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Be part of an amateur opera chorus every Monday night for 10 weeks!
Nothing comes close to the sound of an opera chorus – and now you can be part of one. Explore music from iconic operas, inspired by Opera North’s Fatal Passions season.
Rehearsals will be run by a vocal leader, who will support you in building your ensemble singing and music reading skills, as well as further developing your vocal technique. You will also work with a guest director, who will help you to develop your performance and stage craft skills.
Showcase your newly acquired skills at a relaxed performance for friends and family, on 26 March
Suitable for: People who have some experience of singing and are comfortable following a music score
If you have any enquiries about the ON After Hours programme please get in touch: email@example.com
An enchanting storytelling experience inspired by Japanese folk stories and Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly.
Be swept along on a magical adventure to the bottom of the ocean, visit the majestic palace of The Dragon King, ride on the shell of a Turtle and discover a mysterious treasure…
This kind of storytelling is such a rare treat; beautifully told, completely enchanting and wonderful to hear such gorgeous music in such an intimate setting.
— audience member at Seven Stories, 2017 tour of Happily Ever After
Performances are suitable for ages 3 – 7
Simply one of the most memorable and powerful bands to ever appear at the Howard Assembly Room, the Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu return with their trademark blend of heart-hollowing melody, ferocious harmony, and an ingrained sense of the windswept horizons of their homeland.
Huun-Huur-Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to Tuvan over-tone or ‘throat-singing’ techniques invented by nomadic hunter-herders of the Tuvan steppes and mountains.
They have gone on to an incredibly rich career including collaborations with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Nina Nastasia and the Kronos Quartet. Using traditional instruments, percussion and an array of vocal techniques, they create a world of sound like no other.
An amazing work of harmonical unity and beauty.
— Jazz Thing
One of the world's foremost lyric sopranos, award-winning Christiane Karg stands at the forefront of today's Lieder singers, praised for her stylish sensitivity to words and engaging stage presence.
Following performances together with Leeds Lieder Director and RPS Award-winner Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall, Luxembourg's Philharmonie, Copenhagen's Opera Festival, and in Germany and South America, the duo present a heady programme of exotic romanticism to commemorate Debussy's anniversary year.
The concert juxtaposes Debussy's settings of poets Verlaine (in the Ariettes oubliées) and Baudelaire (in the Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire) with Wagner's towering Wesendonck Lieder, and Karg has also programmed a selection from that most elusive and exquisite of song composers, Eric Satie.
Chistiane Karg’s diamantine purity of tone and impeccable technique put her at the forefront of lyric sopranos
— The Telegraph
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In association with Leeds Lieder
Violinist Martin Hayes’ soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm, coming to new prominence as the traditional heart of Irish supergroup The Gloaming.
He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis Cahill for over twenty years, and has collaborated with other extraordinary musicians including Bill Frisell and Jordi Savall.
The Martin Hayes Quartet expands on the musical ideas of Hayes and Cahill, with the melody still central, by exploring sonic possibilities with the inclusion of the deep mellow sound of the bass clarinet, played by the virtuosic Doug Wieselman, and the rich warm tones of the viola, played by the brilliant Liz Knowles.
Their ability to convey the relevancy of an old form and play it with such emotion and urgency, has made them the undisputed masters of Irish music around the world.
The great fiddler Martin Hayes speaks with the soul of a poet. A remarkable artist, the only one of his type.
—The Sunday Independent, Ireland
Explore Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly in the company of conductor Martin Pickard and members of the cast and creative team.
Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance at the Box Office.
Approximately 1 hour
The first major female kora virtuoso and her electrifying band play music from her debut album Fasiya, and celebrate her second release which is out this summer.
Born into one of the five principal West African Griot families, Sona has performed alongside Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Kassé-Mady Diabaté and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
She has an effortless ability to blend different musical styles, moving between West African musical genres and reaching towards afropop and the blues. She uses her innovative stance to talk about issues to do with cultural identity, gender and respect whilst still rooting herself firmly in her traditional heritage.
Kora player with all the makings of an international star.
— The Guardian
This Dickensian epic, told with Bergman’s trademark melancholy and emotional intensity presents a world where utmost certainty exists side by side with ghosts and magic.
Beginning on Christmas Eve 1907, the intrigues of a large wealthy family unfold, told from the perspective of two siblings whose comfortable existence is upended when their mother marries a puritanical bishop.
Originally intended to be his last film, Fanny and Alexander explores what it is to be young and old, to be a man, woman, Christian, Jew, rich, poor, religious and profane.
Screened alongside Un ballo in maschera on the Opera North main stage.
Alt-country artist Willy Vlautin peoples his songs with suicidal drunks, teenage runaways, down-at-heel drifters, and threadbare hustlers.
Sometimes sharing locations and characters with the songs, his award-winning novels also tell the stories of those left aside by the American Dream.
In this special evening of lyrical prose and literary song, Vlautin performs material from his former band Richmond Fontaine, his more recent band The Delines, and instrumentals from the soundtrack from his new book Don't Skip Out on Me, accompanied by David Murphy on pedal steel.
In conversation with author and poet Adelle Stripe, Willy will talk about his life and work, including the new movie Lean on Pete, based on his novel of the same name.
Copies of Don't Skip Out on Me (Faber & Faber) will be available on the night, and Willy will be signing after the performance.
The characters become your neighbours and the tunes as familiar as friends, making Post to Wire a fabulous addition to the all-too-slim canon of passionate, literary rock'n'roll
— The Guardian on Post to Wire
In this special event, based on his latest book, Out of the Wreckage, Monbiot seeks out the best new ideas and streamlines them into a coherent, inspiring story that describes the present and shows the way to a better future.
He explains how communities can be rebuilt, how economies can be recharged without destroying the living planet and how politics can once more inspire and thrill.
By developing the new narrative we seek, this book helps to provide political movements with the focus and direction required to change the world.
A dazzling command of science and relentless faith in people ... I never miss reading him.
What most impresses in Monbiot’s clever, elegant writing is the way he strives to think beyond protest towards realistic, representative solutions to the problems of world politics and trade.
George Monbiot will be introduced by Dr Kat Austen, Cultural Fellow in Arts and Science at the Cultural Institute, University of Leeds
Liberty Lecture, in association with the University of Leeds
Eloquent and provocative singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane is fast becoming the UK’s foremost Black British jazz vocalist. Her music is seductive and earthy.
As a performer she is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues.
With three critically acclaimed albums to her name, she inhabits an unusual musical landscape, fearlessly exploring original material and reworking well known classics from the worlds of jazz and Jamaican music.
Her third studio album Arise traces her Caribbean musical heritage and explores her take on the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity, produced by award-winning drummer Moses Boyd (Binker & Moses).
...magnetic eloquence and complete ease with an audience.
...her singing has a wonderful, easy authority… Allied to the musical gift is a sharp emotional intelligence.
& Moon River, a concert
The Oscar-winning ballad Moon River is at the heart of a sparkling evening of live song and classic film for Valentine’s Day.
A twilight concert of classics from the American Songbook performed by members of the Chorus of Opera North starts the evening with a swing, followed by a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn star in the story of two bohemians falling in love against a backdrop of glittering 1960s Manhattan.
When writer Paul Varjak moves into his new apartment, he is intrigued by his unconventional neighbour Holly Golightly, a party girl whose intensely stylish façade masks an inner despair and a hidden past.
Dir. Blake Edwards, USA 1961, 114 mins. Preceeded by 20 mins live music and 10 mins interval. Cert PG.