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Little Singers

24 Apr - 17 Jul 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

Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from June 12 – July 17. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office. 

 

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Next Performances
Mon 26th Jun
Wed 28th Jun
Thu 29th Jun
Mon 3rd Jul
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

12 Jun - 10 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).  

This is a brand new opportunity for parents and babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group. No singing experience is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. Come along and try it on Monday 12 June before signing up for the first block of four sessions.


Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from 12 June – 17 July. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office.

Next Performances
Mon 26th Jun
Mon 3rd Jul
Mon 10th Jul
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Family

Little Singers: Tinies Special

12 Jun - 10 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Singers: Tinies Special

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-1s. Based on Little Singers, these sessions are specially designed for parents and carers with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).

In them, you’ll sing lots of songs and play musical games with the babies, but the atmosphere will be calm and focussed on the sensory experience.


Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any  Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from June 12 – July 17. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office.

Next Performances
Mon 26th Jun
Mon 3rd Jul
Mon 10th Jul
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Music

ONCC: Sea Shanties

25 Jun 2017

Aldburgh

Bandstand on the Beach

ONCC: Sea Shanties

Synopsis

Opera North Children’s Chorus perform as part of Aldeburgh's Bandstand on the Beach season

They will be singing songs on the theme of Sea Shanties, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. This project is in collaboration with Snape Maltings.

The performance is free and open to all. 

Next Performances
Sun 25th Jun
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Family

Little Big Sing

6 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Big Sing

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-5s

A multi-sensory journey around the world, singing and dancing to music from different countries, alongside some of our favourite Little Singers songs.

With live instrumental music, lights and projections and a whole heap of fun included!

Next Performances
Thu 6th Jul
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Dreams and Visions

21 Jul 2017

Scarborough

Scarbrough Spa

Orchestra of Opera North: Dreams and Visions

Synopsis

Part of Ryedale Festival 2017

Jamie Phillips (conductor)
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Yorkshire’s very own symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, prepare to delight with spellbinding music by Engelbert Humperdinck, Rachmaninov and conclude with what is arguably Berlioz’s most famous composition, his Symphonie Fantastique.

The concert begins with Engelbert Humperdinck’s most loved fairy tale creation: Hansel and Gretel. This playful overture will capture the hearts and imaginations of young and old alike and weaves the beautiful melodies prevalent throughout this enchanting opera.

The quick-fingered skills of award-winning pianist Pavel Kolesnikov will be put to good use as the Orchestra perform Rachmaninov’s iconic Variations on a theme of Paganini. Instantly recognisable from the very first note, to its sumptuous Rhapsody, revel in the beautiful twists, turns and clever decorations of the phrasing. One minute this piece sends shivers down your spine and then explodes into heart-bursting, full-bodied ecstasy – it’s what the hairs on the back of your neck were made for.

We conclude the evening with Berlioz’s ‘revolutionary masterpiece’: Symphonie Fantastique. Depicting the story of a gifted artist plunged into the depths of despair by the perils of unrequited love, the music’s scene-painting ability is stunning. Flowing between racing melodies, melancholic moments and hurtling towards a dramatic finish fit to raise the dead - it proves the course of true love never did run smooth.

Programme

Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel overture
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Next Performances
Fri 21st Jul
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World Music

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

27 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

Synopsis

Moving seamlessly between Arabic music and jazz, two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine take to the stage.

Nai Barghouti recently toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, selling out concert halls from Glasgow to London. She returns with her band of musicians from Palestine, Korea, Tunisia and Nigeria. 

She’s followed by favourites of the Paris jazz scene, Mohamed Najem & Friends. Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both groups move effortlessly between the music of the Middle East and Jazz, to find a new musical language. 

All artists are donating part of their fee to the UNICEF efforts in Syria. For more information, please contact NiNi Productions: info@niniproductions.co.uk

Next Performances
Thu 27th Jul

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics: with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Back to Basics celebrates an incredible 25 years at the forefront of UK club culture with a spectacular outdoor celebration in the heart of Leeds at Millennium Square.

Together with Leeds' own symphony orchestra, Back To Basics founder Dave Beer, in partnership with Leeds City Council, is preparing to stage the greatest party yet. Huge dancefloor anthems are reworked and performed live by a 50-piece orchestra, together with live vocalists and some very special guests to be announced. 

Since its inception in the early 90s, Back to Basics has blazed a trail for the Leeds club scene and for this concert in collaboration with Leeds City Council they’ll be pulling out all the stops. The Symphonic Sounds of Back To Basics marks the first collaboration between the promoter and the Orchestra of Opera North, as two contrasting Leeds-based music institutions come together to celebrate the full range of the city’s sensational musical offering. 

DJ sets 7.15pm
Event starts 8.30pm
DJ set (interval) 9.15-9.45pm
Event ends 10.30pm

Additional information

Approximately 3 hour 15 minutes (includes concert and two 30 minute DJ sets). Suitable for ages 14+. Standing tickets only.

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

Next Performances
Fri 28th Jul
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Orchestral

A Night at the Opera: with the Orchestra of Opera North

29 Jul 2017

Leeds

Millennium Square

A Night at the Opera: with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Opera North dazzles with music from opera and the stage in an open-air summer celebration in the heart of Leeds at Millennium Square.

Performing some of the finest operatic arias and show-stopping songs from the musicals – and including exclusive previews from Opera North’s upcoming season at Leeds Grand Theatre - the Orchestra of Opera North will serve up a feast of classic masterpieces, lesser-known delights and toe-tapping numbers.

Joining the orchestra are Opera North luminaries Quirijn de Lang (Cinderella, Kiss, Me Kate, The Marriage of Figaro) and Jeni Bern (Kiss, Me Kate, The Ring, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro), who will be on hand to enchant with instantly-recognisable arias from Puccini’s heart-breaking Madama Butterfly and Mozart’s towering Don Giovanni, among other greats from the operatic canon.

The Golden Age of Musicals is represented by sparkling selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s much-loved Carousel, Cole Porter’s sizzling comedy Kiss Me, Kate and more. With street food, craft beer and wines from the very best local suppliers this summer evening is guaranteed to leave you feeling positively ‘WUNDERBAR’!

The playing of the Opera North orchestra is so darn hot it’s practically a fire-risk.

— The Guardian on Kiss Me, Kate

de Lang has a magnetic presence and the mahogany-toned voice is focused and used to compelling effect.

— Opera Britannia

You’d search long and hard to find a stronger vocal duo than Quirijn de Lang’s sardonic matinee idol of a Fred Graham sparring with Jeni Bern’s glamorously volatile Lilli Vanessi.

— The Stage

Additional Information

Gates open at 6pm

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

£40 VIP Seats

VIP Package includes: Prime seat location  / Complimentary prosecco and programme on arrival  / Exclusive access to the bar in Civic Hall / Complimentary tea and coffee served in Civic Hall / Exclusive use of the washroom facilities at Civic Hall / VIP Lanyard

Next Performances
Sat 29th Jul
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Orchestral

Back to the Future: In Concert with the Orchestra of Opera North

30 Jul 2017

Leeds

Millennium Square

Back to the Future: In Concert with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Power up your DeLorean… recharge your flux capacitor…  and get ready to celebrate this unforgettable movie classic as you’ve never seen and heard it before!

Back to the Future, staring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover, is the 1.21-gigawatt blockbuster that topped the 1985 box office chart, spawned two wildly successful sequels and stamped an enduring imprint on pop culture.

In this time-traveling coming-of-age story, Marty McFly (Fox) suddenly finds himself transported back to 1955… where he struggles to change the destiny of his parents (Thompson, Glover), rescue an eccentric friend (Lloyd) from terrorists, and solve an alternative-plutonium crisis… all while trying to ensure he has a future to get back to!

Now, fans old and new will experience the thrill of Back to the Future like never before – on a big hi-def screen with a full symphony orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score live in synch with the movie.

Audiences will also be in for an exclusive treat: approximately twenty minutes of brand new music added by award-winning composer Silvestri to the film's score especially for these unique live orchestra presentations.

