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Little Singers

Family

9 Aug - 12 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Little Singers

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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.

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

Please note, session price for Little Singers in Hull does not include entry to The Deep, usual admission prices apply. 

Next Performances
Mon 10th Oct
Mon 17th Oct
Mon 24th Oct
Mon 31st Oct
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Der Rosenkavalier

Opera

17 Sep - 19 Nov 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Der Rosenkavalier

Synopsis

David McVicar's sumptuous period staging of Richard Strauss' comic masterpiece returns with a first-class cast.

The Marschallin, a 30-something aristocrat, is having an affair with the much younger Count Octavian. Although fearful he will leave her for a younger woman, she engineers the first meeting between her lover and the beautiful young Sophie, who is being forced into marriage with the unloveable Baron Ochs – with inevitable consequences.

Perfectly poised between comedy and pathos, Der Rosenkavalier supplies an evening of gorgeous music, lavish costumes and romantic intrigue; by turns comic and moving.

Supported by a generous gift from Dr Keith Howard OBE and the Howard Family

Find out more below:

Running Time

Approximately 4 hours (including 2 intervals)

Language

Sung in German with English titles

The Music 

Next Performances
Sat 22nd Oct
Fri 28th Oct
Wed 2nd Nov
Sat 5th Nov
There are a total of 8 upcoming performances for this production
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Il tabarro & Suor Angelica

Opera

1 Oct - 2 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Il tabarro & Suor Angelica

Synopsis

A double bill of two intense one-act dramas in one evening of vintage Puccini. 

The first of Puccini’s Il trittico (The Triptych), Il tabarro, is a noir thriller set in working class Paris. The young Giorgetta takes a lover and drives her husband Michele to murderous despair. A love triangle is at the heart of this very human drama and at its climax, a cloak reveals a dark and bloody secret.

Suor Angelica focuses on one of the most heart-rending human experiences. Sister Angelica has been confined to a convent following the scandal of an illegitimate son. After years of missing her child every day, she discovers that he died a long time ago. Angelica is plunged into suicidal despair yet the end of the opera holds out the promise of redemption.

Join us on an emotional journey from the darkly atmospheric music of Il tabarro to the ethereal beauty of Suor Angelica

Find out more below:

Running Times

Each opera in this double bill lasts approximately one hour, with 1 interval in between. 

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

The Music

Next Performances
Sat 1st Oct
Sat 8th Oct
Fri 14th Oct
Thu 20th Oct
There are a total of 10 upcoming performances for this production
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Light Night 2016

Classical

7 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night 2016

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Entranced

A sea of tiny lights, music on all sides. At this year’s Light Night, enter a world in which music has the power to bewitch, enthral and soothe your spirit.

From Sufi devotionals to JS Bach, for kora and oud, violin and cello, Entranced threads together transformative music that comes to life all around you.

Sit or lie where you like, stay as long as you like and enjoy a unique Light Night experience as performance steps down from the stage and takes over the Howard Assembly Room.

Next Performances
Fri 7th Oct
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Steven Osborne

Classical

13 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Steven Osborne

Synopsis

Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his long awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a glorious Late-Romantic programme.

The programme includes Ravel’s Menuet Antique, Debussy’s Children’s Corner and music by Poulenc.

Having recorded the complete solo piano works of Ravel and Debussy’s Preludes, he deeply inhabits both the music’s technical and formal complexities, and its emotional depths of clarity, colour, and feeling. The result is an interpretive approach that is both technically brilliant and deeply affecting.

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See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Thu 13th Oct
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Claudia Aurora

World Music

14 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Claudia Aurora

Synopsis

Porto-born fadista Claudia Aurora’s second album, Mulher Do Norte, translates from Portuguese as ‘Woman of the North’.

Written with the clarity of distance, it is a homage to the city, the way of living, that make her the woman she is. Infused with the tingling beauty so peculiar to fado, her performance of classics and original songs (written with Portuguese guitarist Bernardo Couto) are by turns nimbly lyrical and gorgeously melancholic.

