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HEXA: David Lynch’s The Factory Photographs

17 Feb 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

HEXA: David Lynch’s The Factory Photographs

Synopsis

HEXA is a sonic response to David Lynch’s The Factory Photographs, a collection of images Lynch took of disused factories and the ruins of industry in the USA, Poland, Germany and the UK.

Support from: Ashtray Navigations

The sound is created by Lynch collaborator Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Australian composer Lawrence English.

Their performance draws from the texture of Lynch’s images, their imagined spaces, and the spectral histories contained within them.

The effect is like “cascading low frequency pulses and tectonic plates of sound, suspended in cavernous cathedral-like spaces".

Premiered at the David Lynch: Between Two Worlds retrospective in Australia, HEXA explores the ability of sound to infiltrate, abrade and occupy the body.

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Film

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

14 Feb 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Synopsis

With live music on arrival

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of the great romantic films, bitter-sweet The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays an umbrella shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly.  

Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colour, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

my favourite musical, my favourite love story, my favourite soundtrack

— Maddie Costa, The Guardian

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Family

Little Listeners

6 Feb 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

Synopsis

Players from Opera North's renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.

Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs. 

Suitable for 0-5 years

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World Music

Orchestra Baobab

4 Feb 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Orchestra Baobab

Synopsis

One of the best-known groups in Africa, Orchestra Baobab formed in 1970, taking their name from the Dakar night-club where they were resident. They drew musicians from all over Senegal, Togo and Nigeria, playing multi-lingual, multi-ethnic music with a strong Cuban flavour. 

After a split in 1987, Orchestra Baobab reformed in 2001 with the encouragement of Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour.

Since then, their worldwide touring has continually demonstrated that 'as a live experience, few can beat Orchestra Baobab in terms of old-fashioned musical ability and riveting stage presence.' (The Independent).

No flash. No artifice. Just spell-binding rhythms and relaxed late-night grooves.

— Uncut

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Spoken Word/Talks

Inside Opera Special: Re-telling the tale

28 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera Special: Re-telling the tale

Synopsis

A special edition of Inside Opera, inspired by Opera North's fairy tales season.

We will explore Rimsky-Korsakov's re-telling of one of Russia's most popular tales, The Snow Maiden; examine one of the most influential contemporary re-tellings of fairy tales, Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber; and ask why fairy tales have proved such fertile territory for psychological interpretation. 

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Jazz

Douglas - Ribot - Ibarra: New Sanctuary

27 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Douglas - Ribot - Ibarra: New Sanctuary

Synopsis

High energy improvisation meets instrumental ingenuity. 

New Sanctuary brings together three of New York’s most protean improvisers: Dave Douglas on trumpet, Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn) on guitar and Susie Ibarra on drums and electronics.

The group plays an energetic and lyrical new composition by the relentlessly inventive Douglas, improvising with new sounds and approaches.

Both Douglas and Ribot make a very welcome return to the Howard Assembly Room with this show, and their collaboration is sure to be electrifying.

Despite its range, Mr. Douglas's music sounds of one piece, connected most clearly by his trumpet playing, which can be sweet and pure or crackling and pungent, precisely stated or smeared toward wildness.

— Wall Street Journal

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Spoken Word/Talks

Sir Christopher Frayling: Inside The Bloody Chamber

26 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sir Christopher Frayling: Inside The Bloody Chamber

Synopsis

Followed by a screening of La Belle et la Bête

To coincide with Opera North’s season of dark fairy tales, broadcaster and author Sir Christopher Frayling visits the Howard Assembly Room to talk about Angela Carter, her book The Bloody Chamber and her influence on 'the contemporary Gothic'.

Frayling knew Carter very well, sharing conversations, ideas and inspiration when she lived in Bath in the 1970s, and when her key works - The Bloody Chamber, The Sadeian Woman, and The Passion of New Eve - were being written. In this talk, he meshes these memories with the subjects and themes of the stories of The Bloody Chamber.

The talk will be followed by a screening of La Belle et la Bête, Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of the classic fairy tale, introduced by Sir Christopher.

