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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
Tue 30th Aug
Thu 1st Sep
Mon 12th Sep
Mon 10th Oct
There are a total of 12 upcoming performances for this production
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Little Listeners

Family

5 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

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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

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Mon 5th Sep
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Souad Massi

World Music

11 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Souad Massi

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Raised in pre-civil war Algeria, playing guitar in jeans and trainers, Souad Massi was going to get noticed: firstly for fronting a political rock band, then performing solo in Paris after fleeing death threats. 

Following a sold-out concert at the Barbican in 2015, she comes north for a long-awaited duo show, exposing the lyricism and warmth of her extraordinary voice at close quarters.

This performance interprets the music of her album El-Mutakallimûn (Masters of the Word), based on a millennium of Arabic poetry mixed with musical influences that include fado and African soul. 

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sun 11th Sep
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Der Rosenkavalier

Opera

17 Sep - 19 Nov 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Der Rosenkavalier

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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

Next Performances
Sat 17th Sep
Sat 24th Sep
Fri 30th Sep
Sat 22nd Oct
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Fantastic Dreams and Visions

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov, Piano

Opera North’s new Music Director Aleksandar Markovic is an ardent fan of Scriabin’s music. The colourful, eerie and almost ethereal soundscapes evident throughout Nuances fit perfectly with the dream-world created by Berlioz in his ‘Symphonie Fantastique: An episode in the Life of an Artist.’ From pastures to lavish ballroom and from the guillotine to the intoning bells heralding the Day of Judgement, there is no work like this iconic symphony. 

Also based on the Dies Irae, Rachmaninov’s iconic Variations feature one of the most enduring pieces of classical music. They are performed here by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov.

Scriabin (orch Nemtin)

Nuances

N°1 Poème languide - Pas vite 
N°2 Poème - Allegretto 
N°3 Con delicatezza 
N°4 Poème ailé - Vivo 
N°5 Con delicatezza cristalina 
N°7 Allegro fantastico 
N°9 Fier, belliqueux 
N°10 Fantastique
N°11 Prélude – Sauvage, belliqueux 
N°12 Masque – Allegretto
N°13 Etrangeté – Gracieux délicat 
N°14 Molto vivace 

Rachmaninov Variations on a theme of Paganini
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Sep
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Nicholas Wolpe

Spoken Word/Talks

23 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nicholas Wolpe

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​A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa. 

On 11 July 1963, police raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, South Africa and arrested the high command of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

At the resulting Rivonia Trial, eight men, including Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison.  

Nicholas Wolpe is the founder of the Liliesleaf Trust and son of prominent anti-apartheid activist Harold Wolpe, who was arrested at Liliesleaf. This autumn, he offers his powerful insight on both this decisive era for South Africa and the political crisis the country finds itself in today, more than 20 years after the first free elections.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2017, in association with the University of Leeds.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Fri 23rd Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tubular Brass Plays Tubular Bells

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One of the most iconic albums of all time, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is performed live by Tubular Brass, a specially formed 28-piece brass band made up of some of the UK’s leading players.

Released in 1973, Tubular Bells famously stayed in the UK charts for 273 weeks, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. This re-imagining of the pioneering sonic masterpiece for brass band is an experience not to be missed. 

In the first half of the concert the ensemble presents Mary Casio, a new commission for brass band and ’70s analogue synthesisers by electronic composer Hannah Peel - John Foxx collaborator and member of The Magnetic North, who grew up playing in colliery brass bands. 

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sat 24th Sep
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Anthony Kraus, Piano

Featuring the Opera North Piano Trio - David Greed, very familiar to Dewsbury audiences and a stalwart of the Dewsbury Chamber Concert Series since the early 1980s, is joined by Jessica Burroughs, Principal Cellist of Opera North and Anthony Kraus, Assistant Head of Music, to perform works by Beethoven and Dvořák.

Next Performances
Wed 28th Sep
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The Master Musicians of Jajouka

World Music

28 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Master Musicians of Jajouka

Synopsis

Led by Bachir Attar. Originating from a village in northern Morocco, the music of Jajouka has been described by William S. Burroughs as “the 4,000-year-old rock ‘n’ roll band”.

Championed by artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones and Ornette Coleman, the propulsive grooves and trance-like melodies of the Attar family preserves one of the oldest known musical traditions on the planet.

"This is a living music," says film director Jarmusch, "and whenever I listen to its hallucinogenic properties, (I believe) that if The Master Musicians of Jajouka were to ever stop the flow of their magic, the earth might well stop rotating on its axis".

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Wed 28th Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

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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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Il tabarro & Suor Angelica

Opera

1 Oct - 2 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Il tabarro & Suor Angelica

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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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Elude the clutch of the October chill with this five-hour non-stop array of soulful, and otherwise transcendent music, from Bach and Arvo Pärt, to Kora, Koto and back again. 

Next Performances
Fri 7th Oct
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