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Classical

Anne Schwanewilms and Malcolm Martineau

19 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anne Schwanewilms and Malcolm Martineau

Synopsis

Meadows in the Dusk

Praised by the New York Times for her ‘vocal refinement’ and ‘pliant lyricism’, Anne Schwanewilms ranks among today’s finest lyric sopranos.

She is a supremely gifted Straussian and one of the foremost interpreters of late Romantic opera and song.

In partnership with pianist Malcolm Martineau she showcases her soaring, crystalline voice with a compellingly beautiful and varied programme of Strauss and Wolf songs.

Part of an exclusive tour of the finest recital halls that include London's Wigmore Hall and New York's Alice Tully Hall.

Her voice is ideally suited to the demands of Strauss, capable of transparent lightness at the top, but with enough weight to power through a long phrase.

— Washington Post

...unfailing instinct for the finest details of phrasing and timing.

— The Guardian

Performance Programme

Richard Strauss Traum durch die Dämmerung  op.29 No.1
Nachtgang op.29 No.3
Richard Strauss Du meines Herzens Krönelein  op.21 No.2
Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden op. 21 No.3
Hugo Wolf Das verlassene Mägdlein
Wo find ich Trost
Der Genesene an die Hoffnung
Richard Strauss In goldener Fülle op.49 No.2
Wer lieben will, muss leiden op.49 No.7
Ach was Kummer,Qual und Schmerzen op.49 No.8
Interval  
Richard Strauss Blauer Sommer op.31 No.1
Weisser Jasmin op.31 No.3
Das Rosenband op.36 No.1
Richard Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia:
Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun op.67 No1
Guten Morgen ess ist St.Valentinstag op.67 No. 2
Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss op.67 No.3
Hugo Wolf Hier lieg ich auf dem Frühlingshügel
Gesang Wellas: Du bist Orplid, mein Land
Verborgenheit: Lass, o Welt, o lass mich sein
Richard Strauss Die Nacht op.10 No.3
Geduld op. 10 No.5

In association with Leeds Leider

Next Performances
Thu 19th Jan
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Family

Happily Ever After

21 Jan - 11 Feb 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Happily Ever After

Synopsis

Suitable for ages 4 – 7

This enchanting storytelling experience is inspired by Opera North’s season of fairy tales.

Led by an actor and a musician, children and families meet wonderful fairy-tale characters, explore their adventures and experience live music in our magical indoor tent.

Next Performances
Sat 21st Jan
Sat 21st Jan
Sat 11th Feb
Sat 11th Feb
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Opera

The Snow Maiden

21 Jan - 24 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Snow Maiden

Synopsis

Opera North's first ever staging of Rimsky-Korsakov's delightful Russian opera The Snow Maiden opens our fairy tale season.

The Snow Maiden is warm and beautiful, but she hides a tragic secret, her heart is made of ice. If warmed by human love, her heart will melt and she will die. Enchanted by the shepherd boy Lel, she yearns to experience life with humans. Her parents relent, with tragic consequences.

A gorgeous and lyrical evocation of the natural world, Rimsky Korsakov’s delightfully colourful, folk-inspired opera is based on a well-loved Russian fairy tale. With an inventive use of video imagery, the piece imaginatively blends and contrasts worlds of fantasy and reality. 

Age guidance 7+ 

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

 

Next Performances
Sat 21st Jan
Sat 28th Jan
Fri 3rd Feb
Fri 17th Feb
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World Music

Tanya Tagaq: Nanook of the North

23 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tanya Tagaq: Nanook of the North

Synopsis

In this live concert with film, Inuit throat singer and tour-de-force vocalist Tanya Tagaq creates a mesmerising, improvisatory soundscape for the controversial silent film Nanook of the North

Robert J. Flaherty's 1922 film chronicled a year in the life of an Inuit family in the harsh landscape near the Arctic Circle. Widely acknowledged as the forerunner of the modern documentary, the film drew controversy for its clichéd and sometimes fictional images. 

Tanya Tagaq reclaims, through explosive sound, this portrayal of an early 20th Century Inuit community. Known for her work with Björk and the Kronos Quartet, Tanya Tagaq’s music is rooted in tradition aligned with improvisatory and electronica influences.

One of the avant-garde's most dynamic performers

— Rolling Stone

 In association with Superfriendz.

Next Performances
Mon 23rd Jan
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: A Bite Size Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan

25 Jan 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: A Bite Size Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Victoria Joyce, Soprano
Nicholas Sales, Tenor
Jeremy Peaker, Baritone
Annette Saunders, Piano

A selection of favourites from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Led by Jeremy Peaker, a member of the Chorus of Opera North who regularly appears in roles within the company and former singer of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the concert will include excerpts from The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Yeomen of the Guard amongst others.

