Opera North Early Years Programme
Suitable for 0 - 4 years
Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.
Led by a professional musician, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.
I love bringing my child; the space is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It is brilliant that we have the chance to sing with a professional vocal artist. Coming to the sessions have given me more confidence to sing with my child at home.
— Little Singers parent
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Suitable for ages 4 – 7
This enchanting storytelling experience is inspired by Opera North’s season of fairy tales.
Led by an actor and a musician, children and families meet wonderful fairy-tale characters, explore their adventures and experience live music in our magical indoor tent.
Opera North's first ever staging of Rimsky-Korsakov's delightful Russian opera The Snow Maiden opens our fairy tale season.
The Snow Maiden is warm and beautiful, but she hides a tragic secret, her heart is made of ice. If warmed by human love, her heart will melt and she will die. Enchanted by the shepherd boy Lel, she yearns to experience life with humans. Her parents relent, with tragic consequences.
A gorgeous and lyrical evocation of the natural world, Rimsky Korsakov’s delightfully colourful, folk-inspired opera is based on a well-loved Russian fairy tale. With an inventive use of video imagery, the piece imaginatively blends and contrasts worlds of fantasy and reality.
Approximately 3 hours
Sung in English with English titles
Suitable for 7+
In this live concert with film, Inuit throat singer and tour-de-force vocalist Tanya Tagaq creates a mesmerising, improvisatory soundscape for the controversial silent film Nanook of the North.
Robert J. Flaherty's 1922 film chronicled a year in the life of an Inuit family in the harsh landscape near the Arctic Circle. Widely acknowledged as the forerunner of the modern documentary, the film drew controversy for its clichéd and sometimes fictional images.
Tanya Tagaq reclaims, through explosive sound, this portrayal of an early 20th Century Inuit community. Known for her work with Björk and the Kronos Quartet, Tanya Tagaq’s music is rooted in tradition aligned with improvisatory and electronica influences.
One of the avant-garde's most dynamic performers
— Rolling Stone
In association with Superfriendz.
25 Jan 2017
Dewsbury Town Hall
Victoria Joyce, Soprano
Nicholas Sales, Tenor
Jeremy Peaker, Baritone
Annette Saunders, Piano
A selection of favourites from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
Led by Jeremy Peaker, a member of the Chorus of Opera North who regularly appears in roles within the company and former singer of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the concert will include excerpts from The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Yeomen of the Guard amongst others.
26 Jan 2017
Howard Assembly Room
Followed by a screening of La Belle et la Bête
To coincide with Opera North’s season of dark fairy tales, broadcaster and author Sir Christopher Frayling visits the Howard Assembly Room to talk about Angela Carter, her book The Bloody Chamber and her influence on 'the contemporary Gothic'.
Frayling knew Carter very well, sharing conversations, ideas and inspiration when she lived in Bath in the 1970s, and when her key works - The Bloody Chamber, The Sadeian Woman, and The Passion of New Eve - were being written. In this talk, he meshes these memories with the subjects and themes of the stories of The Bloody Chamber.
The talk will be followed by a screening of La Belle et la Bête, Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of the classic fairy tale, introduced by Sir Christopher.
Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
Gareth Hudson, Conductor
Mary Carewe, Vocalist
Simon Bowman, Vocalist
Shaken and Stirred — the ultimate Bond concert with excerpts from all 24 films from Dr. No to Spectre.
With classic songs made famous by great artists such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Matt Monro, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Adele, Sam Smith and more, this evening is dedicated to the world’s most famous spy.
Led by Gareth Hudson and joined by two of the leading vocal artists of the Bond repertoire, Mary Carewe and Simon Bowman, from the moment the Orchestra of Opera North strike up the iconic James Bond Theme you will realise that ‘Nobody Does It Better’ as you’re immersed in an evening of classic Bond music which will leave you shaken AND stirred.
