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In a major celebration of the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, the most successful British opera composer of the 20th century, Opera North’s Autumn season for 2013 comprises a full season of three mainstage Britten productions.
Opera North receives £500,000 award from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to expand audiences and reach parts of the community that are not currently attending live art performances.
Opera North’s Spring season has a festival feel and sees the Company presenting three very different works - all new productions - in three very different venues.
The Howard Assembly Room announces its new season, as the venue continues to celebrate the connections between music, film, words and performance. Among the award-winning international artists on the bill are jazz pianist Brad Mehldau (13 March), Tunisian singer Dhafer Youssef (30 March), and returning to the UK after a long hiatus, Canadian band The Be Good Tanyas (27 January).
A new opera for children and families, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, by award-winning British-American composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell, will receive its world premiere in the UK in 2013 ahead of touring dates throughout the UK and a two-week run in New York.
Today, Friday 7 December, saw Opera North launch of In Harmony Leeds, a new large-scale community development project using music.
In Harmony Leeds aims to help improve the social wellbeing and academic attainment of 350 children in full-time education and reach another 500 members of the wider community, through the skills gained in intensive, community-based music-making and high quality tuition. The project will be delivered at Windmill Primary School, in the Belle Isle area of South Leeds, from January 2013.
Opera North’s upcoming Winter season brings together four new productions exploring the extremes that people are driven to by the darker side of love.
Part of a current international renaissance in silent film, GW Pabst’s 1929 film Pandora’s Box, is screened with a new live score in four venues across the UK this autumn. Commissioned by Opera North Projects, Pandora’s Box will be performed in London, Manchester, Leeds and Warwick.