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Spoken Word/Talks

Inside Opera: Madama Butterfly

28 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Explore Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly in the company of conductor Martin Pickard and members of the cast and creative team. 

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance at the Box Office.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour

Next Performances
Sun 28th 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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Next Performances
Wed 31st Jan
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World Music

Sona Jobarteh

1 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sona Jobarteh

Synopsis

The first major female kora virtuoso and her electrifying band play music from her debut album Fasiya, and celebrate her second release which is out this summer.

Born into one of the five principal West African Griot families, Sona has performed alongside Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Kassé-Mady Diabaté and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

She has an effortless ability to blend different musical styles, moving between West African musical genres and reaching towards afropop and the blues. She uses her innovative stance to talk about issues to do with cultural identity, gender and respect whilst still rooting herself firmly in her traditional heritage.

Kora player with all the makings of an international star

The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 1st Feb
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Opera

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball)

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball)

Synopsis

Giuseppe Verdi's timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting
Part of Fatal Passions

At the heart of Un ballo in maschera is a tragic love triangle and ultimately, a lethal vendetta. This passionate and intense opera is inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustavo of Sweden in 1792. Gustavo secretly loves Amelia, the wife of his most loyal ally, Anckarstroem. When Anckarstroem discovers the affair, he joins a plot against Gustavo which culminates in a murderous masked ball.

Verdi displays all of his mastery in this 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. An all-star team brings Verdi’s masterpiece to Opera North for the first time: former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to conduct this new production by Tim Albery, and Rafael Rojas, star of acclaimed Opera North productions Andréa Chenier and Turandot, takes the title role.

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

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

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.

Thu 22 Feb
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Tue 27 Feb
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Fri 2 Mar
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Next Performances
Sat 3rd Feb
Sat 10th Feb
Thu 22nd Feb
Tue 27th Feb
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Music

Willy Vlautin: Don't Skip Out On Me

4 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Willy Vlautin: Don't Skip Out On Me

Synopsis

Alt-country artist Willy Vlautin peoples his songs with suicidal drunks, teenage runaways, down-at-heel drifters, and threadbare hustlers.


Sometimes sharing locations and characters with the songs, his award-winning novels also tell the stories of those left aside by the American Dream.

In this special evening of lyrical prose and literary song, Vlautin performs material from his former band Richmond Fontaine, his more recent band The Delines, and instrumentals from the soundtrack from his new book Don't Skip Out on Me, accompanied by David Murphy on pedal steel.

He’ll also discuss the new movie Lean on Pete, based on his novel of the same name, and talk about his life and work. Copies of Don't Skip Out on Me (Faber & Faber) will be available on the night, and Willy will be signing after the performance.

The characters become your neighbours and the tunes as familiar as friends, making Post to Wire a fabulous addition to the all-too-slim canon of passionate, literary rock'n'roll.

The Guardian on Post to Wire

Next Performances
Sun 4th Feb
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Spoken Word/Talks

George Monbiot: Out of the Wreckage

8 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

George Monbiot: Out of the Wreckage

Synopsis

In this special event, based on his latest book, Out of the Wreckage, Monbiot seeks out the best new ideas and streamlines them into a coherent, inspiring story that describes the present and shows the way to a better future. 

He explains how communities can be rebuilt, how economies can be recharged without destroying the living planet and how politics can once more inspire and thrill.

By developing the new narrative we seek, this book helps to provide political movements with the focus and direction required to change the world.

 

A dazzling command of science and relentless faith in people ... I never miss reading him.

Naomi Klein

What most impresses in Monbiot’s clever, elegant writing is the way he strives to think beyond protest towards realistic, representative solutions to the problems of world politics and trade.

The Times

 

Next Performances
Thu 8th Feb
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Jazz

Zara McFarlane

9 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Zara McFarlane

Synopsis

Eloquent and provocative singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane is fast becoming the UK’s foremost Black British jazz vocalist. Her music is seductive and earthy.

As a performer she is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues.

With three critically acclaimed albums to her name, she inhabits an unusual musical landscape, fearlessly exploring original material and reworking well known classics from the worlds of jazz and Jamaican music.

Her third studio album Arise traces her Caribbean musical heritage and explores her take on the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity, produced by award-winning drummer Moses Boyd (Binker & Moses).

**** magnetic eloquence and complete ease with an audience

The Guardian

her singing has a wonderful, easy authority… Allied to the musical gift is a sharp emotional intelligence

The Telegraph

Next Performances
Fri 9th Feb
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Film

All About my Mother

15 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

All About my Mother

Synopsis

All about my Mother is about love, parenthood, friendship and identity, about acting roles, and re-creating oneself from scratch. 

Almodovar’s most tender and affecting film is a portrait of Manuela, a hard-working single mother whose 17 year old son dies suddenly. 

Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola about the death of the son he never knew he had. 

Screened to complement Opera North’s Don Giovanni and as part of LGBT history month.

Dir. Pedro Almodovar; Spain; in Spanish/Catalan with English subtitles; 1hr 41 mins; 1999; cert 15.

Next Performances
Thu 15th Feb
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Folk

Quercus

16 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Quercus

Synopsis

‘Quercus’ means ‘oak’ in Latin and the roots of this particular tree dig deep into British folk music.

The trio features the incomparable English singer June Tabor whose dark voice has an uncanny ability to reveal the emotional essence of a ballad. She says, “As I get older, I understand more the depths of sorrow and joy that made the song”.

Saxophonist Iain Ballamy and pianist Huw Warren join Tabor to create an evocative mixture of words and music, encompassing jazz, folk and traditional songs in contemporary settings to mesmerising effect.  They play music from their breathlessly beautiful second album Nightfall.

But always that voice wins you over... Unafraid, unadorned and completely beautiful.

Chris Jones, BBC Music

 

Next Performances
Fri 16th Feb
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Opera

Don Giovanni

17 Feb - 23 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Don Giovanni

Synopsis

Be seduced by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most infamous antihero
Part of Fatal Passions

Be tantalised by this magnificent production as Don Giovanni, opera’s most compelling antihero, goes on a quest for hedonistic thrills. As he seduces his way across Europe, bedding 1003 women in Spain alone, the unrepentant Don Giovanni resorts to despicable violence until he meets a terrifying end at the hands of vengeful victims.

A fast-unfolding, urgent plot, mixes broad comedy with tense drama. Mozart’s sublimely beautiful, spine-tingling music stands in stark contrast with the barbarous cruelty of his deeply ambiguous Lothario. Alessandro Talevi’s eclectic, time-travelling production brings fresh insights to this, Mozart’s darkest, craziest, opera.

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 Feb
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Fri 23 Feb
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Thu 1 Mar
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Sat 3 Mar
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Next Performances
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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Next Performances
Wed 21st Feb
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: Distant Shores

25 Feb 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

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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Next Performances
Sun 25th Feb

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