Next Performances
Wed 25th Jan
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Spoken Word/Talks

Sir Christopher Frayling: Inside The Bloody Chamber

26 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sir Christopher Frayling: Inside The Bloody Chamber

Synopsis

Followed by a screening of La Belle et la Bête

To coincide with Opera North’s season of dark fairy tales, broadcaster and author Sir Christopher Frayling visits the Howard Assembly Room to talk about Angela Carter, her book The Bloody Chamber and her influence on 'the contemporary Gothic'.

Frayling knew Carter very well, sharing conversations, ideas and inspiration when she lived in Bath in the 1970s, and when her key works - The Bloody Chamber, The Sadeian Woman, and The Passion of New Eve - were being written. In this talk, he meshes these memories with the subjects and themes of the stories of The Bloody Chamber.

The talk will be followed by a screening of La Belle et la Bête, Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of the classic fairy tale, introduced by Sir Christopher.

Next Performances
Thu 26th Jan
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Music of James Bond

26 Jan - 2 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Music of James Bond

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Gareth Hudson, Conductor
Mary Carewe, Vocalist
Simon Bowman, Vocalist

Shaken and Stirred — the ultimate Bond concert with excerpts from all 24 films from Dr. No to Spectre.

With classic songs made famous by great artists such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Matt Monro, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Adele, Sam Smith and more, this evening is dedicated to the world’s most famous spy.

Led by Gareth Hudson and joined by two of the leading vocal artists of the Bond repertoire, Mary Carewe and Simon Bowman, from the moment the Orchestra of Opera North strike up the iconic James Bond Theme you will realise that ‘Nobody Does It Better’ as you’re immersed in an evening of classic Bond music which will leave you shaken AND stirred.  

Channel your inner spy or become a Bond-girl for the evening as we encourage bookers to dress to impress. 

See below for related event. 

Next Performances
Thu 26th Jan
Sun 2nd Apr
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Jazz

Douglas - Ribot - Ibarra: New Sanctuary

27 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Douglas - Ribot - Ibarra: New Sanctuary

Synopsis

High energy improvisation meets instrumental ingenuity. 

New Sanctuary brings together three of New York’s most protean improvisers: Dave Douglas on trumpet, Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn) on guitar and Susie Ibarra on drums and electronics.

The group plays an energetic and lyrical new composition by the relentlessly inventive Douglas, improvising with new sounds and approaches.

Both Douglas and Ribot make a very welcome return to the Howard Assembly Room with this show, and their collaboration is sure to be electrifying.

Despite its range, Mr. Douglas's music sounds of one piece, connected most clearly by his trumpet playing, which can be sweet and pure or crackling and pungent, precisely stated or smeared toward wildness.

— Wall Street Journal

Next Performances
Fri 27th Jan
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Opera

Hansel and Gretel

2 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Hansel and Gretel

Synopsis

A classic fairy tale, told by the music of Humperdinck and explored in an inventive new production by Edward Dick.

Perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. From a poor home in which hunger is an ever-present threat, brother and sister escape to the world of the forest, both idyllic and dangerous. There, they encounter supernatural forces such as the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch.

In the dizzying excitement of the Witch's Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story, whilst this contemporary take on a classic story reveals the perils of growing up!

Age guidance 10+ 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Access Performances for Hansel and Gretel   

Schools' matinees will take place at each venue.

Next Performances
Thu 2nd Feb
Sat 4th Feb
Wed 15th Feb
Sat 18th Feb
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World Music

Orchestra Baobab

4 Feb 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Orchestra Baobab

Synopsis

One of the best-known groups in Africa, Orchestra Baobab formed in 1970, taking their name from the Dakar night-club where they were resident. They drew musicians from all over Senegal, Togo and Nigeria, playing multi-lingual, multi-ethnic music with a strong Cuban flavour. 

After a split in 1987, Orchestra Baobab reformed in 2001 with the encouragement of Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour.

Since then, their worldwide touring has continually demonstrated that 'as a live experience, few can beat Orchestra Baobab in terms of old-fashioned musical ability and riveting stage presence.' (The Independent).

No flash. No artifice. Just spell-binding rhythms and relaxed late-night grooves.

— Uncut

Next Performances
Sat 4th Feb
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Family

Little Listeners

6 Feb 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
Mon 6th Feb
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Film

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

14 Feb 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Synopsis

With live music on arrival

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of the great romantic films, bitter-sweet The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays an umbrella shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly.  

Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colour, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

my favourite musical, my favourite love story, my favourite soundtrack

— Maddie Costa, The Guardian

Next Performances
Tue 14th Feb

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