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Family

Little Singers

18 Sep - 11 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Singers

Synopsis

Opera North Early Years Programme
Suitable for 0 - 4 years

Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.

Led by a professional musician, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.

We run two sessions at the Howard Assembly Room on Mondays:

  • 0-4s at 10.15am
  • Babies under 1 at 11.30am

Both are suitable for babies but the earlier session is perfect if you’ve got several children under four as it keeps everyone entertained!

We also run Little Singers sessions (for 0-4s) in other areas of Leeds:

Morley Town Hall Mondays at 11.15am Mon 18 Sept - 11 Dec (ex 23 Oct)
Colton Primary School Thursdays at 10am Thur 14 Sept - 14 Dec (ex 26 Oct)

For more information, contact Alex Bradshaw on alex.bradshaw@operanorth.co.uk

I love bringing my child; the space is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It is brilliant that we have the chance to sing with a professional vocal artist. Coming to the sessions have given me more confidence to sing with my child at home.

— Little Singers parent

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Next Performances
Mon 27th Nov
Mon 11th Dec
Mon 11th Dec
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Family

Little Listeners

21 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

Synopsis

Players from Opera North's renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.

Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs. 

Suitable for 0-5 years

Next Performances
Tue 21st Nov
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Classical

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.

The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.

“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”

Financial Times

Schumann Dichterliebe
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby Settings of Yeats

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Nov

Orchestra of Opera North: Arnold, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Howells

Synopsis

Booking for New Subscribers: Monday 17 July
**General on Sale: Saturday 19 August**

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds College of Music Student Chorus
St Peter's Singers

David Hill - conductor
Sarah Fox - soprano
Ben Hulett - tenor

Arnold Peterloo Overture
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar In the South
Howells Hymnus Paradisi

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is 

— Arnold

Pre-concert talk 6:45pm
Peter Whitfield discusses this evening's works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Sat 25th Nov
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Folk

Lau: Decade

25 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau: Decade

Synopsis

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio made up of three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle). 

Both extraordinary musicians and creative visionaries, Lau’s music is rooted in gorgeous melody, but explores folk music in every direction, with virtuosic playing, rich electronics and ideas that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours. 

Decade celebrates 10 years of incredible stage performances from this multiple award-winning band.  

The U.K’s best live band, Lau are remarkable – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk: exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best.

The Guardian 

Next Performances
Sat 25th Nov
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Classical

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

30 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

Synopsis

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper reveals hidden depths in whatever she plays.

Renowned worldwide, her performances are praised by Gramophone for their ‘imaginative freedom’ and ‘balance of sense and sensibility’.

Her long-awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room will travel from the classical poise of early Beethoven and the authority of Haydn’s C minor Piano Sonata, to the remarkable invention and emotional quality of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31.

The programme also includes Darknesse Visible by one of the most important composers in contemporary music, Thomas Adès (recent work includes The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House).

‘an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing'

Daily Telegraph

Beethoven Bagatelles op 33
Haydn Sonata in c minor Hob. XVI/20
Beethoven Variations on La Stessa La Stessissima
Adès Darknesse Visible  
Beethoven Sonata in Ab major op 110

Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Garry Walker, Conductor 
Elena Urioste, Violin

Garry Walker returns to Opera North after his critically acclaimed performances of Britten's Billy Budd. From the arresting opening of the Soirées musicales through to the noble ending of Elgar's First Symphony, a common thread of stylistic experimentation — sometimes playful, sometimes audacious — unites the works of three markedly different composers. 

Elena Urioste, former BBC New Generation Artist and yoga fanatic, is a seasoned recitalist and concerto performer, working with numerous American and UK orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Hallé Orchestras. Here she takes centre-stage to perform Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No. 5.

Opera North's... superb orchestra... delivered a brilliantly vivid, sharply etched account under conductor Garry Walker, full of surging drama and also moments of ezquisite contemplation 

— The Scotsman

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Britten Soirées musicales Op. 9
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, 'Turkish' K.219
Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A flat

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Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
Sat 2nd Dec
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World Music

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

1 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

Synopsis

Support by Chico Pere and Glenn Sharp

With her rich, smoky voice and dramatic presence, Romanian singer Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu marks the beginning of Advent with an atmospheric, enchanting concert of traditional song.

