Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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Johann Strauss II Frühlingsstimmen Waltz
Johann Strauss II Stürmisch in Lieb’ und Tanz ‒ Polka Schnell
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Contradances, K609
Gustav Mahler Rückert-Lieder
Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus Overture
Richard Rodgers Carousel Waltz
Franz Lehár The Merry Widow  ‘Vilja’
Johann Strauss II Perpetuum Mobile
Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube
Franz Lehár Giuditta ‘Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß’

The Orchestra of Opera North and guests see out the year with waltzes, marches and song from the City of Music. The Vienna Philharmonic’s famous concerts at the Musikverein have made the city, and the music of the Strauss family, synonymous with New Year celebrations.After a year of lockdowns and isolation, Strauss II’s Blue Danube waltz offers a rousing welcome to 2022.

Making her Opera North debut, young Italian-Turkish conductor Nil Venditti, Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra della Toscana, takes the podium, with Irish soprano Máire Flavin, last seen on the Opera North stage as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, joining the ensemble for songs and arias by Lehár and others.

From £20 | Concessions available

Start time
Thursday 30 December, 3.30pm
Friday 31 December, 3pm

16 and under: £10

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season

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Nil conducted the Netherlands Philharmonic’s streamed New Year celebrations from an empty Concertgebouw last year, which she describes as “absolutely surreal”. For her, there’s no substitute for performing to a full hall: “It feels more real and you can really enjoy the energy that comes from the audience!” Máire agrees: “There’s been a chasm in my life that couldn’t be filled with anything else but live performance”.

As they looked forward to sharing our New Year celebrations with audiences in person, our two guest artists picked out some personal highlights:
A Strauss, a cat and mouse, and a Mahler masterpiece.


Nil Venditti


Black and white headshot of Maire Flavin
Máire Flavin


Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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