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Opera and The Little Greats

Pagliacci (Clowns)

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Pagliacci (Clowns)

Synopsis

Ruggero Leoncavallo's shot of pure operatic adrenaline
Part of The Little Greats

In the thrilling curtain-raiser to the season, Leoncavallo carves a ‘bleeding slice of life’ out of the tale of a touring theatre troupe preparing for a show. Canio is eaten up with jealous suspicion of his wife, the leading lady. When he learns the truth of her faithlessness, the performance of the play is derailed by real life passion spun out of control, and the stage becomes the scene of a violent reckoning. Pagliacci is an operatic rollercoaster, hurtling towards a bloody climax that unfolds in front of the shocked on-stage audience.

Strap in tight and get ready to career from laughter to horrified awe as comedy and tragedy collide amidst scintillating melodies. Pagliacci includes some of the most famous music ever written for Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio’s ‘show must go on’ aria ‘Vesti la giubba’ and Tonio’s Prologue.

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

The Music

See what else is on the same date and build your own double bill:

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 16 Sep Leeds   
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 23 Sep Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 Sep Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 Oct On tour Fixed double bill

In Leeds, book tickets for individual Little Greats separately. 
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Next Performances
Sat 23rd Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Thu 12th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

L´enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

L´enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells)

Synopsis

Maurice Ravel's bewitching childhood fantasy
Part of The Little Greats

A naughty child assaults everything in his room after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects around him – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life. Out in the garden, events take an even more disturbing turn when all the trees and animals rebuke him for the injuries he has done them in the past. Can the child redeem himself?

With colourful characters including a pair of singing cats, a teapot and china cup duo, a talking armchair, a tree-frog and a squirrel, Colette’s magical words are set by Ravel to a spellbinding musical score. This darkly brilliant opera celebrates the mysteries of childhood and will amuse and enchant adults and children alike.

L'enfant et les sortilèges is our schools' matinee. For familes: try our interactive pre-show workshop

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in French with English titles

The Music

See what else is on the same date and build your own double bill:

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 16 Sep Leeds   
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 23 Sep Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 29 Sep Leeds Pre-perf Talk
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Matinee) Sat 7 Oct Leeds  
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 Oct Leeds  
L'enfant et les sortilèges / Osud From Sat 28 Oct On tour  In a fixed double bill

In Leeds, book tickets for individual Little Greats separately. View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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Family

Little Singers

18 Sep - 11 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Singers

Synopsis

Opera North Early Years Programme
Suitable for 0 - 4 years

Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.

Led by a professional musician, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.

We run two sessions:

  • 0-4s at 10.15am
  • babies under 1 at 11.30am

Both are suitable for babies but the earlier session is perfect if you’ve got several children under four as it keeps everyone entertained!

I love bringing my child; the space is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It is brilliant that we have the chance to sing with a professional vocal artist. Coming to the sessions have given me more confidence to sing with my child at home.

— Little Singers parent

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Next Performances
Mon 25th Sep
Mon 2nd Oct
Mon 2nd Oct
Mon 9th Oct
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World Music

India's Children: Partition

22 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

India's Children: Partition

Synopsis

On 15 August 1947 as the clock struck midnight, the legendary shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan played the first notes of a hopeful and moving raag, as one country became, at the stroke of a pen, two.

Inspired by that moment, this multimedia performance brings together classical Indian music, original images, film and interviews to tell the emotional journey of the 1947 Partition of India.

Featuring tar shehnai, together with cello and viola, this is a story of loss - but also survival, love and freedom.

Vijay Venkat | Viola
Liz Hanks | Cello
Kirpal Panesar | Tar Shehnai
Alex Delittle | Sound Artist
Steve Manthorp | Visual
Jasdeep Singh Degun | Musical Direction

Produced by Opera North Projects and South Asian Arts-UK.

Next Performances
Fri 22nd Sep
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Film

Film: Revolutionary Road

23 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Revolutionary Road

Synopsis

Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) find the confines of conventionality creeping around them when they move into a house in the suburbs. 

Part of The Little Greats

He toils 10 hours a day in a job he hates, while her dreams of being an actress are set aside to become a homemaker. Longing for escape, they make a getaway plan. Directed by Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road is a theatrical, dark meditation on the American Dream.

Handsomely done and beautifully acted

— Empire

Directed with extraordinary skill… a tough road well worth travelling

— Rolling Stone

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Sep
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Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

Pietro Mascagni's red-blooded tale of jealousy and revenge
Part of The Little Greats

Cavalleria rusticana tells the tale of a soldier who has returned from the army to find his lover has married another man. He consoles himself by seducing another girl, even though he is still consumed by his obsessive desire for his first love. This powder keg of passions is primed to ignite at Easter in the midst of a small community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni lavishes gorgeously lyrical melodies on a gritty drama of betrayal, jealousy and violent revenge. With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, Cavalleria rusticana is thought by many to be the very essence of Italian opera.

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See what else is on the same date and build your own double bill:

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 Sep Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 Sep Leeds  
Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Sat 7 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Cavalleria rusticana / Trouble in Tahiti Thu 19 Oct Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 Oct On tour  In a fixed double bill

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Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Thu 12th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Trial by Jury

27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trial by Jury

Synopsis

Gilbert & Sullivan's hilarious courtroom farce
Part of The Little Greats

The glamorous Angelina brings a court case against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the ghastly realisation that she bores him intensely. Unfortunately for Edwin, all of the members of the jury and even the judge have fallen for Angelina themselves. But what will happen to Edwin, her erstwhile intended? And will Angelina achieve her dream of walking down the aisle?

