Opera North's first ever staging of Rimsky-Korsakov's delightful Russian opera The Snow Maiden opens our fairy tale season.
The Snow Maiden is warm and beautiful, but she hides a tragic secret, her heart is made of ice. If warmed by human love, her heart will melt and she will die. Enchanted by the shepherd boy Lel, she yearns to experience life with humans. Her parents relent, with tragic consequences.
A gorgeous and lyrical evocation of the natural world, Rimsky Korsakov’s delightfully colourful, folk-inspired opera is based on a well-loved Russian fairy tale. With an inventive use of video imagery, the piece imaginatively blends and contrasts worlds of fantasy and reality.
Approximately 3 hours
Sung in English with English titles
Suitable for 7+
… visual enchantment...captivating.
There is delightful singing from Aoife Miskelly in the title role and Elin Pritchard as her rival, and a striking debut from Heather Lowe as Lel.
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.
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
|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
|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
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
A 16 year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.
Unappreciated on its release, Labyrinth’s mix of spectacle and David Bowie rock opera has now made it a beloved cult favourite.
Glam, trippy and occasionally absurd, Labyrinth also reacquaints audiences with the truth of the fairy tale: that childhood is a scary and dangerous place, an inherently strange time filled with dead-ends and ambiguity.
Screened to mark a year since David Bowie’s death, Labyrinth celebrates one of the strangest chapters in his long and glorious career.
Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)
Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Ellie Laugharne, Soprano
Heather Lowe, Mezzo Soprano
Having lived in Vienna for the past twenty years, Aleksandar is the perfect host for Opera North’s ever popular Viennese Whirl.
With two soloists and an orchestra at his disposal, he will waltz you through all-time favourites, delight with hand-picked gems and march us all into the New Year in true style.
Huddersfield Examiner said after last year’s concert ‘Few orchestras anywhere can pull off the full range of this music with the panache and skill of the Opera North Orchestra’ – early booking is highly recommended.
|Johann Strauss II||Indigo and the forty thieves, Overture|
|Robert Stolz||Der Favorit: Du sollst Kaiser meiner Seele sein|
|Emmerich Kálmán||Gräfin Mariza: Hör ich Zigeunergeigen|
|Josef Strauss||Delirien waltz|
|Johann Strauss II||Freikugeln, polka schnell|
|Jacques Offenbach||Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle
Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture
|Johann Strauss II||Künstlerleben waltz|
|Richard Strauss||Ariadne auf Naxos: Ein Augenblick ist wenig
Ariadne auf Naxos: Seien wir wieder gut
|Émile Waldteufel||The Skater’s waltz|
|Josef Strauss||Sport- Polka|
|Johann Strauss II||Tänzerin Fanny Elssler: Draussen in Sievering blüht schon der Flieder|
|Franz Lehár||Zigeunerliebe: Hör ich Zymbalklänge|
|Johann Strauss II||The Blue Danube waltz|
Total duration: 1 hour 50 minutes (includes 20-minute interval)
In the darkest month of the year, the Tallis Scholars light up the festive season with classic texts associated with Christmas from some of the lesser known master composers of the Renaissance.
The first half pairs one of the most influential motets of its time: Josquin's motet Praeter rerum seriem, with de Rore’s elaborate mass on the birth of Christ Missa Praetum rerum seriem.
The second half continues the Christmas theme, proceeding through remarkable pieces by Victoria, de Sermisy (a Franco-Flemish composer in the generation after Josquin) and Mexican composer Hernando Franco. The evening culminates with John Taverner's most intricate and splendid antiphon in praise of the virgin, O splendor gloriae.
…if the herald angels would leave off their infernal harking and form an earthly choir, then this is probably how they would sound.
— The Guardian
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.
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
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|
|Puccini||La Bohème: Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter|
Talking Music begins at 6.10pm
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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14 Dec 2016
Dewsbury Town Hall
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.