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Opera

Billy Budd

1 - 3 Dec 2016

Edinburgh

Festival Theatre

Billy Budd

Synopsis

A brand new staging of this oceanic and intense psychological drama performed by a cast of today's leading Britten interpreters.

Discover the dramatic tale of Billy Budd, a young sailor who radiates beauty and goodness, and the failure of Captain Vere to save him from the destructive forces of envy. Embark on a powerful psychological journey of one man’s inner turmoil as the past comes back to haunt him.

With its evocative music, stellar cast and stunning set, Opera North’s new production of one of Britten’s greatest operas promises an unforgettable experience.

​A co-production with Nederlandse Reisopera.

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with no titles

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Opera

Il tabarro & Suor Angelica

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2016

Edinburgh

Festival Theatre

Il tabarro & Suor Angelica

Synopsis

A double bill of two intense one-act dramas in one evening of vintage Puccini. 

The first of Puccini’s Il trittico (The Triptych), Il tabarro, is a noir thriller set in working class Paris. The young Giorgetta takes a lover and drives her husband Michele to murderous despair. A love triangle is at the heart of this very human drama and at its climax, a cloak reveals a dark and bloody secret.

Suor Angelica focuses on one of the most heart-rending human experiences. Sister Angelica has been confined to a convent following the scandal of an illegitimate son. After years of missing her child every day, she discovers that he died a long time ago. Angelica is plunged into suicidal despair yet the end of the opera holds out the promise of redemption.

Join us on an emotional journey from the darkly atmospheric music of Il tabarro to the ethereal beauty of Suor Angelica

Running Time

2 hours 30 minutes (with a 30 minute interval)

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

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Classical

Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

26 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

At the heart of this programme, performed by leading British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Joseph Middleton, are the characteristics of English song. 

These are a powerful sense of place, empathetic observation of nature and pure joy in language. Connolly brings all her richness of voice and depth of understanding to bear on a programme of Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Roger Quilter, concluding with Benjamin Britten's Charm of Lullabies.

The recital also features the wonderful poems of Hans Christian Andersen from Schumann's Fünf Lieder op.40 and Ravel's song cycle Shéhérazade, based on the heroine of the Arabian Nights.

She is unrivalled: simply the best, most exiting, most galvanising performer we have today.

— The Independent

Schumann Vier Lieder op. 40:  
Märzveilchen
Muttertraum
Der Soldat
Der Spielmann 
Ravel  Shéhérazade:
Asie
La flûte enchantée
​L'indifférent
***INTERVAL***  
Ireland Earth's Call
  Her Song
  If There Were Dreams to Sell
Gurney Sleep
  By a Bierside
  Most Holy Night
  The Fields Are Full
Britten A Charm of Lullabies

In association with Leeds Lieder ​

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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Tales Beneath the Stars

24 - 27 Nov 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Tales Beneath the Stars

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Stefan Blunier, Conductor

Stefan Blunier conducts a programme anchored with two works of a nautical flair. Berlioz’s Overture Le Corsaire celebrates the life of the brigand and his views of the sea while Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade tells the tale of the courtesan who stayed her execution by spinning out her story of Sinbad until the Sultan revoked his sentence.

No such stay existed for our other lovers depicted tonight through Prokofiev’s evocative score for Romeo and Juliet. The music in the suite beautifully captures the drama and poignancy of the doomed romance.

Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64
Berlioz Overture Le Corsaire, Op. 21
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

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Music

Lone Twin: Last Act of Rebellion

19 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lone Twin: Last Act of Rebellion

Synopsis

Lone Twin, one of the UK’s most distinctive and acclaimed performance companies, celebrate its 20th anniversary.

This show springs forth from the mighty playlist of popular song that the company’s Artistic Directors Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan began collecting in 1997: the songs of our time, the songs we carry with us. A diverse series of collaborators have each chosen one song to respond to, creating an outlandish, confounding or hilarious piece for Gary and Gregg to perform.

Last Act Of Rebellion: songs that are a little too well known; dances for men in their mid-forties who know no better.

A wonderful body of work

— The Guardian

Commissioned by Compass Festival, created with support from Falmouth University, presented in partnership with Opera North Projects.

