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Family

Little Singers

12 Sep 2016 - 17 Jul 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

Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from June 12 – July 17. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office. 

 

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Next Performances
Mon 3rd Apr
Mon 24th Apr
Mon 8th May
Mon 15th May
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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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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)

Please note that this event will now be conducted by Adrian Leaper as Aleksandar Markovic is indisposed. 

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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Installation

The Height of the Reeds: A Sound Journey for the Humber Bridge

1 - 30 Apr 2017

Hessle

Humber Bridge

The Height of the Reeds: A Sound Journey for the Humber Bridge

Synopsis

Head on over to the Humber Bridge, put on a set of our headphones and disappear into a sound adventure, walking the epic span of the Bridge with a world of sound in your ears. 

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Opera North
The Height of the Reeds
​By Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset

Music by Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, guitarist Eivind Aarset and electronic wizard Jan Bang gives way to the vast sound of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North; threaded through with the deep music of the Bridge itself, captured by Hull based sound artist Jez riley French. Spoken voices: Maureen Lipman, Barrie Rutter, Katie Smith.

Evoking both the long history of sea travel from Hull, and the Bridge as a powerful symbol of home, The Height of the Reeds is an unforgettable experience in sound.

Celebrate the opening weekend (1 & 2 Apr) with us, with unexpected surprises and extra treats along the way.

1 – 2 Apr 2017
Tickets: £7.50

3 – 31 Apr 2017
Tickets: Free, but should be booked in advance

The walk is a minimum of 3 miles, as the Humber Bridge is the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that it is possible to cross by foot. Please do make sure you dress for rain, wind and shine as the weather can change at a moment's notice.

Teaser trailer

Next Performances
Sat 1st Apr
Sat 1st Apr
Sat 1st Apr
Sun 2nd Apr
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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 Henryk Górecki 

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, William Byrd and Henryk Górecki, and for this concert a hand-picked programme of pieces by these composers will fill the Howard Assembly Room.

The programme includes Festina Lente by Arvo Pärt, William Byrd’s Fantasia a 6 and Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (one of the highest selling classical recordings of all time on CD).

Pachelbel Canon
Arvo Pärt Festina Lente 
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis 
Byrd Fantasia in G
Vladymir Martynov The Beatitudes
Tavener The Lamb 
Gorecki Symphony no.3 III Lento — Cantabile-semplice
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. The album – conceived and produced by Nick Gold and thus released on World Circuit Records - can be found here.

This new project, AfroCubism Revisited, explores both some of the music of the original 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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Jazz

Jazz Jamaica

26 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Jazz Jamaica

Synopsis

Leeds International Festival, Futuresound and the Howard Assembly Room present Jazz Jamaica.The mighty Jazz Jamaica have earned their reputation as ‘one of the UK’s leading good-time bands’ (The Independent) for their exuberant live performances and critically-acclaimed recordings over the past two decades. 

In 1991, inspired by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music and the largely improvisational nature of jazz, leading double bassist Gary Crosby turned a musical concept into a joyful reality. His vision - a fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz, classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folk songs - resulted in Jazz Jamaica.

Since then, a stream of talented young jazz musicians have joined the Jazz Jamaica project. 

For Leeds International Festival, the 10-piece version of the band brings their exhilarating, spontaneous sound to the Howard Assembly Room.

Next Performances
Wed 26th Apr
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Opera

Turandot

28 Apr - 20 May 2017

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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Film

Metropolis - live!

6 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Metropolis - live!

Synopsis

Classic film with original score played live by the Orchestra of Opera North.

Cult 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis is a triumph of German Expressionism and remains one of the most influential films ever made. With its depiction of a futuristic cityscape and an alluring female robot, Metropolis is the mother of sci-fi cinema, influencing Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless others.

Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang, its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery and modernist grandeur remain as powerful as ever.

The original chamber orchestra version of its powerful score by German composer Gottfried Huppertz is performed by the Orchestra of Opera North, conducted by Hugh Brunt.

It should be in everyone’s film library

The Guardian

Dir. Fritz Lang (1927); Cert PG (contains mild violence and nudity); 153 mins

FILMPHILHARMONIC EDITION
Film by courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Institute Music by courtesy of Ries & Erler

Next Performances
Sat 6th 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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Folk

Maarja Nuut

13 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Maarja Nuut

Synopsis

Hailing from Northern Estonia, fiddler/singer Maarja Nuut combines traditional dance tunes and songs with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape - a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. 

Released in Spring 2016, her second album Une Meeles explores the boundary between reality and dreams.

Named as one of the top 10 albums of 2016 by fRoots, the album was also picked by Songlines for their ‘Top of the World’ accolade: ‘One of the best releases of 2016…an exceptional listen that draws influences from her Estonian roots and displays her promising talent’.

That’s what it sounds like when the snow sings

Simon Le Bon

Next Performances
Sat 13th 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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Music

Carleen Anderson

26 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Carleen Anderson

Synopsis

The seventh solo record from Mercury-nominated singer Carleen Anderson is her ‘best and bravest yet, a deeply poetic take on belonging and exile that pulses with ideas and life’ (The Evening Standard).

Cage Street Memorial chronicles a century of family heritage, performed live by Anderson with Orphy Robinson on vibraphone, percussion from Crispin Robinson, Samy Bishai on violin and Renell Shaw on bass.