Romanian Christmas carols (colinde) and winter songs express wishes of health and prosperity for all, whilst seeking reconciliation with the souls of the departed. Rich in metaphors and religious stories, they evoke the snow-covered Carpathian mountains through dramatic tales of bravery and lives lived in nature, harking back beyond the Nativity to ancient pagan origins.

Steeped in the folk culture of her native country as well as its later traditions of tango and the café songs of Maria Tănase, Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu brings a crystalline magic to these heartfelt Christmas songs. She is joined by Serbian accordionist Dejan Jovanovic and Moldovan cimbalom virtuoso Valeriu Caşcaval for a winter’s journey through the land of her childhood –  a festive concert like no other.

Nostalgic and romantic and given a dark, Oriental tone by Chitu’s chiaroscuro alto voice… the way she draws out the introduction to ‘Aseara Ti-am Luat Basma’ surrounded by filigree cimbalom flourishes is gorgeous.

— Songlines

Next Performances
Fri 1st Dec
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Music

National Opera Studio at Opera North

8 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

National Opera Studio at Opera North

Synopsis

The next generation of great British singers perform scenes from across Handel’s intensely dramatic operas; from the catastrophic lust and deceit of Rodelinda, to the trouble of love versus politics in Giulio Cesare.

This is a rare chance to hear snapshots of these thrilling, timeless works in such an intimate setting. The Young Artists of the National Opera Studio are directed by American director Christopher Alden (La vida breve / Gianni Schicchi 2015, Norma 2012) and accompanied by the Orchestra of Opera North, under the baton of renowned British Baroque conductor David Bates.

For nearly 40 years, the National Opera Studio has played an essential role at the heart of British opera. The NOS works in partnership with Arts Council England and the UK’s leading Opera Companies – Opera North, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera – to provide intensive and bespoke professional training of the highest quality for singers and répétiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.

The annual residency at Opera North is one of the highlights of the NOS Training Year. Over the course of a week, the Young Artists work with Opera North’s staff, artists and orchestra on their home stages, culminating in this showcase performance on the stage of the Howard Assembly Room.

This forms a vital part of the professional training and exposure that sets the National Opera Studio’s Young Artist Programme apart from all others in the UK.

Selected scenes from George Frideric Handel’s:

  • Rodelinda
  • Giulio Cesare
  • Ariodante
  • Orlando

The National Opera Studio residency is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.

Next Performances
Fri 8th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Festive Box of Delights

9 Dec 2017

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Festive Box of Delights

Synopsis

Presented by Leeds Festival Chorus

Simon Wright, Conductor
Leeds Festival Chorus
Lorna James, Soprano
Victoria Sharp, Soprano
Stuart Laing, Tenor

Leeds Festival Chorus, one of the UK’s finest, and the Orchestra of Opera North join forces to present a joyous evening of popular orchestral and choral music. Expect a seasonal mix of some of the most famous and inspiring pieces ever composed.

Bach Christmas Oratorio:
No. 1 - Jauchzet, frohlocket
No. 10 – Pastorale
No. 9 – Ach mein herzliebes Jesulei
Hely-Hutchinson A Carol Symphony: 3rd mvmnt
Berlioz​ L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherds’ Farewell
Tchaikovsky​ Nutcracker: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Suite No. 1 (ex o/t)
(Trepak, Merlitons, Sugar Plum Fairy, Pas de Deux)
Interval  
Porter Kiss Me, Kate: Another Op'nin', Another Show
Verdi La traviata: Brindisi
Puccini Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus 
Lehár The Merry Widow: Vilja
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin: ​Waltz
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
Easter Hymn
Bernstein Candide: Finale
Next Performances
Sat 9th Dec
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

12 - 17 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Hugh Brunt, Conductor 
John Savournin, Narrator

Arguably the most cherished soundtrack to the Christmas season is the score to Raymond Brigg's The Snowman. This December the Orchestra of Opera North performs the music in all its heart-melting splendour to a live screening of the animation. Sure to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike, this is not only the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, but a wonderful introduction to the thrills, chills and power of a symphony orchestra performing live.

Before that, narrator John Savournin delights with the classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella with sensational music and illustrations to accompany the story.