Additional Information

Gates open at 4pm

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

£30 VIP Seats

VIP Package includes: Prime seat location / Exclusive access to the bar in Civic Hall / Complimentary tea and coffee served in Civic Hall / Exclusive use of the washroom facilities at Civic Hall / VIP Lanyard

Back to the Future is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Next Performances
Sun 30th Jul
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World Music

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

1 - 3 Aug 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Synopsis

The joyous and uplifting musical voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, referred to by Nelson Mandela as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’, marry the intricate rhythms and harmonies of Zulu traditions to the sounds and sentiments of gospel music. 

The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience ever since Paul Simon first worked with them in his 1986 Graceland album. The group combine powerful choruses and softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, with tightly-choreographed dance moves. 

Early booking strongly recommended.

Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant

Daily Telegraph

Next Performances
Tue 1st Aug
Thu 3rd Aug
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Family

Little Listeners

31 Aug 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

Synopsis

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

Next Performances
Thu 31st Aug
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival 2017

2 Sep 2017

Harrogate

Royal Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival 2017

Synopsis

Part of Ripon International Festival 2017

​Janusz Piotrowicz, Conductor

Borodin’s exotic oriental showpiece follows a vivid portrayal of the most poignant love story. Shostakovich’s gripping masterpiece was composed during the Stalin era: the heroic opening, a raging emotional tempest, the 3rd movement – the heart and soul of the piece – filled with beautiful melodies in the strings with woodwind, harp and celeste; the thrilling Finale an expression of defiance cloaked in celebration. The premiere in 1937 was a huge success, the audience  giving a 40-minute ovation.  Expect a scorching performance!

...rarely will you hear the anger and bitterness of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony unleashed with such unremitting force and acerbity. It took the Orchestra to the edge of their combined virtuosity .. the Allegro was taken just about as fast as any orchestra could tackle, but it worked in adding that final tingle factor. 

(Orchestra of Opera North/Piotrowicz) — Yorkshire Post

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Next Performances
Sat 2nd Sep
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

13 Sep 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

George King, Piano 

Back by popular demand, George King will perform a combination of classical masterpieces and jazz standards all woven together with his unique improvisatory twist. His continued draw is testament to the skill and versatility of this seasoned perfomer who is as much at home with the music of Debussy and Beethoven as he is with that of Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck. 

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Next Performances
Wed 13th Sep
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Opera and The Little Greats

Pagliacci (The Clowns)

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Pagliacci (The Clowns)

Synopsis

Ruggero Leoncavallo's shot of pure operatic adenaline
Part of The Little Greats

In the thrilling curtain-raiser to the season, Leoncavallo carves a ‘bleeding slice of life’ out of the tale of a touring theatre troupe preparing for a show. Canio is eaten up with jealous suspicion of his wife, the leading lady. When he learns the truth of her faithlessness, the performance of the play is derailed by real life passion spun out of control, and the stage becomes the scene of a violent reckoning. Pagliacci is an operatic rollercoaster, hurtling towards a bloody climax that unfolds in front of the shocked on-stage audience.

Strap in tight and get ready to career from laughter to horrified awe as comedy and tragedy collide amidst scintillating melodies. Pagliacci includes some of the most famous music ever written for Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio’s ‘show must go on’ aria ‘Vesti la giubba’ and Tonio’s Prologue.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Pagliacci in a double bill with...

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 16 September Leeds   
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 23 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour  

View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Thu 12th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

L´enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

L´enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

Synopsis

Maurice Ravel's bewitching childhood fantasy
Part of The Little Greats

A naughty child assaults everything in his room after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects around him – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life. Out in the garden, events take an even more disturbing turn when all the trees and animals rebuke him for the injuries he has done them in the past. Can the child redeem himself?

With colourful characters including a pair of singing cats, a teapot and china cup duo, a talking armchair, a tree-frog and a squirrel, Colette’s magical words are set by Ravel to a spellbinding musical score. This darkly brilliant opera celebrates the mysteries of childhood and will amuse and enchant adults and children alike.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in French with English titles

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

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 16 September Leeds   
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 23 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 29 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Matinee) Sat 7 October Leeds  
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 October Leeds  
L'enfant et les sortilèges / Osud From Sat 28 October On Tour  

View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

Pietro Mascagni's red-blooded tale of jealousy and revenge
Part of The Little Greats

Cavalleria rusticana tells the tale of a soldier who has returned from the army to find his lover has married another man. He consoles himself by seducing another girl, even though he is still consumed by his obsessive desire for his first love. This powder keg of passions is primed to ignite at Easter in the midst of a small community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni lavishes gorgeously lyrical melodies on a gritty drama of betrayal, jealousy and violent revenge. With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, Cavalleria rusticana is thought by many to be the very essence of Italian opera.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Cavalleria rusticana in a double bill with...

