In its second year Opera North Orchestra Academy of 2019 welcomed young musicians from all over the UK and further to the School of Music at the University of Leeds. Over five days the academy worked in sectional and tutti rehearsals, led by Lee Reynolds and coached by musicians of the Orchestra of Opera North, concluding in a final concert at the Great Hall of the University of Leeds.
The Academy explored the different elements of Kurt Weill’s music, centring around his rarely performed Symphony No. 2 as well as two arias from Street Scene (Somehow I Never Could Believe, A Boy Like You) which Opera North will stage in early 2020. Weill’s versatility as a composer was placed in context of works of two of his contemporaries, Eric Korngold (Theme & Variations) and Giacomo Puccini (La Boheme) from which Academy performed Donde Lieta Usci and Mi Chiamano Mimi together with soprano Sarah Redgwick.
The Academy participants displayed their musical versatility with an exciting and unique arrangement of George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm by conductor Lee Reynolds.