Brunt’s conducting of every bar, from the opening buzzing bass line to the sudden consonant end assertive, was graceful, just like the music. Wonderful.

— The Times

Prokofiev Cinderella Suite
Howard Blake The Snowman

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Next Performances
Tue 12th Dec
Sun 17th Dec
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

13 Dec 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Just as you can't have Christmas without baubles and mince pies, you can't have a Dewsbury concert series without the Brass Band Christmas Spectacular. With carols to sing and others to tap your foot to, this popular concert is bound to leave you feeling festive. A seasonal staple for many, early booking is recommended for this Yuletide favourite. 

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Next Performances
Wed 13th Dec
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Music

The Tiger Lillies

13 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tiger Lillies

Synopsis

Cold Night in Soho

As cruel winter closes in, there comes a time to look back on the year - but in the case of The Tiger Lillies it’s a longer look, back to the band’s first steps into the racy world of 1980s Soho.

They perform their new album live: a series of snapshots of a now vanished world of drinking dens, clip joints and the starched soldiers of the Salvation Army on a mission to save souls: a place where the gutter is never far away. 

Vocalist Martyn Jacques plays piano, organ, guitar, harmonium and darbuka, accompanied by Adrian Stout’s bass, musical saw, euphonium and guitar, with drums by Timothy Remfrey

Age guidance 16+ 

Variously serious, humorous and blasphemous, that lead one, unsuspecting, to an emotional climax that just reaches in and tears out your heart.

— The Independent 

Next Performances
Wed 13th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

14 Dec 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Adrian Leaper, Conductor 
Chorus of Opera North 
Opera North Youth Chorus 
Opera North Young Voices
Opera North Children's Chorus

The annual Christmas concert in Dewsbury is a sparkling showcase for Opera North's different ensembles. With a programme designed to feature its Chorus, Children's and Youth Choruses, all underpinned by the exceptional Orchestra, you'll be inspired to join in with the audience carols in a concert that will certainly get you into the festive spirit.

Having brought the curtain down on the last Kirklees Concert Season with an unforgettable programme of Sibelius, Bruch and Strauss, Adrian Leaper returns to conduct the massed forces. There's a distinctly Mediterranean feel to the concert as he brings a flavour of his adopted home of Spain to Dewsbury.

A remarkably assured performance... full of dynamic contrast and dramatic climaxes' 

— The Reviews Hub on Adrian Leaper, Nature and Spirit ​

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Programme includes:

Turina Pérez Evangelio Op. 12
Finzi In Terra Pax Op. 39
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker: Overture

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Next Performances
Thu 14th Dec
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Classical

Wishing on Stars: A Christmas Concert

16 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Wishing on Stars: A Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Fire up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and heart-warming music for the season, in an enchanting winter land.

Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians including viola, cello, bass and piano play music for the season with festive pieces from across the world, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.

Ideal for families.

Next Performances
Sat 16th Dec
Sat 16th Dec
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Family

Babushka and the Russian Doll

18 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Babushka and the Russian Doll

Synopsis

With other tales of winter wonder.

Join award-winning storyteller Ursula Holden-Gill for a magical journey through tales of winter, including the Russian folk story of the old lady Babushka. Listen to live music inspired by the frozen landscapes of Eastern lands and make your own Russian-inspired Christmas decorations, with a treat or two along the way.

Suitable for children aged 4 – 7 and their families.

Next Performances
Mon 18th Dec
Mon 18th Dec
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Classical

Choir of Clare College Cambridge

21 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Choir of Clare College Cambridge

Synopsis

Of one that is so fair and bright

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and their director Graham Ross make their debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a beautiful Christmas programme in praise of the Virgin Mary and the coming of the light.

Renaissance masterpieces, including Tallis' sublime Videte miraculum and Praetorius’ Christmas Magnificat (performed with its original carols) sit alongside more recent seasonal pieces, including much-loved motets by Howells, Britten, Tavener and Rutter.

The perfect start to the festive season.

Next Performances
Thu 21st Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

29 - 31 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

A New Year celebration like no other. Join the Orchestra of Opera North and conductor Justin Brown as they close the year with a traditional musical trip through Austria-Hungary with a glittering world of waltzes, polkas, marches and song.

