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Family

Orchestra of Opera North: The Gruffalo’s Child and The Highway Rat

13 Dec 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Gruffalo’s Child and The Highway Rat

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019

Conductor, Terry Davies

Our family event is a double-bill of Julia Donaldson creations accompanied live by René Aubry’s original orchestral scores. When the Gruffalo’s child disobeys her father’s warning, our heroine sets out on a magical adventure into the deep, dark wood. This delightful sequel to The Gruffalo is a number one best-seller, and a must for the Christmas calendar.

Premièred last year on BBC One on Christmas Day, The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who, craving all sweet things, tears along the highway searching for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end.

With the voices of David Tennant (Highway Rat), Rob Brydon (Narrator), Frances de la Tour (Rabbit), Tom Hollander (Squirrel), Nina Sosanya (Duck) and Husaam Kiani (Kitten).

This enchanting concert is a wonderful panto alternative that’s perfect for all ages.

René Aubry The Gruffalo’s Child
René Aubry The Highway Rat

Single tickets available from Tuesday 26 June

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Next Performances
Thu 13th Dec
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Classical

The Tallis Scholars

19 Dec 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

The glorious sound of The Tallis Scholars lifts up the Howard Assembly Room at Christmas time, with a programme of sacred early music for the festive period, including masses by Palestrina, Byrd’s This day Christ was born and Lullaby as well as Josquin’s Ave Maria.

The ensemble creates a purity of sound which allows every detail of the musical lines to be heard. Under the direction of Peter Philips, The Tallis Scholars have gone from strength to strength.

Through recordings and more than two thousand concerts they have established themselves throughout the world as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music.

The rock stars of Renaissance vocal music

New York Times

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Hodie Christus natus est
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Missa Hodie Christus natus est (Kyrie and Gloria)
Josquin des Prez Ave Maria
Ludwig Senfl Ave Maria
John Nesbett Magnificat
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Missa Hodie Christus natus est (Credo, Sanctus and Agnus dei)
William Byrd This day Christ was born
William Byrd Lullaby
Hieronymus Praetorius Magnificat V (shorter with In dulci jubilo embedded)
Next Performances
Wed 19th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

20 Dec 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019

Conductor, Garry Walker
Chorus of Opera North
Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Young Voices

Garry Walker makes his second visit to the Kirklees Concert Season to conduct the Orchestra of Opera North and the massed voices of the Chorus of Opera North, Opera North Youth Chorus and Opera North Young Voices in the annual Christmas Concert at Dewsbury Town Hall. 

Britten’s Ceremony of Carols brings together the Opera North Youth Chorus and Young Voices. Featuring settings of medieval and16th Century poems, this popular cantata was composed by Britten on a dangerous wartime voyage across the Atlantic, as he returned to England from New York. This December marks the 75th anniversary of its first complete performance, conducted by Britten himself in the Wigmore Hall. 

The second half will feature Opera North’s Chorus accompanied by the Orchestra with a miscellany of festive classics, seasonal treats and of course, audience carols!

Single tickets
On sale from Tuesday 26 June

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Next Performances
Thu 20th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

29 - 31 Dec 2018

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019 (Huddersfield)

Conductor, Christopher Bell

​See out the old year and welcome in the new with a celebratory concert from Yorkshire’s symphony orchestra; the Orchestra of Opera North.

This Viennese-inspired afternoon programme includes a glittering collection of much-loved music, including the ever-popular Blue Danube, and will see the Orchestra waltz, polka and march you into the New Year with style!

A sparkling musical journey through some of the finest music from the Strauss family, as well as other classical masterpieces from the giants of the Austrian music scene is a must for your diary and a wonderful addition to your New Year festivities.

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Next Performances
Sat 29th Dec
Sun 30th Dec
Mon 31st Dec
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Opera

The Magic Flute

19 Jan - 23 Mar 2019

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Magic Flute

Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791)

The Magic Flute is a story about the trials of life: growing up, finding your way in the world, and learning to love. 