Guitar, strings, bouzouki, accordion, and above all Claudia’s voice, combine to create fado with arms open wide to embrace nuances of the other grand traditions of the Iberian Peninsula: flamenco, tango and chanson.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. 

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Fri 14th Oct
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Lynched

Folk

15 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lynched

Synopsis

Irish four-piece Lynched (named after the founder-members, brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch), is a punk-folk group from Dublin. 

The group mix street-songs and classic ballads in the traveller tradition with wild dance music and nods to psychedelia and rock ’n’ roll.

With an instrumental line-up featuring uilleann pipes, fiddle and bayan (a Russian accordion), the group are famed for their four-part harmony vocals. Their debut album, Cold Old Fire, drew comparisons to Planxty and the Dubliners while Mark Radcliffe says that ‘They do mark a turning point in folk… that authentic voice of the streets is back in a big way.’

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sat 15th Oct
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: John Williams' Heroes

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Stephen Bell, Conductor

Join the Orchestra of Opera North for an afternoon celebrating some of the most famous film music written by John Williams.

The concert will include lots of recognisable themes from classical blockbusters such as Star WarsETSupermanJaws, Harry PotterIndiana JonesJurassic Park and Home Alone.

Perfect for film buffs and music lovers of all ages!

Next Performances
Sun 16th Oct
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Billy Budd

Opera

18 Oct - 3 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Billy Budd

Synopsis

A brand new staging of this oceanic and intense psychological drama performed by a cast of today's leading Britten interpreters.

Discover the dramatic tale of Billy Budd, a young sailor who radiates beauty and goodness, and the failure of Captain Vere to save him from the destructive forces of envy. Embark on a powerful psychological journey of one man’s inner turmoil as the past comes back to haunt him.

With its evocative music, stellar cast and stunning set, Opera North’s new production of one of Britten’s greatest operas promises an unforgettable experience.

​A co-production with Nederlandse Reisopera.

For more information, see below:

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with no titles

Next Performances
Tue 18th Oct
Fri 21st Oct
Thu 27th Oct
Sat 29th Oct
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Night Flight: An Evening of Music and Words

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Musicians and singers from Opera North perform music and words inspired by the first major UK exhibition by Swiss sculptor, Not Vital, performed exclusively around the artist's work in the Underground Gallery.

Curated and directed by Matthew Sharp, and produced by Opera North, the evening travels into a landscape of music and words without frontiers and celebrates the current exhibition at YSP. Contemporary, classical and world music combine to create a mesmerising and immersive musical event.
 
Please meet at YSP Centre Information Desk 10 minutes before the event start time. Guests are required to meet at YSP member of staff prior to the event. Restaurant open serving hot food until 8.00pm. 

Next Performances
Sat 22nd Oct
Sat 22nd Oct
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: How it works – the Orchestra

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Martin Pickard, Conductor
Pui Fan Lee, Presenter

Join CBeebies presenter Pui Fan Lee as she takes apart the Orchestra of Opera North.

During this insightful fun-filled afternoon, each section of Yorkshire’s symphony orchestra takes centre stage giving you an insight into what it takes to be an orchestra. Using well known repertoire including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird and the Prelude from Verdi’s La traviata, this concert breaks down the barriers, explains the traditions and exposes the myths surrounding how an orchestra works; perfect for young and old alike.

Shostakovich Festive Overture
Verdi  La traviata, Prelude (Act I)
Stravinsky The Firebird, Infernal Dance 
Britten  Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes: Storm
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, 4th Movement
Villa Lobos  The Little Train of Caipira
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, Maestoso-Allegro
Offenbach The Tales of Hoffman: Olympia's Aria
Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement
Adams  Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Next Performances
Sun 23rd Oct
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Heather Lowe and David Cowan

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Heather Lowe, Mezzo soprano
David Cowan, Piano

Opera North’s Head of Music, David Cowan and Associate Artist, Heather Lowe, take a break from rehearsals and unite to bring a programme of light hearted repertoire from across the musical spectrum.

Heather, a graduate of the RNCM and National Opera Studio, is a previous finalist of the Maureen Lehane Competition and is working with Opera North throughout our current season.

