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Leaving a legacy gift to Opera North helps us to ensure that the Company can continue to produce its excellent and varied work long into the future.

Whether you have been inspired by our mainstage operas, education and outreach work, or superb orchestra, your legacy will make an indelible mark on whichever area of the Company you would like to see supported, ensuring that you will be remembered alongside the work that you love.

Creating a legacy

In 2012 Opera North mounted a new production of Norma (pictured above) which arose from the legacy left by Gertrude Pfaffinger.

“In an act of quite extraordinary generosity, Gertrude made a bequest to Opera North on the understanding that it would be used to mount a new production of Norma, dedicated to her memory and in homage to one of the great Normas of the past, Maria Callas. This we do with affection and an enormous sense of gratitude.”

— Dr Richard Mantle OBE, General Director, Opera North

The Harewood Circle

If you choose to leave a gift in your Will to Opera North we would like to thank you personally. We will invite you to join the Harewood Circle in recognition of the gift you have pledged. As a member, you will benefit from a close association with Opera North, with an annual reception to thank you for your lasting gift.

Next steps

If you would like to discuss leaving a legacy gift to Opera North, please contact Sally Hind on 0113 223 3553. We promise to respect your wishes, and to treat all correspondence and discussions in confidence. Any information you give does not involve you in any binding agreement.

The Opera North Future Fund

The Opera North Future Fund is Opera North’s endowment fund, created in 2008 to extend, support, and develop the work of the Company. It exists to build a sustainable financial base as Opera North continues its high profile outreach and education projects, mainstage productions, audience development initiatives, and new commissions.  

Projects supported by the Future Fund include:

  • Opera North's Hansel and Gretel Schools' Matinee
  • DARE Cultural Fellowships and Scholarships in association with the University of Leeds
  • Opera North's Higher Education Programme
  • Royal Northern College of Music Chorus Mentor Scheme
  • The filming of Opera North’s Ring cycle


Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0)113 223 3553
Address: Opera North Grand Theatre,
46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU