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Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours: Songs and Sonnets

14 May - 23 Jul 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours: Songs and Sonnets

Synopsis

Brush up your Shakespeare this spring with the ON After Hours Chorus as they explore some varied Shakespearean repertoire in celebration of the return to the stage of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s witty retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

Rehearsals will be led by friendly professional artists who will help you to learn operatic and choral pieces inspired by the Bard’s works, in preparation for a relaxed performance in front of family and friends on Monday 23 July.

To take part, you will need some experience of singing and be able to follow a music score.

Next Performances
Mon 14th May
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Music

Aeons: a Sound Journey for Newcastle

22 Jun - 30 Jun 2018

Gateshead

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Aeons: a Sound Journey for Newcastle

Synopsis

Four walks a day between 22 June – 7 September (excluding Sundays, Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August) 

Come to the river! Collect a pair of our headphones and disappear into an adventure in sound along the river’s edge, through millennia, and far out of the everyday.

Music by composer and accordion wizard Martin Green (Lau), with the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, draws you into a journey along the River Tyne through the heart of Newcastle, exploring the vastness of time in the geographical landscape and the centuries of human history laid onto it. 

Part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Aeons also features the vocals of Ryton’s own Becky Unthank (The Unthanks), Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and binaural field recordings made along the river, to accompany you during this half-hour walk.

Head on over to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, put on a set of our headphones and disappear into a sound adventure, walking the epic span of the Bridge, with a world of sound in your ears. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for whatever the weather can throw at you.
 
Aeons will open as part of the spectacular Get North! opening event on Friday 22 June at the Great Exhibition of the North’s Quayside Hub, which also includes the Get North Water Sculpture, an 80m tall fountain that will perform to a soundtrack of three specially commissioned music compositions.

Dates: 22 June – 9 September, every Monday – Saturday (excluding Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August).
Running times: 10am
11.30am
1pm 
2.30pm
  Tickets are free but please book in advance
Next Performances
Mon 2nd Jul
Wed 1st Aug
Mon 3rd Sep
Fri 7th Sep
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Orchestral

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

21 Jul 2018

Scarborough

Scarbrough Spa

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Ryedale Festival

Renato Balsadonna (Conductor)
Kathryn Rudge (Mezzo-soprano)

Hammer blows of fate open Beethoven's most famous symphony and mark the beginning of an epic journey from turbulence to resounding optimism. Eighty years later, Brahms was still wrestling with Beethoven’s legacy when he produced some of the deepest and most profound music of the century in the emotional catharsis of his final symphony.

These two great and much-loved works are separated by an English masterpiece, as one of the fastest-rising young British singers performs Elgar’s famous Sea Pictures in an elegant venue with stunning views across Scarborough’s South Bay.

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Elgar Sea Pictures
Brahms Symphony no. 4 in E minor

 

Next Performances
Sat 21st Jul
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Orchestral

Inspiration Choir: Another Day of Sun

22 Jul 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Inspiration Choir: Another Day of Sun

Synopsis

With the Orchestra of Opera North

The massed voices of Inspiration Choir and the Orchestra of Opera North present a feel good concert for the summer, with songs from the smash hit film La La Land and other toe-tapping numbers.

Liz Green – Presenter
Gary Griffiths – Conductor

For more information about Inspiration visit www.inspirationuk.com.

Next Performances
Sun 22nd Jul
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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.

With special guests

Robin S, Utah Saints, Alison Limerick, Shades of Rhythm, Saffron, Robert Owens, Rachel McFarlane, Sara Garvey and Ralph Lawson

For all the latest event information, 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

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

​£45 VIP seats

VIP package includes: A premium seat located in the best position of the arena / Complimentary refreshments that include prosecco, nibbles or a hot beverage and cookies at Civic Hall to be enjoyed both pre-show and interval / A VIP lanyard / Exclusive access to Civic Hall toilets pre-concert and interval

Performance Programme

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Smetana Vltava
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet – Dance of the knights
Leoncavallo Pagliacci – Vesti la giubba
Verdi Rigoletto – La Donna e mobile
Ponchielli La Gioconda – Dance of the Hours
Enescu Romanian Rhapsody no.1
  INTERVAL
Ravel Bolero (arranged AF)
Dvorak Symphony no.9 – II
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker – Dance of the Mirlitons
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake – Danse des Cygnets
Khachaturian Gayaneh – Sabre Dance
Puccini Tosca – E lucevan le stelle
Debussy Clair de lune
Grieg Peer Gynt - Morning , In the Hall of the Mountain King
Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube
  ENCORE
Puccini Turandot – Nessun Dorma
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…

Conductor — Ben Palmer

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

Part 1 William Tell Overture Rossini
  Concierto de Aranjuez (Orange Juice Concerto) Rodrigo with soloist Craig Ogden
Part 2 Brassed Off Live in concert

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.