Next Performances
Wed 26th Oct
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Mahotella Queens

World Music

26 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mahotella Queens

Synopsis

In 2015 the legendary South African female vocal ensemble celebrated fifty years of performance, but they show no signs of slowing down.

The Queens bring to Leeds their stirring, rolling Mbaqanga blend of R&B, gospel and traditional styles, which for many years dominated the South African townships. Their distinctive multi-part vocal harmonies combine with guitar-led riffs, searing a capella moments and fast-paced dancing.

The Mahotella Queens — Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and the newly crowned Queen Amanda Nokuthula Nkosi — now represent more than just one generation. Their live show is full of dance, joy and energy and is even more vibrant than ever before.

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Wed 26th Oct
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Flit

Folk

29 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flit

Synopsis

Some of today’s most influential musicians explore themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs set within a world of breathtaking stop-motion animation.

Award-winning composer and Lau’s visionary accordionist Martin Green brings together Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and Becky Unthank from The Unthanks, with BAFTA-winning animators whiterobot (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) for this extraordinary live show.

Flit is inspired by first-hand stories of human migration, some heart-warming, others heartbreaking and features songs and original music by Green with lyrics from Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan MoffatSet within a captivating animated world and a haunting sonic landscape, these exquisite songs are performed by a world class band fronted by the inimitable voices of Becky Unthank and Adam Holmes.

Contains strobe lights and some strong language.

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Sat 29th Oct
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Leeds

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Classical Works

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Jac van Steen, Conductor
Soraya Mafi, Soprano 

Following last year’s popular matinee concert at the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall the Orchestra of Opera North is delighted to return to the University of Leeds International Concert Series with music by two of the greatest and most prolific composers of all time – Haydn and Mozart.

Building on his relationship with the Orchestra of Opera North, Jac van Steen conducts a programme of classical masterpieces perfectly designed to showcase the talents of both Opera North’s Associate Artist, Soraya Mafi and its orchestra.

Haydn Symphony no. 22 in E flat ‘The Philosopher’
Mozart 'Ah, lo previdi'
Mozart Symphony no. 29 in A, K.201
Next Performances
Sun 30th Oct
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Don't Look Now

Film

31 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Don't Look Now

Synopsis

For Halloween, ‘A superbly chilling essay in the supernatural’ (Time Out).

Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film is one of the great horror masterpieces, whose creeping fingers of dread, apprehension and psychological trauma create an effect more powerful than straightforward fear.

A married couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) are in Venice grieving the recent death of their young daughter when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Roeg maps Sutherland’s disintegrating psyche onto the labyrinthine alleys and murky canals of Baroque Venice to poignant and devastating effect.

Dir. Nicolas Roeg, UK / Italy 1973, 110 mins. Cert 15.

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Mon 31st Oct
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Cat's Eyes

Music

2 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cat's Eyes

Synopsis

Cat’s Eyes are a duo formed by Faris Badwan, the singer from British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors and Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist.

While their self-titled debut seemed grown in the dark, the duo’s latest album Treasure House is flooded with light, featuring lush, expansive arrangements and pure voiced vocals with a sinister edge.

This is music made in Technicolor on a wide silver screen, by the band whose glorious concoction of Morricone, Nino Rota, and Broadcast’s harpsichord-laden reverie was the soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy. Everything about their music feels cinematic.

A co-promotion with Beacons Metro 2016.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Wed 2nd Nov
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Suspiria

Film

4 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Suspiria

Synopsis

With live score by Goblin

Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a classic of lurid Italo-terror and a stone-cold masterpiece.

A new student arrives at a ballet school in the Black Forest and quickly discovers that something is very wrong.

Viciously violent and exquisitely shot, with influences as diverse as German Expressionism and Disney, Suspiria is saturated by Goblin’s score for the film, building dreamlike intensity and delicately shredding your nerves.

Goblin, the Italian progressive rock band who recorded the original soundtrack to the film, play it live in their current incarnation, in the perfect Gothic setting for an evening of delicious horror.

