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Family

Little Singers

11 Dec 2017 - 26 Mar 2018

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 suitable for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their grown-ups.

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

Morley Town Hall Mondays at 11.15am 15 Jan – 26 Mar (ex 12 Feb) £5 per child, drop in pay on door
Cast, Doncaster Wednesdays 10am 10 Jan – 28 March (ex 14 Feb) £3.50 per child, book via Cast
Colton Primary School Thursdays at 10am 11 Jan – 29 Mar (ex 15 Feb) £4 per child, drop in pay on door
ERT, Beverley Thursdays 10.30am Starting Thurs 11 Jan – Thurs 29 Mar (ex 15 Feb) £5 per child, book via ERT

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 22nd Jan
Mon 29th Jan
Mon 19th Feb
Mon 26th Feb
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Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours : Fatal Passions Chorus

15 Jan - 26 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours : Fatal Passions Chorus

Synopsis

Be part of an amateur opera chorus every Monday night for 10 weeks!

Nothing comes close to the sound of an opera chorus – and now you can be part of one. Explore music from iconic operas, inspired by Opera North’s Fatal Passions season.

Rehearsals will be run by a vocal leader, who will support you in building your ensemble singing and music reading skills, as well as further developing your vocal technique. You will also work with a guest director, who will help you to develop your performance and stage craft skills.

Showcase your newly acquired skills at a relaxed performance for friends and family, on 26 March

Suitable for: People who have some experience of singing and are comfortable following a music score

If you have any enquiries about the ON After Hours programme please get in touch: education@operanorth.co.uk

Next Performances
Mon 15th Jan
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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 40 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

The Music

Trailer

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

The Kingdom Under The Sea

20 Jan - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 7 theatres

The Kingdom Under The Sea

Synopsis

An enchanting storytelling experience inspired by Japanese folk stories and Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly.

Be swept along on a magical adventure to the bottom of the ocean, visit the majestic palace of The Dragon King, ride on the shell of a Turtle and discover a mysterious treasure…

This kind of storytelling is such a rare treat; beautifully told, completely enchanting and wonderful to hear such gorgeous music in such an intimate setting.

— audience member at Seven Stories, 2017 tour of Happily Ever After

Performances are suitable for ages 3 – 7

Next Performances
Sat 20th Jan
Sat 3rd Feb
Sat 3rd Feb
Sat 3rd 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 Captain Blood
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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Film

Fanny and Alexander

2 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fanny and Alexander

Synopsis

This Dickensian epic, told with Bergman’s trademark melancholy and emotional intensity presents a world where utmost certainty exists side by side with ghosts and magic.

Beginning on Christmas Eve 1907, the intrigues of a large wealthy family unfold, told from the perspective of two siblings whose comfortable existence is upended when their mother marries a puritanical bishop.

Originally intended to be his last film, Fanny and Alexander explores what it is to be young and old, to be a man, woman, Christian, Jew, rich, poor, religious and profane. 

Screened alongside Un ballo in maschera on the Opera North main stage.

Next Performances
Fri 2nd 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 intense opera is inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavus secretly loves Amelia, the wife of his most loyal ally, Anckarstroem. When Anckarstroem discovers the affair, he joins a plot against Gustavus which culminates in a murderous masked ball.

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. An all-star team brings this 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, who appeared in the acclaimed Opera North productions of Andréa Chenier and Turandot, takes the lead 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.

In conversation with author and poet Adelle Stripe, Willy will talk about his life and work, including the new movie Lean on Pete, based on his novel of the same name.

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

George Monbiot will be introduced by Dr Kat Austen, Cultural Fellow in Arts and Science at the Cultural Institute, University of Leeds

Liberty Lecture, in association with the University of Leeds

Next Performances
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

Next Performances
Fri 9th Feb
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Film

Breakfast at Tiffany's

14 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Synopsis

& Moon River, a concert

The Oscar-winning ballad Moon River is at the heart of a sparkling evening of live song and classic film for Valentine’s Day.

A twilight concert of classics from the American Songbook performed by members of the Chorus of Opera North starts the evening with a swing, followed by a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn star in the story of two bohemians falling in love against a backdrop of glittering 1960s Manhattan.

When writer Paul Varjak moves into his new apartment, he is intrigued by his unconventional neighbour Holly Golightly, a party girl whose intensely stylish façade masks an inner despair and a hidden past.

Dir. Blake Edwards, USA 1961, 114 mins. Preceeded by 20 mins live music and 10 mins interval. Cert PG.

Next Performances
Wed 14th Feb
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Family

Little Listeners

15 Feb - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Little Listeners

Synopsis

Little Listeners concerts are specially designed professional concerts for young children under 5 and their grown-ups. 

Whether featuring players from the renowned Orchestra of Opera North, singers from the Opera North Chorus or other classical, jazz or world music ensembles, these concerts will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around and respond naturally in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Suitable for 0-5 years

Next Performances
Thu 15th Feb
Thu 8th Mar
Thu 22nd Mar
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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

 

Next Performances
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 lively production as Don Giovanni, opera’s most compelling antihero, goes on a quest for hedonistic thrills. As he seduces his way across Europe, bedding 1003 women in Spain alone, the unrepentant Don Giovanni resorts to despicable violence until his infatuated conquests and vengeful victims join forces in a bid for justice.

