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Family

Little Singers

24 Apr - 19 Jul 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

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.

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

Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from June 12 – July 17. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office. 

 

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Next Performances
Mon 5th Jun
Wed 7th Jun
Wed 7th Jun
Thu 8th Jun
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Music

Carleen Anderson

26 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Carleen Anderson

Synopsis

The seventh solo record from Mercury-nominated singer Carleen Anderson is her ‘best and bravest yet, a deeply poetic take on belonging and exile that pulses with ideas and life’ (The Evening Standard).

Cage Street Memorial chronicles a century of family heritage, performed live by Anderson with Orphy Robinson on vibraphone, percussion from Crispin Robinson, Samy Bishai on violin and Renell Shaw on bass.

Acknowledged by BBC 6Music's Gilles Peterson as one of the most powerful singer/songwriters of her generation, Carleen Anderson has collaborated with musicians including Paul Weller and Ramsey Lewis and was vocalist and composer for the Young Disciples whose album Road to Freedom brought the group international recognition.

For live performances you have to see Carleen Anderson at least three times in your life. She’s someone I’d hang around all day just to hear her sound check.

Amy Winehouse

Next Performances
Fri 26th May
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Music

This Is Not This Heat

27 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

This Is Not This Heat

Synopsis

On 13 February 1976, experimental rock band This Heat played its first show. Now, 40 years later, founding members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward reunite to perform new interpretations of their music. 

Arguably the most inventive band to emerge from the UK’s fruitful DIY scene in the 70s, This Heat’s career may have been short-lived, but its legacy continues to grow in stature and relevance. Still sounding as wild and original as when it was written, their music has as much in common with modern composers like John Cage as their art-rock contemporaries Gang of Four and The Pop Group

Matching jagged post-punk guitar sounds with hard rhythms, dub production techniques and tape loops, here the band’s twisting, freeform songs are fully realised live.

...this doesn’t feel like nostalgia, but a new beginning.

— The Guardian

This is not This Heat at Cafe OTO from Dawid Laskowski on Vimeo.

In assocation with I-D.A Projects and Room 237

Next Performances
Sat 27th May
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Summer 2017

Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO)

1 Jun - 3 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO)

Synopsis

EVENT CANCELLATION: We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen technical issues, this event has now been cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment regarding this. If you have any further enquiries, please contact us at info@operanorth.co.uk 

The Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO) is a multi-disciplinary sculptural installation based on the 3,500 year old design of the Harp.

FLO transforms its environment and surrounding buildings into an awe-inspiring interactive light and sound instrument.

It offers the audience an unprecedented hands-on opportunity to interact with the musical sculpture through touch responsive technology, and creates a playful environment for the public to experience the work together.

Produced by Omni Studio, conceived by artist William Simpson in collaboration with composer Toby Wiltshire, FLO will open to the public with partners Opera North at the Howard Assembly Room.

More details on opening times will be available soon.

Next Performances
Thu 1st Jun
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Music

Richard Dawson

9 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Dawson

Synopsis

Newcastle’s visionary avant-troubadour, raconteur and ‘preternaturally impressive talent’ (The Quietus) brings his singular blend of apocalyptic folk storytelling and open-tuned guitar pyrotechnics to Leeds with a full band.

Like a latter-day Canterbury Tales, his new album Peasant brings to life a motley crew of eleven characters, from scientist to beggar, in a broadside against a ‘country of demons made flesh’.

At times recalling folk outliers Comus and Robert Wyatt, it features a sonic palette far expanded from Dawson’s last record, the hugely acclaimed Nothing Important. He’ll be joined by musicians featured on the recording.

In Association with Superfriendz

One of the most unique singer-songwriter records in recent memory

Rolling Stone on Nothing Important

Next Performances
Fri 9th Jun
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

12 Jun - 10 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

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

This is a brand new opportunity for parents and babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group. No singing experience is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. Come along and try it on Monday 12 June before signing up for the first block of four sessions.


Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from 12 June – 17 July. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office.

Next Performances
Mon 12th Jun
Mon 19th Jun
Mon 26th Jun
Mon 3rd Jul
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Family

Little Singers: Tinies Special

12 Jun - 10 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Singers: Tinies Special

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-1s. Based on Little Singers, these sessions are specially designed for parents and carers with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).