Every ounce of comic potential is mined from a ludicrous plot which is taken perfectly seriously by everyone caught up in it. With its brilliantly witty comic numbers, catchy tunes and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury cemented a partnership that took British musical theatre by storm. It is cast entirely from the Chorus of Opera North who showcased their versatility in last year’s musical success, Into the Woods, in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

See what else is on the same date and build your own double bill:

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 Sep Leeds   
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 29 Sep Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Sat 7 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 Oct Leeds  
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 Oct On tour  In a fixed double bill

In Leeds, book tickets for individual Little Greats separately. 
View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: From the Old World to the New

28 Sep 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: From the Old World to the New

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Alpesh Chauhan, Conductor

Both Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances are more well-known than the operas they come from and are arguably the composers' most renowned works. Similarly, 'From the New World' Symphony has a far greater following than any of Dvořák's other works and, since its premier in 1893, has been one of the most performed symphonies worldwide. 

Alpesh Chauhan, Principal Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini Parma and former Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, makes his debut in Kirklees and with Opera North in this season's opening concert.

Chauhan is one of those conductors who makes every phrase and detail sound like it's communicating something - and he possesses that magical, Beecham-like knack for making even the rests sing

— The Arts Desk

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila: Overture 
Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia 
Borodin Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World'

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Next Performances
Thu 28th Sep
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Classical

Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

30 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

Synopsis

American violinist Leila Josefowicz’s partnership with John Novacek has been praised for its daring spontaneity and flair.

Gramophone called the duo “an outstanding collaboration… Their rapport is stunning".

They perform a programme of works marked by dark introspection and powerful emotion, including reflective pieces by Sibelius and Mahler, Prokofiev’s wildly beautiful Sonata in F minor and the mystical Calices from contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho.

Panache and supreme technical assurance… her virtuosity is breathtaking

BBC Music Magazine on Leila Josefowicz

Sibelius Waltz Triste Op 44, arranged by Friedrich Hermann
Prokofiev Sonata in f minor interval
Saariaho Calices (2009)
Mahler Adagietto (from Symphony No. 5), arranged by Otto Wittenbecher
Bernd Alois Zimmermann Sonata (1950) 
Next Performances
Sat 30th Sep
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Music

Tim Hecker

1 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tim Hecker

Synopsis

With support Pan Daijing

A fog of sound fills the hall as electronic composer, producer and sound artist Tim Hecker performs his new album Love Streams.

Usually creating heavily textured, distorted sounds, here Hecker’s compositions are more melodic, using acoustic woodwind and choral parts.

Hecker’s music treads the line of post-rock and contemporary classical. Collaborations on his most recent album include Ben Frost, Kara-Lis Coverdale and Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose recordings of medieval choral works lift the record to new dimensions and present a juxtaposition between these meditative sounds and Hecker’s
electronic experimentation.

Blissful, soothing, profoundly creepy, uplifting and cathartic

The Guardian

 

 

Next Performances
Sun 1st Oct
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Installation

Light Night: Underworld

6 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night: Underworld

Synopsis

Orpheus’ bride Eurydice has died and been taken to the Underworld. Orpheus, heartbroken, vows to bring her back, come what may…

Opera North’s immersive installation for Light Night Leeds draws visitors into the mysterious and unsettling realm of the River Styx, the border between the living world and the Underworld below.

Based on Monteverdi’s 1607 opera, the installation combines Orpheus’ glorious song of loss and longing Possente spirto, with the hidden voices of the lost Eurydice, whispering and singing to you from all sides.

The installation runs on a loop throughout the night.

Next Performances
Fri 6th Oct
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Family

The Child and the Magic Spells: Family Workshop

7 Oct - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Child and the Magic Spells: Family Workshop

Synopsis

Experience opera as a family for a day out with a difference. A fun and interactive family workshop exploring The Child and the Magic Spells

Part of The Little Greats

Suitable for ages 7+

Ravel’s brilliant, bonkers L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) tells the story of a naughty child who gets more than he bargained for when objects that he previously broke – furniture, clocks, crockery – start coming to life.

Before seeing the 45 minute opera, get to know some of the unusual characters, discover the magical story, learn some French words and sing some of the songs from the show.
 
Great for families with children aged 7+ that love drama and music. Groups also welcome.

Next Performances
Sat 7th Oct
Sat 28th Oct
Sat 4th Nov
Sat 11th Nov
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

9 Oct - 20 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).  

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group, in a warm and friendly environment. 

No singing experience (or talent!) is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. 

Sessions start on Monday 9 October; each individual session costs £6, or book all 6 sessions for the discounted rate of £30.

Next Performances
Mon 9th Oct
Mon 16th Oct
Mon 30th Oct
Mon 6th Nov
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Music

Christmas Chorus

9 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christmas Chorus

Synopsis

10 week course | Mondays from 9 October 2017 | Performance: 16 Dec 2017

Join our Christmas Chorus and learn classic festive pieces in sessions led by professional artists, concluding in a performance.

Whether you’re experienced or a total beginner, you can now improve your technique, experience the joy of singing in a group and expand your social network

The choir is open to all levels and there is no requirement to read music. 

Keep an eye out for more creative arts activities for adults coming in 2018.

Next Performances
Mon 9th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Osud (Destiny)

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Osud (Destiny)

Synopsis

Leos Janáček's tale of the anguish of love
​Part of The Little Greats

This semi-autobiographical tale is told in three cinematic acts that unfold over 15 years. Míla and the composer Živný are in love but Míla’s mother forces her to take a rich suitor. Four years later they are reunited and living together but as Živný wrestles with the opera he is writing and the mundanity of everyday married life kicks in, a tragedy occurs that changes everything.

