Enchanted: Relaxed concert

Saturday 5 March 2022

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Spend an hour with some of the most magical songs opera has to offer, in an informal and friendly setting.  

Arias and duets about the madness of love, witchcraft and transformation explore themes of power and freedom, curated by Opera North’s Annette Saunders (piano) and sung by performers covering roles in Handel’s Alcina including Corinne Cowling and Polly Leech.

Music by Handel, Purcell and Monteverdi, beautiful lighting and relaxed seating with cushions and armchairs: the perfect way to lose yourself in music on a Saturday afternoon.


Start time

1 hour

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What to expect

Everyone is welcome to attend a relaxed performance. The informal atmosphere can be particularly suitable for anyone who would feel more comfortable in this environment. This could include parents with young children, people with sensory or communication needs and people living with dementia.

The performance will have: 

  • a welcoming atmosphere 
  • friendly performers 
  • no bright or flashing lights and no darkness 
  • no sudden loud noises 
  • a range of seating options from chairs to cushions and no pressure to stay still throughout the performance 
  • a quiet area outside the performance space if you want it 
  • information sent out before the show about what to expect 
  • children of all ages welcome 

 Find out more ahead of your visit by visiting our Access page

Programme to include

Pur ti miro (duet)

Music for a while
Sweeter than roses

Where shall I fly – from Hercules
Heart the seat of soft delight – from Acis & Galatea
Mi lusinga – from Alcina

Vieni appaga il tuo consorte – from Orfeo ed Euridice (duet)

Britten – from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I know a bank
Come now a roundel

Der Zauberer



Debussy – from Chansons de Bilitis
La flûte de Pan
Le tombeau des Naïades

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Enchanted: Relaxed concert

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