Trailer

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

​£45 VIP seats

VIP package includes: A premium seat located in the best position of the arena / Complimentary refreshments that include prosecco, nibbles or a hot beverage and cookies at Civic Hall to be enjoyed both pre-show and interval / A VIP lanyard / Exclusive access to Civic Hall toilets pre-concert and interval

Next Performances
Sun 29th Jul
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Music

Chilly Gonzales

8 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Chilly Gonzales

Synopsis

Grammy Award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales is known both for the subtlety and poise of his best-selling Solo Piano albums and his charismatic showmanship.

‘Gonzo’ is a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper – meshing tradition with pop, electro and rap. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake and holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours.

In a rare intimate show, Chilly Gonzales takes to the stage of the Howard Assembly Room with pieces from his Solo Piano album cycle, after which he is joined by Stella Le Page on cello and Joe Flory on drums to perform hits and hidden surprises from the rest of his repertoire, interspersed with his playful explanations about how his music works.

Next Performances
Sat 8th Sep
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Film

Film: Rome, Open City

14 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Rome, Open City

Synopsis

Dir Roberto Rossellini; in Italian with English subtitles; 102 mins; Italy; 1945

Roberto Rossellini's post-war portrait of life under the Nazi occupation is often named as one of the greatest films ever made. Immediate, tense and powerful, Rome, Open City is a landmark of Italian neorealism, made in extraordinarily difficult circumstances in the immediate aftermath of the liberation of Rome.

The film follows partisan leader Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) as he attempts to evade the Gestapo by enlisting the help of Pina (Anna Magnani), fiancée of a fellow member of the underground resistance, and priest Don Pietro (Aldo Fabrizi).

Shot partly on the ravaged streets of the city, Rome, Open City blends the immediacy of documentary with high drama and affectingly naturalistic performances. 

Next Performances
Fri 14th Sep
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Opera

Tosca

16 Sep - 16 Nov 2018

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Tosca

Synopsis

Giacomo Puccini (1900)

Puccini’s melodrama of lust and love, of cruelty and self-sacrifice, of freedom and repression, portrays human relationships at their best and at their worst with uncompromising force. ​

Tosca, a star singer, is the lover of Cavaradossi, an artist. Scarpia, the corrupt Chief of Police and agent of the state, is obsessed with Tosca and willing to go to any lengths to have her. When Cavaradossi is arrested and tortured for helping an escaped political prisoner, Scarpia blackmails Tosca: she and Cavaradossi can go free if she will give herself to him. Violated, Tosca plots her revenge, but the consequences are more terrible than she can imagine.

Puccini’s high-octane score – at times soaring and tender, at other times brutally powerful – has made Tosca one of the world’s most popular operas. Highlights include the pile-driving ‘Te Deum’, Tosca’s defiant credo ‘Vissi d’arte’, and Cavaradossi’s immensely moving farewell to life, ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

With a stellar cast including Giselle Allen (Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana), Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas (Calaf in Turandot) and British baritone Robert Hayward (Wotan in the Ring cycle), Opera North’s new Tosca promises to be a compelling experience.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Sat 22 Sep 6.00 – 6.45pm Book now
Fri 28 Sep 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Thu 11 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sat 13 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Next Performances
Sun 16th Sep
Sat 22nd Sep
Fri 28th Sep
Wed 3rd Oct
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Bite-sized Gilbert and Sullivan

19 Sep 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Bite-sized Gilbert and Sullivan

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2018/19

​​A delightful romp through the risqué wit of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas. Jeremy Peaker (Chorus of Opera North and formerly D’Oyly Carte) and friends will guide you through extracts of much-loved favourites from the likes of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Trial By Jury and many, many more in an afternoon of music and merriment, with backstage anecdotes from the group’s time performing G&S classics on tour.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

Kirklees Concert Season 2018/19 Brochure (PDF)

 

Audio Brochure: Kirklees Concert Season

Next Performances
Wed 19th Sep
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Highlands of Home

20 Sep 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Highlands of Home

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019
Arnold, Debussy, Bruch, Mendelssohn

Conductor, Garry Walker
Violin, Jack Liebeck

Garry Walker returns to Huddersfield to open the Kirklees Concert Season with a programme inspired by his homeland.

Scottish landscapes have captured the imaginations of composers throughout Europe for centuries. Based on folk melodies from across the border, and one from poet Robert Burns, Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances feature clever imitations of bagpipes – an instrument synonymous with Scotland and a fitting way to herald the start of the concert. 

With its unmistakable Scottish flair, Debussy’s March Écossaise is filled with pastoral variations building to a dramatic conclusion; and a twilight visit to the ruins of Holyrood Chapel was the spark for Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3

Having closed the 2016-17 season with a stunning performance of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, violinist Jack Liebeck returns as soloist on the composer’s first violin concerto, one of the best-loved pieces in the classical repertoire and a former Classic FM Hall of Fame number 1. 

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Arnold Four Scottish Dances
Op. 59
Debussy Marche Écossaise sur un thème populaire
(Scottish March on a Popular Theme)
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

Kirklees Concert Season 2018/19 Brochure (PDF)

 

Audio Brochure: Kirklees Concert Season

Next Performances
Thu 20th Sep

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