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Opera and The Little Greats

Pagliacci (Clowns)

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Pagliacci (Clowns)

Synopsis

Ruggero Leoncavallo's shot of pure operatic adrenaline
Part of The Little Greats

In the thrilling curtain-raiser to the season, Leoncavallo carves a ‘bleeding slice of life’ out of the tale of a touring theatre troupe preparing for a show. Canio is eaten up with jealous suspicion of his wife, the leading lady. When he learns the truth of her faithlessness, the performance of the play is derailed by real life passion spun out of control, and the stage becomes the scene of a violent reckoning. Pagliacci is an operatic rollercoaster, hurtling towards a bloody climax that unfolds in front of the shocked on-stage audience.

Strap in tight and get ready to career from laughter to horrified awe as comedy and tragedy collide amidst scintillating melodies. Pagliacci includes some of the most famous music ever written for Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio’s ‘show must go on’ aria ‘Vesti la giubba’ and Tonio’s Prologue.

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

The Music

See Pagliacci in a double bill with Cavalleria rusticana

Next Performances
Sat 18th Nov
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Opera and The Little Greats

L´enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

L´enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

Synopsis

Maurice Ravel's bewitching childhood fantasy
Part of The Little Greats

A naughty child assaults everything in his room after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects around him – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life. Out in the garden, events take an even more disturbing turn when all the trees and animals rebuke him for the injuries he has done them in the past. Can the child redeem himself?

With colourful characters including a pair of singing cats, a teapot and china cup duo, a talking armchair, a tree-frog and a squirrel, Colette’s magical words are set by Ravel to a spellbinding musical score. This darkly brilliant opera celebrates the mysteries of childhood and will amuse and enchant adults and children alike.

L'enfant et les sortilèges is our schools' matinee. For familes: try our interactive pre-show workshop

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in French with English titles

The Music

See L'enfant et les sortilèges as a family matinee or in a double bill with Osud

Next Performances
Sat 18th Nov
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Family

Little Singers

18 Sep - 11 Dec 2017

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.

We run two sessions at the Howard Assembly Room on Mondays:

  • 0-4s at 10.15am
  • Babies under 1 at 11.30am

Both are suitable for babies but the earlier session is perfect if you’ve got several children under four as it keeps everyone entertained!

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

Morley Town Hall Mondays at 11.15am Mon 18 Sept - 11 Dec (ex 23 Oct)
Colton Primary School Thursdays at 10am Thur 14 Sept - 14 Dec (ex 26 Oct)

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

Follow our Little Singers playlist:

Next Performances
Mon 20th Nov
Mon 20th Nov
Mon 27th Nov
Mon 11th Dec
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Opera and The Little Greats

Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

Pietro Mascagni's red-blooded tale of jealousy and revenge
Part of The Little Greats

Cavalleria rusticana tells the tale of a soldier who has returned from the army to find his lover has married another man. He consoles himself by seducing another girl, even though he is still consumed by his obsessive desire for his first love. This powder keg of passions is primed to ignite at Easter in the midst of a small community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni lavishes gorgeously lyrical melodies on a gritty drama of betrayal, jealousy and violent revenge. With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, Cavalleria rusticana is thought by many to be the very essence of Italian opera.

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

The Music

See Cavalleria rusticana in a double bill with Pagliacci.

Next Performances
Sat 18th Nov
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Opera and The Little Greats

Trial by Jury

27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trial by Jury

Synopsis

Gilbert & Sullivan's hilarious courtroom farce
Part of The Little Greats

The glamorous Angelina brings a court case against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the ghastly realisation that she bores him intensely. Unfortunately for Edwin, all of the members of the jury and even the judge have fallen for Angelina themselves. But what will happen to Edwin, her erstwhile intended? And will Angelina achieve her dream of walking down the aisle?

Every ounce of comic potential is mined from a ludicrous plot which is taken perfectly seriously by everyone caught up in it. With its brilliantly witty comic numbers, catchy tunes and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury cemented a partnership that took British musical theatre by storm. It is cast entirely from the Chorus of Opera North who showcased their versatility in last year’s musical success, Into the Woods, in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Trailer

See Trial By Jury in a double bill with Trouble in Tahiti.

Next Performances
Fri 17th Nov
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Family

The Child and the Magic Spells: Family Workshop

7 Oct - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Child and the Magic Spells: Family Workshop

Synopsis

Experience opera as a family for a day out with a difference. A fun and interactive family workshop exploring The Child and the Magic Spells

Part of The Little Greats

Suitable for ages 7+

Ravel’s brilliant, bonkers L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) tells the story of a naughty child who gets more than he bargained for when objects that he previously broke – furniture, clocks, crockery – start coming to life.

Before seeing the 45 minute opera, get to know some of the unusual characters, discover the magical story, learn some French words and sing some of the songs from the show.
 
Great for families with children aged 7+ that love drama and music. Groups also welcome.

Next Performances
Sat 18th Nov
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

9 Oct - 20 Nov 2017

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 20th Nov
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Opera and The Little Greats

Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Leonard Bernstein's satire on the American Dream
Part of The Little Greats

In 1950s suburbia, Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their little white house. But their growing detachment exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie. Sam escapes to the hyper-masculine, win-or-lose world of work and the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, where the hit picture of the day is the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti.

A jazz trio provides an ironic gloss on the story, pointing up the stark contrast between the unreal fantasy of domestic bliss peddled by the ad-men and the painful truth of Sam and Dinah’s lives.

Bernstein’s score for his deeply touching first opera is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

The Music

See Trouble in Tahiti in a double bill with Trial by Jury

Next Performances
Fri 17th Nov
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Film

Battleship Potemkin

18 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Battleship Potemkin

Synopsis

With live score 

It's 1905 and the crew of the Potemkin are electrified by news of a revolution; the lower decks strive to replicate it in a mutiny against their brutal officers.

As word of their revolt spreads, the people of nearby Odessa gather to show their support for the crew. The ensuing chaos has become one of cinema’s most iconic sequences, as peaceful protesters are gunned down on the steps leading into the city. Technically virtuosic, visually epic and intense, Battleship Potemkin is given a propulsive new score to match by Norwegian composer and electronic musician Jan Bang and Matt Calvert from Three Trapped Tigers.

Potemkin is a vital viewing experience that transcends its landmark / milestone status. 

—The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 18th Nov
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Family

Little Listeners

21 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

Synopsis

Players from Opera North's renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.

Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs. 

Suitable for 0-5 years

Next Performances
Tue 21st Nov
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Classical

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.

The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.

“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”

Financial Times

Schumann Dichterliebe
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby Settings of Yeats

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Nov

Orchestra of Opera North: Arnold, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Howells

Synopsis

Booking for New Subscribers: Monday 17 July
**General on Sale: Saturday 19 August**

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds College of Music Student Chorus
St Peter's Singers

David Hill - conductor
Sarah Fox - soprano
Ben Hulett - tenor

Arnold Peterloo Overture
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar In the South
Howells Hymnus Paradisi

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is 

— Arnold

Pre-concert talk 6:45pm
Peter Whitfield discusses this evening's works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Next Performances
Sat 25th Nov

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