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Family

Little Singers

12 Sep 2016 - 3 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Little Singers

Synopsis

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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Next Performances
Mon 27th Feb
Mon 6th Mar
Mon 13th Mar
Mon 20th Mar
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Opera

The Snow Maiden

21 Jan - 24 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Snow Maiden

Synopsis

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. 

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

What the critics say

… visual enchantment...captivating.

The Spectator - Read full review

Strikingly atmospheric

The Stage - Read full review

There is delightful singing from Aoife Miskelly in the title role and Elin Pritchard as her rival, and a striking debut from Heather Lowe as Lel.

The Telegraph - Read full review

 

Audience Reaction Trailer

The Music

Next Performances
Fri 24th Feb
Fri 3rd Mar
Fri 10th Mar
Fri 17th Mar
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Music of James Bond

26 Jan - 2 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Music of James Bond

Synopsis

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. 

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

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
Interval  
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
Next Performances
Sun 2nd Apr
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Opera

Hansel and Gretel

2 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Hansel and Gretel

Synopsis

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!

Please note, Hansel and Gretel contains live moving projections as well as some flickering images for 3 minutes (approx. 46 minutes into Part 1). After the interval there is a loud explosion at 43 minutes.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

Access Performances

Available: Audio described & signed

Schools' matinees will take place at each venue. View Hansel and Gretel resource pack

The Music

Audience reaction trailer

Next Performances
Sat 25th Feb
Wed 1st Mar
Sat 4th Mar
Wed 8th Mar
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Opera

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

16 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Synopsis

A new production of Rossini's sparkling comedy performed by an exciting international cast. 

A much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it. Cinderella scrubs the floor of a dance school and dreams of a better life. A prince arrives seeking a companion and so this sparkling romcom is set in motion.

Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico and the Prince’s servant Dandini are marvellous comic creations. Cinderella herself emerges as a true romantic heroine whose transformation is achieved through the power of music.

An evening of pure magic is in store, uniting the fun, fire and brilliance of Rossini’s music with a fresh and witty production. 

Please note, Cinderella contains strobe lighting effects at approx 1 hour 20 minutes (towards the end of Part 1). This will occur three times and lasts for no longer than 5 seconds each occurrence. In Part 2 there is a lightning effect that lasts for approximately 30 seconds, this occurs 26 minutes into the second half. 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

Access Performances

Available: Audio described

Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

The Music

Audience Reaction Trailer

Next Performances
Tue 21st Feb
Thu 23rd Feb
Sat 25th Feb
Thu 2nd Mar
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Jazz

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

22 Feb 2017

Batley

Batley Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Having become a popular fixture of the Chamber Concert Season, George King is set to bring his inimitable style of programme back for another year.

As acclaimed as a jazz pianist and improviser as with more traditional piano repertoire, George will dazzle once again in this final lunchtime concert. Please note the venue due to refurbishment work in Dewsbury.

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Feb
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Music

Lubomyr Melnyk

24 Feb 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lubomyr Melnyk

Synopsis

At 67 years of age, Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk is enjoying a renaissance that began three years ago with the release of his album Corollaries by Erased Tapes. 

Support from: Tim Smedley, cello 

In the age of the ambient, classically inflected music of Nils Frahm and Ludovico Einaudi, Melnyk’s astounding technique - continuous piano - and supernatural skill resonate with a new generation of audiences.

Deeply influenced by the minimalist movement of the 1970s, Melnyk is considered to be the fastest pianist in the world, his fingers darting across the piano keys at lightning speed to create a cloud of sound, a performance that manages to be dizzying, chaotic and serene all at once.

This is not machine music…. It's very human — serenity delivered through sustained concentration and ecstatic energy, via a lifetime of practice and perfection rather than the twist of a knob.

— Pitchfork
 

Next Performances
Fri 24th Feb
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Music

múm: People on Sunday

3 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

múm: People on Sunday

Synopsis

Playful electronica, ambient sounds, experimental indie pop: the prolific and globally fêted Icelandic band múm has never fit into conventional categories.

Fresh from a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, the founding members of múm, Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar þóreyjarson Smárason, perform an improvised live score to People on Sunday, a masterpiece of silent film.