The real-life inspiration for this opera makes it an emotionally intense and exhilarating experience. It features some of Janáček’s most glorious music which swings from the heights of romantic ecstasy to the depths of despair and back again. A real operatic gem, this is your chance to see a rarity brought to life.

Please Note: Osud contains strobe lighting

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

See what else is on the same date and build your own double bill:

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 Oct Leeds   
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 Oct Leeds  
L'enfant et les sortilèges​ / Osud From Thu 2 Nov On tour In a fixed double bill

In Leeds, book tickets for individual Little Greats separately. 
View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Leonard Bernstein's satire on the American Dream
Part of The Little Greats

In 1950s suburbia, Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their little white house. But their growing detachment exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie. Sam escapes to the hyper-masculine, win-or-lose world of work and the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, where the hit picture of the day is the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti.

A jazz trio provides an ironic gloss on the story, pointing up the stark contrast between the unreal fantasy of domestic bliss peddled by the ad-men and the painful truth of Sam and Dinah’s lives.

Bernstein’s score for his deeply touching first opera is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

See what else is on the same date and build your own double bill:

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 Oct Leeds   
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Trouble in Tahiti (Matinee) Sat 14 Oct Leeds  
Cavalleria rusticana / Trouble in Tahiti Thu 19 Oct Leeds  
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 Oct Leeds  t
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury From Fri 27 Oct On tour In a fixed double bill

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View full Leeds performance schedule >> 

Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Thu 19th Oct
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Music

Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham

12 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham

Synopsis

With support Astral Social Club

30 years on from their first collaboration, this rare live performance brings together two giants of modern composition.

Composer, performer and visual artist Charlemagne Palestine is a legend of the New York avant-garde, a peer of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Terry Riley, and the missing link between Moondog and Sonic Youth. His music is epic, ritualistic and intense, often performed on the piano.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys Chatham helped define New York’s downtown aesthetic in the 70s and served as a mentor to Sonic Youth, Swans and more. 

One of noise rock's founding fathers. Without him, there would be no Sonic Youth, no Jesus and Mary Chain, no My Bloody Valentine . . . he remains a towering figure among six-string aficionados.

— Chicago Tribune on Rhys Chatham

A pioneer.

— The Guardian on Charlemagne Palestine

Next Performances
Thu 12th Oct
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Andrew Long

18 Oct 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Andrew Long

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18 

Andrew Long, Violin
Jill Crossland, Piano

Come and hear the Associate Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North, Andrew Long as he performs romantic gems from the violin repertoire. The programme will include music from Ladies in Lavender, Estrellita and selected highlights from his recent Naxos recording of music by Sir Edward German.

Andrew Long will be accompanied on piano by Jill Crossland. 

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Next Performances
Wed 18th Oct
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Film

Film: Carol

21 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Carol

Synopsis

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, Carol is the story of a forbidden love affair between an aspiring female photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman (Cate Blanchett) going through a difficult divorce.

Part of The Little Greats

Evoking the period through homage to the great photography of the time, Carol has received critical acclaim for its beautiful cinematography and was nominated for six Academy Awards.

More than hugely accomplished cinema, it’s an exquisite work of American art

— The Telegraph

Next Performances
Sat 21st Oct
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World Music

Trio Da Kali

22 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Trio Da Kali

Synopsis

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians).

Their music reaches beyond fame at home to Europe and the US. Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the singer of the Trio, and has one of the finest griot voices in Mali.

The most distinctive feature of the Trio is the balafon, and Lassana Diabaté, formerly of AfroCubism and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is one of Mali’s most astonishing players. Its cascading lines, rippling and percussive riffs, and buzzing gourd resonators, are a familiar element in many Malian ensembles, but here for the first time the balafon is the lead instrument.  

The youngest member of the trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté - the eldest son of world-renowned Bassekou Kouyaté. Still in his early 20s, he is one of the most creative of Mali’s new generation of musicians.

Despite only coming into being in 2012, Trio Da Kali has already performed at a BBC Prom, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and at the London Jazz Festival.

The closest I've ever got to the voice of Mahalia Jackson

— David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) on Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté

Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds.

— Songlines

Next Performances
Sun 22nd Oct
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: Stick Man & Room on the Broom

24 Oct 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Stick Man & Room on the Broom

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Terry Davies, Conductor

Join us this October half-term for the screening of two animated tales from the creators of The Gruffalo with René Aubry's evocative scores performed by the Orchestra. 

This early evening concert begins with the first live UK performance of Stick Man, a story of friendship and adventure. After going for a jog one morning, Stick Man encounters a bounding dog, who just wants to play fetch. A series of unfortunate events take him far from home. Will he ever get back? You'll have to wait and see... 

The enchanting Room on the Broom follows. The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on her broomstick when — whoosh! — a gust of wind blows away her hat, her bow and her wand! Will she find her missing things? Come along and find out!

The animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's book appeals to the child in all of us.

— The Daily Telegraph 

Activity Sheets

Download and print these activity sheets before the concert and start the fun early:

Room on the Broom - Make your own magic wand
Room on the Broom - Pairs Game
Room on the Broom - Spotting Game
Room on the Broom - Finger Puppets
Room on the Broom - Colouring Sheet

Stick Man - Colouring Sheet
Stick Man - Maze Game
Stick Man - Spot The Difference
Stick Man - Wordsearch
Stick Man - Word Scramble

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Next Performances
Tue 24th Oct
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Classical

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

25 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Synopsis

In this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices, Gavin Bryars weaves his beautiful music through and around eight of Shakespeare's most meditative sonnets.

