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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

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Running Time

Approximately 4 hours (including 2 intervals)

Language

Sung in German with English titles

The Music 

Next Performances
Fri 30th Sep
Sat 22nd Oct
Fri 28th Oct
Wed 2nd Nov
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Synopsis

Founder of Irish super-group The Gloaming, Martin Hayes’ nuanced and profound approach to the Irish fiddle draws inspiration from many genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare.

He plays with long term collaborator and fellow member of The Gloaming, virtuoso guitarist Dennis Cahill. 

Together, their music represents the vitally beautiful traditional element of The Gloaming’s sound, found in haunting melodies and rousing medleys, whilst creating an alchemy all of their own.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Thu 29th Sep
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On the Waterfront

Film

30 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

On the Waterfront

Synopsis

In the electrifying performance that would define his career, Marlon Brando plays Terry Malloy, a one time prize-fighter resigned to backbreaking work as a longshoreman on docks ruled by a ruthless union boss.

Nominated for twelve Oscars and winning eight, including Best Actor for Brando and Best Director for Kazan, On the Waterfront remains a haunting portrait of life on the margins.

This thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama is illuminated by Brando’s central performance, which redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.

Dir. Elia Kazan, USA 1954, 103 mins. Cert PG.

Shown to accompany Puccini’s Il tabarro on Opera North’s main stage, with an introduction before the film by Professor Paul Cooke, Centenary Chair in World Cinemas from the University of Leeds.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Fri 30th Sep
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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

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.

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
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. 

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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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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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