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds  
Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Sat 7 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Cavalleria rusticana /
Trouble in Tahiti
Thu 19 October Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour  

View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Thu 12th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Trial by Jury

27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trial by Jury

Synopsis

Gilbert & Sullivan's hilarious courtroom farce
Part of The Little Greats

The glamorous Angelina brings a court case against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the ghastly realisation that she bores him intensely. Unfortunately for Edwin, all of the members of the jury and even the judge have fallen for Angelina themselves. But what will happen to Edwin, her erstwhile intended? And will Angelina achieve her dream of walking down the aisle?

Every ounce of comic potential is mined from a ludicrous plot which is taken perfectly seriously by everyone caught up in it. With its brilliantly witty comic numbers, catchy tunes and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first operetta and launched a partnership that took British musical theatre by storm. It is cast entirely from the Chorus of Opera North who showcased their versatility in last year’s musical success, Into the Woods, in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

See Trial by Jury in a double bill with...

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds   
Trial by Jury /
L'enfant et les sortileges
Fri 29 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Cavalleria rusticana /
Trial by Jury
Sat 7 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trouble in Tahiti /
Trial by Jury
Fri 13 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds  
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On Tour  

View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: From the Old World to the New

28 Sep 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: From the Old World to the New

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Alpesh Chauhan, Conductor

Both Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances are more well-known than the operas they come from and are aguably the composers' most renowned works. Similarly, 'From the New World' Symphony has a far greater following than any of Dvořák's other works and, since its premier in 1893, has been one of the most performed symphonies worldwide. 

Alpesh Chauhan, Principal Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini Parma and former Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, makes his debut in Kirklees and with Opera North in this season's opening concert.

Chauhan is one of those conductors who makes every phrase and detail sound like it's communicating something - and he posseses that magical, Beecham-like knack for making evening the rests sing

— The Arts Desk

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila: Overture 
Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia 
Borodin Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World'

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Next Performances
Thu 28th Sep
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Classical

Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

30 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

Synopsis

American violinist Leila Josefowicz’s partnership with John Novacek has been praised for its daring spontaneity and flair.

Gramophone called the duo “an outstanding collaboration… Their rapport is stunning".

They perform a programme of works marked by dark introspection and powerful emotion, including reflective pieces by Sibelius and Mahler, Prokofiev’s wildly beautiful Sonata in F minor and the mystical Calices from contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho.

Panache and supreme technical assurance… her virtuosity is breathtaking

BBC Music Magazine on Leila Josefowicz

Next Performances
Sat 30th Sep
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Opera and The Little Greats

Osud (Destiny)

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Osud (Destiny)

Synopsis

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.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

See Osud in a double bill with...

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 October Leeds   
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 October Leeds  
L'enfant et les sortilèges​ / Osud From Thu 2 November On Tour  

View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Leonard Bernstein's satire on the American Dream
Part of The Little Greats

In 1950s suburbia, Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their little white house. But their growing detachment exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie. Sam escapes to the hyper-masculine, win-or-lose world of work and the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, where the hit picture of the day is the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti.

A jazz trio provides an ironic gloss on the story, pointing up the stark contrast between the unreal fantasy of domestic bliss peddled by the ad-men and the painful truth of Sam and Dinah’s lives.

Bernstein’s score for his deeply touching first opera is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

See Trouble in Tahiti in a double bill with...

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 October Leeds   
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trouble in Tahiti (Matinee) Sat 14 October Leeds  
Cavalleria rusticana / Trouble in Tahiti Thu 19 October Leeds  
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds  
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On Tour  

View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Thu 19th Oct
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Andrew Long

18 Oct 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Andrew Long

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18 

Andrew Long, Violin
Jill Crossland, Piano

Come and hear the Associate Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North, Andrew Long as he performs romantic gems from the violin repertoire. The programme will include music from Ladies in Lavender, Estrellita and selected highlights from his recent Naxos recording of music by Sir Edward German.

