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11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Leos Janáček's tale of the anguish of love
​Part of The Little Greats

This semi-autobiographical tale is told in three cinematic acts that unfold over 15 years. Míla and the composer Živný are in love but Míla’s mother forces her to take a rich suitor. Four years later they are reunited and living together but as Živný wrestles with the opera he is writing and the mundanity of everyday married life kicks in, a tragedy occurs that changes everything.

The real-life inspiration for this opera makes it an emotionally intense and exhilarating experience. It features some of Janáček’s most glorious music which swings from the heights of romantic ecstasy to the depths of despair and back again. A real operatic gem, this is your chance to see a rarity brought to life.

Please note: Osud contains strobe lighting


Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes


Sung in English with English titles

The Music

See Osud in a double bill with L'enfant et les sortilèges.

What the critics say

...too good to miss...compellingly driven...when delivered as well as this, it demands to be heard.

The Times (£) - Full Review ›

Martin André’s conducting captures all the music’s nervous energy. A fascinating oddity...

The Telegraph - Full Review ›

...blessed with fine principals. John Graham-Hall handled the challenging part of Živný elegantly...an irresistible oddity.

The Observer - Full Review ›



  • Míla Valková Giselle Allen
  • Živný John Graham-Hall
  • Míla’s Mother Rosalind Plowright
  • Dr. Suda Peter Auty
  • Lhotský Richard Burkhard
  • Konečký Dean Robinson
  • Miss Stuhlá Ann Taylor
Creative Team
  • Conductor Martin André
  • Director Annabel Arden
  • Set Designer Charles Edwards
  • Costume Designer Hannah Clark
  • Lighting Designer Charles Edwards
  • Movement Director Tim Claydon

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Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

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Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

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The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

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Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

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By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
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By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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100 Grey Street

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Box office: 08448 112121


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The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

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Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

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The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

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What you say

Comment from Hazel


Hazel said ago

Osud was rather unusual. I thought it was very well performed but I found the music rather jarring at times with the singers battling against the orchestra - no memorable melodies. I guess this was to represent the anguish and despair of the characters. Interesting to see it performed as I suspect it's lesser known, but not an opera I'd want to see again. I enjoyed Janacek's quirky Mr Brubek a few years ago...

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Act I 
At a spa town in summer, the composer Živný meets Míla, his former lover and the mother of his child, for the first time since her mother ended their relationship. They are clearly still in love. 

Act II 
Four years later Živný and Míla are married, but her mother lives with them and has become insane. While their young son Doubek plays, the couple read through the unfinished opera Živný began during their separation. It is filled with bitterness against Míla, portraying her as faithless. Míla’s mother, losing her mind completely, repeats snatches of music from the opera before rushing to throw herself off a balcony. Attempting to restrain her mother, Míla too is pulled over, and both are killed. 

Act III 
11 years later at the conservatoire where he teaches, Živný’s still unfinished opera is to be performed at last. He rehearses a chorus from it with his students, among them Doubek, now a young man. Another student guesses that the hero of the opera is the composer himself. Through the music, Živný again relives his love for Míla and his cruelty to her. A storm breaks out, lightning strikes the room and he collapses and dies, declaring that the end of the opera is in God’s hands.