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Big Voices

Family

23 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Big Voices

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Join the Chorus of Opera North in a fun morning of music, perfect for budding singers.

This family workshop will introduce you to the wonderful sounds of a sensitive soprano, marvellous mezzo, tear-jerking tenor and boisterous baritone. Led by Conductor Matt Beckingham, you, your family and our magnificent chorus will spend time together learning a stunning section of chorus music.

What’s more, you’ll even get to experience the power of a live chorus up-close-and-personal as they treat you to some rousing big chorus tunes from operas by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.

No experience required, just a love of singing. Suitable for ages 6+

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Andrea Chénier

Opera

19 Jan - 19 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Andrea Chénier

Synopsis

Umberto Giordano (1896)

New production

The dramatic plot of Andrea Chénier is inspired by the tragic story of the Romantic poet guillotined during the French Revolution. Giordano was a contemporary of Puccini and his most popular opera is a tragic and thrilling historical drama charting the love rivalry between the poet Chénier and the servant Gérard for the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the Revolution, Chénier offers her protection and provokes the revenge of the now-powerful Gérard.

Annabel Arden’s new production explores the chaos of revolution and examines the role of the artist in a time of social and political turmoil. Giordano’s stirring opera offers the tenor a leading and impressive role and is coloured with tunes associated with the French Revolution. This opera has always been warmly embraced by audiences for its open-hearted emotionalism and ardent dramatic lyricism. It is a truly passionate opera that is not to be missed!

Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Supported by a generous gift from Terry and Liz Bramall

The Music

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Leeds

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Mozart

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Part of University of Leeds International Concert Season

Jac Van Steen, Conductor
Jessica Burroughs, Cello

Banish the January-blues with a delightful afternoon filled with some of the finest classical music from Yorkshire’s very own Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North.

Regarded as Tchaikovsky’s cello concerto, the Variations on a Rococo Theme are a neo-classical homage to Mozart and a wonderfully challenging work-out for both soloist and orchestra. Performed between two classic symphonies, this concert is designed to lift the spirits and resolutely rekindle the New Year!

Haydn Symphony No. 87 in A major
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor
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Danton

Film

16 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Danton

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Dir. Andrzej Wajda, Poland/France, 1983, 136 mins, Cert 12

Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak star in a powerful depiction of the ideological clash between charismatic, man-of-the-people Georges Danton and icy extremist Maximilien Robespierre, both key figures of the French Revolution. The film brilliantly illuminates one of the most fascinating periods of the Revolution, with Louis XVI executed, The Terror at its peak, and power inexorably changing hands.

One of the great films about The Terror, Danton can also be read as Director Andrzej Wajda’s reflection on the Solidarity movement in his own country, the then Soviet-dominated Poland.

Introduced by Dr Paul Rowe, Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds.

DARE International Film Series in association with the University of Leeds

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Revolution!

Spoken Word/Talks

14 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Revolution!

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Annabel Arden and Professor Richard Clay

Annabel Arden, Director of Opera North’s new production of Andrea Chénier (set during the French Revolution of 1789), discusses the opera and the evolution of the forces of liberty and protest. Professor Richard Clay, present of the BBC’s Tearing Up HistoryThe French Revolution, provides insight into the iconoclasm and art of the French Revolution itself.

World-renowned director and co-founder of Théâtre de Complicité, Annabel Arden is joined by art historian Clay who advised Tate Britain on their 2014 exhibition ‘Art under Attack’. The talk features live music by violinist David Le Page, including his Variations on the Marseillaise.

Part of the Liberty Lectures 2015 in association with the University of Leeds

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

30 - 31 Dec 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16
(Huddersfield concert only)

John Rigby, Conductor
Jennifer France, Soprano

John Suchet, Presenter

Be swept off your feet and into the New Year by this afternoon of Viennese classics.  One of the season’s highlights for many, do book early as this ever-popular concert regularly sells out. This year's programme includes excerpts from Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus and Lehar's Die lustige Witwe.

Johann Strauss II Overture, Die Fledermaus
  Laughing Song, Die Fledermaus
  Overture, Eine Nacht in Venedig 
Lehár 'Meine Lippen', Giuditta
  Vilja, Die lustige Witwe
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North & Inspiration: Joy to the World

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Joy to the World

The epic massed forces of Inspiration and the Orchestra of Opera North bring you their most spectacular Christmas extravaganza yet. The programme includes unique versions of well-known carols, such as 'Hark! The Herald Angels sing' and 'O Come, All Ye Faithful', as well as Christmas songs from all over the world.

Join us for this festive celebration which is not to be missed!

Find out more about Inspiration

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Film and Howard Assembly Room

19 Dec 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Synopsis

Celebrate Christmas-time in spooktacular style with Tim Burton's delightfully dark Yuletide fable The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington gets a new lease of life when he stumbles on Christmastown. He plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus, but discovers that the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry… With festive treats on offer in the merry surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room, this is a deliciously different Christmas treat for all the family. 

We've also planned an exciting puppet-making workshop inspired by Tim Burton’s magical musical fantasy. So join us before the film in the Howard Assembly Room between 10.30 – 12.30pm.

Dir Tim Burton; Cert PG; 76 mins; 1993

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Puppetry Workshop: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Have some fiendish fun in this exciting puppet-making workshop, inspired by Tim Burton’s magical musical fantasy, The Nightmare Before Christmas - then take your creations along to the afternoon film screening.

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

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The Night before Christmas

Classical

18 Dec 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Night before Christmas

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Kick-start your Christmas spirit with a beautiful candlelit concert for the holiday season. In the darkest days of the year, the scene is set for a wonderland of festive music, carols and spectacular images.

From Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé, Bach and Handel to carols and Billie Holiday, the halls are decked with holly and the Yuletide log lit, for a feast of music to banish the most stubborn winter blues, and bring the spirit of Christmas to your door. 

Duration 1hr 15 mins.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: A Joyous Christmas

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Martin Pickard, Conductor
Chorus of Opera North
Opera North Children’s Chorus
Opera North Youth Chorus

The Orchestra of Opera North is joined by the combined voices of the Chorus of Opera North, Opera North Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus in a joyous concert that will fill you with festive cheer!

The annual Dewsbury Christmas concert has become a popular fixture in the calendar in recent years, and with good reason: the most wonderful time of the year has inspired many of the greatest composers to write some of their finest music. Take a feast of seasonal favourites, add a dash of traditional carols, and you have the perfect prelude to the Christmas holiday season.

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Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Limited number of single seats available

 
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Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman and Paddington Bear

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Delight your family this Christmastime with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children accompanied by a live orchestra.

With the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, orchestral forces inject tingle-down-the-spine magic into 'Walking in the Air' - the soundtrack to every child's Christmas.

Before that we follow everyone’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru. In London he meets The Browns, Mr Gruber and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn and Rossini. This delightful musical story was written by Paddington’s creator Michael Bond, with original music by Herbert Chappell. Told by a narrator, Paddington Bear’s First Concert is an ideal opportunity to introduce live orchestra music to younger family members and friends.

The perfect way to begin this exciting festive time.

Narrated by CBeebies presenter Pui Fan Lee

The Snowman
Dir. Dianne Jackson & Timmy T.Murakami, Cert U, 1982, Animation, 26mins
Creator: Raymond Briggs
Composer: Howard Blake

The Snowman image © Snowman Enterprises Ltd

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