Opera North General Director, Richard Mantle, talks about the highlights coming up as the Company's focus shifts to the two greatest Italian composers of opera, with Verdi's Macbeth and Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West. Read More
21 Jan - 21 Mar 2014
It’s the Gold Rush of 1849 and plucky, gun-toting, saloon owner Minnie plays surrogate mother to the rough crew of miners who frequent her bar, whilst batting back the affections of the local Sheriff. But when a mysterious stranger comes into her life, everything looks set to change... A tale of true love and second chances set in a world of gun fights, poker games and stagecoach robberies, La fanciulla del West combines the suspense and action of a great Western with the emotional punch of Italian opera.
Deemed by Puccini as one of his greatest works, Fanciulla was originally written for three of the most esteemed opera singers of all time including Emmy Destinn and Enrico Caruso. With Alwyn Mellor, whose breathtaking performance as Sieglinde in our Walküre enthused audiences and critics, Robert Hayward and Rafael Rojas taking on the lead roles, this blazing new production of the original Spaghetti Western is sure to strike gold.
Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 mins
Sung in Italian with English titles
This production is supported by the Friends of Opera North
Collins is particularly successful in highlighting the personalities of the individual prospectors in the first Act and building a Tosca-like sense of erotic tension in the second.
Musically it's stunning. Richard Farnes cleverly manages to make one of Puccini’s boldest operas sound satisfyingly loud whilst never overwhelming the voices, and revels in the score’s cosmopolitan modernity.
Richard Farnes’s superb conducting of this inspired score is one big reason to see Opera North’s new staging. He captures every quicksilver change of mood, and the Opera North orchestra sounds magnificently galvanised.
Richard Farnes and the Opera North orchestra relish every morsel of the music, in which Puccini shamelessly assimilates modernist ideas (from Debussy and Ravel especially) and makes them indelibly his own; it all provides sumptuous support to the singers
The central act, set in Minnie’s mountainside cabin, has the tautness of a high-class spaghetti western, and the finale maintains tension to the very end.
hair-raisingly effective, truly memorable.
it strikes its own variety of Puccini gold and deserves a rush to see it.
Emma Black, Second Assistant Director for Opera North's new production of The Girl of the Golden West, reflects on her experience with Opera North. Read More
46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
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 available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.
Box office: 0844 848 2720
Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
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.
100 Grey Street
Box office: 08448 112121
Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.
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.
There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.
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.
Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.
The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.
Box office: 0115 989 5555
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.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham
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.
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.