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Family

Little Singers

12 Sep 2016 - 3 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

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.

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

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Next Performances
Mon 27th Feb
Mon 6th Mar
Mon 13th Mar
Mon 20th Mar
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Opera

The Snow Maiden

21 Jan - 24 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Snow Maiden

Synopsis

Opera North's first ever staging of Rimsky-Korsakov's delightful Russian opera The Snow Maiden opens our fairy tale season.

The Snow Maiden is warm and beautiful, but she hides a tragic secret, her heart is made of ice. If warmed by human love, her heart will melt and she will die. Enchanted by the shepherd boy Lel, she yearns to experience life with humans. Her parents relent, with tragic consequences.

A gorgeous and lyrical evocation of the natural world, Rimsky Korsakov’s delightfully colourful, folk-inspired opera is based on a well-loved Russian fairy tale. With an inventive use of video imagery, the piece imaginatively blends and contrasts worlds of fantasy and reality. 

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

What the critics say

… visual enchantment...captivating.

The Spectator - Read full review

Strikingly atmospheric

The Stage - Read full review

There is delightful singing from Aoife Miskelly in the title role and Elin Pritchard as her rival, and a striking debut from Heather Lowe as Lel.

The Telegraph - Read full review

 

Audience Reaction Trailer

The Music

Next Performances
Fri 24th Feb
Fri 3rd Mar
Fri 10th Mar
Fri 17th Mar
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Music of James Bond

26 Jan - 2 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Music of James Bond

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Gareth Hudson, Conductor
Mary Carewe, Vocalist
Simon Bowman, Vocalist

Shaken and Stirred — the ultimate Bond concert with excerpts from all 24 films from Dr. No to Spectre.

With classic songs made famous by great artists such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Matt Monro, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Adele, Sam Smith and more, this evening is dedicated to the world’s most famous spy.

Led by Gareth Hudson and joined by two of the leading vocal artists of the Bond repertoire, Mary Carewe and Simon Bowman, from the moment the Orchestra of Opera North strike up the iconic James Bond Theme you will realise that ‘Nobody Does It Better’ as you’re immersed in an evening of classic Bond music which will leave you shaken AND stirred.  

Channel your inner spy or become a Bond-girl for the evening as we encourage bookers to dress to impress. 

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

NORMAN arr. Raine James Bond theme
BARRY arr. Raine Thunderball: title song
BARRY arr. Raine Goldfinger: title song
BARRY arr. Raine You Only Live Twice: title song
BARRY arr. Raine From Russia With Love: title song
BARRY arr. Raine Moonraker: title song
BARRY arr. Raine Diamonds Are Forever: title song
DAVID/BACHARACH arr Raine Casino Royale: title song
HAMLISCH arr.Raine From The Spy Who Loved Me: Nobody Does It Better
BARRY arr. Raine The Man With The Golden Gun: title song
BARRY arr. Raine From On His Majesty’s Secret Service: We Have All The Time In The World
BARRY arr. Raine Suite: A View to a Kill
WALDEN/COHEN arr. Raine Licence to Kill: title song
Interval  
BARRY arr. Raine A View to a Kill: title song
CONTI arr. Raine For Your Eyes Only: title song
BARRY arr. Raine From Octopussy: All Time High
BARRY/WAAKTAAR arr. Raine The Living Daylights: title song
BONO/THE EDGE arr. Raine GoldenEye: title song
ARNOLD/BLACK arr. Raine From Tomorrow Never Dies: Surrender
ARNOLD From Die Another Day: Welcome to Cuba
ARNOLD/BLACK arr Raine The World Is Not Enough: title song
CORNELL/ARNOLD arr Raine From Casino Royale: You Know My Name
WHITE arr. Raine From Quantum Of Solace: Another Way To Die
MCCARTNEY arr Raine Live And Let Die: title song
ATKINS/EPWORTH arr Raine Skyfall: title song
SMITH arr. Raine From Spectre: Writing’s on the Wall
Next Performances
Sun 2nd Apr
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Opera

Hansel and Gretel

2 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Hansel and Gretel

Synopsis

A classic fairy tale, told by the music of Humperdinck and explored in an inventive new production by Edward Dick.

Perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. From a poor home in which hunger is an ever-present threat, brother and sister escape to the world of the forest, both idyllic and dangerous. There, they encounter supernatural forces such as the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch.

In the dizzying excitement of the Witch's Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story, whilst this contemporary take on a classic story reveals the perils of growing up!

Please note, Hansel and Gretel contains live moving projections as well as some flickering images for 3 minutes (approx. 46 minutes into Part 1). After the interval there is a loud explosion at 43 minutes.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

Access Performances

Available: Audio described & signed

Schools' matinees will take place at each venue. View Hansel and Gretel resource pack

The Music

Audience reaction trailer

Next Performances
Sat 25th Feb
Wed 1st Mar
Sat 4th Mar
Wed 8th Mar
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Opera

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

16 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Synopsis

A new production of Rossini's sparkling comedy performed by an exciting international cast. 

A much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it. Cinderella scrubs the floor of a dance school and dreams of a better life. A prince arrives seeking a companion and so this sparkling romcom is set in motion.

Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico and the Prince’s servant Dandini are marvellous comic creations. Cinderella herself emerges as a true romantic heroine whose transformation is achieved through the power of music.

An evening of pure magic is in store, uniting the fun, fire and brilliance of Rossini’s music with a fresh and witty production. 

Please note, Cinderella contains strobe lighting effects at approx 1 hour 20 minutes (towards the end of Part 1). This will occur three times and lasts for no longer than 5 seconds each occurrence. In Part 2 there is a lightning effect that lasts for approximately 30 seconds, this occurs 26 minutes into the second half. 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

Access Performances

Available: Audio described

Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

The Music

Audience Reaction Trailer

Next Performances
Tue 21st Feb
Thu 23rd Feb
Sat 25th Feb
Thu 2nd Mar
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Jazz

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

22 Feb 2017

Batley

Batley Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Having become a popular fixture of the Chamber Concert Season, George King is set to bring his inimitable style of programme back for another year.

As acclaimed as a jazz pianist and improviser as with more traditional piano repertoire, George will dazzle once again in this final lunchtime concert. Please note the venue due to refurbishment work in Dewsbury.

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Feb
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Music

Lubomyr Melnyk

24 Feb 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lubomyr Melnyk

Synopsis

At 67 years of age, Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk is enjoying a renaissance that began three years ago with the release of his album Corollaries by Erased Tapes. 

Support from: Tim Smedley, cello 

In the age of the ambient, classically inflected music of Nils Frahm and Ludovico Einaudi, Melnyk’s astounding technique - continuous piano - and supernatural skill resonate with a new generation of audiences.

Deeply influenced by the minimalist movement of the 1970s, Melnyk is considered to be the fastest pianist in the world, his fingers darting across the piano keys at lightning speed to create a cloud of sound, a performance that manages to be dizzying, chaotic and serene all at once.

This is not machine music…. It's very human — serenity delivered through sustained concentration and ecstatic energy, via a lifetime of practice and perfection rather than the twist of a knob.

— Pitchfork
 

Next Performances
Fri 24th Feb
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Music

múm: People on Sunday

3 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

múm: People on Sunday

Synopsis

Playful electronica, ambient sounds, experimental indie pop: the prolific and globally fêted Icelandic band múm has never fit into conventional categories.

Fresh from a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, the founding members of múm, Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar þóreyjarson Smárason, perform an improvised live score to People on Sunday, a masterpiece of silent film.

A vivid portrait of Berlin and its young inhabitants at the end of the 1920s, the film is rarely screened nowadays yet it served as a springboard into Hollywood for its makers Billy Wilder, Edgar Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann and the Siodmak brothers.

Don’t miss the UK premiere of this unique project.

Like a more intimate answer to their country's definitive post-rock band [Sigur Ros], with a bigger soft spot for Aphex Twin.

— Pitchfork

(Menschen am Sonntag) 
Dir. Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer, Germany 1930, 73 minutes. 

Next Performances
Fri 3rd Mar
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Music

Bill Laurance

6 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bill Laurance

Synopsis

Bill Laurance is a British pianist and composer; a world-renowned multi instrumentalist, composer and producer dubbed a ‘jazz maestro’ by The Guardian.

Bill has released four albums to date as a leader and has travelled across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects including his quartet, project, duo and as a solo pianist. He is a two time Grammy winning artist and in 2015, and won the Breakthrough award at the JazzFM Awards, and has been nominated this year as a MOBO Best jazz act.

On his own, Laurance, a professional musician since the age of 14 has performed with an array of musical talents, including Morcheeba, David Crosby, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Musiq Soul Child, the Metropole Orchestra and of course is known the world over as a founding member of the phenomenon that is Snarky Puppy.

Bill’s latest studio album is Aftersun, a tribute to space exploration and life in the cosmos. With flavours of dance music and African percussion, it combines deep world grooves with Laurance’s signature genre-bending exploration.

Laurance creates music that’s dramatic and immediate and even at its most reflective, has drive and sparkle.

— Herald Scotland

In association with Band on the Wall

Next Performances
Mon 6th Mar
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World Music

Arve Henriksen and Trio Mediaeval: Rímur

8 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Arve Henriksen and Trio Mediaeval: Rímur

Synopsis

The mesmerising vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval return to their collaboration with innovative Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen.

Trio Mediaeval continuously re-interpret the ancient music of religious orders and the folk music of Nordic lands. Their shimmering luminous sound joins with Arve Henriksen’s hushed trumpet and live electronics to unforgettable and spine-tingling effect.

Their new programme Rímur explores the mediaeval musical line between Norway and Iceland, with chants and folk songs from both countries including 14th Century vespers and ancient folk songs.

Something very special: a sense of being a privileged participant in a timeless, numinous ritual, enveloped by voices that seem like some celestial exhalation yet brim with real human warmth and sensuousness.

— BBC Music Magazine

Next Performances
Wed 8th Mar
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Jazz

Roberto Fonseca: ABUC

10 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Roberto Fonseca: ABUC

Synopsis

Pianist and charismatic band leader Roberto Fonseca extends his take on his Cuban roots, performing his new album ABUC. 

​Pulsing percussion and bolshie brass revolve around Fonseca's exuberant piano in an exhilarating extension of the music of his homeland. 

Not since Orlando López’s ground-breaking 2001 release Cachaíto has Cuban music been made to sound so fresh as in Fonseca’s ‘Electro Cha’, ‘Son Beat’ and ‘Mambo Afro’.

Part of the renaissance in Cuban music over the past two decades, Roberto Fonseca toured with Buena Vista Social Club before releasing solo material, cementing himself as one of the most inventive and creative Latin jazz musicians of this new generation.

A dazzling performer who can match Cuban jazz with a remarkable variety of other styles

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Fri 10th Mar
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Jazz

Penguin Cafe

12 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Penguin Cafe

Synopsis

Penguin Cafe brings together a group of ace musicians from the likes of Suede and Gorillaz, led by Arthur Jeffes, the son of Penguin Cafe Orchestra founder Simon Jeffes.

Combining minimalist compositions with the freeform structure of jazz and Latin, African and American world sounds, their sound combines acoustic power and the inventive charm of Jeffes himself. 

Arthur and the Penguins play classic Penguin Cafe tunes together with music from new album The Imperfect Sea, a collection of dance music made on real instruments.

often mysterious but usually playful

— The Telegraph

​In association with Serious

Next Performances
Sun 12th Mar
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Classical

Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper

16 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper

Synopsis

Fine baritone, fearless performer and Opera North favourite Christopher Purves returns to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time since 2010, with a programme that shows his range and dramatic power.

The intense storytelling of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death is at the heart of the programme, with Schubert’s settings of Heine from his last collection of songs, Schwanengesang.

The evening is completed by songs from Handel’s gorgeous ‘mini opera’ Acis and Galatea and Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring.

Possessing in effect two voices in one – a ringing, incisive high baritone with a sonorous bass extension… Purves’s flair for specific characterisation enlivens every number on the disc

 — Gramophone Magazine

Next Performances
Thu 16th Mar
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Folk

Leveret

17 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leveret

Synopsis

Leveret brings together a golden combination of folk’s finest instrumentalists.

The band is comprised of Sam Sweeney, Bellowhead’s fiddle-player, concertina player Rob Harbron and melodeon and accordion star Andy Cutting, who has collaborated with Martin Simpson, Chris Wood, June Tabor and many more.

Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English folk tradition but is not arranged in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment with consummate musicianship, resulting in ‘a rich, sinewy immersion, guided by a mutual sense of exploration, space and a very English kind of swing. It’s an intimate, contemporary reinvention of the source material’ (The Guardian).

Next Performances
Fri 17th Mar
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Classical

Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe

23 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe

Synopsis

Four hands, one piano. Long term collaborators Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe draw out the orchestral qualities of the piano to the full, in this joy-filled programme of Classical and Late Romantic music.

The programme is dominated by pieces that also have orchestral versions, including three of Dvořák’s richest Slavonic Dances, Ravel’s lush Rapsodie espagnole and Debussy’s Petite Suite and Six épigraphes antiques.

The programme also includes Mozart’s Andante and Variations K.501 and the Schubert Fantasy in F minor D.940.

With spirited playing and not much room to spare, this will be an evening to remember.

Next Performances
Thu 23rd Mar
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Spoken Word/Talks

Stefan Collini: Speaking of Universities

24 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Stefan Collini: Speaking of Universities

Synopsis

In recent decades, there has been an immense surge in the numbers of universities and students.

This, together with new technology, globalization and governmental imposed procedures is forcing universities to behave more like business enterprises in a marketplace. 

In Speaking of Universities, academic and English literary critic Stefan Collini analyses these changes and challenges the assumptions of policy-makers and commentators. He asks: does ‘marketisation’ threaten to destroy what we most value about education; does this new era of ‘accountability’ distort what it purports to measure; and who does the modern university belong to? 

Collini is astute, analytical, and often killingly funny

— Daily Telegraph

Next Performances
Fri 24th Mar
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World Music

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

25 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Synopsis

Rizwan-Muazzam is a Qawwali group headed by the internationally acclaimed Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam.

The two lead singers come from a direct family line of spiritual Qawwali music that spans five centuries.

They have continued their uncle's pioneering efforts to bring the vibrant Qawwali vocal music of the Sufi mystics to the world. They sing in Farsi (Persian), Punjabi, and Urdu with an intensity that has led one commentator to call them, only half in jest, ‘the Qawwali Clash’.

The brothers’ live performances are majestic, using hypnotic vocal repetition to induce a state of ecstasy. They are accompanied by an eight-strong ensemble of gharana, harmonium and tabla. 

Intoxicating and entrancing: 

...Rizwan and Muazzam’s voices climb and swoop as if riding air currents; the harmonium seeks a similar undulating flight path while fingertips flutter like hummingbirds across the tablas

— BBC

Electrifying ★★★★★

— Financial Times

Presented in association with Asian Arts Agency. Part of a UK tour produced and managed by Asian Arts Agency.

Next Performances
Sat 25th Mar
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Classical

Spring: A Twilight Concert

30 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Spring: A Twilight Concert

Synopsis

An early evening concert of songs dedicated to the joys of Spring.

This 50 minute concert is the perfect introduction to classical song. Inspired by the love and awakening Springtime traditionally inspires, it includes songs and duets by Mozart, Schubert (including the famous 'Shepherd on the Rock'), Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Faure, Rachmaninov and Wolf.

Current Associate Artists at Opera North, soprano Ellie Laugharne (Despina, Cosi Fan Tutte), and mezzo-soprano Heather Lowe (Lel, The Snow Maiden), perform in this opportunity to hear two exciting young singers up close, talking about the music they love. 

With Opera North Head of Music David Cowan on piano. 

Mozart Komm’, lieber Mai
Faure Mai
Schumann Im wunderschoenen Monat Mai
Erstes Gruen
Fruehlingsnacht
Wolf  Im Fruehling
Mendelssohn Maigloeckchen und die Bluemelein
Brahms Boten der Liebe
Meine Liebe ist gruen
Die Mainacht
Strauss Das Rosenband
Rachmaninov Spring Waters
Argento Spring (from 6 Elizabethan Songs)
Quilter When daffodils begin to peer
It was a lover and his lass
Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
Next Performances
Thu 30th Mar
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Nature and Spirit

30 Mar - 1 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Nature and Spirit

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Jack Liebeck, Violin

Aleksandar Markovic returns to close the Kirklees Concert Season with an epic concert showcasing music at its most descriptive to paint landscapes of three different countries.

From the woodlands of Finland and the realm of Tapiola, we travel across the water for Bruch’s evocative Scottish Fantasy. With its roots firmly embedded in folk music the heritage of the work is clear and Jack Liebeck, who recently recorded all Bruch’s violin works for Hyperion, is the perfect person to return to Huddersfield to bring the music to life.

Strauss’ tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie begins at daybreak in the mountains and we can vividly imagine the crevasses and rock formations as we trek ever upwards towards the summit. The contrast between the outward vistas and the inner reflection of the climber is poignantly juggled throughout this monumental work.

Sibelius Tapiola Op. 112
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Strauss Alpine Symphony

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 30th Mar
Sat 1st Apr
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Folk

John Smith

31 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Smith

Synopsis

Ben Howard calls singer, songwriter and guitarist John Smith ‘a magician’.

His guitar work, honey-on-gravel vocals and uniquely intimate approach to song-writing and live performance have brought crowds everywhere to pin-drop silence and a rapturous response. 

John has played to audiences all over the world, in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls.

He performs songs from his eagerly awaited new album, due for release in Spring 2017. 

Spellbinding

— Time Out
 

Next Performances
Fri 31st Mar
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World Music

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

7 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Synopsis

Formed in refugee camps, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have risen from the ashes of civil war and destruction to create their glowing brand of Afro-pop inflected with baskeda (Sierra Leonian reggae) and defined by a jubilant spirit of resistance.

After a decade-long adventure that has taken them from the squalor of the camps to the world’s biggest stages, this most inspirational band has evolved to become one of Africa’s most recognised.

Their live shows radiate the joy, passion for music and love for their fellow man that have made Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Next Performances
Fri 7th Apr
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Film

The Great Beauty: Film

8 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Great Beauty: Film

Synopsis

Dir Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France 2013, 142 mins. Cert 15. In Italian with English subtitles. 

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. 

A swooning love letter to the decadence of Rome, Sorrentino’s film overflows with operatic opulence, satire and an exquisite melancholy, all set to an unforgettable soundtrack of Arvo Pärt, Górecki and Italian electro-pop.

a shimmering coup de cinema to make your heart burst

— The Telegraph 

Celebrating 10 years of DARE

Next Performances
Sat 8th Apr
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Family

Music and Movement at The Deep

11 - 13 Apr 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.

To celebrate the re-opening of the ‘Lagoon of Light’ this Easter at The Deep, these workshops will introduce children to the new exhibit using music, song and movement.

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

 

Next Performances
Tue 11th Apr
Tue 11th Apr
Wed 12th Apr
Wed 12th Apr
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Film and Music

The Great Beauty: Concert

13 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Great Beauty: Concert

Synopsis

Music by Arvo Pärt, John Tavener and William Byrd 

For Eastertime this year, the string section and soloists of the Orchestra of Opera North perform a concert of music inspired by the composers that feature on the soundtrack to Paolo Sorrentino’s love letter to the Eternal City, Rome.  

The Great Beauty soundtrack includes pieces by Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, and William Byrd, and for this concert a hand-picked programme of pieces by these composers will fill the Howard Assembly Room. The programme includes Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and Festina Lente by Arvo Pärt, John Tavener’s superlative The Protecting Veil and William Byrd’s Fantasia a 6. 

Next Performances
Thu 13th Apr
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Jazz

Courtney Pine featuring Omar

20 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Courtney Pine featuring Omar

Synopsis

Jazz giant Courtney Pine’s style integrates modern British sounds like drum ‘n’ bass with soul, hip-hop and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean.

For his latest project, he returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. Alongside him is UK soul vocalist Omar, whose 1992 hit single 'There’s Nothing Like This' established his truly unique sound, earning him widespread critical acclaim and seeing him collaborate with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Erykah Badu. This very special project brings two of the finest jazz and soul talents together to perform original material for the first time.

Courtney Pine was once hailed as the saviour of British Jazz...he still is

— The Independent 

Next Performances
Thu 20th Apr
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Spoken Word/Talks

Tariq Ali: The Dilemmas of Lenin

21 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tariq Ali: The Dilemmas of Lenin

Synopsis

At the end of his life, Lenin wrote ‘we didn’t know everything’, acknowledging the dilemmas he faced on the road to revolution and beyond. 

From the first stirrings of revolutionary fervour, Lenin sought the answer to dilemmas that still resonate today: is terrorism ever a useful tactic? Can imperial wars ever be supported? What is the moral justification for seizing power? What role does friendship or love play in revolution? 

Broadcaster and author Tariq Ali creates an insightful portrait of a leader grappling with terrorism, war, empire, and love. He asks what the significance of Lenin’s ideas is now, in this centenary year of the Russian Revolution.

An outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower.

— The Observer

Celebrating 10 years of DARE

Next Performances
Fri 21st Apr
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World Music

AfroCubism revisited 

22 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

AfroCubism revisited 

Synopsis

Although separated by an ocean, centuries of shared cultural heritage connect Cuba and West Africa, and the same irrepressible rhythms are crucial to the music of both.

Hence AfroCubism, an album recorded in 2010 (although originally planned – and thwarted, by visa problems – back in the 1990s) by a loose-knit collection of Malian musicians who travelled to Cuba.

This new project, AfroCubism Revisited, revisits both some of the music of the album itself and the rich historical vein of exchange and collaboration in the music lives of Cuba and West Africa.

The unique project brings together one veteran from the original sessions – N’goni master Bassekou Kouyaté – with a whole new ensemble of collaborators to explore once more the wealth of possibilities offered by the union of these two traditions.

He’s joined by the Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and a trio of Cuban virtuosos – Yelfris Valdés (trumpet), Piki Bosh (guitar) and Hammadi Valdés (percussion) – to revisit and reimagine their shared, captivating, musical roots.

Produced by Opera North Projects

Next Performances
Sat 22nd Apr
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Opera

Turandot

28 Apr 2017 - 16 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Turandot

Synopsis

Puccini's thrilling final opera performed as the latest of our acclaimed concert stagings. 

In ancient Beijing, Princess Turandot decrees that she will marry the prince who can solve three riddles. Those who fail are put to death. Prince Calaf, dazzled by her beauty, determines to win her despite the pleas of the servant girl Liu who is secretly in love with him.

Puccini’s last opera includes music of exotic colour and overwhelming power, including the famous and instantly recognisable ‘Nessun Dorma’.

Following in the wake of its world-beating Ring cycle, Turandot is the latest in Opera North’s celebrated series of concert stagings of epic operas.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Fri 28th Apr
Sun 30th Apr
Fri 5th May
Tue 9th May
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Spoken Word/Talks

China Miéville: October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

10 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

China Miéville: October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Synopsis

The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Miéville talks about the Russian revolution, both as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence and as a breathtaking story. 

It is the story of the extraordinary months between February and October 1917, of the forces and individuals who helped define it, of their intrigues, and catastrophes.

Miéville ranges from familiar names like Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire.

China Miéville is the multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction. His fiction includes The City & the City, Embassytown and This Census-Taker, and has won the Hugo, World Fantasy and Arthur C. Clarke awards; his non-fiction includes the photo-illustrated essay London’s Overthrow

In partnership with Verso
Liberty Lecture, in association with the University of Leeds

Next Performances
Wed 10th May
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Jazz

Brad Mehldau Trio

16 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brad Mehldau Trio

Synopsis

Following his sold-out show at the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival with Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau returns to the up close and personal surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room.

Over the last two decades, this American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger has transformed the paradigm of jazz and classical performance.

Mehldau’s intellect feeds an inspired range of expression and intensity, showing his genius for taking predictable materials to unpredictable destinations. 

The Trio will be playing music from their latest album Blues and Ballads, released on Nonesuch Records.

Next Performances
Tue 16th May
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Exhibitions

Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO)

1 Jun - 3 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO)

Synopsis

The Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO) is a multi-disciplinary sculptural installation based on the 3,500 year old design of the Harp.

FLO transforms its environment and surrounding buildings into an awe-inspiring interactive light and sound instrument.

It offers the audience an unprecedented hands-on opportunity to interact with the musical sculpture through touch responsive technology, and creates a playful environment for the public to experience the work together.

Produced by Omni Studio, conceived by artist William Simpson in collaboration with composer Toby Wiltshire, FLO will open to the public with partners Opera North at the Howard Assembly Room.

More details on opening times will be available soon.

Next Performances
Thu 1st Jun
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Pagliacci

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Pagliacci

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

The immediacy of the characters and the intensity of their emotions packed into such a short space of time make Pagliacci an elementally exciting experience. 


This unashamedly over the top masterpiece marks the point in Leoncavallo’s career when his talents as both librettist and composer fully matched each other. In Pagliacci, he carves ‘a bleeding slice of life’ out of the unlikely story of a jealous husband, his unfaithful wife, her young lover, and a troupe of theatrical players. 

It includes some of the most justly famous music ever written for an Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio’s ‘show must go on’ aria ‘Vesti la giubba’. 

This brand new production, conducted by Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, is directed and designed by Charles Edwards as the curtainraiser for Opera North’s The Little Greats. 

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Pagliacci in a double bill with...

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 16 September Leeds 
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 23 September Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour
Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Thu 12th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: L´enfant et les sortilèges

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: L´enfant et les sortilèges

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

Ravel’s darkly brilliant opera sets Colette’s magical words to an extraordinary, bewitching musical score to create a haunting lyric fantasy.

A naughty child assaults everything in his room (including the cat) after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life around him.

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?

Colette’s text celebrates the wonders of childhood, but doesn’t shy away from its tensions and anxieties. Ravel’s music is eclectic in its influences, yet sewn together by a master craftsman to create a seamless whole. Together, words and music create a work that is enchanting, amusing, and, in its final moments, deeply touching. 

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in French with English titles

See L'enfant et les sortilèges in a double bill with...

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 16 September Leeds 
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 23 September Leeds
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 29 September Leeds
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
Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, Cavalleria rusticana remains for many the very essence of Italian opera.

Opera’s most celebrated overnight success, Cavalleria rusticana spearheaded the verismo movement (whose leading lights included Leoncavallo and Puccini) which demonstrated that ordinary people can have opera-sized emotions too.

Turiddù and Lola were once lovers; but when he left to join the army, Lola married another man. Although Turridù finds consolation in the arms of Santuzza, his obsessive passion for Lola still burns fiercely.

Thus the stage is set for a tale of faithlessness, jealousy and violence, set in a rural community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni displays a masterly control of pacing in this, his first opera, conveying a taut, gritty drama through a succession of gorgeously lyrical melodies.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Cavalleria rusticana in a double bill with...

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
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thurs 19 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Thu 12th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Trial by Jury

27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trial by Jury

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

An instant hit, Gilbert & Sullivan’s first operetta launched the partnership that was to take British musical theatre by storm.

Trial by Jury centres on a legal case brought by the glamorous Angelina against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the ghastly realization before their wedding that she bores him intensely.

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 comedy numbers and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury pokes fun at the British establishment, in the shape of the legal system, and gently mocks English manners and mores.

It is a distillation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic genius, bearing all the hallmarks of the great run of Savoy Operas that was to follow.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

See Trial by Jury in a double bill with...

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds 
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortileges Fri 29 September Leeds
Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Sat 7 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Osud

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Little Greats: Osud

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

The score of Osud has an expansive lyricism that glows with what Janáček’s biographer John Tyrrell describes as ‘some of his most incandescent music’.

Osud was spurred by a chance meeting in a Moravian spa town in 1903 between Janáček and a woman who complained to him that she had been unflatteringly portrayed in an opera by another composer a few years earlier.

Infatuated with the woman, and determined to present her in a rosier light, Janáček set to work on his own opera.

Janáček’s original outline for Osud subsequently underwent many adjustments. What finally emerged was the story of a composer, Živný, who has written an autobiographical opera about his obsessive, tormented love for Míla, with whom he has a young son. The last act is unfinished, however: Živný’s opera cannot be concluded until its story has been lived.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

See Osud in a double bill with...

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 October Leeds 
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Thu 12 October Leeds
L'enfant et les sortilèges​ / Osud From Thu 2 November On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

The American Dream turns suffocatingly sour in Bernstein’s unsparing examination of a marriage falling apart in 1950s suburbia.

Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their ‘little white house’. But their growing failure to connect 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 handball tournaments at 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 this, his deeply touching first opera, is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

See Triouble in Tahiti in a double bill with...

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 October Leeds 
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti (Matinee) Sat 14 October Leeds
Cavalleria rusticana / Trouble in Tahiti Thu 19 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Thu 19th Oct
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Opera

Madama Butterfly

19 Jan - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Madama Butterfly is a tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. 

With its exquisitely simple set and costumes, this emotionally direct and subtle production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact, as Butterfly’s dawning realisation of the harsh reality of her circumstances leads inexorably to a final act of despair. 

French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry a U.S. Naval Officer, yet is cruelly discarded when he returns to his ‘real’ life in America. She is joined for this revival by Lithuanian tenor Merūnas Vitulskis, making his UK and Opera North debut as Pinkerton.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Fri 19th Jan
Sun 28th Jan
Wed 31st Jan
Fri 16th Feb
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Opera

Un ballo in maschera

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera

Synopsis

In Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) Verdi weaves a timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting, at the heart of which is a tragic love triangle.

Based on an actual historical event: the assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavo loves Amelia, wife of his most loyal ally Anckarstroem. Although the King eventually decides that duty must conquer love, it is too late to prevent Anckarstroem from joining a conspiracy against his life. 

Verdi displays all his mastery of his art in this, the most operatic of operas. Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of Verdi’s most impassioned love duets.

Former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to the Company for the first time since he led Opera North’s legendary Ring cycle in 2016 to conduct a new production by Tim Albery that promises to be a highlight of the season.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

Next Performances
Sat 3rd Feb
Sat 10th Feb
Thu 22nd Feb
Tue 27th Feb
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Opera

Don Giovanni

17 Feb - 23 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Don Giovanni

Synopsis

Music director Aleksandar Markovic conducts a revival of Alessandro Talevi’s witty and imaginative 2012 production of Don Giovanni

As he seduces his way across Europe, bedding 1003 women in Spain alone, Don Giovanni’s hedonism is a challenge not only to human morality, but also to God.

Broad comedy rubs up against tense drama in Da Ponte’s libretto, and the beauty and terror of Mozart’s score are evidence of a supreme musical dramatist at the height of his powers, divinely (and perhaps diabolically) inspired. 

Mozart’s sublimely beautiful music, driven by the dramatic urgency of a fast-unfolding plot, stands in stark contrast with the barbarous cruelty of his deeply ambiguous anti-hero. 

Alessandro Talevi’s eclectic, time-travelling production brings fresh insights to this, Mozart’s darkest, craziest, opera.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Sat 17th Feb
Wed 21st Feb
Fri 23rd Feb
Thu 1st Mar
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Opera

Salome

19 Apr - 10 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Salome

Synopsis

Salome is opera at its most extreme. Concentrated into just 100 intense minutes, there is no let-up in its power and intoxication.

From the seductive ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ to the explosive vocal parts, the violent sensuality of the score illustrates every moment of the story with unflinching vividness, illuminating the darkest corners of a world that has lost all moral compass. 

Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, who has a special affinity for the music of Richard Strauss, conducts a new concert staging of a work that caused an outrage when it was first performed in 1905, and which, more than a century later, has lost none of its power to shock.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

Next Performances
Thu 19th Apr
Sun 22nd Apr
Wed 25th Apr
Sat 28th Apr
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Musicals

Kiss Me, Kate

23 - 26 May 2018

Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter (1948)
New production

'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  

Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro. New choreography is by Will Tuckett, whose recent shows include The Crucible, The Turn of the Screw (The Royal Ballet), West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Wind in the Willows (The Royal Ballet and West End). Featuring breathtaking designs, a 40-piece orchestra and renowned West End stars, this show is simply 'Too Darn Hot' to be missed! 

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera


Pre-show talks

Mon 21, Wed 23, Fri 25 Sep; Sat 3, Wed 21, Fri 30 Oct; Fri 6, Sat 7 (mat & eve), Fri 13, Sat 14 (mat & eve), Fri 20, Sat 21 Nov (mat & eve).

Evening performances 6.15-6.45pm, matinee performances 1.15-1.45pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book online or to find out more


Next Performances
Wed 23rd May
Thu 24th May
Thu 24th May
Fri 25th May

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