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Spoken Word/Talks

Inside Opera: The Little Greats

14 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: The Little Greats

Synopsis

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

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

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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

13 Sep 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

George King, Piano 

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

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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival 2017

2 Sep 2017

Harrogate

Royal Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Ripon International Festival 2017

Synopsis

Part of Ripon International Festival 2017

​Janusz Piotrowicz, Conductor

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

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

(Orchestra of Opera North/Piotrowicz) — Yorkshire Post

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
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Family

Music and Movement at The Deep

29 Aug - 1 Sep 2017

Hull

The Deep

Music and Movement at The Deep

Synopsis

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

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

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

— A participant

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

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

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

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

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World Music

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

1 - 3 Aug 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Synopsis

The joyous and uplifting musical voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, referred to by Nelson Mandela as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’, marry the intricate rhythms and harmonies of Zulu traditions to the sounds and sentiments of gospel music. 

The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience ever since Paul Simon first worked with them in his 1986 Graceland album. The group combine powerful choruses and softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, with tightly-choreographed dance moves. 

Early booking strongly recommended.

Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant

Daily Telegraph

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Orchestral

Back to the Future: In Concert with the Orchestra of Opera North

30 Jul 2017

Leeds

Millennium Square

Back to the Future: In Concert with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Power up your DeLorean… recharge your flux capacitor…  and get ready to celebrate this unforgettable movie classic as you’ve never seen and heard it before!

Back to the Future, staring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover, is the 1.21-gigawatt blockbuster that topped the 1985 box office chart, spawned two wildly successful sequels and stamped an enduring imprint on pop culture.

In this time-traveling coming-of-age story, Marty McFly (Fox) suddenly finds himself transported back to 1955… where he struggles to change the destiny of his parents (Thompson, Glover), rescue an eccentric friend (Lloyd) from terrorists, and solve an alternative-plutonium crisis… all while trying to ensure he has a future to get back to!

Now, fans old and new will experience the thrill of Back to the Future like never before – on a big hi-def screen with a full symphony orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score live in synch with the movie.

Audiences will also be in for an exclusive treat: approximately twenty minutes of brand new music added by award-winning composer Silvestri to the film's score especially for these unique live orchestra presentations.

Additional Information

Gates open at 4pm. Full venue information available in the Millennium Square FAQ

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

£30 VIP Seats

VIP Package includes: Prime seat location / Exclusive access to the bar in Civic Hall / Complimentary tea and coffee served in Civic Hall / Exclusive use of the washroom facilities at Civic Hall / VIP Lanyard

Back to the Future is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Orchestral

A Night at the Opera: with the Orchestra of Opera North

29 Jul 2017

Leeds

Millennium Square

A Night at the Opera: with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Opera North dazzles with music from opera and the stage in an open-air summer celebration in the heart of Leeds at Millennium Square.

Performing some of the finest operatic arias and show-stopping songs from the musicals – and including exclusive previews from Opera North’s upcoming season at Leeds Grand Theatre - the Orchestra of Opera North will serve up a feast of classic masterpieces, lesser-known delights and toe-tapping numbers.

Joining the orchestra are Opera North luminaries Quirijn de Lang (Cinderella, Kiss, Me Kate, The Marriage of Figaro) and Jeni Bern (Kiss, Me Kate, The Ring, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro), who will be on hand to enchant with instantly-recognisable arias from Puccini’s heart-breaking Madama Butterfly and Mozart’s towering Don Giovanni, among other greats from the operatic canon.

The Golden Age of Musicals is represented by sparkling selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s much-loved Carousel, Cole Porter’s sizzling comedy Kiss Me, Kate and more. With street food, craft beer and wines from the very best local suppliers this summer evening is guaranteed to leave you feeling positively ‘WUNDERBAR’!

The playing of the Opera North orchestra is so darn hot it’s practically a fire-risk.

— The Guardian on Kiss Me, Kate

de Lang has a magnetic presence and the mahogany-toned voice is focused and used to compelling effect.

— Opera Britannia

You’d search long and hard to find a stronger vocal duo than Quirijn de Lang’s sardonic matinee idol of a Fred Graham sparring with Jeni Bern’s glamorously volatile Lilli Vanessi.

— The Stage

Supported by Classic FM

Additional Information

Gates open at 6pm. Ends 9.15pm. Full venue information available in the Millennium Square FAQ.

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

£40 VIP Seats

VIP Package includes: Prime seat location  / Complimentary prosecco and programme on arrival  / Exclusive access to the bar in Civic Hall / Complimentary tea and coffee served in Civic Hall / Exclusive use of the washroom facilities at Civic Hall / VIP Lanyard

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The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics: with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Back to Basics celebrates an incredible 25 years at the forefront of UK club culture with a spectacular outdoor celebration in the heart of Leeds at Millennium Square.

Together with Leeds' own symphony orchestra, Back To Basics founder Dave Beer, in partnership with Leeds City Council, is preparing to stage the greatest party yet. Huge dancefloor anthems are reworked and performed live by a 50-piece orchestra, together with live vocalists and some very special guests to be announced. 

Since its inception in the early 90s, Back to Basics has blazed a trail for the Leeds club scene and for this concert in collaboration with Leeds City Council they’ll be pulling out all the stops. The Symphonic Sounds of Back To Basics marks the first collaboration between the promoter and the Orchestra of Opera North, as two contrasting Leeds-based music institutions come together to celebrate the full range of the city’s sensational musical offering. 

DJ sets 7.15pm
Event starts 8.30pm
DJ set (interval) 9.15-9.45pm
Event ends 10.30pm

Additional information

Approximately 3 hour 15 minutes (includes concert and two 30 minute DJ sets). Suitable for ages 14+. Standing tickets only. Full venue information available in the Millennium Square FAQ.

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

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World Music

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

27 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

Synopsis

Moving seamlessly between Arabic music and jazz, two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine take to the stage.

Nai Barghouti recently toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, selling out concert halls from Glasgow to London. She returns with her band of musicians from Palestine, Korea, Tunisia and Nigeria. 

She’s followed by favourites of the Paris jazz scene, Mohamed Najem & Friends. Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both groups move effortlessly between the music of the Middle East and Jazz, to find a new musical language. 

All artists are donating part of their fee to the UNICEF efforts in Syria. For more information, please contact NiNi Productions: info@niniproductions.co.uk

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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

Jamie Phillips (conductor)
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Yorkshire’s very own symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, 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
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Family

Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow

16 - 25 Jul 2017

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow

Synopsis

Produced by Opera North Youth Company

Beware Dr Ferret and his gang! The doctor and his Sweetheart Singers are out to find out just how mischievous today’s children really are. 

Inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary tales, Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow tells the curious stories of Matilda, whose lies ignited a terrible fire, Henry King who ate too much string, and George, a little boy who causes lot of trouble…

Music | Stephen Deazley
Words | Martin Riley
Director | Matthew Eberhardt
Conductor | Timothy Burke
Featuring the 
Opera North Youth Chorus & Orchestra
 

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Family

Little Big Sing

6 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Big Sing

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-5s

A multi-sensory journey around the world, singing and dancing to music from different countries, alongside some of our favourite Little Singers songs.

With live instrumental music, lights and projections and a whole heap of fun included!

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