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Film

It's a Wonderful Life: With live music

19 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

It's a Wonderful Life: With live music

Synopsis

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most heart-warming and popular films ever made.

In the festive Victorian surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room, join James Stewart as George Bailey, a man so beset with problems that he loses all hope on Christmas Eve.

This special Christmas event will open with live music at 7.15pm, 30 minutes before the screening starts. Get fully in the mood for yule logs and glad tidings by joining us for an unmissable Christmas experience.

Dir. Frank Capra, USA 1946, 131 mins. Cert U. 

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Classical

Winter Wonderland

17 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Winter Wonderland

Synopsis

Conjure up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and spellbinding music for the season.

Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians play beautiful music by composers including Bach and Corelli, together with festive music from Eastern Europe and beyond, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.

Banish the darkest days of the year and celebrate the yuletide season in style.

A lovely way to end December

 — Audience member

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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Christmas Concert

15 Dec 2016

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

David Cowan, Conductor
Chorus of Opera North
Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Children’s Chorus

There’s no better way to start the Christmas season than with the whole of the Opera North family. For this yuletide concert, the Orchestra of Opera North is joined by the combined voices of Opera North’s Chorus, Youth and Children’s Choruses for an evening designed to thaw the winter chill.

Before experiencing a bohemian Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret, featuring soloists from the Chorus of Opera North, we take a musical overview of the season through the eyes of J.S Bach, Vivaldi, Rutter and Sibelius.

With some old favourites and new discoveries, we will be sure to raise the roof with the audience carols.

Tickets are hotter than chestnuts around the fire so book early to avoid disappointment!

Rossini Overture La Cenerentola
Vivaldi The Four Seasons: Winter 
Rutter When Icicles Hang
Sibelius Finlandia
Audience carols 
Rutter Donkey Carol
Trad. Noël nouvelet
Puccini  La Bohème: Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter 

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

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World Music

A Filetta

14 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Filetta

Synopsis

In a very rare UK concert, Corsican male voice choir A Filetta performs a festive programme of traditional song drawing on religious polyphonic song, hymnals, folk songs and occasional dance numbers.

Powerfully redolent of their homeland, the six male voices blend seamlessly, with bass running underneath layered harmonies as they rise and fall.

Formed in 1978 to preserve the island’s vocal traditions, A Filetta have forged an international reputation that brings together old and new, including their own original compositions.

a stirring, gently edgy reminder that Corsica produces some of the most subtle and remarkable vocal music in Europe.

— The Guardian

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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

14 Dec 2016

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

No Dewsbury Chamber Season would be complete without the annual concert from Phillip McCann and the University of Huddersfield Brass Band.

With carols to sing and old favourites to hear, this final concert of 2016 is sure to be popular.

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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman and Other Tales

13 - 18 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman and Other Tales

Synopsis

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

Hugh Brunt, Conductor
John Savournin, Presenter

Enchanting children of all ages since 1982 and a perennial favourite of Opera North, Howard Blake’s score to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is brought magically to life alongside a screening of the film that no Christmas should be without.

Before that, John Savournin, a stalwart of Opera North productions (Kiss Me, Kate, La Bohème, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) delivers a captivating retelling of Paul Patterson’s settings of two classic nursery rhymes; Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Based on the Roald Dahl versions and complete with a big screen picture book to tell the stories, this concert is sure to enthral the whole family.

Paul Patterson Little Red Riding Hood
Paul Patterson Three Little Pigs
Howard Blake The Snowman
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Classical

Mozart Unwrapped

10 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mozart Unwrapped

Synopsis

National Opera Studio at Opera North: Words and Mozart

Opera North is thrilled to continue its long relationship with National Opera Studio, and this December their highly talented Young Artists will delight you with extracts from Mozart’s finest operas, including The Marriage of FigaroCosì fan tutte and Don Giovanni.

In an exploration of the witty and golden relationship between Mozart's music and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte’s words, we showcase the next generation of rising stars, who will explore arias, duets and more in a semi-staged performance with sparkling direction by Giles Havergal (Opera North’s The Barber of SevilleThe Merry Widow, Albert Herring) accompanied by members of the Orchestra of Opera North and conducted by Rob Howarth.

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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

Audience Reaction Trailer

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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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