Dir. Dario Argento, Italy 1977, 97 mins. Cert 18

See below for venue information 

Next Performances
Fri 4th Nov
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Remember Remember…

Family

5 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Remember Remember…

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A shadow puppetry workshop

Discover the wonders of light and shadow as we create a variety of shadow puppets around an imagined bonfire.

Inspired by Bonfire Night, join us for a fun morning of puppet-making, then take your creations out into the city to enjoy the lights of the night.

This workshop is suitable for children of all ages and their families.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sat 5th Nov
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha

Synopsis

Two of the UK’s foremost contemporary music ensembles join forces for this unique collaborative programme to celebrate their joint 25th birthdays.

At its heart is Schoenberg’s bewitchingly intense piece for string sextet, Transfigured Night. 

The programme also bids farewell to the late, great British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

With the powerful expressivity of Farewell to Stromness and the kaleidoscopic colours of The Last Island (accompanied here with a new film), they pay tribute to a man whose music has shaped their programming over the last quarter of a century. 

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See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Fri 11th Nov
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The Bad Plus

Jazz

12 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Bad Plus

Synopsis

Iconoclastic jazz trio The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and have consistently avoided easy categorisation with their creativity, unique sound and gift for joyful live performance.

Based in New York City, they have constantly searched for rules to break, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect synchrony.

The trio play from their new album (released August 2016), weaving ingenious eclectic covers through their own uncompromising originals. They continue to redefine what a jazz piano trio can be. 

Early booking highly recommended.

Support: Binker & Moses 

Opening the show are Binker & Moses. Best Newcomer winners at the Jazz FM and Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Best Jazz winners at the MOBOs, the duo draw on all aspects of black music, their unusual chemistry constructing a sound that ranges from ‘a kind of unplugged dub ambience’ (Jazzwise) via lengthy entwined solos to groove-laden tracks.​

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Sat 12th Nov
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Kevin Gowland and Annette Saunders

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Kevin Gowland, Flute
​Annette Saunders, Piano

Kevin Gowland, Opera North’s Principal Flute and their new Music Staff member, Annette Saunders bring their established duo concert to the season.

Featuring music by Strauss and Britten and with other jewels to discover, this is bound to be a delightful way to wile away a lunchtime. 

Next Performances
Wed 16th Nov
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Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Classical

17 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Synopsis

The Sitkovetsky Trio plays Dvořák’s magnificent Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor ‘Dumky’; a piece with its heart and soul in central Europe. 

Rather than a typical four-movement work, the trio is in six parts, each a ‘dumka’ or melancholy folk ballad, which move from a slow, mournful beginning to a joyful, almost manic answering section. The approach of the Trio combines a dynamic, high-energy performance style with evident commitment and profundity. 

The first half of the evening sees the Sitkovetsky Trio delight with Haydn’s Piano Trio in G major ‘Gypsy’ with Charles Ives’ only Piano Trio.

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Next Performances
Thu 17th Nov
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Lone Twin

Music

19 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lone Twin

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Last Act of Rebellion. 

Lone Twin, one of the UK’s most distinctive and acclaimed performance companies, celebrate its 20th anniversary.

This show springs forth from the mighty playlist of popular song that the company’s Artistic Directors Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan began collecting in 1997: the songs of our time, the songs we carry with us. A diverse series of collaborators have each chosen one song to respond to, creating an outlandish, confounding or hilarious piece for Gary and Gregg to perform.

Last Act Of Rebellion: songs that are a little too well known; dances for men in their mid-forties who know no better.

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Next Performances
Sat 19th Nov
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Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Tales Beneath the Stars

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Stefan Blunier, Conductor

Stefan Blunier conducts a programme anchored with two works of a nautical flair. Berlioz’s Overture Le Corsaire celebrates the life of the brigand and his views of the sea while Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade tells the tale of the courtesan who stayed her execution by spinning out her story of Sinbad until the Sultan revoked his sentence.

No such stay existed for our other lovers depicted tonight through Prokofiev’s evocative score for Romeo and Juliet. The music in the suite beautifully captures the drama and poignancy of the doomed romance.

Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64
Berlioz Overture Le Corsaire, Op. 21
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

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Thu 24th Nov
Sun 27th Nov
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Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

Classical

26 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

At the heart of this programme, performed by leading British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Joseph Middleton, are the characteristics of English song: a powerful sense of place, empathetic observation of nature and pure joy in language.

Connolly brings all her richness of voice and depth of understanding to bear on a programme of Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Roger Quilter, concluding with Benjamin Britten's Charm of Lullabies.

The recital also features the wonderful poems of Hans Christian Andersen from Schumann's Fünf Lieder op.40 and Ravel's song cycle Shéhérazade, based on the heroine of the Arabian Nights.

​See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sat 26th Nov
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Mozart Unwrapped

Classical

10 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mozart Unwrapped

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National Opera Studio 2016

Back by popular demand, the National Opera Studio repeats its sell-out programme of moments from three of Mozart’s finest operas: The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni.

In an exploration of the witty and golden relationship between Mozart's music and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte’s words, great singers of the next generation perform arias, duets and more, in a semi-staged performance with sparkling direction by Giles Havergal (Opera North’s The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow, Albert Herring).

The concert will be played by members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

See below for venue information

Next Performances
Sat 10th Dec
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Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman and Other Tales

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Hugh Brunt, Conductor
John Savournin, Presenter

Enchanting children of all ages since 1982 and a perennial favourite of Opera North, Howard Blake’s score to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is brought magically to life alongside a screening of the film that no Christmas should be without.

Before that, John Savournin, a stalwart of Opera North productions (Kiss Me, Kate, La Bohème, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) delivers a captivating retelling of Paul Patterson’s settings of two classic nursery rhymes; Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Based on the Roald Dahl versions and complete with a big screen picture book to tell the stories, this concert is sure to enthral the whole family.

Paul Patterson Little Red Riding Hood
Paul Patterson Three Little Pigs
Howard Blake The Snowman
Next Performances
Tue 13th Dec
Fri 16th Dec
Sun 18th Dec
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

No Dewsbury Chamber Season would be complete without the annual concert from Phillip McCann’s brass band.

With carols to sing and old favourites to hear, this final concert of 2016 is sure to be popular.

Next Performances
Wed 14th Dec
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A Filetta

World Music

14 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Filetta

Synopsis

In a very rare UK concert, Corsican male voice choir A Filetta performs a festive programme of traditional song drawing on religious polyphonic song, hymnals, folk songs and occasional dance numbers.

Powerfully redolent of their homeland, the six male voices blend seamlessly, with bass running underneath layered harmonies as they rise and fall.

Formed in 1978 to preserve the island’s vocal traditions, A Filetta have forged an international reputation that brings together old and new, including their own original compositions.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. 

See below for venue information. 

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Wed 14th Dec
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Christmas Concert

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

David Cowan, Conductor
Chorus of Opera North
Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Children’s Chorus

There’s no better way to start the Christmas season than with the whole of the Opera North family. For this yuletide concert, the Orchestra of Opera North is joined by the combined voices of Opera North’s Chorus, Youth and Children’s Choruses for an evening designed to thaw the winter chill.

Before experiencing a bohemian Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret, featuring soloists from the Chorus of Opera North, we take a musical overview of the season through the eyes of J.S Bach, Vivaldi, Rutter and Sibelius.

With some old favourites and new discoveries, we will be sure to raise the roof with the audience carols.

Tickets are hotter than chestnuts around the fire so book early to avoid disappointment!

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio: Jauchzet, frohlocket!
Vivaldi The Four Seasons: Winter 
Rutter When Icicles Hang
Sibelius Finlandia
Audience carols 
Puccini  La Bohème: Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter 

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Next Performances
Thu 15th Dec
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Winter Wonderland

Classical

17 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Winter Wonderland

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Conjure up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and spellbinding music for the season.

Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians play beautiful music by composers including Bach and Corelli, together with festive music from Eastern Europe and beyond, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.

Banish the darkest days of the year and celebrate the yuletide season in style.