Acknowledged by BBC 6Music's Gilles Peterson as one of the most powerful singer/songwriters of her generation, Carleen Anderson has collaborated with musicians including Paul Weller and Ramsey Lewis and was vocalist and composer for the Young Disciples whose album Road to Freedom brought the group international recognition.

For live performances you have to see Carleen Anderson at least three times in your life. She’s someone I’d hang around all day just to hear her sound check.

Amy Winehouse

Next Performances
Fri 26th May
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Music

This Is Not This Heat

27 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

This Is Not This Heat

Synopsis

On 13 February 1976, experimental rock band This Heat played its first show. Now, 40 years later, founding members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward reunite to perform new interpretations of their music. 

Arguably the most inventive band to emerge from the UK’s fruitful DIY scene in the 70s, This Heat’s career may have been short-lived, but its legacy continues to grow in stature and relevance. Still sounding as wild and original as when it was written, their music has as much in common with modern composers like John Cage as their art-rock contemporaries Gang of Four and The Pop Group

Matching jagged post-punk guitar sounds with hard rhythms, dub production techniques and tape loops, here the band’s twisting, freeform songs are fully realised live.

...this doesn’t feel like nostalgia, but a new beginning.

— The Guardian

This is not This Heat at Cafe OTO from Dawid Laskowski on Vimeo.

In assocation with I-D.A Projects and Room 237

Next Performances
Sat 27th May
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Summer 2017

Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO)

1 Jun - 3 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO)

Synopsis

EVENT CANCELLATION: We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen technical issues, this event has now been cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment regarding this. If you have any further enquiries, please contact us at info@operanorth.co.uk 

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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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Dreams and Visions

21 Jul 2017

Scarborough

Scarbrough Spa

Orchestra of Opera North: Dreams and Visions

Synopsis

Part of Ryedale Festival 2017

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
Aleksandar Marković (conductor)

Opera North’s Music Director, Aleksandar Markovic, takes the helm of Yorkshire’s very own symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, as they prepare to delight with spellbinding music by Engelbert Humperdinck, Rachmaninov and conclude with what is arguably Berlioz’s most famous composition, his Symphonie Fantastique.

The concert begins with Engelbert Humperdinck’s most loved fairy tale creation: Hansel and Gretel. This playful overture will capture the hearts and imaginations of young and old alike and weaves the beautiful melodies prevalent throughout this enchanting opera.

The quick-fingered skills of award-winning pianist Pavel Kolesnikov will be put to good use as the Orchestra perform Rachmaninov’s iconic Variations on a theme of Paganini. Instantly recognisable from the very first note, to its sumptuous Rhapsody, revel in the beautiful twists, turns and clever decorations of the phrasing. One minute this piece sends shivers down your spine and then explodes into heart-bursting, full-bodied ecstasy – it’s what the hairs on the back of your neck were made for.

We conclude the evening with Berlioz’s ‘revolutionary masterpiece’: Symphonie Fantastique. Depicting the story of a gifted artist plunged into the depths of despair by the perils of unrequited love, the music’s scene-painting ability is stunning. Flowing between racing melodies, melancholic moments and hurtling towards a dramatic finish fit to raise the dead - it proves the course of true love never did run smooth.

Programme

Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Overture
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

 

Next Performances
Fri 21st Jul
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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

Pagliacci (Clowns)
Ruggero Leoncavallo
Part of The Little Greats

The immediacy of the characters and the intensity of their emotions packed into such a short time make this an elemental 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. 

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full 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

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

L'enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) 
Maurice Ravel
Part of The Little Greats 

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. 

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

 
Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
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The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

Cavalleria rusticana  
Pietro Mascagni 
Part of The Little Greats

With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, this piece 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.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

 
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

Trial by Jury 
Gilbert & Sullivan
Part of The Little Greats

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.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Audio described / Captioned performances are available.

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

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

 
Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
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The Little Greats: Osud

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Little Greats: Osud

Synopsis

Osud (Destiny) 
Leos Janáček
 
Part of The Little Greats

Janáček’s score for this hidden gem has an expansive lyricism that glows with 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...

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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 Fri 20 October Leeds
L'enfant et les sortilèges​ / Osud From Thu 2 November On Tour

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

 
Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Trouble in Tahiti 
Leonard Bernstein
 
Part of The Little Greats

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.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Audio described / Captioned performances are available.

See Trouble 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

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

 
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 
Giacomo Puccini

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.

As for Anne Sophie Duprels, returning to the title role, it would be hard to find, or even imagine, a more thoroughly committed rendering of it.

 ★★★★ — The Independent (2011)

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Audio described performances are available.

The Music

2017-18 Season Guide

 
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

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) 
Giuseppe Verdi

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 the composer'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.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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.

2017-18 Season Guide

 
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

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

As he seduces his way across Europe, this famous anti-hero'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. 

Alessandro Talevi’s eclectic, time-travelling production, conducted by Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, brings fresh insights to this, Mozart’s darkest, craziest, opera.

Director Alessandro Talevi’s imagination, wit and audacity meant that Don Giovanni was a huge success...enthralling throughout...

★★★★★ — Bachtrack (2012)

Season Ticket Packages are available. 

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

2017-18 Season Guide

 
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
Richard Strauss

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.

Season Ticket Packages are available

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

2017-18 Season Guide

 
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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