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28 Mar 2015

Opus presents…

Lemminkäinen's Quest: When the Hunter becomes the Hunted

An end of project performance, based on Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter.

Against his mother’s wishes, Lemminkäinen travels to the icy north in search of a bride. There, impossible tasks await him: he must hunt the Devil’s elk, ride the Devil’s horse, and shoot a swan on Death’s river. But unseen dangers lie in wait for him along the way...

Inspired by Opera North’s upcoming production of Swanhunter, the Opus group presents this retelling of a traditional tale from the Finnish folk epic The Kalevala.  This performance uses music, movement, poetry and visual art to tell the story of love, bravery, adventure and magic in a unique and exciting way.

Suitable for ages 7+ | Lasts approximately 40 minutes (no interval)

To book your tickets call the Box Office on 0844 848 2727.

  • Guest Singer Julianne Young
  • Singers Members of Opera North’s OPUS group
Creative Team
  • Director Freya Wynn-Jones
  • Composer & Musical Director Michael Betteridge
  • Vocal Leader & Conductor Caroline Challis
  • Visual Designer David Boultbee
  • Lighting Designer Joseph Stairs

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


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The Opus Project

Under the guidance of a team of professional artists, a group of 8-13 year olds have been meeting weekly since September to explore the arts, develop skills in performance and create their own piece of musical theatre.  Through a series of workshops, trips and visits from special guest artists, the Opus group has been developing skills in a variety of creative areas.

Working with the creative team and guest artists the group have experienced singing, acting, composition, creative writing, visual art, design, movement and dance, as well as developing an understanding and appreciation of the many different art forms.

This performance draws inspiration from all of the experiences throughout the project, with most of the content devised, refined and performed by the young people themselves.