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Classical

Mozart Unwrapped

10 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mozart Unwrapped

Synopsis

National Opera Studio at Opera North: Words and Mozart

Opera North is thrilled to continue its long relationship with National Opera Studio, and this December their highly talented Young Artists will delight you with extracts from Mozart’s finest operas, including The Marriage of FigaroCosì fan tutte and Don Giovanni.

In an exploration of the witty and golden relationship between Mozart's music and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte’s words, we showcase the next generation of rising stars, who will explore arias, duets and more in a semi-staged performance with sparkling direction by Giles Havergal (Opera North’s The Barber of SevilleThe Merry Widow, Albert Herring) accompanied by members of the Orchestra of Opera North and conducted by Rob Howarth.

Next Performances
Sat 10th Dec
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World Music

A Filetta

14 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Filetta

Synopsis

In a very rare UK concert, Corsican male voice choir A Filetta performs a festive programme of traditional song drawing on religious polyphonic song, hymnals, folk songs and occasional dance numbers.

Powerfully redolent of their homeland, the six male voices blend seamlessly, with bass running underneath layered harmonies as they rise and fall.

Formed in 1978 to preserve the island’s vocal traditions, A Filetta have forged an international reputation that brings together old and new, including their own original compositions.

a stirring, gently edgy reminder that Corsica produces some of the most subtle and remarkable vocal music in Europe.

— The Guardian

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Wed 14th Dec
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Classical

Winter Wonderland

17 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Winter Wonderland

Synopsis

Conjure up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and spellbinding music for the season.

Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians play beautiful music by composers including Bach and Corelli, together with festive music from Eastern Europe and beyond, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.

Banish the darkest days of the year and celebrate the yuletide season in style.

A lovely way to end December

 — Audience member

Next Performances
Sat 17th Dec
Sat 17th Dec
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Film

It's a Wonderful Life: With live music

19 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

It's a Wonderful Life: With live music

Synopsis

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most heart-warming and popular films ever made.

In the festive Victorian surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room, join James Stewart as George Bailey, a man so beset with problems that he loses all hope on Christmas Eve.

This special Christmas event will open with live music at 7.15pm, 30 minutes before the screening starts. Get fully in the mood for yule logs and glad tidings by joining us for an unmissable Christmas experience.

Dir. Frank Capra, USA 1946, 131 mins. Cert U. 

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Mon 19th Dec
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Classical

The Tallis Scholars

20 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

In the darkest month of the year, the Tallis Scholars light up the festive season with classic texts associated with Christmas from some of the lesser known master composers of the Renaissance.

The first half pairs one of the most influential motets of its time: Josquin's motet Praeter rerum seriem, with de Rore’s elaborate mass on the birth of Christ Missa Praetum rerum seriem.

The second half continues the Christmas theme, proceeding through remarkable pieces by Victoria, de Sermisy (a Franco-Flemish composer in the generation after Josquin) and Mexican composer Hernando Franco. The evening culminates with John Taverner's most intricate and splendid antiphon in praise of the virgin, O splendor gloriae. 

…if the herald angels would leave off their infernal harking and form an earthly choir, then this is probably how they would sound.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Tue 20th Dec
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Film

Labyrinth

17 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Labyrinth

Synopsis

A 16 year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. 

Unappreciated on its release, Labyrinth’s mix of spectacle and David Bowie rock opera has now made it a beloved cult favourite.

Glam, trippy and occasionally absurd, Labyrinth also reacquaints audiences with the truth of the fairy tale: that childhood is a scary and dangerous place, an inherently strange time filled with dead-ends and ambiguity.

Screened to mark a year since David Bowie’s death, Labyrinth celebrates one of the strangest chapters in his long and glorious career.

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Tue 17th Jan
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World Music

Aziza Brahim

18 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Aziza Brahim

Synopsis

Aziza Brahim is a Western Saharan musician, brought up in a Sahrawi refugee camp in the Algerian desert, who has lived in exile for more than two decades (first in Cuba and currently in Barcelona).  

Her music is dominated by her incredible voice: effortlessly compelling, richly textured, by turns haunting, languid and intensely emotional. Her songs of Sahrawi resistance and both the hurt and optimism of living as a refugee are informed by her varied upbringing, with fluid Spanish guitar licks mixing with the harder edged hooky grooves of West African desert rock.

And then there’s that voice….. Often Brahim’s one voice almost seems choral as it floats and echoes.

— The Independent

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Wed 18th Jan
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Classical

Anne Schwanewilms and Malcolm Martineau

19 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anne Schwanewilms and Malcolm Martineau

Synopsis

Meadows in the Dusk

Praised by the New York Times for her ‘vocal refinement’ and ‘pliant lyricism’, Anne Schwanewilms ranks among today’s finest lyric sopranos.