A fast-unfolding, urgent plot, mixes broad comedy with tense drama. Mozart’s sublimely beautiful, spine-tingling music stands in stark contrast with the cruelty of his deeply ambiguous Lothario. Alessandro Talevi’s eclectic, time-travelling production brings fresh insights to this, Mozart’s darkest, craziest, opera.

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Trailer

Pre-show Talks

Pre-show talks take place in the Howard Assembly Room and run from 6pm until 6.30pm.

Wed 21 Feb
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Fri 23 Feb
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Thu 1 Mar
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Sat 3 Mar
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Next Performances
Sat 17th Feb
Wed 21st Feb
Fri 23rd Feb
Thu 1st Mar
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

19 Feb - 26 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

Next Performances
Mon 19th Feb
Mon 26th Feb
Mon 5th Mar
Mon 12th Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Brass Ensemble

21 Feb 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Brass Ensemble

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

The flexibility of Opera North's brass section is put on show here as they demonstrate why they are an integral part of one of the UK's most versatile and award-winning orchestras through a varied programme of pieces old, new, borrowed and yes, blue!

Subscription packages now on sale.
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Next Performances
Wed 21st Feb
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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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Next Performances
Sun 25th Feb
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Classical

Louis Lortie

2 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Louis Lortie

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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

Next Performances
Fri 2nd Mar
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Film

Ran

3 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ran

Synopsis

With live flute introduction

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

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

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

Screened to complement Opera North’s Madama Butterfly.

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

Next Performances
Sat 3rd Mar
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Spoken Word/Talks

Hisham Matar: The Return

9 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hisham Matar: The Return

Synopsis

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

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

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

Hisham Matar will be introduced by Professor Bridget Bennett. Professor of American Literature & Culture

Liberty Lecture, in association with the University of Leeds

Next Performances
Fri 9th Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

14 Mar 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

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

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

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Next Performances
Wed 14th Mar
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Music

Brodsky Quartet

15 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brodsky Quartet

Synopsis

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

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

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

The Brodskys' achingly beautiful performance reached deep into the heart

— The Guardian

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

 

Next Performances
Thu 15th Mar
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Music

The Handsome Family

17 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Handsome Family

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

— The Times

Next Performances
Sat 17th Mar
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Family

Opera North Youth Ensembles: Seasons of Love

18 Mar 2018

Darlington

The Dolphin Centre

Opera North Youth Ensembles: Seasons of Love

Synopsis

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

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

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

 

Next Performances
Sun 18th Mar
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Winter 2018

Little Spring Sing

21 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Spring Sing

Synopsis

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

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

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

Next Performances
Wed 21st Mar
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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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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Musicals Rock!

27 Mar 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Musicals Rock!

Synopsis

Musicals Rock! takes you on a journey through the highlights of some of the world’s most-loved musicals.

Orchestra of Opera North
Michael England — Conductor

Vocalists —
Jenna Lee James
Rachael Wooding
Oliver Tompsett
Daniel Boys

As the rock world comes crashing into stage musicals the result is wonderful, spectacular and sometimes off the wall. 

Featuring music from We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Fame, Rent, Wicked, Evita and many more, never before have these excerpts been put together in one concert.

The result is a feast of thrilling music together with exceptional performances from a vibrant cast, backed by the power and energy of an orchestra and rock group.

Mamma Mia! Overture Orchestra
What a Feeling Flashdance
I Will Always Love You The Bodyguard
One Song Glory Rent
Fame Fame
My Eyes Adored You Jersey Boys
Beauty School Dropout Grease
Buenos Aires Evita
Defying Gravity Wicked
Man in the Mirror Thiller, Live on Stage
I Will Survive Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Go West Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
One Night in Bangkok Chess
I Know Him So Well Chess
Pity the Child Chess
Jesus Christ Superstar Overture Jesus Christ Superstar
Heaven on their Minds Jesus Christ Superstar
I Don't Know How to Love Him Jesus Christ Superstar
Don’t Stop Me Now We Will Rock You
Somebody to Love We Will Rock You
Radio Ga Ga We Will Rock You
Save Me We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions We Will Rock You

Produced in association with West End International

Next Performances
Tue 27th 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.

Claudio Monteverdi Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata
Thomas Ravenscroft There were three ravens
Thomas Tomkins Too much I once lamented
Clément Janequin La Chasse
Benjamin Britten Eight medieval lyrics, sacred and profane
Cathy Berberian Stripsody
Janet Wheeler Music to Hear
William Brooks Oooh Will
Adrian Williams Sonnet (new commission)

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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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)
Next Performances
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.

Book for all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14

Next Performances
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

Orchestra of Opera North: Vaughan Williams, Salieri, Beethoven

Synopsis

The Orchestra of Opera North's first outing at Doncaster's CAST with a sparkling summer programme.