Led by Bryars himself, the ensemble includes tenor John Potter (ex Hilliard Ensemble), with narration by multi-talented Dublin singer, Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes). Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this is a fresh way to experience Shakespeare’s words. 

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like The Sun has been performed at festivals around the world, and comes home to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time.

"Extraordinary…sublime"

Real Time Arts magazine

Next Performances
Wed 25th Oct
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Classical

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

26 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

Synopsis

Messiaen’s Harawi evokes a beautiful world of Andean mythology, cosmic mystery and birdsong through lush, pliant lyricism. 

While reminiscent of Debussy, Stravinsky and Wagner, Harawi is unmistakeably by Messiaen: a twelve song cycle on love and death characteristic of his 1940s style. 

Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand is possibly the most experienced Messiaen singer of her generation and has performed this cycle with Simon Lepper all over the UK, including at the BBC Proms.

Her performance has a “brooding, animal-like intensity...her notes seemed to grow effortlessly from deep within, quite a feat as the breath control and vocal dexterity needed in this piece is truly formidable.” (Seen and Heard International). 

For this special concert, projected imagery and surtitles draw you into a journey deep inside Messiaen’s myriad influences and musical world.

Next Performances
Thu 26th Oct
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Film

Film: Journey To Italy

27 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Journey To Italy

Synopsis

One of the most quietly revolutionary works in the history of cinema, Roberto Rossellini’s third feature stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as an estranged English couple holidaying in Naples.

Part of The Little Greats

Within days of their arrival, the couple's relationship becomes strained and they discuss a divorce, but Rossellini’s masterpiece is more than just an anatomy of a relationship, presenting mortality, spirituality and emotion in this benchmark for modernist cinema. 

Mysterious, gripping and moving… there is real greatness in this movie

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Fri 27th Oct
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Film

GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi

28 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi

Synopsis

Dir. Godfrey Reggio; USA 1983; 85 minutes, Cert U.

GoGo Penguin perform their exhilarating new score to Godfrey Reggio’s documentary masterpiece Koyaanisqatsi.

Borrowing its title from the Hopi word meaning ‘life out of balance’, Koyaanisqatsi surveys the beauty of the natural world through slow motion and time lapse footage, documenting nature’s uneasy relationship with modern technology. With no text, narration, or dialogue, the film is driven by the interplay between image and sound.

GoGo Penguin are known for their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, propulsive bass lines and electronica inspired drums. Acoustic jazz rubs up against visceral electronics and epic melody in this powerful score.

Rhapsodic themes and driving grooves

— The Guardian

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Sat 28th Oct
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Jazz

Uri Caine

2 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Uri Caine

Synopsis

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine uses classical music as a ‘springboard for improvisation’.  

His collaborations extend from the Beaux Arts Trio to John Zorn and from the Woody Herman Band to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

In this rare UK solo concert, he returns to some of the seminal recordings he made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions.

In the course of a single piece….Caine's playing is alternately delicate and reflective, then vivid; vibrant; careening though never chaotic.

— BBC Music Magazine

Next Performances
Thu 2nd Nov
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ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

4 - 5 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

Synopsis

ONCC Leeds and ONCC Newcastle join forces to perform Peter Maxwell Davies’s short music-theatre work The Spiders’ Revenge.

Come and hear about ladybirds, snails, spiders and other living creatures…

This event is free and open to all. This will be part of a day of activity organised by the Discovery Museum as part of The Great Get Together.  

Next Performances
Sat 4th Nov
Sun 5th Nov
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Music

Bill Frisell

4 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bill Frisell

Synopsis

Master guitarist Bill Frisell brings his very own all-star string quartet to the north of England for the first time. 

Music for Strings features violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang and cellist Hank Roberts

They take music from Electricity, Frisell's new collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison; pieces from their Woody Guthrie project and Frisell’s albums Big Sur, Richter 858, Unspeakable and History, Mystery.

The evening also includes music inspired by Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish and Hunter S. Thompson's Kentucky Derby.

Early booking strongly recommended.

Next Performances
Sat 4th Nov
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Music

Valgeir Sigurðsson

9 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Valgeir Sigurðsson

Synopsis

Infused with the ethereal workings of electronics and sound manipulation, Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Dissonance is an experimental exploration of orchestral sounds.

Full of ecstatic joy and deep sorrow, it is haunted by the Western classical tradition, distorting and subverting the sounds of conventional instruments to mesmerising effect.

His first solo release since 2012, Dissonance is performed live with Liam Byrne on strings and visuals created by the Antivj collective.

A masterful piece of work.

— Mary Anne Hobbs on Dissonance 

Next Performances
Thu 9th Nov
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World Music

Taksim Trio & Dorantes

11 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Taksim Trio & Dorantes

Synopsis

Mediterranean Gypsies 

Created at the legendary Flamenco Biennale in Seville, Mediterranean Gypsies brings together two stunning groups.

Flamenco legend David Peña Dorantes is joined by his trio Dorantes, who weave around his rich and hugely influential language of flamenco piano. He’s joined by Taksim Trio, the great Turkish group who play Ottoman instruments such as the duduk, the bağlama and above all the kanun. The two groups don’t play separate sets – Mediterranean Gypsies flows between the two groups. Sometimes they play separately, and at points they come together, making rich music together that explores the Roma links between their cultures.