A vivid portrait of Berlin and its young inhabitants at the end of the 1920s, the film is rarely screened nowadays yet it served as a springboard into Hollywood for its makers Billy Wilder, Edgar Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann and the Siodmak brothers.

Don’t miss the UK premiere of this unique project.

Like a more intimate answer to their country's definitive post-rock band [Sigur Ros], with a bigger soft spot for Aphex Twin.

— Pitchfork

(Menschen am Sonntag) 
Dir. Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer, Germany 1930, 73 minutes. 

Next Performances
Fri 3rd Mar
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Music

Bill Laurance

6 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bill Laurance

Synopsis

Bill Laurance is a British pianist and composer; a world-renowned multi instrumentalist, composer and producer dubbed a ‘jazz maestro’ by The Guardian.

Bill has released four albums to date as a leader and has travelled across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects including his quartet, project, duo and as a solo pianist. He is a two time Grammy winning artist and in 2015, and won the Breakthrough award at the JazzFM Awards, and has been nominated this year as a MOBO Best jazz act.

On his own, Laurance, a professional musician since the age of 14 has performed with an array of musical talents, including Morcheeba, David Crosby, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Musiq Soul Child, the Metropole Orchestra and of course is known the world over as a founding member of the phenomenon that is Snarky Puppy.

Bill’s latest studio album is Aftersun, a tribute to space exploration and life in the cosmos. With flavours of dance music and African percussion, it combines deep world grooves with Laurance’s signature genre-bending exploration.

Laurance creates music that’s dramatic and immediate and even at its most reflective, has drive and sparkle.

— Herald Scotland

In association with Band on the Wall

Next Performances
Mon 6th Mar
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World Music

Arve Henriksen and Trio Mediaeval: Rímur

8 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Arve Henriksen and Trio Mediaeval: Rímur

Synopsis

The mesmerising vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval return to their collaboration with innovative Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen.

Trio Mediaeval continuously re-interpret the ancient music of religious orders and the folk music of Nordic lands. Their shimmering luminous sound joins with Arve Henriksen’s hushed trumpet and live electronics to unforgettable and spine-tingling effect.

Their new programme Rímur explores the mediaeval musical line between Norway and Iceland, with chants and folk songs from both countries including 14th Century vespers and ancient folk songs.

Something very special: a sense of being a privileged participant in a timeless, numinous ritual, enveloped by voices that seem like some celestial exhalation yet brim with real human warmth and sensuousness.

— BBC Music Magazine

Next Performances
Wed 8th Mar
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Jazz

Roberto Fonseca: ABUC

10 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Roberto Fonseca: ABUC

Synopsis

Pianist and charismatic band leader Roberto Fonseca extends his take on his Cuban roots, performing his new album ABUC. 

​Pulsing percussion and bolshie brass revolve around Fonseca's exuberant piano in an exhilarating extension of the music of his homeland. 

Not since Orlando López’s ground-breaking 2001 release Cachaíto has Cuban music been made to sound so fresh as in Fonseca’s ‘Electro Cha’, ‘Son Beat’ and ‘Mambo Afro’.

Part of the renaissance in Cuban music over the past two decades, Roberto Fonseca toured with Buena Vista Social Club before releasing solo material, cementing himself as one of the most inventive and creative Latin jazz musicians of this new generation.

A dazzling performer who can match Cuban jazz with a remarkable variety of other styles

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Fri 10th Mar
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Jazz

Penguin Cafe

12 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Penguin Cafe

Synopsis

Penguin Cafe brings together a group of ace musicians from the likes of Suede and Gorillaz, led by Arthur Jeffes, the son of Penguin Cafe Orchestra founder Simon Jeffes.

Combining minimalist compositions with the freeform structure of jazz and Latin, African and American world sounds, their sound combines acoustic power and the inventive charm of Jeffes himself. 

Arthur and the Penguins play classic Penguin Cafe tunes together with music from new album The Imperfect Sea, a collection of dance music made on real instruments.

often mysterious but usually playful

— The Telegraph

​In association with Serious

Next Performances
Sun 12th Mar

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