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Sat 17th Dec
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It's a Wonderful Life

Film

19 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

It's a Wonderful Life

Synopsis

With live music. 

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most heart-warming and popular films ever made.

In the festive Victorian surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room, join James Stewart as George Bailey, a man so beset with problems that he loses all hope on Christmas Eve.

This special Christmas event will open with live music at 7.15pm, 30 minutes before the screening starts. Get fully in the mood for yule logs and glad tidings by joining us for an unmissable Christmas experience.

Dir. Frank Capra, USA 1946, 131 mins. Cert U.

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Next Performances
Mon 19th Dec
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The Tallis Scholars

Classical

20 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

In the darkest month of the year, the Tallis Scholars light up the festive season with classic texts associated with Christmas from some of the lesser known master composers of the Renaissance.

The first half pairs one of the most influential motets of its time: Josquin's motet Praeter rerum seriem, with de Rore’s elaborate mass on the birth of Christ Missa Praetum rerum seriem.

The second half continues the Christmas theme, proceeding through remarkable pieces by Victoria, de Sermisy (a Franco-Flemish composer in the generation after Josquin) and Mexican composer Hernando Franco. The evening culminates with John Taverner's most intricate and splendid antiphon in praise of the virgin, O splendor gloriae. 

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Tue 20th Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

29 - 31 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Ellie Laugharne, Soprano
​Heather Lowe, Mezzo Soprano 

Having lived in Vienna for the past twenty years, Aleksandar is the perfect host for Opera North’s ever popular Viennese Whirl.

With two soloists and an orchestra at his disposal, he will waltz you through all-time favourites, delight with hand-picked gems and march us all into the New Year in true style.

Huddersfield Examiner said after last year’s concert ‘Few orchestras anywhere can pull off the full range of this music with the panache and skill of the Opera North Orchestra’ – early booking is highly recommended.

Next Performances
Thu 29th Dec
Sat 31st Dec
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Anne Schwanewilms

Classical

19 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anne Schwanewilms

Synopsis

Praised by the New York Times for her ‘vocal refinement’ and ‘pliant lyricism’, Anne Schwanewilms ranks among today’s finest lyric sopranos.

She is a supremely gifted Straussian and one of the foremost interpreters of late Romantic opera and song.

In partnership with pianist Malcolm Martineau she showcases her soaring, crystalline voice with a compellingly beautiful and varied programme of Strauss and Wolf songs.

Part of an exclusive tour of the finest recital halls that include London's Wigmore Hall and New York's Alice Tully Hall.

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Thu 19th Jan
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The Snow Maiden

Opera

21 Jan - 24 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Snow Maiden

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Opera North's first ever staging of Rimsky-Korsakov's delightful Russian opera The Snow Maiden opens our fairy tale season.

The Snow Maiden is warm and beautiful, but she hides a tragic secret, her heart is made of ice. If warmed by human love, her heart will melt and she will die. Enchanted by the shepherd boy Lel, she yearns to experience life with humans. Her parents relent, with tragic consequences.

A gorgeous and lyrical evocation of the natural world, Rimsky Korsakov’s delightfully colourful, folk-inspired opera is based on a well-loved Russian fairy tale. With an inventive use of video imagery, the piece imaginatively blends and contrasts worlds of fantasy and reality. 

Find out more below:

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Next Performances
Sat 21st Jan
Sat 28th Jan
Fri 3rd Feb
Fri 17th Feb
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: A Bite Size Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Victoria Joyce, Soprano
Nicholas Sales, Tenor
Jeremy Peaker, Baritone
Annette Saunders, Piano

A selection of favourites from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Led by Jeremy Peaker, a member of the Chorus of Opera North who regularly appears in roles within the company and former singer of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the concert will include excerpts from The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Yeomen of the Guard amongst others.

Next Performances
Wed 25th Jan
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Music of James Bond

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Gareth Hudson, Conductor
Mary Carewe, Vocalist
Simon Bowman, Vocalist

Shaken and Stirred — the ultimate Bond concert with excerpts from all 24 films from Dr. No to Spectre.