Andrew Long will be accompanied on piano by Jill Crossland. 

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Next Performances
Wed 18th Oct
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Orchestra of Opera North: Stick Man & Room on the Broom

24 Oct 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Stick Man & Room on the Broom

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Terry Davies, Conductor

Join us this October half-term for the screening of two animated tales from the creators of The Graffalo with René Aubry's evocative scores performed by the Orchestra. 

This early evening concert begins with the first live UK performance of Stick Man, a story of friendship and adventure. After going for a jog one morning, Stick Man encounters a bounding dog, who just wants to play fetch. A series of unfortunate events take him far from home. Will he ever get back? You'll have to wait and see... 

The enchanting Room on the Broom follows. The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on her broomstick when — whoosh! — a gust of wind blows away her hat, her bow and her wand! Will she find her missing things? Come along and find out!

The animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's book appeals to the child in all of us.

— The Daily Telegraph 

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Tue 24th Oct
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Classical

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

25 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Synopsis

In this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices, Gavin Bryars weaves his beautiful music through and around eight of Shakespeare's most meditative sonnets.

Led by Bryars himself, the ensemble includes tenor John Potter (ex Hilliard Ensemble), with narration by multi-talented Dublin singer, Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes). Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this is a fresh way to experience Shakespeare’s words. 

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like The Sun has been performed at festivals around the world, and comes home to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time.

"Extraordinary…sublime"

Real Time Arts magazine

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Wed 25th Oct
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Classical

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

26 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

Synopsis

Messiaen’s Harawi evokes a beautiful world of Andean mythology, cosmic mystery and birdsong through lush, pliant lyricism. 

While reminiscent of Debussy, Stravinsky and Wagner, Harawi is unmistakeably by Messiaen: a twelve song cycle on love and death characteristic of his 1940s style. 

Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand is possibly the most experienced Messiaen singer of her generation and has performed this cycle with Simon Lepper all over the UK, including at the BBC Proms.

Her performance has a “brooding, animal-like intensity...her notes seemed to grow effortlessly from deep within, quite a feat as the breath control and vocal dexterity needed in this piece is truly formidable.” (Seen and Heard International). 

For this special concert, projected imagery and surtitles draw you into a journey deep inside Messiaen’s myriad influences and musical world.

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Thu 26th Oct
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

15 Nov 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Annette Saunders, Piano 

Opera North's Assistant Head of Music, Annette Saunders joins Orchestra Leader, David Greed and Principal Cello, Jessica Burroughs to perform Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor and other works.

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Wed 15th Nov
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Classical

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.

The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.

“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”

Financial Times

In association with Leeds Lieder

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Wed 22nd Nov
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Folk

Lau: Decade

25 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau: Decade

Synopsis

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio made up of three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle). 

Both extraordinary musicians and creative visionaries, Lau’s music is rooted in gorgeous melody, but explores folk music in every direction, with virtuosic playing, rich electronics and ideas that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours. 

Decade celebrates 10 years of incredible stage performances from this multiple award-winning band.  

The U.K’s best live band, Lau are remarkable – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk: exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best.

The Guardian 

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Sat 25th Nov
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Classical

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

30 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

Synopsis

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper reveals hidden depths in whatever she plays.

Renowned worldwide, her performances are praised by Gramophone for their ‘imaginative freedom’ and ‘balance of sense and sensibility’.

Her long-awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room will travel from the classical poise of early Beethoven and the authority of Haydn’s C minor Piano Sonata, to the remarkable invention and emotional quality of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31.

The programme also includes Darknesse Visible by one of the most important composers in contemporary music, Thomas Adès (recent work includes The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House).

‘an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing'

Daily Telegraph

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Thu 30th Nov
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

30 Nov 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Garry Walker, Conductor 
Elena Urioste, Violin

Garry Walker returns to Opera North after his critically acclaimed performances of Britten's Billy Budd. From the arresting opening of the Soirées musicales through to the noble ending of Elgar's First Symphony, a common thread of stylistic experimentation — sometimes playful, sometimes audacious — unites the works of three markedly different composers. 