Next Performances
Sat 11th Nov
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

15 Nov 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Annette Saunders, Piano 

Opera North's Assistant Head of Music, Annette Saunders joins Orchestra Leader, David Greed and Principal Cello, Jessica Burroughs to perform Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor and other works.

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Wed 15th Nov
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World Music

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

16 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Synopsis

Transparent Water

Cuban jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita perform music from their first collaborative album together, Transparent Water.

Full of serenity and a sense of gentle elation, the album brings together influences from across five continents. Having grown from a chance musical encounter, it’s an album born largely out of improvisation – unlocking a deep exploration of tone. 

Sosa and Keita are both acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich global heritage that spans jazz, latin and African influences. Seckou Keita first performed at the Howard Assembly Room in 2015 with harpist Catrin Finch, and returned to the venue for a magical Light Night last year.

He recently won the Songlines Best Album Award 2016 for his last solo album 22 Strings.

Transparent Water is where world music meets world jazz, where tradition meets improvisation and where the lines of spiritual and earthy meet. The result is stunningly evocative.

— World Music Central

Next Performances
Thu 16th Nov
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Film

Battleship Potemkin

18 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Battleship Potemkin

Synopsis

With live score 

It's 1905 and the crew of the Potemkin are electrified by news of a revolution; the lower decks strive to replicate it in a mutiny against their brutal officers.

As word of their revolt spreads, the people of nearby Odessa gather to show their support for the crew. The ensuing chaos has become one of cinema’s most iconic sequences, as peaceful protesters are gunned down on the steps leading into the city. Technically virtuosic, visually epic and intense, Battleship Potemkin is given a propulsive new score to match by Norwegian composer and electronic musician Jan Bang and Matt Calvert from Three Trapped Tigers.

Potemkin is a vital viewing experience that transcends its landmark / milestone status. 

—The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 18th Nov
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Family

Little Listeners

21 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

Synopsis

Players from Opera North's renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.

Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs. 

Suitable for 0-5 years

Next Performances
Tue 21st Nov
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Classical

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.

The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.

“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”

Financial Times

Schumann Dichterliebe
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby Settings of Yeats

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Nov

Orchestra of Opera North: Arnold, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Howells

Synopsis

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**General on Sale: Saturday 19 August**

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds College of Music Student Chorus
St Peter's Singers

David Hill - conductor
Sarah Fox - soprano
Ben Hulett - tenor

Arnold Peterloo Overture
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar In the South
Howells Hymnus Paradisi

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is 

— Arnold

Pre-concert talk 6:45pm
Peter Whitfield discusses this evening's works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Sat 25th Nov
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Folk

Lau: Decade

25 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau: Decade

Synopsis

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio made up of three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle). 

Both extraordinary musicians and creative visionaries, Lau’s music is rooted in gorgeous melody, but explores folk music in every direction, with virtuosic playing, rich electronics and ideas that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours. 

Decade celebrates 10 years of incredible stage performances from this multiple award-winning band.  

The U.K’s best live band, Lau are remarkable – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk: exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best.

The Guardian 

Next Performances
Sat 25th Nov
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Classical

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

30 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

Synopsis

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper reveals hidden depths in whatever she plays.

Renowned worldwide, her performances are praised by Gramophone for their ‘imaginative freedom’ and ‘balance of sense and sensibility’.

Her long-awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room will travel from the classical poise of early Beethoven and the authority of Haydn’s C minor Piano Sonata, to the remarkable invention and emotional quality of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31.

The programme also includes Darknesse Visible by one of the most important composers in contemporary music, Thomas Adès (recent work includes The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House).

‘an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing'

Daily Telegraph

Beethoven Bagatelles op 33
Haydn Sonata in c minor Hob. XVI/20
Beethoven Variations on La Stessa La Stessissima
Adès Darknesse Visible  
Beethoven Sonata in Ab major op 110

Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Garry Walker, Conductor 
Elena Urioste, Violin

Garry Walker returns to Opera North after his critically acclaimed performances of Britten's Billy Budd. From the arresting opening of the Soirées musicales through to the noble ending of Elgar's First Symphony, a common thread of stylistic experimentation — sometimes playful, sometimes audacious — unites the works of three markedly different composers. 

Elena Urioste, former BBC New Generation Artist and yoga fanatic, is a seasoned recitalist and concerto performer, working with numerous American and UK orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Hallé Orchestras. Here she takes centre-stage to perform Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No. 5.

Opera North's... superb orchestra... delivered a brilliantly vivid, sharply etched account under conductor Garry Walker, full of surging drama and also moments of ezquisite contemplation 

— The Scotsman

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Britten Soirées musicales Op. 9
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, 'Turkish' K.219
Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A flat

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Thu 30th Nov
Sat 2nd Dec
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World Music

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

1 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

Synopsis

Support by Chico Pere and Glenn Sharp

With her rich smoky voice and dramatic presence, Romanian singer Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu performs a special festive programme of Romanian tango and songs sung by the Romanian Edith Piaf, Maria Tănase. As Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu herself puts it, “this concert is a Christmas story as well as a Romanian story, and the cimbalom, I believe, provides the best sound for these magical carols.” An incredibly atmospheric start to Christmastime, this very special night is a treat not to be missed.

Nostalgic and romantic and given a dark, Oriental tone by Chitu’s chiaroscuro alto voice… the way she draws out the introduction to ‘Aseara Ti-am Luat Basma’ surrounded by filigree cimbalom flourishes is gorgeous.