Ranked at no. 1 on the Classic FM Hall of Fame, we’re delighted to begin the concert with a popular classic; Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending. This evocative score paints the scenic landscape of the rolling British countryside and is simply breath-taking when heard live.

Described by The Guardian as ‘a radical work, … spine-tingling and life-enhancingly joyful’, Beethoven’s spell-binding Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’ follows, before the concert concludes with Salieri’s delightful Flute and Oboe Concerto in C major, a playful piece that dances throughout the sections and is sure to enchant.

Vaughan Williams The Lark Asceneding
Salieri Flute and Oboe Conceto in c Major
Beethoven Symphony No.6 'Pastoral

…the orchestral playing is first-class… something very special indeed

— **** Daily Telegraph on Die Walküre 

Next Performances
Wed 30th May
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Orchestral

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

27 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

The soundtrack to your summer is back and bigger than ever!

Featuring some of the most infectious and energetic dance anthems from over the past three decades, this open-air concert is packed with club classics reworked and performed live by a 50-piece symphony orchestra.​

The heart of Leeds will once again beat to a different rhythm as the Orchestra of Opera North, legendary Back to Basics DJ Dave Beer and an array of amazing special guest artists and vocalists come together on stage to deliver an epic musical celebration. Join us to show how spectacular and vibrant the city of Leeds is in showcasing two of its much loved and contrasting musical institutions.

For all the latest event information and special guest announcements, follow us on Twitter @millsqleeds, @Opera_North @backtobasics91 or find us on Facebook

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics is the first of a series of three events marking the Opera North in the City Festival and part of the annual Millennium Square Summer Series.

Doors 6pm
DJ sets 6.30pm
Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics 8pm
Event ends 10.30pm

...stunning… took dance music to another level.

— Yorkshire Evening Post 

Immense combined skill, fantastic voices and bloody brilliant sound.

— Culture Vulture 

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Additional information

Suitable for ages 14+. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.

Standing tickets only. Full venue information available in the Millennium Square FAQ.

Ticket information

Early bird -
£30.00 (up to January 31 2018)
Concessions: £27.00
Leeds City Council Leeds Card Breezecard Opera North Friends, Patrons and Associates

General Admission -
£32.50 (from 1 February 2018)
Concessions: £29.25 (10%)
Leeds City Council Leeds Card Breezecard Opera North Friends, Patrons and Associates

Next Performances
Fri 27th Jul
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Orchestral

A Classic Summer’s Evening

28 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

A Classic Summer’s Evening

Synopsis

Part of the Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

With the Orchestra of Opera North

Joined by internationally acclaimed soloist Rafael Rojas (Turandot, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera), Opera North presents a sparkling summer concert under the stars as its celebrated Orchestra takes to the stage for the second night of Opera North in the City at Millennium Square.

Indulge in a breath-taking collection of much-loved favourites as the Orchestra of Opera North performs a glorious showcase of orchestral favourites and big-hitting arias from its vast repertoire and upcoming season at Leeds Grand Theatre. This open-air medley of classical masterpieces and lesser-known gems is a wonderfully uplifting accompaniment to a summer’s evening in the heart of Leeds. 

a beautifully seasoned tenor… transcendent

— The Observer on Rafael Rojas

irresistibly burnished voice… impeccably tasteful delivery’

— The Guardian on Rafael Rojas

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Doors 6pm, Performance 7pm 

Additional information

Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult

Venue T&Cs and accessibility information at Millennium Square

Next Performances
Sat 28th Jul
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Orchestral and Film

Brassed Off LIVE

29 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

Brassed Off LIVE

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

Opera North and Leeds City Council in association with the Royal Albert Hall presents…

A very special screening of the classic British film Brassed Off closes the Opera North in the City festival on Sunday afternoon with a moving celebration of Yorkshire pluck. Rousing and poignant in equal measure, the score will be performed live in sync with the movie on the high definition big screen by the real stars that inspired the story – Grimethorpe Colliery Band together with members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

This 1996 bittersweet comedy drama, written and directed by Mark Herman, stars Pete Postlethwaite as Danny, the devoted leader of the Grimley Colliery Band who is determined to show the government ‘we are not defeated’. Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson and Tara Fitzgerald are stand-outs in the impressive ensemble cast.

Before the film, the Orchestra of Opera North will present a dynamic first half performing some of the iconic orchestral scores including the William Tell Overture and the Concierto de Aranjuez (Orange Juice Concerto) that were later arranged for a brass ensemble, as featured in Brassed Off

Special thanks to Steve Abbott, Mark Herman, Robert Lipson, Jim Carter.
Brought to you by the Royal Albert Hall by arrangement with Film4 and Prominent Features Limited. “MIRAMAX®” and the “MIRAMAX” Logo are the registered trademarks, trademarks and service marks of Miramax, LLC.

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Doors 4pm, Performance 5pm 

Additional information

This film is rated 15

Venue T&Cs and accessibility information at Millennium Square

Next Performances
Sun 29th Jul

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