May

Start time:


Need to pre-book for the free tickets at

Access to the Linacre Studio is via Opera North reception (located on the corner of Leeds Grand Theatre, New Briggate and Harrison Street).

The official European Opera Days website is:

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