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Classical

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

17 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Synopsis

Please note: Unfortunately, Sitkovetsky Piano Trio has had to cancel this concert at the Howard Assembly Room due to illness.

Our Box Office is contacting all ticket holders directly.


The Sitkovetsky Trio plays Dvořák’s magnificent Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor ‘Dumky’; a piece with its heart and soul in central Europe.

Rather than a typical four-movement work, the trio is in six parts, each a ‘dumka’ or melancholy folk ballad, which move from a slow, mournful beginning to a joyful, almost manic answering section. The approach of the Trio combines a dynamic, high-energy performance style with evident commitment and profundity. 

The first half of the evening sees the Sitkovetsky Trio delight with Haydn’s Piano Trio in G major ‘Gypsy’ with Charles Ives’ only Piano Trio.

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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Kevin Gowland and Annette Saunders

16 Nov 2016

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Kevin Gowland and Annette Saunders

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Kevin Gowland, Flute
​Annette Saunders, Piano

Kevin Gowland, Opera North’s Principal Flute and their new Music Staff member, Annette Saunders bring their established duo concert to the season.

Featuring music by Strauss and Britten and with other jewels to discover, this is bound to be a delightful way to wile away a lunchtime. 

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Jazz

The Bad Plus

12 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Bad Plus

Synopsis

Iconoclastic jazz trio The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and have consistently avoided easy categorisation with their creativity, unique sound and gift for joyful live performance.

Based in New York City, they have constantly searched for rules to break, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect synchrony.

The trio play from their new album (released August 2016), weaving ingenious eclectic covers through their own uncompromising originals. They continue to redefine what a jazz piano trio can be. 

Early booking highly recommended.

Support: Binker & Moses 

Opening the show are Binker & Moses. Best Newcomer winners at the Jazz FM and Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Best Jazz winners at the MOBOs, the duo draw on all aspects of black music, their unusual chemistry constructing a sound that ranges from ‘a kind of unplugged dub ambience’ (Jazzwise) via lengthy entwined solos to groove-laden tracks.​

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Music

The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha

11 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha

Synopsis

Two of the UK’s foremost contemporary music ensembles join forces for this unique collaborative programme to celebrate their joint 25th birthdays.

At its heart is Schoenberg’s bewitchingly intense piece for string sextet, Transfigured Night. 

The programme also bids farewell to the late, great British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

With the powerful expressivity of Farewell to Stromness and the kaleidoscopic colours of The Last Island (accompanied here with a new film), they pay tribute to a man whose music has shaped their programming over the last quarter of a century. 

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Family

Remember Remember…

5 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Remember Remember…

Synopsis

A shadow puppetry workshop

Discover the wonders of light and shadow as we create a variety of shadow puppets around an imagined bonfire.

Inspired by Bonfire Night, join us for a fun morning of puppet-making, then take your creations out into the city to enjoy the lights of the night.

This workshop is suitable for children of all ages and their families.

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Film

Suspiria

4 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Suspiria

Synopsis

With live score by Goblin

Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a classic of lurid Italo-terror and a stone-cold masterpiece.

A new student arrives at a ballet school in the Black Forest and quickly discovers that something is very wrong.

Viciously violent and exquisitely shot, with influences as diverse as German Expressionism and Disney, Suspiria is saturated by Goblin’s score for the film, building dreamlike intensity and delicately shredding your nerves.

Goblin, the Italian progressive rock band who recorded the original soundtrack to the film, play it live in their current incarnation, in the perfect Gothic setting for an evening of delicious horror.

Dir. Dario Argento, Italy 1977, 97 mins. Cert 18

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Music

Cat's Eyes

2 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cat's Eyes

Synopsis

Support: Elsa Hewitt

Cat’s Eyes are a duo formed by Faris Badwan, the singer from British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors and Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist.

While their self-titled debut seemed grown in the dark, the duo’s latest album Treasure House is flooded with light, featuring lush, expansive arrangements and pure voiced vocals with a sinister edge.

This is music made in Technicolor on a wide silver screen, by the band whose glorious concoction of Morricone, Nino Rota, and Broadcast’s harpsichord-laden reverie was the soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy. Everything about their music feels cinematic.

A co-promotion with Beacons Metro 2016.

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