Cole Porter’s dazzling comedy of musical mischief will leave you feeling positively ‘WUNDERBAR’!
On the opening night of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in 1940s Baltimore, the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady (and ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi are set to collide.
Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane and her gambler boyfriend Bill – plus a couple of gun-toting gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show – and the stage is set for a funny and farcical battle of the sexes!
Cole Porter’s riotously inventive homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre. With show-stopping songs including 'BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE,’ 'ALWAYS TRUE TO YOU IN MY FASHION' and 'SO IN LOVE,' performed by an all-singing, all-dancing cast of international singers and West End stars, our spectacular production is simply ‘TOO DARN HOT’ to miss out on!’
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Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Critical Edition by David Charles Abell and Seann Alderking
Approximately 2 hours 50 minutes
Sung in English
The first all-female supergroup of West Africa, the collective Les Amazones d’Afrique brings together musicians fighting violence against woman and features some of the most acclaimed voices in West African music, including Mamani Keïta, Rokia Koné, Mariam Koné and Awa Sangho.
Blending funk, blues and dub with soulful singing, distorted guitars and Afrobeat rhythms, Les Amazones D’Afrique combine influences from several decades to build their own modern, eclectic sound.
Singing in English, French, Bambara and Fon their performances are ‘a proud, forceful demonstration of the strength and variety of modern African music’ — The Independent
The sound of the diaspora of African music returning home, a reclaiming outside of genre and time
A four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, Lankum (formerly known as Lynched) brilliantly combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uillean pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.
Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street songs, classic ballads, traditional Irish and American dance tunes and their own original material.
Marrying ‘the rawness of The Watersons with the roar of Richard Dawson’ Lankum play a brand of folk music that is ‘urgent, desperate and detonating’ (The Guardian).
They are touring in support of their critically acclaimed album Between the Earth and Sky.
Brilliant, raw detonating folk
Musicals Rock! takes you on a journey through the highlights of some of the world’s most-loved musicals.
Orchestra of Opera North
Michael England — Conductor
Jenna Lee James
As the rock world comes crashing into stage musicals the result is wonderful, spectacular and sometimes off the wall.
Featuring music from We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Fame, Rent, Wicked, Evita and many more, never before have these excerpts been put together in one concert.
The result is a feast of thrilling music together with exceptional performances from a vibrant cast, backed by the power and energy of an orchestra and rock group.
|Mamma Mia!||Overture Orchestra|
|What a Feeling||Flashdance|
|I Will Always Love You||The Bodyguard|
|One Song Glory||Rent|
|My Eyes Adored You||Jersey Boys|
|Beauty School Dropout||Grease|
|Man in the Mirror||Thiller, Live on Stage|
|I Will Survive||Priscilla, Queen of the Desert|
|Go West||Priscilla, Queen of the Desert|
|One Night in Bangkok||Chess|
|I Know Him So Well||Chess|
|Pity the Child||Chess|
|Jesus Christ Superstar Overture||Jesus Christ Superstar|
|Heaven on their Minds||Jesus Christ Superstar|
|I Don't Know How to Love Him||Jesus Christ Superstar|
|Don’t Stop Me Now||We Will Rock You|
|Somebody to Love||We Will Rock You|
|Radio Ga Ga||We Will Rock You|
|Save Me||We Will Rock You|
|We Are the Champions||We Will Rock You|
Produced in association with West End International
30 May 2018
The Orchestra of Opera North's first outing at Doncaster's CAST with a sparkling summer programme.
Ranked at no. 1 on the Classic FM Hall of Fame, we’re delighted to begin the concert with a popular classic; Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. This evocative score paints the scenic landscape of the rolling British countryside and is simply breath-taking when heard live.
Described by The Guardian as ‘a radical work, … spine-tingling and life-enhancingly joyful’, Beethoven’s spell-binding Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’ follows, before the concert concludes with Salieri’s delightful Flute and Oboe Concerto in C major, a playful piece that dances throughout the sections and is sure to enchant.
|Vaughan Williams||The Lark Asceneding|
|Salieri||Flute and Oboe Conceto in c Major|
|Beethoven||Symphony No.6 'Pastoral|
…the orchestral playing is first-class… something very special indeed
— **** Daily Telegraph on Die Walküre
Hailing from different ethnic nomadic cultures, Anda Union unite tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia in their propulsive, forward looking Mongolian folk music.