With classic songs made famous by great artists such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Matt Monro, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Adele, Sam Smith and more, this evening is dedicated to the world’s most famous spy.

Led by Gareth Hudson and joined by two of the leading vocal artists of the Bond repertoire, Mary Carewe and Simon Bowman, from the moment the Orchestra of Opera North strike up the iconic James Bond Theme you will realise that ‘Nobody Does It Better’ as you’re immersed in an evening of classic Bond music which will leave you shaken AND stirred.  

Channel your inner spy or become a Bond-girl for the evening as we encourage bookers to dress to impress. 

See below for related event. 

Next Performances
Thu 26th Jan
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Hansel and Gretel

Opera

2 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Hansel and Gretel

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A classic fairy tale, told by the music of Humperdinck and explored in an inventive new production by Edward Dick.

Perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. From a poor home in which hunger is an ever-present threat, brother and sister escape to the world of the forest, both idyllic and dangerous. There, they encounter supernatural forces such as the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch.

In the dizzying excitement of the Witch’s Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story, whilst this contemporary take on a classic story reveals the perils of growing up!

For more information, see below:

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Next Performances
Thu 2nd Feb
Sat 4th Feb
Wed 15th Feb
Sat 18th Feb
There are a total of 13 upcoming performances for this production
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Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Opera

16 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

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A new production of Rossini's sparkling comedy performed by an exciting international cast. 

A much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it. Cinderella scrubs the floor of a dance school and dreams of a better life. A prince arrives seeking a companion and so this sparkling romcom is set in motion.

Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico and the Prince’s servant Dandini are marvellous comic creations. Cinderella herself emerges as a true romantic heroine whose transformation is achieved through the power of music.

An evening of pure magic is in store, uniting the fun, fire and brilliance of Rossini’s music with a fresh and witty production. 

For more information, see below:

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Thu 16th Feb
Sat 18th Feb
Tue 21st Feb
Thu 23rd Feb
There are a total of 13 upcoming performances for this production
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Batley

Batley Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Having become a popular fixture of the Chamber Concert Season, George King is set to bring his inimitable style of programme back for another year.

As acclaimed as a jazz pianist and improviser as with more traditional piano repertoire, George will dazzle once again in this final lunchtime concert. Please note the venue due to refurbishment work in Dewsbury.

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Feb
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Orchestra of Opera North: Nature and Spirit

Orchestral

30 Mar - 1 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Nature and Spirit

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Jack Liebeck, Violin

Aleksandar Markovic returns to close the Kirklees Concert Season with an epic concert showcasing music at its most descriptive to paint landscapes of three different countries.

From the woodlands of Finland and the realm of Tapiola, we travel across the water for Bruch’s evocative Scottish Fantasy. With its roots firmly embedded in folk music the heritage of the work is clear and Jack Liebeck, who recently recorded all Bruch’s violin works for Hyperion, is the perfect person to return to Huddersfield to bring the music to life.

Strauss’ tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie begins at daybreak in the mountains and we can vividly imagine the crevasses and rock formations as we trek ever upwards towards the summit. The contrast between the outward vistas and the inner reflection of the climber is poignantly juggled throughout this monumental work.

Sibelius Tapiola Op. 112
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Strauss Alpine Symphony

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 30th Mar
Sat 1st Apr
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Turandot

Opera

28 Apr 2017 - 16 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Turandot

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Puccini's thrilling final opera performed as the latest of our acclaimed concert stagings. 

In ancient Beijing, Princess Turandot decrees that she will marry the prince who can solve three riddles. Those who fail are put to death. Prince Calaf, dazzled by her beauty, determines to win her despite the pleas of the servant girl Liu who is secretly in love with him.

Puccini’s last opera includes music of exotic colour and overwhelming power, including the famous and instantly recognisable ‘Nessun Dorma’.

Following in the wake of its world-beating Ring cycle, Turandot is the latest in Opera North’s celebrated series of concert stagings of epic operas. 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Fri 28th Apr
Sun 30th Apr
Fri 5th May
Fri 12th May
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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