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Family

Music and Movement at The Deep

29 Aug - 1 Sep 2017

Hull

The Deep

Music and Movement at The Deep

Synopsis

Join us at one of Hull’s most iconic venues for a series of fun 45 minute workshops, where adults, tots and babies can explore music together in a friendly environment. 

Participants have the chance to sing songs, explore instruments, play games and generally have fun with music.

Absolutely wonderful. We loved the songs (lovely to hear new ones!) the instruments made it magical - the sea theme is fantastic!

— A participant

Sessions aim to introduce music and movement at the earliest stages of a child’s development to spark a life-long connection with the arts. 

They also provide the ideal environment in which adults and infants can bond through creative play.

Join us to explore some of our favourite inhabitants of The Deep!

Please note: entry to the Deep is not included in the ticket price

Next Performances
Tue 29th Aug
Tue 29th Aug
Tue 29th Aug
Thu 31st Aug
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Family

Little Listeners

31 Aug 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
Thu 31st Aug
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival 2017

2 Sep 2017

Harrogate

Royal Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival 2017

Synopsis

Part of Ripon International Festival 2017

​Janusz Piotrowicz, Conductor

Borodin’s exotic oriental showpiece follows a vivid portrayal of the most poignant love story. Shostakovich’s gripping masterpiece was composed during the Stalin era: the heroic opening, a raging emotional tempest, the 3rd movement – the heart and soul of the piece – filled with beautiful melodies in the strings with woodwind, harp and celeste; the thrilling Finale an expression of defiance cloaked in celebration. The premiere in 1937 was a huge success, the audience  giving a 40-minute ovation.  Expect a scorching performance!

...rarely will you hear the anger and bitterness of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony unleashed with such unremitting force and acerbity. It took the Orchestra to the edge of their combined virtuosity .. the Allegro was taken just about as fast as any orchestra could tackle, but it worked in adding that final tingle factor. 

(Orchestra of Opera North/Piotrowicz) — Yorkshire Post

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Next Performances
Sat 2nd Sep
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

13 Sep 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

George King, Piano 

Back by popular demand, George King will perform a combination of classical masterpieces and jazz standards all woven together with his unique improvisatory twist. His continued draw is testament to the skill and versatility of this seasoned perfomer who is as much at home with the music of Debussy and Beethoven as he is with that of Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck. 

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Next Performances
Wed 13th Sep
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Spoken Word/Talks

Inside Opera: The Little Greats

14 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: The Little Greats

Synopsis

Do you want to learn more about this exciting season and what goes into staging an opera?

Join key members of The Little Greats cast and creative team, including director Annabel Arden and director/designer Charles Edwards, for a lively discussion in the Howard Assembly Room. 

Next Performances
Thu 14th Sep
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Opera and The Little Greats

Pagliacci (The Clowns)

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Pagliacci (The 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

Part of The Little Greats festival of short operas. See what else is performed on the same date and build your own double-bill:

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 16 September Leeds   
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 23 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On tour in a fixed double bill  

In Leeds, book tickets for individual operas in The Little Greats separately. 
View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Thu 12th Oct
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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

#LittleGreats

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in French with English titles

Part of The Little Greats festival of short operas. See what else is performed on the same date and build your own double-bill:

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 16 September Leeds   
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 23 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 29 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Matinee) Sat 7 October Leeds  
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 October Leeds  
L'enfant et les sortilèges / Osud From Sat 28 October On tour in a fixed double bill  

In Leeds, book tickets for individual operas in The Little Greats separately. 
View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
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World Music

India's Children: Partition

22 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

India's Children: Partition

Synopsis

On 15 August 1947 as the clock struck midnight, the legendary shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan played the first notes of a hopeful and moving raag, as one country became, at the stroke of a pen, two.

Inspired by that moment, this multi-media performance explores the partition of India and its impact and legacy 70 years on: the joy of independence from British rule, the displacement of millions in the largest mass migration in human history, and the sheer terror of sectarian violence in which as many as one million civilians died. 

Musical direction by Jasdeep Singh Degun, featuring Kirpal Panesar on tar shehnai, Alex De Little Sound Artists, and Liz Hanks on cello. 

Produced by Opera North Projects and South Asian Arts-UK.

Next Performances
Fri 22nd Sep
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Film

Film: Revolutionary Road

23 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Revolutionary Road

Synopsis

Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) find the confines of conventionality creeping around them when they move into a house in the suburbs. 

Part of The Little Greats

He toils 10 hours a day in a job he hates, while her dreams of being an actress are set aside to become a homemaker. Longing for escape, they make a getaway plan. Directed by Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road is a theatrical, dark meditation on the American Dream.

Handsomely done and beautifully acted

— Empire

Directed with extraordinary skill… a tough road well worth travelling

— Rolling Stone

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Sep
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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

Part of The Little Greats festival of short operas. See what else is performed on the same date and build your own double-bill:

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds  
Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Sat 7 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Cavalleria rusticana /
Trouble in Tahiti
Thu 19 October Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On tour in a fixed double bill  

In Leeds, book tickets for individual operas in The Little Greats separately. 
View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Thu 12th Oct
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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 was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first operetta and launched 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.

#LittleGreats

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Part of The Little Greats festival of short operas. See what else is performed on the same date and build your own double-bill:

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds   
Trial by Jury /
L'enfant et les sortileges
Fri 29 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Cavalleria rusticana /
Trial by Jury
Sat 7 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trouble in Tahiti /
Trial by Jury
Fri 13 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds  
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On tour in a fixed double bill  

In Leeds, book tickets for individual operas in The Little Greats separately. 
View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: From the Old World to the New

28 Sep 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: From the Old World to the New

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Alpesh Chauhan, Conductor

Both Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances are more well-known than the operas they come from and are arguably the composers' most renowned works. Similarly, 'From the New World' Symphony has a far greater following than any of Dvořák's other works and, since its premier in 1893, has been one of the most performed symphonies worldwide. 

Alpesh Chauhan, Principal Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini Parma and former Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, makes his debut in Kirklees and with Opera North in this season's opening concert.

Chauhan is one of those conductors who makes every phrase and detail sound like it's communicating something - and he possesses that magical, Beecham-like knack for making evening the rests sing

— The Arts Desk

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila: Overture 
Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia 
Borodin Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World'

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Next Performances
Thu 28th Sep

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