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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.

L'enfant et les sortilèges is our schools' matinee.

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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 in a fixed double bill  

View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
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Film

Film: Revolutionary Road

23 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Revolutionary Road

Synopsis

Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) find the confines of conventionality creeping around them when they move into a house in the suburbs. 

Part of The Little Greats

He toils 10 hours a day in a job he hates, while her dreams of being an actress are set aside to become a homemaker. Longing for escape, they make a getaway plan. Directed by Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road is a theatrical, dark meditation on the American Dream.

Handsomely done and beautifully acted

— Empire

Directed with extraordinary skill… a tough road well worth travelling

— Rolling Stone

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Sep
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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.

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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 in a fixed double bill  

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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.

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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 in a fixed double bill  

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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 arguably 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 possesses 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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Family

The Child and the Magic Spells: Family Workshop

7 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Child and the Magic Spells: Family Workshop

Synopsis

Experience opera as a family for a day out with a difference. A fun and interactive family workshop exploring The Child and the Magic Spells

Part of The Little Greats

Meet the unusual characters, discover the magical story, learn some of the French and nonsense words you’ll encounter, and sing some of Ravel’s enchanting music in preparation for the full 45-minute opera. 

This workshop gives children and their families a chance to get to know the opera and enjoy it to its fullest. 

Next Performances
Sat 7th Oct
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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 in a fixed double bill  

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.

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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 in a fixed double bill  

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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Film

Film: Carol

21 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Carol

Synopsis

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, Carol is the story of a forbidden love affair between an aspiring female photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman (Cate Blanchett) going through a difficult divorce.

Part of The Little Greats

Evoking the period through homage to the great photography of the time, Carol has received critical acclaim for its beautiful cinematography and was nominated for six Academy Awards.

More than hugely accomplished cinema, it’s an exquisite work of American art

— The Telegraph

Next Performances
Sat 21st Oct
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World Music

Trio Da Kali

22 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Trio Da Kali

Synopsis

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians).

Their music reaches beyond fame at home to Europe and the US. Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the singer of the Trio, and has one of the finest griot voices in Mali.

The most distinctive feature of the Trio is the balafon, and Lassana Diabaté, formerly of AfroCubism and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is one of Mali’s most astonishing players. Its cascading lines, rippling and percussive riffs, and buzzing gourd resonators, are a familiar element in many Malian ensembles, but here for the first time the balafon is the lead instrument.  

The youngest member of the trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté - the eldest son of world-renowned Bassekou Kouyaté. Still in his early 20s, he is one of the most creative of Mali’s new generation of musicians.

Despite only coming into being in 2012, Trio Da Kali has already performed at a BBC Prom, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and at the London Jazz Festival.

The closest I've ever got to the voice of Mahalia Jackson

— David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) on Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté

Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds.

— Songlines

Next Performances
Sun 22nd Oct

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