Elena Urioste, former BBC New Generation Artist and yoga fanatic, is a seasoned recitalist and concerto performer, working with numerous American and UK orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Hallé Orchestras. Here she takes centre-stage to perform Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No. 5.

Opera North's... superb orchestra... delivered a brilliantly vivid, sharply etched account under conductor Garry Walker, full of surging drama and also moments of ezquisite contemplation 

— The Scotsman

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Britten Soirées musicales Op. 9
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, 'Turkish' K.219
Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A flat

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Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

12 Dec 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Hugh Brunt, Conductor 
John Savournin, Narrator

Arguably the most cherished soundtrack to the Christmas season is the score to Raymond Brigg's The Snowman. This December the Orchestra of Opera North performs the music in all its heart-melting splendour to a live screening of the animation. Sure to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike, this is not only the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, but a wonderful introduction to the thrills, chills and power of a symphony orchestra performing live.

Before that, narrator John Savournin delights with the classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella with sensational music and illustrations to accompany the story.

Brunt’s conducting of every bar, from the opening buzzing bass line to the sudden consonant end assertive, was graceful, just like the music. Wonderful.

— The Times

Prokofiev Cinderella Suite
Howard Blake The Snowman

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Tue 12th Dec
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Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

13 Dec 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Just as you can't have Christmas without baubles and mince pies, you can't have a Dewsbury concert series without the Brass Band Christmas Spectacular. With carols to sing and others to tap your foot to, this popular concert is bound to leave you feeling festive. A seasonal staple for many, early booking is recommended for this Yuletide favourite. 

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Wed 13th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

14 Dec 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Adrian Leaper, Conductor 
Chorus of Opera North 
Opera North Youth Chorus 
Opera North Children's Chorus

The annual Christmas concert in Dewsbury is a sparkling showcase for Opera North's different ensembles. With a programme designed to feature its Chorus, Children's and Youth Choruses, all underpinned by the exceptional Orchestra, you'll be inspired to join in with the audience carols in a concert that will certainly get you into the festive spirit.

Having brought the curtain down on the last Kirklees Concert Season with an unforgettable programme of Sibelius, Bruch and Strauss, Adrian Leaper returns to conduct the massed forces. There's a distinctly Mediterranean feel to the concert as he brings a flavour of his adopted home of Spain to Dewsbury.

A remarkably assured performance... full of dynamic contrast and dramatic climaxes' 

— The Reviews Hub on Adrian Leaper, Nature and Spirit ​

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Programme includes:

Turina Pérez Evangelio Op. 12
Finzi In Terra Pax Op. 39
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker: Overture

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Thu 14th Dec
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Classical

Choir of Clare College Cambridge

21 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Choir of Clare College Cambridge

Synopsis

Of one that is so fair and bright

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and their director Graham Ross make their debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a beautiful Christmas programme in praise of the Virgin Mary and the coming of the light.

Renaissance masterpieces, including Tallis' sublime Videte miraculum and Praetorius’ Christmas Magnificat (performed with its original carols) sit alongside more recent seasonal pieces, including much-loved motets by Howells, Britten, Tavener and Rutter.

The perfect start to the festive season.

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Thu 21st Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

30 Dec 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

A New Year celebration like no other. Join the Orchestra of Opera North and conductor Justin Brown as they close the year with a traditional musical trip through Austria-Hungary with a glittering world of waltzes, polkas, marches and song.

Equally at home on the symphonic platform as on the operatic podium, conductor Justin Brown, General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany, and Music Director Laureate of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, will sweep you off your feet and into the New Year with this delightful afternoon of Viennese classics.

...the conductor Justin Brown drew a luminous, technically brilliant musical performance from the singers and orchestra

— Opera Magazine 

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Sat 30th Dec
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Opera

Madama Butterfly

19 Jan - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Madama Butterfly 
Giacomo Puccini

A tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. 

With its exquisitely simple set and costumes, this emotionally direct and subtle production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact, as Butterfly’s dawning realisation of the harsh reality of her circumstances leads inexorably to a final act of despair. 

