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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Osud

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Little Greats: Osud

Synopsis

Osud (Destiny) 
Leos Janáček
 

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

The score of Osud has an expansive lyricism that glows with what Janáček’s biographer John Tyrrell describes as ‘some of his most incandescent music’.

Osud was spurred by a chance meeting in a Moravian spa town in 1903 between Janáček and a woman who complained to him that she had been unflatteringly portrayed in an opera by another composer a few years earlier.

Infatuated with the woman, and determined to present her in a rosier light, Janáček set to work on his own opera.

Janáček’s original outline for Osud subsequently underwent many adjustments. What finally emerged was the story of a composer, Živný, who has written an autobiographical opera about his obsessive, tormented love for Míla, with whom he has a young son. The last act is unfinished, however: Živný’s opera cannot be concluded until its story has been lived.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

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
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Thu 12 October Leeds
L'enfant et les sortilèges​ / Osud From Thu 2 November On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

The American Dream turns suffocatingly sour in Bernstein’s unsparing examination of a marriage falling apart in 1950s suburbia.

Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their ‘little white house’. But their growing failure to connect 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 handball tournaments at 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 this, his deeply touching first opera, is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

See Triouble 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
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
Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Thu 19th Oct
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Opera

Madama Butterfly

19 Jan - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Madama Butterfly is a tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. 

With its exquisitely simple set and costumes, this emotionally direct and subtle production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact, as Butterfly’s dawning realisation of the harsh reality of her circumstances leads inexorably to a final act of despair. 

French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry a U.S. Naval Officer, yet is cruelly discarded when he returns to his ‘real’ life in America. She is joined for this revival by Lithuanian tenor Merūnas Vitulskis, making his UK and Opera North debut as Pinkerton.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Fri 19th Jan
Sun 28th Jan
Wed 31st Jan
Fri 16th Feb
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Opera

Un ballo in maschera

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera

Synopsis

In Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) Verdi weaves a timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting, at the heart of which is a tragic love triangle.

Based on an actual historical event: the assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavo loves Amelia, wife of his most loyal ally Anckarstroem. Although the King eventually decides that duty must conquer love, it is too late to prevent Anckarstroem from joining a conspiracy against his life. 

Verdi displays all his mastery of his art in this, the most operatic of operas. Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of Verdi’s most impassioned love duets.

Former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to the Company for the first time since he led Opera North’s legendary Ring cycle in 2016 to conduct a new production by Tim Albery that promises to be a highlight of the season.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

Next Performances
Sat 3rd Feb
Sat 10th Feb
Thu 22nd Feb
Tue 27th Feb
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Opera

Don Giovanni

17 Feb - 23 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Don Giovanni

Synopsis

Music director Aleksandar Markovic conducts a revival of Alessandro Talevi’s witty and imaginative 2012 production of Don Giovanni

As he seduces his way across Europe, bedding 1003 women in Spain alone, Don Giovanni’s hedonism is a challenge not only to human morality, but also to God.

Broad comedy rubs up against tense drama in Da Ponte’s libretto, and the beauty and terror of Mozart’s score are evidence of a supreme musical dramatist at the height of his powers, divinely (and perhaps diabolically) inspired. 

Mozart’s sublimely beautiful music, driven by the dramatic urgency of a fast-unfolding plot, stands in stark contrast with the barbarous cruelty of his deeply ambiguous anti-hero. 

Alessandro Talevi’s eclectic, time-travelling production brings fresh insights to this, Mozart’s darkest, craziest, opera.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Sat 17th Feb
Wed 21st Feb
Fri 23rd Feb
Thu 1st Mar
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Opera

Salome

19 Apr - 10 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Salome

Synopsis

Salome is opera at its most extreme. Concentrated into just 100 intense minutes, there is no let-up in its power and intoxication.

From the seductive ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ to the explosive vocal parts, the violent sensuality of the score illustrates every moment of the story with unflinching vividness, illuminating the darkest corners of a world that has lost all moral compass. 

Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, who has a special affinity for the music of Richard Strauss, conducts a new concert staging of a work that caused an outrage when it was first performed in 1905, and which, more than a century later, has lost none of its power to shock.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

Next Performances
Thu 19th Apr
Sun 22nd Apr
Wed 25th Apr
Sat 28th Apr
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Musicals

Kiss Me, Kate

23 - 26 May 2018

Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter (1948)
New production

'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  

Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro. New choreography is by Will Tuckett, whose recent shows include The Crucible, The Turn of the Screw (The Royal Ballet), West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Wind in the Willows (The Royal Ballet and West End). Featuring breathtaking designs, a 40-piece orchestra and renowned West End stars, this show is simply 'Too Darn Hot' to be missed! 

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera


Pre-show talks

Mon 21, Wed 23, Fri 25 Sep; Sat 3, Wed 21, Fri 30 Oct; Fri 6, Sat 7 (mat & eve), Fri 13, Sat 14 (mat & eve), Fri 20, Sat 21 Nov (mat & eve).

Evening performances 6.15-6.45pm, matinee performances 1.15-1.45pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book online or to find out more


Next Performances
Wed 23rd May
Thu 24th May
Thu 24th May
Fri 25th May

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