Playing traditional instruments, including the morin huur horsehead fiddle, topshur lute and moadin chor flute, their urgent yet intimate vocal style combines harmony and solo singing with carefully controlled bursts of growling and eerie throat singing.
Their songs are about history, horses and Genghis Khan combined with those keenly lamenting the threats climate change and modernity pose to their grasslands habitat and ancient Mongolian culture.
Stirring, sophisticated Mongolian folk
15 Jun - 16 Jun 2018
Howard Assembly Room
The Institute of Psychoanalysis and Opera North present an introduction to key concepts in psychoanalysis in a two-day Summer School.
This exciting collaboration will bring psychoanalytic ideas to life by exploring the shared territories between psychoanalysis, opera and other performing arts, with their shared aim of telling stories with emotional intensity and meaning that have the potential to transform.
This is a unique opportunity to take part in a dialogue between performers, directors and psychoanalysts to explore the synergy between the two disciplines.
Learn about psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic interpretation and what becoming a psychoanalyst involves.
Explore performance as interpretation, the complexities of performing violence and psychoanalysis and film.
The Northern Summer School is open to everyone, including current undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline or background.
Visit the Institute of Psychoanalysis website for the full programme and further information.
The Opera North Children’s Chorus present a programme of some of the finest songs for children’s voices ever written.
You will enjoy music by Richard Rodney Bennett and Benjamin Britten, together with works commissioned by Opera North setting words by the visionary poet John Clare.
Children will be joined by a small group of amazing players from the Orchestra of Opera North. A programme of great music which will appeal to adults and children alike.
Suitable for 0-4s and their families
Join us for a multi-sensory journey through the magical world of opera.
Meet lots of interesting characters and learn some new songs, as well as singing some our Little Singers favourites. With live instrumental music, lights, projections and a whole heap of fun included.
With the Orchestra of Opera North
The massed voices of Inspiration Choir and the Orchestra of Opera North present a feel good concert for the summer, with songs from the smash hit film La La Land and other toe-tapping numbers.
For more information about Inspiration visit www.inspirationuk.com.
The soundtrack to your summer is back and bigger than ever!
Featuring some of the most infectious and energetic dance anthems from over the past three decades, this open-air concert is packed with club classics reworked and performed live by a 50-piece symphony orchestra.
The heart of Leeds will once again beat to a different rhythm as the Orchestra of Opera North, legendary Back to Basics DJ Dave Beer and an array of amazing special guest artists and vocalists come together on stage to deliver an epic musical celebration. Join us to show how spectacular and vibrant the city of Leeds is in showcasing two of its much loved and contrasting musical institutions.
The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics is the first of a series of three events marking the Opera North in the City Festival and part of the annual Millennium Square Summer Series.
|Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics||8pm|
...stunning… took dance music to another level.
— Yorkshire Evening Post
Immense combined skill, fantastic voices and bloody brilliant sound.
— Culture Vulture
Suitable for ages 14+. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.
Standing tickets only. Full venue information available in the Millennium Square FAQ.
General Admission -
£32.50 (from 1 February 2018)
Concessions: £29.25 (10%)
Leeds City Council Leeds Card Breezecard Opera North Friends, Patrons and Associates
Part of the Millennium Square Summer Series 2018
With the Orchestra of Opera North
Joined by internationally acclaimed soloist Rafael Rojas (Turandot, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera), Opera North presents a sparkling summer concert under the stars as its celebrated Orchestra takes to the stage for the second night of Opera North in the City at Millennium Square.
Indulge in a breath-taking collection of much-loved favourites as the Orchestra of Opera North performs a glorious showcase of orchestral favourites and big-hitting arias from its vast repertoire and upcoming season at Leeds Grand Theatre. This open-air medley of classical masterpieces and lesser-known gems is a wonderfully uplifting accompaniment to a summer’s evening in the heart of Leeds.
a beautifully seasoned tenor… transcendent
— The Observer on Rafael Rojas
irresistibly burnished voice… impeccably tasteful delivery’
— The Guardian on Rafael Rojas
2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
Doors 6pm, Performance 7pm
Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult
Venue T&Cs and accessibility information at Millennium Square
VIP package includes: A premium seat located in the best position of the arena / Complimentary refreshments that include prosecco, nibbles or a hot beverage and cookies at Civic Hall to be enjoyed both pre-show and interval / A VIP lanyard / Exclusive access to Civic Hall toilets pre-concert and interval