Equally at home on the symphonic platform as on the operatic podium, conductor Justin Brown, General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany, and Music Director Laureate of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, will sweep you off your feet and into the New Year with this delightful afternoon of Viennese classics.

...the conductor Justin Brown drew a luminous, technically brilliant musical performance from the singers and orchestra

— Opera Magazine 

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

Madama Butterfly

19 Jan - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Giacomo Puccini's tragic tale of innocent love crushed by betrayal
Part of Fatal Passions

One of the best-loved operas of all time, Cio-Cio-San is a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry Pinkerton, the dashing American naval officer. Cruelly discarded when he returns to America, Butterfly is driven to a final and dramatic act of despair.

With its exquisite set and costumes, this emotionally direct and beautiful production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact. Madama Butterfly features some of Puccini’s most famous music including ‘Un bel dì’ and the ‘Humming Chorus’. French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio-San.

Audio described performances are available.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Inside Opera: Madama Butterfly

Explore Madama Butterfly in the company of conductor Martin Pickard and members of the cast and creative team on Sat 28 Jan, 2018. Free, tickets must be booked in advance

The Music

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

Orchestra of Opera North: From Hollywood with Love

25 Jan - 4 Feb 2018

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: From Hollywood with Love

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Tobias Ringborg, Conductor
Ian Buckle, Piano 
Andrew Collins, Presenter

Andrew Collins (Classic FM presenter and Film Editor at Radio Times) guides us through the world of Hollywood film music with help from Tobias Ringborg, Ian Buckle and the Orchestra of Opera North. 

With classic scores from Korngold, Williams, and Rota and lesser known gems from Addinsell, Provost and Webb this is a concert where you're bound to know the tunes even if the names are unfamiliar. 

Cementing the links between Classic FM, the Kirklees Concert Season and Opera North, there is no better way to celebrate the breadth of music that movies have inspired.

Korngold The Adventures of Robin Hood
Rózsa Thief of Bagdad: Eternal love
Steiner Gone with the Wind   
Provost Intermezzo: Souvenir de Vienne    
Webb Notorious 
Herrmann North by Northwest
Chaplin Limelight
Korngold Sea Hawk
Korngold Kings Row
John Williams Star Wars
John Williams Schindler’s List: Theme
Addinsell Dangerous Moonlight: Warsaw Concerto  
Rota The Godfather
John Williams Superman

There was no doubting the conductor's living and breathing the music. His enthusiasm was infectious; the orchestra's vivid response... was not the least of the evening's special qualities

— Opera Today on Tobias Ringborg

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Next Performances
Thu 25th Jan
Sun 4th Feb
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World Music

Huun-Huur-Tu

25 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Huun-Huur-Tu

Synopsis

Simply one of the most memorable and powerful bands to ever appear at the Howard Assembly Room, the Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu return with their trademark blend of heart-hollowing melody, ferocious harmony, and an ingrained sense of the windswept horizons of their homeland. 

Huun-Huur-Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to Tuvan over-tone or ‘throat-singing’ techniques invented by nomadic hunter-herders of the Tuvan steppes and mountains.

They have gone on to an incredibly rich career including collaborations with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Nina Nastasia and the Kronos Quartet. Using traditional instruments, percussion and an array of vocal techniques, they create a world of sound like no other.

 An amazing work of harmonical unity and beauty.

Jazz Thing

Next Performances
Thu 25th Jan
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Classical

Christiane Karg

26 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christiane Karg

Synopsis

One of the world's foremost lyric sopranos, award-winning Christiane Karg stands at the forefront of today's Lieder singers, praised for her stylish sensitivity to words and engaging stage presence. 

Following performances together with Leeds Lieder Director and RPS Award-winner Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall, Luxembourg's Philharmonie, Copenhagen's Opera Festival, and in Germany and South America, the duo present a heady programme of exotic romanticism to commemorate Debussy's anniversary year. 

The concert juxtaposes Debussy's settings of poets Verlaine (in the Ariettes oubliées) and Baudelaire (in the Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire) with Wagner's towering Wesendonck Lieder, and Karg has also programmed a selection from that most elusive and exquisite of song composers, Eric Satie.