She is a supremely gifted Straussian and one of the foremost interpreters of late Romantic opera and song.

In partnership with pianist Malcolm Martineau she showcases her soaring, crystalline voice with a compellingly beautiful and varied programme of Strauss and Wolf songs.

Part of an exclusive tour of the finest recital halls that include London's Wigmore Hall and New York's Alice Tully Hall.

Her voice is ideally suited to the demands of Strauss, capable of transparent lightness at the top, but with enough weight to power through a long phrase.

— Washington Post

...unfailing instinct for the finest details of phrasing and timing.

— The Guardian

Performance Programme

Richard Strauss Traum durch die Dämmerung  op.29 No.1
Nachtgang op.29 No.3
Richard Strauss Du meines Herzens Krönelein  op.21 No.2
Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden op. 21 No.3
Hugo Wolf Das verlassene Mägdlein
Wo find ich Trost
Der Genesene an die Hoffnung
Richard Strauss In goldener Fülle op.49 No.2
Wer lieben will, muss leiden op.49 No.7
Ach was Kummer,Qual und Schmerzen op.49 No.8
Interval  
Richard Strauss Blauer Sommer op.31 No.1
Weisser Jasmin op.31 No.3
Das Rosenband op.36 No.1
Richard Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia:
Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun op.67 No1
Guten Morgen ess ist St.Valentinstag op.67 No. 2
Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss op.67 No.3
Hugo Wolf Hier lieg ich auf dem Frühlingshügel
Gesang Wellas: Du bist Orplid, mein Land
Verborgenheit: Lass, o Welt, o lass mich sein
Richard Strauss Die Nacht op.10 No.3
Geduld op. 10 No.5

In association with Leeds Leider

Next Performances
Thu 19th Jan
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Family

Happily Ever After

21 Jan - 11 Feb 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Happily Ever After

Synopsis

Suitable for ages 4 – 7

This enchanting storytelling experience is inspired by Opera North’s season of fairy tales.

Led by an actor and a musician, children and families meet wonderful fairy-tale characters, explore their adventures and experience live music in our magical indoor tent.

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Sat 21st Jan
Sat 21st Jan
Sat 11th Feb
Sat 11th Feb
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World Music

Tanya Tagaq: Nanook of the North

23 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tanya Tagaq: Nanook of the North

Synopsis

In this live concert with film, Inuit throat singer and tour-de-force vocalist Tanya Tagaq creates a mesmerising, improvisatory soundscape for the controversial silent film Nanook of the North

Robert J. Flaherty's 1922 film chronicled a year in the life of an Inuit family in the harsh landscape near the Arctic Circle. Widely acknowledged as the forerunner of the modern documentary, the film drew controversy for its clichéd and sometimes fictional images. 

Tanya Tagaq reclaims, through explosive sound, this portrayal of an early 20th Century Inuit community. Known for her work with Björk and the Kronos Quartet, Tanya Tagaq’s music is rooted in tradition aligned with improvisatory and electronica influences.

One of the avant-garde's most dynamic performers

— Rolling Stone

 In association with Superfriendz.

Next Performances
Mon 23rd Jan
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Spoken Word/Talks

Sir Christopher Frayling: Inside The Bloody Chamber

26 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sir Christopher Frayling: Inside The Bloody Chamber

Synopsis

Followed by a screening of La Belle et la Bête

To coincide with Opera North’s season of dark fairy tales, broadcaster and author Sir Christopher Frayling visits the Howard Assembly Room to talk about Angela Carter, her book The Bloody Chamber and her influence on 'the contemporary Gothic'.

Frayling knew Carter very well, sharing conversations, ideas and inspiration when she lived in Bath in the 1970s, and when her key works - The Bloody Chamber, The Sadeian Woman, and The Passion of New Eve - were being written. In this talk, he meshes these memories with the subjects and themes of the stories of The Bloody Chamber.

The talk will be followed by a screening of La Belle et la Bête, Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of the classic fairy tale, introduced by Sir Christopher.

Next Performances
Thu 26th Jan
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Jazz

Douglas - Ribot - Ibarra: New Sanctuary

27 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Douglas - Ribot - Ibarra: New Sanctuary

Synopsis

High energy improvisation meets instrumental ingenuity. 

New Sanctuary brings together three of New York’s most protean improvisers: Dave Douglas on trumpet, Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn) on guitar and Susie Ibarra on drums and electronics.

The group plays an energetic and lyrical new composition by the relentlessly inventive Douglas, improvising with new sounds and approaches.

Both Douglas and Ribot make a very welcome return to the Howard Assembly Room with this show, and their collaboration is sure to be electrifying.

Despite its range, Mr. Douglas's music sounds of one piece, connected most clearly by his trumpet playing, which can be sweet and pure or crackling and pungent, precisely stated or smeared toward wildness.

— Wall Street Journal

Next Performances
Fri 27th Jan

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