— Songlines

Next Performances
Fri 1st Dec
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

12 - 17 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Hugh Brunt, Conductor 
John Savournin, Narrator

Arguably the most cherished soundtrack to the Christmas season is the score to Raymond Brigg's The Snowman. This December the Orchestra of Opera North performs the music in all its heart-melting splendour to a live screening of the animation. Sure to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike, this is not only the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, but a wonderful introduction to the thrills, chills and power of a symphony orchestra performing live.

Before that, narrator John Savournin delights with the classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella with sensational music and illustrations to accompany the story.

Brunt’s conducting of every bar, from the opening buzzing bass line to the sudden consonant end assertive, was graceful, just like the music. Wonderful.

— The Times

Prokofiev Cinderella Suite
Howard Blake The Snowman

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Tue 12th Dec
Sun 17th Dec
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Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

13 Dec 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Just as you can't have Christmas without baubles and mince pies, you can't have a Dewsbury concert series without the Brass Band Christmas Spectacular. With carols to sing and others to tap your foot to, this popular concert is bound to leave you feeling festive. A seasonal staple for many, early booking is recommended for this Yuletide favourite. 

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Wed 13th Dec
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The Tiger Lillies

13 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tiger Lillies

Synopsis

Cold Night in Soho

As cruel winter closes in, there comes a time to look back on the year - but in the case of The Tiger Lillies it’s a longer look, back to the band’s first steps into the racy world of 1980s Soho.

They perform their new album live: a series of snapshots of a now vanished world of drinking dens, clip joints and the starched soldiers of the Salvation Army on a mission to save souls: a place where the gutter is never far away. 

Vocalist Martyn Jacques plays piano, organ, guitar, harmonium and darbuka, accompanied by Adrian Stout’s bass, musical saw, euphonium and guitar, with drums by Timothy Remfrey

Age guidance 16+ 

Variously serious, humorous and blasphemous, that lead one, unsuspecting, to an emotional climax that just reaches in and tears out your heart.

— The Independent 

Next Performances
Wed 13th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

14 Dec 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Adrian Leaper, Conductor 
Chorus of Opera North 
Opera North Youth Chorus 
Opera North Children's Chorus

The annual Christmas concert in Dewsbury is a sparkling showcase for Opera North's different ensembles. With a programme designed to feature its Chorus, Children's and Youth Choruses, all underpinned by the exceptional Orchestra, you'll be inspired to join in with the audience carols in a concert that will certainly get you into the festive spirit.

Having brought the curtain down on the last Kirklees Concert Season with an unforgettable programme of Sibelius, Bruch and Strauss, Adrian Leaper returns to conduct the massed forces. There's a distinctly Mediterranean feel to the concert as he brings a flavour of his adopted home of Spain to Dewsbury.

A remarkably assured performance... full of dynamic contrast and dramatic climaxes' 

— The Reviews Hub on Adrian Leaper, Nature and Spirit ​

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Programme includes:

Turina Pérez Evangelio Op. 12
Finzi In Terra Pax Op. 39
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker: Overture

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Thu 14th Dec
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Classical

Wishing on Stars: A Christmas Concert

16 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Wishing on Stars: A Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Fire up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and heart-warming music for the season, in an enchanting winter land.

Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians including viola, cello, bass and piano play music for the season with festive pieces from across the world, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.

Ideal for families.

Next Performances
Sat 16th Dec
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Family

Babushka and the Russian Doll

18 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Babushka and the Russian Doll

Synopsis

With other tales of winter wonder.

Join award-winning storyteller Ursula Holden-Gill for a magical journey through tales of winter, including the Russian folk story of the old lady Babushka. Listen to live music inspired by the frozen landscapes of Eastern lands and make your own Russian-inspired Christmas decorations, with a treat or two along the way.

Suitable for children aged 4 – 7 and their families.

Next Performances
Mon 18th Dec
Mon 18th Dec
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Classical

Choir of Clare College Cambridge

21 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Choir of Clare College Cambridge

Synopsis

Of one that is so fair and bright

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and their director Graham Ross make their debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a beautiful Christmas programme in praise of the Virgin Mary and the coming of the light.

Renaissance masterpieces, including Tallis' sublime Videte miraculum and Praetorius’ Christmas Magnificat (performed with its original carols) sit alongside more recent seasonal pieces, including much-loved motets by Howells, Britten, Tavener and Rutter.

The perfect start to the festive season.

Next Performances
Thu 21st Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

29 - 31 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

A New Year celebration like no other. Join the Orchestra of Opera North and conductor Justin Brown as they close the year with a traditional musical trip through Austria-Hungary with a glittering world of waltzes, polkas, marches and song.

Equally at home on the symphonic platform as on the operatic podium, conductor Justin Brown, General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany, and Music Director Laureate of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, will sweep you off your feet and into the New Year with this delightful afternoon of Viennese classics.

...the conductor Justin Brown drew a luminous, technically brilliant musical performance from the singers and orchestra

— Opera Magazine 

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Fri 29th Dec
Sat 30th Dec
Sun 31st Dec
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Opera

Madama Butterfly

19 Jan - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Madama Butterfly 
Giacomo Puccini

A tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. 

With its exquisitely simple set and costumes, this emotionally direct and subtle production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact, as Butterfly’s dawning realisation of the harsh reality of her circumstances leads inexorably to a final act of despair. 

French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry a U.S. Naval Officer, yet is cruelly discarded when he returns to his ‘real’ life in America. She is joined for this revival by Lithuanian tenor Merūnas Vitulskis, making his UK and Opera North debut as Pinkerton.

As for Anne Sophie Duprels, returning to the title role, it would be hard to find, or even imagine, a more thoroughly committed rendering of it.

