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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 lively 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 his infatuated conquests and vengeful victims join forces in a bid for justice.

A fast-unfolding, urgent plot, mixes broad comedy with tense drama. Mozart’s sublimely beautiful, spine-tingling music stands in stark contrast with the 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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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

19 Feb - 26 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).  

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group, in a warm and friendly environment. 

No singing experience (or talent!) is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. 

Sessions start on Monday 9 October; each individual session costs £6, or book all 6 sessions for the discounted rate of £30.

Next Performances
Mon 19th Feb
Mon 26th Feb
Mon 5th Mar
Mon 12th 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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Audio brochure

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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Audio brochure

Next Performances
Sun 25th Feb
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Classical

Louis Lortie

2 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Louis Lortie

Synopsis

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie interpretative voice extends across a broad range of repertoire in playing that is ‘ever immaculate, ever imaginative’, with the ‘combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have' (The Times).

His intriguing Italian-inspired programme moves from the clear spring-water of Fauré's Barcarolles to depictions of Italian cities from Poulenc and Liszt. Poulenc's pianistic vision of Naples manages to be light-hearted and dazzling at the same time. Liszt was intrigued and inspired by the city's furious traditional dance, the tarantella. He used that and the gondola songs of Venice in the broad emotional canvas that is his Venezia e Napoli.

Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London's Wigmore Hall and Berlin's Philharmonie. As pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, he has performed all five Beethoven concertos and all of the Mozart concertos.

He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes.

Rossini (arr. Liszt) Soirées musicales - La regata veneziana (notturno), La danza (tarantella)
Fauré Barcarolle No 5 in F sharp minor and No 7 in D minor
Poulenc Napoli
Liszt Années de pèlerinage, 2nd book: Italy

Next Performances
Fri 2nd Mar
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Film

Ran

3 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ran

Synopsis

With live flute introduction

The last major epic from legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) is a monumental achievement in film making.

An adaptation of King Lear, it tells the story of an elderly warlord who entrusts his domain to his three sons. Immense battle sequences and scenes of stylised violence are juxtaposed with moments of poetic delicacy, all set to an iconic Mahler inflected orchestral score.

Before the film starts, sink into Ran’s atmosphere with a live 10 minute mini-concert of haunting music for flute by Toru Takemitsu, the film’s composer.

Screened to complement Opera North’s Madama Butterfly.

Dir Akira Kurosawa; Japan; in Japanese with English subtitles; 2hrs 42; 1985; cert 15.

Next Performances
Sat 3rd Mar
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Spoken Word/Talks

Hisham Matar: The Return

9 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hisham Matar: The Return

Synopsis

When Hisham Matar was a nineteen year old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive.

Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. Pulitzer prize winning memoir The Return is the story of what he found there.

The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as 'a first-person elegy for home and father'. In this unique event, he talks about the book and how he came to write it. 

Next Performances
Fri 9th Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

14 Mar 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Chris Bradley, Percussion
Charlie Ashby, Percussion
Elsa Bradley, Percussion

Chris Bradley, percussionist at Opera North, will present an array of percussion instruments from around the world. Chris is joined by two of his percussion colleagues to play a collection of exciting pieces with lots of different sounds and sensations. Manchester-based Charlie Ashby who plays with the Orchestra of Opera North and recently performed as part of the 'Dirty Dancing' ensemble and Elsa Bradley is a freelance percussion/timpanist based in London who regularly plays with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Abstruckt ensemble and the Orchestra of Opera North. 

Subscription packages now on sale.
​To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755

Kirklees Concert Season 2017/18 Brochure (PDF)

 

 

Audio brochure

Next Performances
Wed 14th Mar
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Music

Brodsky Quartet

15 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brodsky Quartet

Synopsis

Howard Assembly Room favourites the Brodsky Quartet return with an Italian flavoured programme.

At its heart is Verdi’s only significant chamber work, written at the height of his fame. It will also feature Puccini’s Crisantemi, composed as an emotionally charged elegy for string quartet, and Wolf’s Italian Serenade

The second half of the programme is dedicated to Beethoven, comprising his String Quartet No. 16 in F major, op. 135, the last major work he completed, written in October 1826, and At the grave of Beethoven commissioned by the Brodsky Quartet in 1999 from Karen Tanaka. This gentle and lyrical piece was commissioned for the bicentenary anniversary of Beethoven's string quartet opus 18, and is based on no.3.

The Brodskys' achingly beautiful performance reached deep into the heart

— The Guardian

Wolf Italian Serenade
Puccini Crisantemi
Verdi Quartet
Interval  
Tanaka At the Grave of Beethoven
Beethoven Op.135

 

Next Performances
Thu 15th Mar
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Music

The Handsome Family

17 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Handsome Family

Synopsis

The slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awakening in thorny yards, sirens, and coyotes that cry out to the purple sky: the music of The Handsome Family captures things beyond our everyday view.

Brought to the attention of the wider world when TV show True Detective used their song, 'Far From Any Road’ as its opening theme in 2014, their most recent album Unseen is an epic western gothic masterpiece.

It explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West, where Brett and Rennie Sparks live (Albuquerque, NM). With their unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, they shine a light on the obscure and forgotten.

This is music that moves forward by turning the clock back— haunting, primal and 
strangely heroic.

— The Times

Next Performances
Sat 17th Mar
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Family

Opera North Youth Ensembles: Seasons of Love

18 Mar 2018

Darlington

The Dolphin Centre

Opera North Youth Ensembles: Seasons of Love

Synopsis

Opera North's Youth Ensembles from across the North come together to tell a story of love and loss through the seasons of the year based on traditional folk songs and tales.

The young singers from the Opera North Children’s Choruses in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, will be joined by members from Opera North Young Voices and the Opera North Youth Chorus

They will be accompanied by Cream Tees, a youth folk band formed in 2012 as part of the Music at the Heart of Teesdale project. 

 

Next Performances
Sun 18th Mar
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Winter 2018

Little Spring Sing

21 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Spring Sing

Synopsis

Taking inspiration from the setting of Opera North’s production of Don Giovanni, we take a trip to Spain – don’t forget your bucket and spade! 

With live instrumental music, lights and projections and a whole heap of holiday fun.

Suitable for ages 0-5 with their grown-ups.

Next Performances
Wed 21st Mar

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