French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry a U.S. Naval Officer, yet is cruelly discarded when he returns to his ‘real’ life in America. She is joined for this revival by Lithuanian tenor Merūnas Vitulskis, making his UK and Opera North debut as Pinkerton.

As for Anne Sophie Duprels, returning to the title role, it would be hard to find, or even imagine, a more thoroughly committed rendering of it.

 ★★★★ — The Independent (2011)

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Audio described performances are available.

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Fri 19th Jan
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: From Hollywood with Love

25 Jan 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: From Hollywood with Love

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Tobias Ringborg, Conductor
Ian Buckle, Piano 
Andrew Collins, Presenter

Andrew Collins (Classic FM presenter and Film Editor at Radio Times) guides us through the world of Hollywood film music with help from Tobias Ringborg, Ian Buckle and the Orchestra of Opera North. 

With classic scores from Korngold, Williams, and Rota and lesser known gems from Addinsell, Provost and Webb this is a concert where you're bound to know the tunes even if the names are unfamiliar. 

Cementing the links between Classic FM, the Kirklees Concert Season and Opera North, there is no better way to celebrate the breadth of music that movies have inspired.

Korngold The Adventures of Robin Hood
Rózsa Thief of Bagdad: Eternal love
Steiner Gone with the Wind   
Provost Intermezzo: Souvenir de Vienne    
Webb Notorious 
Herrmann North by Northwest
Chaplin Limelight
Korngold Sea Hawk
Korngold Kings Row
John Williams Star Wars
John Williams Schindler’s List: Theme
Addinsell Dangerous Moonlight: Warsaw Concerto  
Rota The Godfather
John Williams Superman

There was no doubting the conductor's living and breathing the music. His enthusiasm was infectious; the orchestra's vivid response... was not the least of the evening's special qualities

— Opera Today on Tobias Ringborg

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Thu 25th Jan
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Jeremy Peaker Ensemble

31 Jan 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Jeremy Peaker Ensemble

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Following last year's unforgettable romp through Gilbert and Sullivan classics, Jeremy is back with a further foray into the world of Savoy Opera with a few friends to assist him. Booking in advance is strongly recommended. 

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Wed 31st Jan
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Opera

Un ballo in maschera

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera

Synopsis

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) 
Giuseppe Verdi

A timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting, at the heart of which is a tragic love triangle.

Based on an actual historical event: the assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavo loves Amelia, wife of his most loyal ally Anckarstroem. Although the King eventually decides that duty must conquer love, it is too late to prevent Anckarstroem from joining a conspiracy against his life. 

Verdi displays all his mastery of his art in this, the most operatic of operas. Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of the composer's most impassioned love duets.

Former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to the Company for the first time since he led Opera North’s legendary Ring cycle in 2016 to conduct a new production by Tim Albery that promises to be a highlight of the season.

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Supported by a generous gift from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

Pre-show Talks

Pre-show talks take place in the Howard Assembly Room and run from 6pm until 6.30pm.

Thu 22 February
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Tue 27th Feb
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Opera

Don Giovanni

17 Feb - 23 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Don Giovanni

Synopsis

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

As he seduces his way across Europe, this famous anti-hero's hedonism is a challenge not only to human morality, but also to God.

Broad comedy rubs up against tense drama in Da Ponte’s libretto, and the beauty and terror of Mozart’s score are evidence of a supreme musical dramatist at the height of his powers, divinely (and perhaps diabolically) inspired. 

Alessandro Talevi’s eclectic, time-travelling production brings fresh insights to this, Mozart’s darkest, craziest, opera.

Director Alessandro Talevi’s imagination, wit and audacity meant that Don Giovanni was a huge success...enthralling throughout...

★★★★★ — Bachtrack (2012)

Season Ticket Packages are available. 

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Pre-show talks take place in the Howard Assembly Room and run from 6pm until 6.30pm.

Wed 21 February
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Thu 1 March
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Sat 3 March
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Sat 17th Feb
Wed 21st Feb
Fri 23rd Feb
Thu 1st Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Brass Ensemble

21 Feb 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Brass Ensemble

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

The flexibility of Opera North's brass section is put on show here as they demonstrate why they are an integral part of one of the UK's most versatile and award-winning orchestras through a varied programme of pieces old, new, borrowed and yes, blue!