 ★★★★ — The Independent (2011)

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Audio described performances are available.

The Music

2017-18 Season Guide

 
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Fri 19th Jan
Sun 28th Jan
Wed 31st Jan
Fri 16th Feb
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: From Hollywood with Love

25 Jan 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: From Hollywood with Love

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Tobias Ringborg, Conductor
Ian Buckle, Piano 
Andrew Collins, Presenter

Andrew Collins (Classic FM presenter and Film Editor at Radio Times) guides us through the world of Hollywood film music with help from Tobias Ringborg, Ian Buckle and the Orchestra of Opera North. 

With classic scores from Korngold, Williams, and Rota and lesser known gems from Addinsell, Provost and Webb this is a concert where you're bound to know the tunes even if the names are unfamiliar. 

Cementing the links between Classic FM, the Kirklees Concert Season and Opera North, there is no better way to celebrate the breadth of music that movies have inspired.

Korngold The Adventures of Robin Hood
Rózsa Thief of Bagdad: Eternal love
Steiner Gone with the Wind   
Provost Intermezzo: Souvenir de Vienne    
Webb Notorious 
Herrmann North by Northwest
Chaplin Limelight
Korngold Sea Hawk
Korngold Kings Row
John Williams Star Wars
John Williams Schindler’s List: Theme
Addinsell Dangerous Moonlight: Warsaw Concerto  
Rota The Godfather
John Williams Superman

There was no doubting the conductor's living and breathing the music. His enthusiasm was infectious; the orchestra's vivid response... was not the least of the evening's special qualities

— Opera Today on Tobias Ringborg

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Thu 25th Jan
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Classical

Christiane Karg

26 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christiane Karg

Synopsis

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

Debussy Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire
Satie Selected songs
Debussy Ariettes oubliées
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Fri 26th Jan
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Jeremy Peaker Ensemble

31 Jan 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Jeremy Peaker Ensemble

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Following last year's unforgettable romp through Gilbert and Sullivan classics, Jeremy is back with a further foray into the world of Savoy Opera with a few friends to assist him. Booking in advance is strongly recommended. 

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Wed 31st Jan
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Opera

Un ballo in maschera

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera

Synopsis

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) 
Giuseppe Verdi

A timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting, at the heart of which is a tragic love triangle.

Based on an actual historical event: the assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavo loves Amelia, wife of his most loyal ally Anckarstroem. Although the King eventually decides that duty must conquer love, it is too late to prevent Anckarstroem from joining a conspiracy against his life. 

Verdi displays all his mastery of his art in this, the most operatic of operas. Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of the composer's most impassioned love duets.

Former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to the Company for the first time since he led Opera North’s legendary Ring cycle in 2016 to conduct a new production by Tim Albery that promises to be a highlight of the season.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Supported by a generous gift from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

Pre-show Talks

Pre-show talks take place in the Howard Assembly Room and run from 6pm until 6.30pm.

Thu 22 February
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Tue 27 February
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Fri 2 March
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2017-18 Season Guide

 
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Sat 3rd Feb
Sat 10th Feb
Thu 22nd Feb
Tue 27th Feb
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Opera

Don Giovanni

17 Feb - 23 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Don Giovanni

Synopsis

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

As he seduces his way across Europe, this famous anti-hero's hedonism is a challenge not only to human morality, but also to God.

Broad comedy rubs up against tense drama in Da Ponte’s libretto, and the beauty and terror of Mozart’s score are evidence of a supreme musical dramatist at the height of his powers, divinely (and perhaps diabolically) inspired. 

Alessandro Talevi’s eclectic, time-travelling production brings fresh insights to this, Mozart’s darkest, craziest, opera.

Director Alessandro Talevi’s imagination, wit and audacity meant that Don Giovanni was a huge success...enthralling throughout...

★★★★★ — Bachtrack (2012)

Season Ticket Packages are available. 

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Pre-show talks take place in the Howard Assembly Room and run from 6pm until 6.30pm.

Wed 21 February
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Sat 3 March
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Sat 17th Feb
Wed 21st Feb
Fri 23rd Feb
Thu 1st Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Brass Ensemble

21 Feb 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Brass Ensemble

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

The flexibility of Opera North's brass section is put on show here as they demonstrate why they are an integral part of one of the UK's most versatile and award-winning orchestras through a varied programme of pieces old, new, borrowed and yes, blue!

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Wed 21st Feb
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: Distant Shores

25 Feb 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Distant Shores

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Ben Gernon, Conductor
Kathryn Rudge, Mezzo-soprano

With our second foray into the symphonic works of Antonin Dvořák, Ben Gernon, former Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, makes his Opera North debut with the 8th Symphony, a work with a bright and optimistic feel, unlike many of Dvořák's other compositions. 

The programme also includes Mozart's much-loved Symphony No. 31, 'Paris' before we introduce our guest vocalist for the evening, BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Kathryn Rudge. Elgar's Sea Pictures, a setting of five poems set to music for mezzo-soprano, were premiered in 1899 by Clara Butt dressed as a mermaid! We don't anticipate that Kathryn Rudge will appear in the same guise, but she is sure to enchant either way.

Talking Music begins at 3.10pm

Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D major, 'Paris' K.297/300a
Elgar Sea Pictures Op. 37
Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major

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Sun 25th Feb
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

14 Mar 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Chris Bradley, Percussion
Charlie Ashby, Percussion
Elsa Bradley, Percussion

Chris Bradley, percussionist at Opera North, will present an array of percussion instruments from around the world. Chris is joined by two of his percussion colleagues to play a collection of exciting pieces with lots of different sounds and sensations. Manchester-based Charlie Ashby who plays with the Orchestra of Opera North and recently performed as part of the 'Dirty Dancing' ensemble and Elsa Bradley is a freelance percussion/timpanist based in London who regularly plays with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Abstruckt ensemble and the Orchestra of Opera North. 