Channel your inner spy or become a Bond-girl for the evening as we encourage bookers to dress to impress.
|NORMAN arr. Raine||James Bond theme|
|BARRY arr. Raine||Thunderball: title song|
|BARRY arr. Raine||Goldfinger: title song|
|BARRY arr. Raine||You Only Live Twice: title song|
|BARRY arr. Raine||From Russia With Love: title song|
|BARRY arr. Raine||Moonraker: title song|
|BARRY arr. Raine||Diamonds Are Forever: title song|
|DAVID/BACHARACH arr Raine||Casino Royale: title song|
|HAMLISCH arr.Raine||From The Spy Who Loved Me: Nobody Does It Better|
|BARRY arr. Raine||The Man With The Golden Gun: title song|
|BARRY arr. Raine||From On His Majesty’s Secret Service: We Have All The Time In The World|
|BARRY arr. Raine||Suite: A View to a Kill|
|WALDEN/COHEN arr. Raine||Licence to Kill: title song|
|BARRY arr. Raine||A View to a Kill: title song|
|CONTI arr. Raine||For Your Eyes Only: title song|
|BARRY arr. Raine||From Octopussy: All Time High|
|BARRY/WAAKTAAR arr. Raine||The Living Daylights: title song|
|BONO/THE EDGE arr. Raine||GoldenEye: title song|
|ARNOLD/BLACK arr. Raine||From Tomorrow Never Dies: Surrender|
|ARNOLD||From Die Another Day: Welcome to Cuba|
|ARNOLD/BLACK arr Raine||The World Is Not Enough: title song|
|CORNELL/ARNOLD arr Raine||From Casino Royale: You Know My Name|
|WHITE arr. Raine||From Quantum Of Solace: Another Way To Die|
|MCCARTNEY arr Raine||Live And Let Die: title song|
|ATKINS/EPWORTH arr Raine||Skyfall: title song|
|SMITH arr. Raine||From Spectre: Writing’s on the Wall|
High energy improvisation meets instrumental ingenuity.
New Sanctuary brings together three of New York’s most protean improvisers: Dave Douglas on trumpet, Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn) on guitar and Susie Ibarra on drums and electronics.
The group plays an energetic and lyrical new composition by the relentlessly inventive Douglas, improvising with new sounds and approaches.
Both Douglas and Ribot make a very welcome return to the Howard Assembly Room with this show, and their collaboration is sure to be electrifying.
Despite its range, Mr. Douglas's music sounds of one piece, connected most clearly by his trumpet playing, which can be sweet and pure or crackling and pungent, precisely stated or smeared toward wildness.
— Wall Street Journal
A special edition of Inside Opera, inspired by Opera North's fairy tales season.
We will explore Rimsky-Korsakov's re-telling of one of Russia's most popular tales, The Snow Maiden; examine one of the most influential contemporary re-tellings of fairy tales, Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber; and ask why fairy tales have proved such fertile territory for psychological interpretation.
A classic fairy tale, told by the music of Humperdinck and explored in an inventive new production by Edward Dick.
Perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. From a poor home in which hunger is an ever-present threat, brother and sister escape to the world of the forest, both idyllic and dangerous. There, they encounter supernatural forces such as the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch.
In the dizzying excitement of the Witch's Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story, whilst this contemporary take on a classic story reveals the perils of growing up!
Approximately 2 hours
Sung in English with English titles
Suitable for 10+
Available: Audio described & signed
Schools' matinees will take place at each venue.
One of the best-known groups in Africa, Orchestra Baobab formed in 1970, taking their name from the Dakar night-club where they were resident. They drew musicians from all over Senegal, Togo and Nigeria, playing multi-lingual, multi-ethnic music with a strong Cuban flavour.
After a split in 1987, Orchestra Baobab reformed in 2001 with the encouragement of Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour.
Since then, their worldwide touring has continually demonstrated that 'as a live experience, few can beat Orchestra Baobab in terms of old-fashioned musical ability and riveting stage presence.' (The Independent).
No flash. No artifice. Just spell-binding rhythms and relaxed late-night grooves.
Players from Opera North's renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.
Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs.
Suitable for 0-5 years