​Adventure jostles with fantasy, comedy with drama, and Mozart sets it all to a score full of miraculous music. Popular songs are mixed with stirring choruses, arias of heart-melting beauty with dazzling vocal pyrotechnics. 

Enter an enchanted world and join Prince Tamino on his quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, held captive by Sarastro, the Priest of the Sun. Tamino is accompanied by Papageno, a bird-catcher, who is also on a quest – to find himself a wife, his Papagena. But their mission soon becomes a journey of discovery, for nothing – not even Day and Night – is quite as it first appears.

The Magic Flute is a delight for audiences of all ages. This new production by James Brining – who directed the acclaimed West Yorkshire Playhouse / Opera North co-production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods in 2016 – is sure to boost its reputation as the ideal introduction to opera for everyone.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Next Performances
Sat 19th Jan
Sat 26th Jan
Fri 1st Feb
Fri 15th Feb
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Music of Consequence

24 Jan 2019

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Music of Consequence

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019
Wagner, Ravel and Shostakovich

Conductor, Christoph Altstaedt
Piano, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Few pieces demonstrate the effects of war more starkly than Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major, written for the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in World War I.

This extraordinary work will be performed by award-winning French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a renowned exponent of Ravel’s music who makes his Kirklees debut alongside conductor Christoph Altstaedt.

Sandwiching the concerto are Shostakovich’s 15th and final symphony, and Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde. Shostakovich’s 15th is a profound piece where nothing is quite as it seems. Quotations from other musical works litter the symphony, none more poignantly than the leitmotif from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Wagner Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Ravel Piano Concerto in D major
Shostakovich Symphony No. 15

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

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Next Performances
Thu 24th Jan
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

30 Jan 2019

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2018/19

​​Opera North’s Principal Percussionist, Chris Bradley reunites former students of the University of Huddersfield from the last 30 years. All professional percussionists, the ensemble will perform a programme centred around Steve Reich’s Six Marimbas and also includes the aptly titled Music for Pieces of Wood and some arrangements of well-known melodies taken from the Musser Marimba Orchestra’s 1920s repertoire.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

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Next Performances
Wed 30th Jan
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Opera

Katya Kabanova

2 Feb - 21 Mar 2019

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Katya Kabanova

Synopsis

Leoš Janáček (1921)

Janáček took his inspiration for Katya Kabanova from several sources: a Russian play, The Storm; his admiration for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; and above all, his own unrequited love for a married woman. 

Katya is a woman with a gentle soul and a passionate nature, drowning in a narrow-minded small-town society. She is married to Tichon, a weak man entirely under the thumb of his nightmare of a mother. Katya has caught the eye of the romantic Boris, and when her husband leaves on a business trip, temptation proves impossible to resist. Katya and Boris embark on a passionate affair, spending every night together. But when her husband returns, a storm breaks in Katya’s heart and mind. Overwhelmed by a sense of guilt, she feels compelled to confess her sin.

In Katya Kabanova, Janáček created one of opera’s authentic masterpieces, charting his heroine’s tragedy with profound compassion in wildly beautiful music that crackles with tension and barely suppressed eroticism. 

Tim Albery's atmospheric, highly-charged production is led by one of the country's most distinguished conductors, Sian Edwards, making her Opera North debut.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hours 45 minutes (with no interval)

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Sat 9 Feb 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Thu 21 Feb 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Wed 27 Feb 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Next Performances
Sat 2nd Feb
Sat 9th Feb
Thu 21st Feb
Wed 27th Feb
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Opera

The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

16 Feb - 22 Mar 2019

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

Synopsis

​Double Bill

This double-bill of modernist and experimental works offer very different reflections on the decline of an old world order and the beginning of the new. 

The Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky (1913)

For the first time, Opera North collaborates with Leeds-based, internationally-renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre in a new production of a work that revolutionized 20th-century music and dance.

The premiere of The Rite of Spring in Paris on 29 May 1913 was a succès de scandale. Stravinsky wrote in a letter home that ‘things got as far as fighting’, whilst the impresario Serge Diaghilev claimed that the audience’s ritotous reaction to the music and – especially – to Nijinsky’s choreography was ‘exactly what I wanted’.