Chistiane Karg’s diamantine purity of tone and impeccable technique put her at the forefront of lyric sopranos

— The Telegraph

Debussy Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire
Satie Selected songs
Debussy Ariettes oubliées
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Fri 26th Jan
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Music

The Martin Hayes Quartet

27 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Martin Hayes Quartet

Synopsis

Violinist Martin Hayes’ soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm, coming to new prominence as the traditional heart of Irish supergroup The Gloaming.

He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis Cahill for over twenty years, and has collaborated with other extraordinary musicians including Bill Frisell and Jordi Savall.

The Martin Hayes Quartet expands on the musical ideas of Hayes and Cahill, with the melody still central, by exploring sonic possibilities with the inclusion of the deep mellow sound of the bass clarinet, played by the virtuosic Doug Wieselman, and the rich warm tones of the viola, played by the brilliant Liz Knowles.

Their ability to convey the relevancy of an old form and play it with such emotion and urgency, has made them the undisputed masters of Irish music around the world.

The great fiddler Martin Hayes speaks with the soul of a poet. A remarkable artist, the only one of his type.

The Sunday Independent, Ireland

Next Performances
Sat 27th Jan
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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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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

 

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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

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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

 

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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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Thu 1 Mar
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Sat 3 Mar
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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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Audio brochure

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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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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

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Fri 2nd 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. 

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Wed 14th Mar
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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

 

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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

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Sat 17th 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 

 

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Thu 22nd 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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Thu 29th Mar
Sat 7th Apr
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Opera

Salome

19 Apr - 10 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 5 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 rebuffs her advances, Salome vows she will kiss him – no matter the consequences. Filled with desire for the prophet, Salome makes a bargain with the King: she will dance for him, but everything comes at a price.

The latest in Opera North’s acclaimed concert performances which include the Ring cycle and Turandot, Salome 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 intoxifying minutes.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

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Thu 19th Apr
Sun 22nd Apr
Wed 25th Apr
Sun 29th 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.

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Sat 12th May
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Classical

Leeds International Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

14 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds International Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

For this programme, Alessio Bax plays pieces including Bach’s arrangement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Corelli and Liszt’s Dante Sonata.

Pianist Alessio Bax’s lyricism, insight and dazzling facility create ‘a ravishing listening experience’, with playing that ‘quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity’ (Gramophone), referred to by Dallas Morning News as ‘an out-of-body experience’. 

First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

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Alessandro Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor (arr. J.S. Bach)
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Dallapiccola Quaderno musicale di Annalibera
Liszt St. François d'Assise: La Prédication aux oiseaux
Liszt Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (Dante Sonata)
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Mon 14th May
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Classical

Leeds International Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

19 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds International Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

The Leeds International Piano Competition’s Global Ambassador, Lang Lang, launched his International Music Foundation in 2008.

At its heart is his Young Scholars Programme. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang’s choice of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world are offered mentoring, tutelage and unique opportunities for performance. 

The Leeds Piano Festival is delighted to welcome three of his Young Scholars as the first part of a new collaboration.

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Sat 19th May
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Classical

Leeds International Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

21 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds International Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Sunwook Kim first came to international prominence in 2006 at just 18 years old, as the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition.

His Leeds Piano Festival programme demonstrates the depth of his understanding across a varied programme including Schumann’s emotionally expressive Humoreske Op.20 and Bussoni’s majestic transcription of Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major.

Sunwook Kim has played with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in 2014. As a recitalist, he is a regular guest at the prestigious ‘Piano 4 Etoiles’ series at Salle Pleyel and Philharmonie in Paris, and is also a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall.

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Bach-Busoni Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major
Robert Schumann Humoreske Op. 20
Claude Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Johannes Brahms Handel Variations
Next Performances
Mon 21st May
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Classical

Leeds International Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

22 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds International Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Lars Vogt’s exceptional versatility as a performer allows him to range between the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to Romantic composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling piano works of 20th Century Polish composer Lutosławski. 

His programme for the Howard Assembly Room includes Beethoven’s Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata', Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 2 in F major and Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces. 

During a prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Paris.

He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati.

Lars was the second-prize winner in the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata No 2 in F major
Leoš Janáček On an overgrown path Book 1
Arnold Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
Next Performances
Tue 22nd May
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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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