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Wed 14th Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: Across the Atlantic

29 Mar - 7 Apr 2018

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Across the Atlantic

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Dalia Stasevska, Conductor
Sofya Gulyak, Piano

To celebrate the Bernstein centenary, we close this year's Kirklees Concert Season with a concert of American music, including his iconic Symphonic Dances from the ground-breaking, award-winning musical West Side Story

Gershwin's epic Rhapsody in Blue needs no introduction; it serves to fuse jazz and classical elements showcasing the versatility of the Orchestra, soloist Sofya Gulyak (2009 Leeds International Piano Competition winner) and Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska. John Adam's The Chairman Dances follows. Taken from his opera Nixon in China, the piece is also known as Foxtrot for Orchestra and it's easy to understand why given its rhythmic drive. The concert concludes with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. Written while he was in New York, this colourful composition is a wonderful way to mark the close of this year's Kirklees Concert Season.

The star of the evening was conductor Dalia Stasevska

— Aamulehti 

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm 

Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
John Adams The Chairman Dances
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Op. 45

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Thu 29th Mar
Sat 7th Apr
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Opera

Salome

19 Apr - 10 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Salome

Synopsis

Salome
Richard Strauss

Opera at its most extreme. Concentrated into just 100 intense minutes, there is no let-up in its power and intoxication.

From the seductive ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ to the explosive vocal parts, the violent sensuality of the score illustrates every moment of the story with unflinching vividness, illuminating the darkest corners of a world that has lost all moral compass. 

A new concert performance of a work that caused an outrage when it was first performed in 1905, and which, more than a century later, has lost none of its power to shock.

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

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Thu 19th Apr
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Wed 25th Apr
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Damnation of Faust

12 May 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Damnation of Faust

Synopsis

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Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Opera North Children's Chorus

Simon Wright - conductor
Rachel Kelly - mezzo soprano
David Butt Philip - tenor
David Soar - baritone
Ashley Riches - bass

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

This marvellous book fascinated me from the first. I could not put it down. I read it incessantly, at meals, in the theatre, in the street!

— Berlioz on Goethe's Faust: Part One

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm
George Kennaway discussing the evening's works
Entry is free to ticket-holders, but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disapointment.

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Sat 12th May
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Classical

Leeds International Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

14 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds International Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

For this programme, Alessio Bax plays pieces including Bach’s arrangement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Corelli and Liszt’s Dante Sonata.

Pianist Alessio Bax’s lyricism, insight and dazzling facility create ‘a ravishing listening experience’, with playing that ‘quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity’ (Gramophone), referred to by Dallas Morning News as ‘an out-of-body experience’. 

First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

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Alessandro Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor (arr. J.S. Bach)
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Dallapiccola Quaderno musicale di Annalibera
Liszt St. François d'Assise: La Prédication aux oiseaux
Liszt Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (Dante Sonata)
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Mon 14th May
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Classical

Leeds International Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

19 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds International Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

The Leeds International Piano Competition’s Global Ambassador, Lang Lang, launched his International Music Foundation in 2008.

At its heart is his Young Scholars Programme. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang’s choice of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world are offered mentoring, tutelage and unique opportunities for performance. 

The Leeds Piano Festival is delighted to welcome three of his Young Scholars as the first part of a new collaboration.

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Sat 19th May
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Classical

Leeds International Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

21 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds International Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Sunwook Kim first came to international prominence in 2006 at just 18 years old, as the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition.

His Leeds Piano Festival programme demonstrates the depth of his understanding across a varied programme including Schumann’s emotionally expressive Humoreske Op.20 and Bussoni’s majestic transcription of Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major.

Sunwook Kim has played with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in 2014. As a recitalist, he is a regular guest at the prestigious ‘Piano 4 Etoiles’ series at Salle Pleyel and Philharmonie in Paris, and is also a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall.

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Bach-Busoni Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major
Robert Schumann Humoreske Op. 20
Claude Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Johannes Brahms Handel Variations
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Mon 21st May
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Classical

Leeds International Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

22 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds International Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Lars Vogt’s exceptional versatility as a performer allows him to range between the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to Romantic composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling piano works of 20th Century Polish composer Lutosławski. 

His programme for the Howard Assembly Room includes Beethoven’s Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata', Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 2 in F major and Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces. 

During a prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Paris.

He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati.

Lars was the second-prize winner in the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata No 2 in F major
Leoš Janáček On an overgrown path Book 1
Arnold Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
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Tue 22nd May
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Musicals

Kiss Me, Kate

23 - 26 May 2018

Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter (1948)
New production

'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  

Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro. New choreography is by Will Tuckett, whose recent shows include The Crucible, The Turn of the Screw (The Royal Ballet), West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Wind in the Willows (The Royal Ballet and West End). Featuring breathtaking designs, a 40-piece orchestra and renowned West End stars, this show is simply 'Too Darn Hot' to be missed! 

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera


Pre-show talks

Mon 21, Wed 23, Fri 25 Sep; Sat 3, Wed 21, Fri 30 Oct; Fri 6, Sat 7 (mat & eve), Fri 13, Sat 14 (mat & eve), Fri 20, Sat 21 Nov (mat & eve).

Evening performances 6.15-6.45pm, matinee performances 1.15-1.45pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book online or to find out more


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