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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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Music

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook

22 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook

Synopsis

English tenor and pianist James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook have been exploring the richness of Romantic song together for many years.

Their programme includes Schubert’s first song cycle Einsamkeit whose great span Schubert seems to master without effort, spinning glorious melodies, transfixing us with almost visual imagery, together with Purcell’s miraculous O Solitude, Clara Schumann’s Six Songs, a new work by Jonathan Dove and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ archetypically romantic Songs of Travel.

“To be alone, to wander out into the world, severing the bonds of homeland, seeking a direction and a goal as yet unknown. Two important themes of Romanticism, both in the German and the English tradition. These themes pervade our programme, as a thread weaving through the whole.” - James Gilchrist

No one tells a musical story with more wonder, more delicacy than James Gilchrist. 

— The Arts Desk 

Henry Purcell (arr Britten)
Katherine Phillips, after Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant   
O solitude Z406
Clara Schumann
Heine, Geibel, Rückert
Six songs op 13
Franz Schubert
Mayrhofer
Die Einsamkeit D620
Interval  
Jonathan Dove
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Under Alter’d Skies (2017)   
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Robert Louis Stephenson
Songs of Travel 

 

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Mar
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World Music

Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc: A Tribute to Edith Piaf

24 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc: A Tribute to Edith Piaf

Synopsis

The legendary French accordionist Richard Galliano returns to the Howard Assembly Room to bring the spirit of Paris’ wartime nightclubs into the heart of Leeds.

One of the great accordionists of the modern era, Galliano is joined by the peerless jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc. The two musicians reunite their talents for a performance dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson: Edith Piaf.

In his 30-year career, French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano has done what Astor Piazzolla did for the tango – rescued a traditional music – in this case the French musette – from the grip of nostalgic cliche…placing it at the heart of modern, jazz-influenced European music.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 24th Mar
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Classical

I Fagiolini

29 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

I Fagiolini

Synopsis

Piatto misto

British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini provide a passionate Easter offering with a varied programme revolving around the themes of love and loss.

One of the UK’s most highly regarded vocal groups, they inject ‘vitality, freshness and immediacy’ (The Telegraph) into pieces old and new.

Including Monteverdi’s moving Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata, Thomas Ravenscroft’s There were three Ravens, Britten’s tour de force settings of medieval texts and a new commission, Sonnet by Adrian Williams, expect ‘bags of style, energy and dramatic excitement’ (International Record Review) as they bring these masterpieces to life.

There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 29th Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: Across the Atlantic

29 Mar - 7 Apr 2018

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Across the Atlantic

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Dalia Stasevska, Conductor
Sofya Gulyak, Piano

To celebrate the Bernstein centenary, we close this year's Kirklees Concert Season with a concert of American music, including his iconic Symphonic Dances from the ground-breaking, award-winning musical West Side Story

Gershwin's epic Rhapsody in Blue needs no introduction; it serves to fuse jazz and classical elements showcasing the versatility of the Orchestra, soloist Sofya Gulyak (2009 Leeds International Piano Competition winner) and Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska. John Adam's The Chairman Dances follows. Taken from his opera Nixon in China, the piece is also known as Foxtrot for Orchestra and it's easy to understand why given its rhythmic drive. The concert concludes with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. Written while he was in New York, this colourful composition is a wonderful way to mark the close of this year's Kirklees Concert Season.

The star of the evening was conductor Dalia Stasevska

— Aamulehti 

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm 

Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
John Adams The Chairman Dances
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Op. 45

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Next Performances
Thu 29th Mar
Sat 7th Apr
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World Music

Tony Allen

7 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tony Allen

Synopsis

The Source

One of the founding fathers of Afrobeat, Tony Allen’s style has influenced generations of musicians over the past 50 years.

An original member of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and the inventor of the distinctive Afrobeat drum rhythm, he went on to collaborate with artists from King Sunny Adé to Damon Albarn. Allen has continued to be a true innovator with his own music, drawing on electronics, dub, R&B and rap in a synthesis he refers to as ‘Afrofunk’.

With his most recent album, The Source, he brings together a rich, complex sound that ‘straddles jazz and Afrobeat in an elegant push-and-pull’ (Pitchfork).

As beats land in unexpected places, their loose-skinned thump resonates with a polyrhythmic thrust rooted in Africa, but tempered by American jazz.

— The Financial Times

Next Performances
Sat 7th Apr
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Opera

Salome

19 Apr - 16 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 6 theatres

Salome

Synopsis

Richard Strauss' visceral and shocking masterpiece
Concert performance

Based on Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, this is the savage and bloody tale of King Herod’s step-daughter. When Herod’s prisoner Jokanaan (John the Baptist) rebuffs her advances, Salome vows she will kiss him – no matter the consequences.

Opera North returns to the concert hall, following acclaimed concert stagings of the Ring cycle and Turandot, to present a concert performance of Salome, a piece which caused outrage when it was first performed. 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. This is opera at its most extreme, concentrated into 100 intense and exhilarating minutes. 

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
Sun 29th Apr
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Folk

Singing with Nightingales

19 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Singing with Nightingales

Synopsis

Sam Lee & Special Guests

As springtime spreads across England, come to the woods and hear the courting song of nightingales beamed live into the Howard Assembly Room as darkness falls.

The adventurous British folk singer and song collector Sam Lee is joined by a host of his musical friends in a concert of folk songs old and new. As darkness falls more deeply, the concert culminates in duets sung with the nightingales themselves, as they start their courtship song in faraway starlit forests. A unique, candlelit concert, never to be forgotten. This performance lasts around 2.5 hours. 

Next Performances
Thu 19th Apr
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Music

Joan As Police Woman

20 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Joan As Police Woman

Synopsis

American musician, singer-songwriter and producer Joan As Police Woman is known to many for her collaborations with Anohni, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and David Sylvian.

A deeply soulful artist who crosses musical genres effortlessly, The Guardian describes her music as ‘soulful adventurism – a voice so wonderous and moving it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane’. For this performance, she goes back to her roots with a laid-back, piano-focussed set taking in songs from her new album Damned Devotion and her outstanding back catalogue.

In association with Super Friendz

Next Performances
Fri 20th Apr
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Jazz

Ambrose Akinmusire

28 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ambrose Akinmusire

Synopsis

With support

American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released in 2011 to rave reviews and comparisons to Miles Davis.

The Los Angeles Times praised his 'chameleonic tone that can sigh, flutter or soar,' adding that 'Akinmusire sounds less like a rising star than one that was already at great heights and just waiting to be discovered.' Seven years on, his music is enriched by a compositional element and an opulent sound palette. His virtuoso trumpet is joined by his longtime quartet in a set filled with light and shade, lyricism and swing.

Next Performances
Sat 28th Apr
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Damnation of Faust

12 May 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Damnation of Faust

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Opera North Children's Chorus
Opera North Young Voices

Simon Wright - conductor
Rachel Kelly - mezzo soprano
David Butt Philip - tenor
David Soar - baritone
Ashley Riches - bass

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

This marvellous book fascinated me from the first. I could not put it down. I read it incessantly, at meals, in the theatre, in the street!

— Berlioz on Goethe's Faust: Part One

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm
George Kennaway discussing the evening's works
Entry is free to ticket-holders, but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disapointment.

Next Performances
Sat 12th May

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