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Wed 21st Feb
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Orchestra of Opera North: Distant Shores

25 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Orchestra of Opera North: Distant Shores

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Ben Gernon, Conductor
Kathryn Rudge, Mezzo-soprano

With our second foray into the symphonic works of Antonin Dvořák, Ben Gernon, former Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, makes his Opera North debut with the 8th Symphony, a work with a bright and optimistic feel, unlike many of Dvořák's other compositions. 

The programme also includes Mozart's much-loved Symphony No. 31, 'Paris' before we introduce our guest vocalist for the evening, BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Kathryn Rudge. Elgar's Sea Pictures, a setting of five poems set to music for mezzo-soprano, were premiered in 1899 by Clara Butt dressed as a mermaid! We don't anticipate that Kathryn Rudge will appear in the same guise, but she is sure to enchant either way.

Talking Music begins at 3.10pm

Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D major, 'Paris' K.297/300a
Elgar Sea Pictures Op. 37
Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major

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Sun 25th Feb
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Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

14 Mar 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Chris Bradley, Percussion
Charlie Ashby, Percussion
Elsa Bradley, Percussion

Chris Bradley, percussionist at Opera North, will present an array of percussion instruments from around the world. Chris is joined by two of his percussion colleagues to play a collection of exciting pieces with lots of different sounds and sensations. Manchester-based Charlie Ashby who plays with the Orchestra of Opera North and recently performed as part of the 'Dirty Dancing' ensemble and Elsa Bradley is a freelance percussion/timpanist based in London who regularly plays with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Abstruckt ensemble and the Orchestra of Opera North. 

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Wed 14th Mar
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Orchestra of Opera North: Across the Atlantic

29 Mar 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Across the Atlantic

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Dalia Stasevska, Conductor
Sofya Gulyak, Piano

To celebrate the Bernstein centenary, we close this year's Kirklees Concert Season with a concert of American music, including his iconic Symphonic Dances from the ground-breaking, award-winning musical West Side Story

Gershwin's epic Rhapsody in Blue needs no introduction; it serves to fuse jazz and classical elements showcasing the versatility of the Orchestra, soloist Sofya Gulyak (2009 Leeds International Piano Competition winner) and Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska. John Adam's The Chairman Dances follows. Taken from his opera Nixon in China, the piece is also known as Foxtrot for Orchestra and it's easy to understand why given its rhythmic drive. The concert concludes with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. Written while he was in New York, this colourful composition is a wonderful way to mark the close of this year's Kirklees Concert Season.

The star of the evening was conductor Dalia Stasevska

— Aamulehti 

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm 

Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
John Adams The Chairman Dances
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Op. 45

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Thu 29th Mar
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Opera

Salome

19 Apr - 10 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Salome

Synopsis

Salome
Richard Strauss

Opera at its most extreme. Concentrated into just 100 intense minutes, there is no let-up in its power and intoxication.

From the seductive ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ to the explosive vocal parts, the violent sensuality of the score illustrates every moment of the story with unflinching vividness, illuminating the darkest corners of a world that has lost all moral compass. 

A new concert staging of a work that caused an outrage when it was first performed in 1905, and which, more than a century later, has lost none of its power to shock.

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

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Thu 19th Apr
Sun 22nd Apr
Wed 25th Apr
Thu 3rd May
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Kiss Me, Kate

23 - 26 May 2018

Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter (1948)
New production

'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  

Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro. New choreography is by Will Tuckett, whose recent shows include The Crucible, The Turn of the Screw (The Royal Ballet), West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Wind in the Willows (The Royal Ballet and West End). Featuring breathtaking designs, a 40-piece orchestra and renowned West End stars, this show is simply 'Too Darn Hot' to be missed! 

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera


Pre-show talks

Mon 21, Wed 23, Fri 25 Sep; Sat 3, Wed 21, Fri 30 Oct; Fri 6, Sat 7 (mat & eve), Fri 13, Sat 14 (mat & eve), Fri 20, Sat 21 Nov (mat & eve).

Evening performances 6.15-6.45pm, matinee performances 1.15-1.45pm

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