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Così fan tutte

Opera

3 Feb - 18 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Così fan tutte

Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1790)

It starts with a casual bet. The wily old cynic Don Alfonso wagers that the fiancées of two young men, complacent in their romantic notions of love, won’t stay faithful for a minute if put to the test. It sounds harmless enough and, anyway, the lovers are entirely sure of themselves. But cruelty is inherent in this game of love and chance.

Mozart created some of his most dazzlingly beautiful music for Così fan tutte and with unsparing accuracy, truthfulness and sparkling humour he explores the themes of trust and deception, and loyalty and desire in romantic relationships.

Director Tim Albery has had a long and distinguished association with Opera North over the last 30 years, from his groundbreaking production of The Trojans in the 1980s to his recent five-star (The Observer) production of The Coronation of Poppea (2014).

Go to this production: there are lots of good Cosìs, but this is in a class apart.

The Spectator

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 3 hours

Supported by the Friends of Opera North

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Chassol

Jazz and Film

1 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Chassol

Synopsis

French pianist, composer and filmmaker Christophe Chassol plays an adaptation of his dazzling fourth album Big Sun. Dynamic and life-enhancing, his live score interweaves with the sounds, colours and voices of his film about his parents’ homeland Martinique.

Adored by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, Chassol has leapt into the greater public consciousness following performances at James Lavelle’s Meltdown and the London Jazz Festival. Often likened to Woodkid, his performance fuses visuals and rhythmic motifs into a stunning filmic/musical whole.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.​

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Cheikh Lô

World Music

30 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cheikh Lô

Synopsis

The voice of Senegal’s Cheikh Lô is unique, cosmopolitan and graceful. One of the giants and greatest mavericks of West African music, his music fuses his unmistakeably soulful voice with funk, mbalax (a form of Senegalese dance music) and other West African styles. 

Starting out as a drummer 40 years ago with musicians like Papa Wemba, he later started playing the guitar and incorporating influences of reggae and funk into his own style. This incredibly rare UK performance sees Cheikh Lô perform music from his newly released album Balbalou (Chapter Two).

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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Gothic Voices

Music

29 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Gothic Voices

Synopsis

New Light on an Ancient World

'A Feather on the Breath of God…' The wonderfully evocative phrase from Abbess Hildegard of Bingen is a fine description of the sound world that the British Early Music ensemble Gothic Voices inhabits. For over thirty years, their unaccompanied close medieval harmonies have been world renowned for their excellence, refinement and spirituality.

This program New Light on an Ancient World combines music by the great medieval composer and visionary Hildegard of Bingen herself, with pieces by Machaut and Dufay and contemporary composer Andrew Keeling.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

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

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

One of the delights of a performance by the Royal Northern Sinfonia is the palpable joy in their music-making. Stravinsky’s neoclassical Concerto in D was composed in Hollywood in 1946, and its exciting rhythmic character later inspired Jerome Robbins to choreograph it in his ballet The Cage.

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante is a distillation of his genius: from the grace and poise of the opening movement, to the deep sadness of the central andante, to the high-spirited fun of the finale.

Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony is so called because in the last movement the musicians leave the stage by turns, leaving just two violins to finish the work. This was perhaps a not so subtle hint to Haydn’s patron Prince Esterházy that it was time to pack up his summer residence and head home so that his musicians could be reunited with their families. 

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K364
Stravinsky Concerto in D
Haydn Symphony No.45 ‘Farewell’

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

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Mingus Big Band

Jazz

23 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mingus Big Band

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Keeping alive the genius of the great jazz adventurer Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, the band, led by his widow Sue Mingus, has a huge repertoire, ferocious wildness mixed with pin point precision and ultimate lyricism.

Making a unique northern appearance in the intimacy of the Howard Assembly Room, ahead of their legendary Ronnie Scott’s residency, this show is likely to blow the roof off!

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Andrea Chénier | Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

23 Jan - 19 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Andrea Chénier | Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Umberto Giordano's passionate Italian opera...

Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 23 Jan; Tue 2, Sat 20, Wed 24 Feb

Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Sat 5 Mar

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Wed 9, Sat 12 Mar

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Sat 19 Mar

All pre-show talks run from 6.30 - 7.00pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Opera North's series of pre-performance talks are generously supported by the Friends of Opera North
 

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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

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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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