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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

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Jamie Phillips (conductor)

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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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Pagliacci

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Pagliacci

Synopsis

Pagliacci (Clowns)
Ruggero Leoncavallo
Part of The Little Greats

The immediacy of the characters and the intensity of their emotions packed into such a short time make this an elemental experience. 

This unashamedly over the top masterpiece marks the point in Leoncavallo’s career when his talents as both librettist and composer fully matched each other. In Pagliacci, he carves ‘a bleeding slice of life’ out of the unlikely story of a jealous husband, his unfaithful wife, her young lover, and a troupe of theatrical players. 

It includes some of the most justly famous music ever written for an Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio’s ‘show must go on’ aria ‘Vesti la giubba’. 

This brand new production is directed and designed by Charles Edwards as the curtainraiser for Opera North’s The Little Greats. 

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full 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

The Little Greats: L´enfant et les sortilèges

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: L´enfant et les sortilèges

Synopsis

L'enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) 
Maurice Ravel
Part of The Little Greats 

Ravel's darkly brilliant opera sets Colette’s magical words to an extraordinary, bewitching musical score to create a haunting lyric fantasy.

A naughty child assaults everything in his room (including the cat) after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life around him. 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?

Colette’s text celebrates the wonders of childhood, but doesn’t shy away from its tensions and anxieties. Ravel’s music is eclectic in its influences, yet sewn together by a master craftsman to create a seamless whole. Together, words and music create a work that is enchanting, amusing, and, in its final moments, deeply touching. 

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full 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

The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

Cavalleria rusticana  
Pietro Mascagni 
Part of The Little Greats

With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, this piece remains for many the very essence of Italian opera.

Opera’s most celebrated overnight success, Cavalleria rusticana spearheaded the verismo movement (whose leading lights included Leoncavallo and Puccini) which demonstrated that ordinary people can have opera-sized emotions too.

Turiddù and Lola were once lovers; but when he left to join the army, Lola married another man. Although Turridù finds consolation in the arms of Santuzza, his obsessive passion for Lola still burns fiercely. Thus the stage is set for a tale of faithlessness, jealousy and violence, set in a rural community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni displays a masterly control of pacing in this, his first opera, conveying a taut, gritty drama through a succession of gorgeously lyrical melodies.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thurs 19 October Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full 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

The Little Greats: Trial by Jury

27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trial by Jury

Synopsis

Trial by Jury 
Gilbert & Sullivan
Part of The Little Greats

An instant hit, Gilbert & Sullivan’s first operetta launched the partnership that was to take British musical theatre by storm.

Trial by Jury centres on a legal case brought by the glamorous Angelina against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the ghastly realization before their wedding that she bores him intensely. 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 comedy numbers and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury pokes fun at the British establishment, in the shape of the legal system, and gently mocks English manners and mores. It is a distillation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic genius, bearing all the hallmarks of the great run of Savoy Operas that was to follow.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Audio described / Captioned performances are available.

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  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

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

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