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National Opera Studio at Opera North

8 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

National Opera Studio at Opera North

Synopsis

The next generation of great British singers perform scenes from across Handel’s intensely dramatic operas; from the catastrophic lust and deceit of Rodelinda, to the trouble of love versus politics in Giulio Cesare.

This is a rare chance to hear snapshots of these thrilling, timeless works in such an intimate setting. The Young Artists of the National Opera Studio are directed by American director Christopher Alden (La vida breve / Gianni Schicchi 2015, Norma 2012) and accompanied by the Orchestra of Opera North, under the baton of renowned British Baroque conductor David Bates.

For nearly 40 years, the National Opera Studio has played an essential role at the heart of British opera. The NOS works in partnership with Arts Council England and the UK’s leading Opera Companies – Opera North, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera – to provide intensive and bespoke professional training of the highest quality for singers and répétiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.

The annual residency at Opera North is one of the highlights of the NOS Training Year. Over the course of a week, the Young Artists work with Opera North’s staff, artists and orchestra on their home stages, culminating in this showcase performance on the stage of the Howard Assembly Room.

This forms a vital part of the professional training and exposure that sets the National Opera Studio’s Young Artist Programme apart from all others in the UK.

Selected scenes from George Frideric Handel’s:

  • Rodelinda
  • Giulio Cesare
  • Ariodante
  • Orlando

The National Opera Studio residency is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.

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World Music

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

1 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

Synopsis

Support by Chico Pere and Glenn Sharp

With her rich, smoky voice and dramatic presence, Romanian singer Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu marks the beginning of Advent with an atmospheric, enchanting concert of traditional song.

Romanian Christmas carols (colinde) and winter songs express wishes of health and prosperity for all, whilst seeking reconciliation with the souls of the departed. Rich in metaphors and religious stories, they evoke the snow-covered Carpathian mountains through dramatic tales of bravery and lives lived in nature, harking back beyond the Nativity to ancient pagan origins.

Steeped in the folk culture of her native country as well as its later traditions of tango and the café songs of Maria Tănase, Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu brings a crystalline magic to these heartfelt Christmas songs. She is joined by Serbian accordionist Dejan Jovanovic and Moldovan cimbalom virtuoso Valeriu Caşcaval for a winter’s journey through the land of her childhood –  a festive concert like no other.

Nostalgic and romantic and given a dark, Oriental tone by Chitu’s chiaroscuro alto voice… the way she draws out the introduction to ‘Aseara Ti-am Luat Basma’ surrounded by filigree cimbalom flourishes is gorgeous.

— Songlines

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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Garry Walker, Conductor 
Elena Urioste, Violin

Garry Walker returns to Opera North after his critically acclaimed performances of Britten's Billy Budd. From the arresting opening of the Soirées musicales through to the noble ending of Elgar's First Symphony, a common thread of stylistic experimentation — sometimes playful, sometimes audacious — unites the works of three markedly different composers. 

Elena Urioste, former BBC New Generation Artist and yoga fanatic, is a seasoned recitalist and concerto performer, working with numerous American and UK orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Hallé Orchestras. Here she takes centre-stage to perform Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No. 5.

Opera North's... superb orchestra... delivered a brilliantly vivid, sharply etched account under conductor Garry Walker, full of surging drama and also moments of ezquisite contemplation 

— The Scotsman

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Britten Soirées musicales Op. 9
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, 'Turkish' K.219
Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A flat

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Classical

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

30 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

Synopsis

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper reveals hidden depths in whatever she plays.

Renowned worldwide, her performances are praised by Gramophone for their ‘imaginative freedom’ and ‘balance of sense and sensibility’.

Her long-awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room will travel from the classical poise of early Beethoven and the authority of Haydn’s C minor Piano Sonata, to the remarkable invention and emotional quality of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31.

The programme also includes Darknesse Visible by one of the most important composers in contemporary music, Thomas Adès (recent work includes The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House).