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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: A Bite Size Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan

25 Jan 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: A Bite Size Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Victoria Joyce, Soprano
Nicholas Sales, Tenor
Jeremy Peaker, Baritone
Annette Saunders, Piano

A selection of favourites from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Led by Jeremy Peaker, a member of the Chorus of Opera North who regularly appears in roles within the company and former singer of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the concert will include excerpts from The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Yeomen of the Guard amongst others.

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World Music

Tanya Tagaq: Nanook of the North

23 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tanya Tagaq: Nanook of the North

Synopsis

In this live concert with film, Inuit throat singer and tour-de-force vocalist Tanya Tagaq creates a mesmerising, improvisatory soundscape for the controversial silent film Nanook of the North

Robert J. Flaherty's 1922 film chronicled a year in the life of an Inuit family in the harsh landscape near the Arctic Circle. Widely acknowledged as the forerunner of the modern documentary, the film drew controversy for its clichéd and sometimes fictional images. 

Tanya Tagaq reclaims, through explosive sound, this portrayal of an early 20th Century Inuit community. Known for her work with Björk and the Kronos Quartet, Tanya Tagaq’s music is rooted in tradition aligned with improvisatory and electronica influences.

One of the avant-garde's most dynamic performers

— Rolling Stone

 In association with Superfriendz.

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Family

Happily Ever After

21 Jan - 11 Feb 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Happily Ever After

Synopsis

Suitable for ages 4 – 7

This enchanting storytelling experience is inspired by Opera North’s season of fairy tales.

Led by an actor and a musician, children and families meet wonderful fairy-tale characters, explore their adventures and experience live music in our magical indoor tent.

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Classical

Anne Schwanewilms and Malcolm Martineau

19 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anne Schwanewilms and Malcolm Martineau

Synopsis

Meadows in the Dusk

Praised by the New York Times for her ‘vocal refinement’ and ‘pliant lyricism’, Anne Schwanewilms ranks among today’s finest lyric sopranos.

She is a supremely gifted Straussian and one of the foremost interpreters of late Romantic opera and song.

In partnership with pianist Malcolm Martineau she showcases her soaring, crystalline voice with a compellingly beautiful and varied programme of Strauss and Wolf songs.

Part of an exclusive tour of the finest recital halls that include London's Wigmore Hall and New York's Alice Tully Hall.

Her voice is ideally suited to the demands of Strauss, capable of transparent lightness at the top, but with enough weight to power through a long phrase.

— Washington Post

...unfailing instinct for the finest details of phrasing and timing.

— The Guardian

Performance Programme

Richard Strauss Traum durch die Dämmerung  op.29 No.1
Nachtgang op.29 No.3
Richard Strauss Du meines Herzens Krönelein  op.21 No.2
Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden op. 21 No.3
Hugo Wolf Das verlassene Mägdlein
Wo find ich Trost
Der Genesene an die Hoffnung
Richard Strauss In goldener Fülle op.49 No.2
Wer lieben will, muss leiden op.49 No.7
Ach was Kummer,Qual und Schmerzen op.49 No.8
Interval  
Richard Strauss Blauer Sommer op.31 No.1
Weisser Jasmin op.31 No.3
Das Rosenband op.36 No.1
Richard Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia:
Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun op.67 No1
Guten Morgen ess ist St.Valentinstag op.67 No. 2
Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss op.67 No.3
Hugo Wolf Hier lieg ich auf dem Frühlingshügel
Gesang Wellas: Du bist Orplid, mein Land
Verborgenheit: Lass, o Welt, o lass mich sein
Richard Strauss Die Nacht op.10 No.3
Geduld op. 10 No.5

In association with Leeds Leider

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World Music

Aziza Brahim

18 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Aziza Brahim

Synopsis

Aziza Brahim is a Western Saharan musician, brought up in a Sahrawi refugee camp in the Algerian desert, who has lived in exile for more than two decades (first in Cuba and currently in Barcelona).  

Her music is dominated by her incredible voice: effortlessly compelling, richly textured, by turns haunting, languid and intensely emotional. Her songs of Sahrawi resistance and both the hurt and optimism of living as a refugee are informed by her varied upbringing, with fluid Spanish guitar licks mixing with the harder edged hooky grooves of West African desert rock.

And then there’s that voice….. Often Brahim’s one voice almost seems choral as it floats and echoes.

— The Independent

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