Structured in two parts, ‘The Adoration of the Earth’ and ‘The Sacrifice’, the ballet draws on Russian folklore to conjure up a world of primitive religious ceremony, ancestor worship and ritual sacrifice. Whereas conventional ballet aspired to free dancers from gravity, Nijinsky’s choreography and Stravinsky’s music rooted them in the earth.

Stravinsky wedded the shifting metres of Russian folk music to a modernist harmonic language, with stamping bass-lines and off-the-beat accents generating a pulverizing rhythmic energy.

Frequently heard in the concert hall, The Rite of Spring sounds eternally modern. This new production returns the ballet to its true home in the theatre.

Co-Production with Phoenix Dance Theatre


Gianni Schicchi
Giacomo Puccini (1918)

Gianni Schicchi is a bitterly sardonic comedy played out around the death-bed of a rich man. The scheming relatives who vie for a chunk of his fortune are all too recognizable types, revealing the greed and avarice which lie just below the thin veneer of their family loyalties.

Puccini’s only outright comedy is based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno, and Christopher Alden’s wickedly satirical production frames the action in the early Renaissance, when medieval cobwebs were blown away by radically new ways of thinking. At the same time, the chic modern Italian costumes are a sly nod in the direction of the ageless themes which Puccini exploits to brilliantly farcical effect – after all, those scheming relatives may bear an uncanny resemblance to our own family members!

With its vivid characterization and the spontaneity of its musical invention, Gianni Schicchi is a comic masterpiece in miniature, and features one of Puccini’s bestloved arias, ‘O mio babbino caro’. 


Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Additional Information

Gianni Schicchi is sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Sat 23 Feb 6.00 – 6.45pm Book now
Thu 28 Feb 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sat 2 Mar 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Next Performances
Sat 16th Feb
Sat 23rd Feb
Thu 28th Feb
Sat 2nd Mar
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Oboe, Bassoon and Piano Trio

20 Feb 2019

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Oboe, Bassoon and Piano Trio

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2018/19

​Two of the Orchestra of Opera North’s Wind Principals, Richard Hewitt and Adam Mackenzie, join Assistant Head of Music, pianist Annette Saunders for this concert of music built around Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano. Stepping out from the middle of the orchestra to take centre stage, these seasoned performers will demonstrate both their versatility and virtuosity, showcasing the wonderful sonorities of the ensemble’s double reed instruments.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

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Next Performances
Wed 20th Feb
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Russian Spirits

24 Feb 2019

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Russian Spirits

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019
Lyadov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Conductor, Anthony Hermus
Piano, Boris Giltburg

The legendary Russian nymph, Kikimora, inspired Lyadov’s tone poem for orchestra, feeding the composer’s fascination with folklore. Darkly expressive, the piece evokes the sprite’s evil intentions for the world.

From the unmistakable opening horn chords to the folk tunes woven throughout the thematic material, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is a masterpiece of concerto writing. Boris Giltburg, lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling musician, debuts in Kirklees to perform the expressive solo. 

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 is an homage to the spirit of man. Inspired in the summer of 1944, during World War II, this symphony is distinctly Prokofiev in both substance and style and quotes his beloved ballets Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet.

Fresh from conducting Opera North’s new production of Tosca, we’re pleased to welcome Antony Hermus to the podium for the afternoon’s concert.

Lyadov Kikimora Op. 63
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

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Next Performances
Sun 24th Feb
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts:David Greed (Violin) and Ian Buckle (Piano)

27 Mar 2019

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts:David Greed (Violin) and Ian Buckle (Piano)

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2018/19

​Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North, David Greed, returns to Dewsbury for his second concert this season with a wonderful celebration of violin music to mark the Company’s 40th anniversary. Joined once again by pianist Ian Buckle, David will perform Walton’s Violin Sonata and Elgar’s ‘Lollipops’ on the J.B.Guadagnini violin owned by the ‘Yorkshire Guadagnini 1757 Syndicate’.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

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Next Performances
Wed 27th Mar

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