‘an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing'

Daily Telegraph

Beethoven Bagatelles op 33
Haydn Sonata in c minor Hob. XVI/20
Beethoven Variations on La Stessa La Stessissima
Adès Darknesse Visible  
Beethoven Sonata in Ab major op 110

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Folk

Lau: Decade

25 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau: Decade

Synopsis

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio made up of three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle). 

Both extraordinary musicians and creative visionaries, Lau’s music is rooted in gorgeous melody, but explores folk music in every direction, with virtuosic playing, rich electronics and ideas that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours. 

Decade celebrates 10 years of incredible stage performances from this multiple award-winning band.  

The U.K’s best live band, Lau are remarkable – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk: exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best.

The Guardian 

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Orchestra of Opera North: Arnold, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Howells

Synopsis

Booking for New Subscribers: Monday 17 July
**General on Sale: Saturday 19 August**

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds College of Music Student Chorus
St Peter's Singers

David Hill - conductor
Sarah Fox - soprano
Ben Hulett - tenor

Arnold Peterloo Overture
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar In the South
Howells Hymnus Paradisi

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is 

— Arnold

Pre-concert talk 6:45pm
Peter Whitfield discusses this evening's works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Classical

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.

The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.

“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”

Financial Times

Schumann Dichterliebe
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby Settings of Yeats

In association with Leeds Lieder

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World Music

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

16 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Synopsis

Transparent Water

Cuban jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita perform music from their first collaborative album together, Transparent Water.

Full of serenity and a sense of gentle elation, the album brings together influences from across five continents. Having grown from a chance musical encounter, it’s an album born largely out of improvisation – unlocking a deep exploration of tone. 

Sosa and Keita are both acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich global heritage that spans jazz, latin and African influences. Seckou Keita first performed at the Howard Assembly Room in 2015 with harpist Catrin Finch, and returned to the venue for a magical Light Night last year.

He recently won the Songlines Best Album Award 2016 for his last solo album 22 Strings.

Transparent Water is where world music meets world jazz, where tradition meets improvisation and where the lines of spiritual and earthy meet. The result is stunningly evocative.

— World Music Central

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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

15 Nov 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Annette Saunders, Piano 

Opera North's Assistant Head of Music, Annette Saunders joins Orchestra Leader, David Greed and Principal Cello, Jessica Burroughs to perform Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor and other works.

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World Music

Taksim Trio & Dorantes

11 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Taksim Trio & Dorantes

Synopsis

Mediterranean Gypsies 

Created at the legendary Flamenco Biennale in Seville, Mediterranean Gypsies brings together two stunning groups.

Flamenco legend David Peña Dorantes is joined by his trio Dorantes, who weave around his rich and hugely influential language of flamenco piano. He’s joined by Taksim Trio, the great Turkish group who play Ottoman instruments such as the duduk, the bağlama and above all the kanun. The two groups don’t play separate sets – Mediterranean Gypsies flows between the two groups. Sometimes they play separately, and at points they come together, making rich music together that explores the Roma links between their cultures.

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Music

Valgeir Sigurðsson

9 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Valgeir Sigurðsson

Synopsis

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Ticket holders will be contacted. 

Infused with the ethereal workings of electronics and sound manipulation, Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Dissonance is an experimental exploration of orchestral sounds.

Full of ecstatic joy and deep sorrow, it is haunted by the Western classical tradition, distorting and subverting the sounds of conventional instruments to mesmerising effect.

His first solo release since 2012, Dissonance is performed live with Liam Byrne on strings and visuals created by the Antivj collective.

A masterful piece of work.

— Mary Anne Hobbs on Dissonance 

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Music

Bill Frisell

4 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bill Frisell

Synopsis

Master guitarist Bill Frisell brings his very own all-star string quartet to the north of England for the first time. 

Music for Strings features violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang and cellist Hank Roberts

They take music from Electricity, Frisell's new collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison; pieces from their Woody Guthrie project and Frisell’s albums Big Sur, Richter 858, Unspeakable and History, Mystery.

The evening also includes music inspired by Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish and Hunter S. Thompson's Kentucky Derby.

Early booking strongly recommended.

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