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Riding on the wave of a tremendous year for Great Britain, next season Opera North will continue to fly the flag in a year of musical performances and programming that celebrates one of the greatest opera composers that ever lived, Benjamin Britten, including performances of four of his operas.
What price your soul? Opera North’s new season this September takes in a legendary but damned womaniser, a pact with the devil and one woman’s search for eternal life, in three new productions: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Gounod’s Faust and Janáček’s The Makropulos Case.
Opera North today announces a new In Harmony partnership with a school in Leeds, impacting on 450 children in full-time education and the wider community. The pioneering project, one of four new In Harmony community development projects announced today, will be funded by the Arts Council England, the Department for Education and Opera North over three years between 2012 and 2015.
Two new commissions by Opera North Projects are announced alongside highlights of the programme in the Howard Assembly Room this Autumn.
Opera North’s four year journey through the Ring Cycle continues with Die Walküre, led by Music Director Richard Farnes.
A spirit of optimism infuses Opera North’s 2012/13 season as we celebrate opera in all its extraordinary richness and diversity.
Revel in the arrival of Spring this year with a jam-packed and unrestrained programme in the Howard Assembly Room. From celebrations of the great post-war Broadway musicals to the best of young British opera talent, and from dynamic contemporary jazz acts to the summery sound of Garifuna soul.
Ruddigore, Opera North's hugely successful operetta, will travel to three new venues this summer in a one-off tour that visits Sheffield and crosses borders to Edinburgh and Belfast. Audiences in these cities will now be able to revel in this witty Victorian melodrama, which is considered one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most inventive works.
Opera North welcomes American tenor Erik Nelson Werner to sing the role of Siegmund in its new concert staging of Die Walküre, which opens at Leeds Town Hall on 16 June 2012, replacing Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts who has withdrawn from the role.
A generous donation from Jimbo's Fund, a fund set up by the late Leeds businessman and philanthropist Jimi Heselden, has enabled creative young people aged 10-15 with Asperger’s Syndrome to access a series of tailored workshops run by Opera North.