In them, you’ll sing lots of songs and play musical games with the babies, but the atmosphere will be calm and focussed on the sensory experience.


Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any  Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from June 12 – July 17. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office.

Next Performances
Mon 12th Jun
Mon 19th Jun
Mon 26th Jun
Mon 3rd Jul
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World Music

Vieux Farka Touré

15 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vieux Farka Touré

Synopsis

Vieux Farka Touré’s brand new album Samba is the culmination of a decade-long exploration of different sounds, cementing his identity as one of Africa’s most masterful modern artists. 

Full of surprises and distinctively his, Samba is the distillation of free-spirited energy, moving easily between desert rock and blues, reggae and electric funk.

Gently twisting melodic lines become intensely felt powerhouses, while others have the punch of dance music from the first note. He performs in a quartet of vocals, guitar, n’goni, bass and drums.

Set to be Africa’s next guitar hero.

The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 15th Jun
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Music

ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

17 Jun 2017

Newcastle

Discovery Museum

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 17th Jun
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Music

ONCC: Summer Concert

18 Jun 2017

Leeds

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

ONCC: Summer Concert

Synopsis

The acclaimed Opera North Children’s Chorus returns to Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

Come and hear about ladybirds, snails, spiders and other living creatures in a performance featuring Peter Maxwell Davies’s short music-theatre work The Spiders’ Revenge.  

The concert will also feature music from Sea Shanties, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd.

A programme of great music which will appeal to adults and children alike.

Next Performances
Sun 18th Jun
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World Music

Solstice

21 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Solstice

Synopsis

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Indian classical music

As the sun sinks lower in the sky on the longest day of the year, giving way to a warm velvety night, join us for South Asian Arts UK annual Summer Solstice in a transformed Howard Assembly Room.

The first slice of the evening is an interactive conversation with leading experts Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE and Professor Martin Clayton. Learn more about the music with this exploration of the intricacies of Indian classical music through the ‘Art of Listening’.

Next, sit back and savour the trancelike melodies of the vichitra veena’s plucked strings. The vichitra, meaning unusual or peculiar, opens the music of the evening with its unique majestic tones, textures and timbre. Rarely heard in Yorkshire, it is one of the most beautiful musical instruments: here, played by Vijay Venkat, accompanied by Pirashanna Thevarajah on mridangam.

Finally, soak up soulful summer evening ragas and bask in the peaceful aura of heart stringing sitar. Immerse yourself completely in the thoroughly soothing melodies of virtuosos Roopa Panesar and Shahbaz Hussain on tabla.

Next Performances
Wed 21st Jun
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Music

ONCC: Sea Shanties

25 Jun 2017

Aldburgh

Bandstand on the Beach

ONCC: Sea Shanties

Synopsis

Opera North Children’s Chorus perform as part of Aldeburgh's Bandstand on the Beach season

They will be singing songs on the theme of Sea Shanties, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. This project is in collaboration with Snape Maltings.

The performance is free and open to all. 

Next Performances
Sun 25th Jun
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Family

Little Big Sing

6 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Big Sing

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-5s

A multi-sensory journey around the world, singing and dancing to music from different countries, alongside some of our favourite Little Singers songs.

With live instrumental music, lights and projections and a whole heap of fun included!

Next Performances
Thu 6th Jul
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Dreams and Visions

21 Jul 2017

Scarborough

Scarbrough Spa

Orchestra of Opera North: Dreams and Visions

Synopsis

Part of Ryedale Festival 2017

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Jamie Phillips (conductor)

Yorkshire’s very own symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, prepare to delight with spellbinding music by Engelbert Humperdinck, Rachmaninov and conclude with what is arguably Berlioz’s most famous composition, his Symphonie Fantastique.

The concert begins with Engelbert Humperdinck’s most loved fairy tale creation: Hansel and Gretel. This playful overture will capture the hearts and imaginations of young and old alike and weaves the beautiful melodies prevalent throughout this enchanting opera.

The quick-fingered skills of award-winning pianist Pavel Kolesnikov will be put to good use as the Orchestra perform Rachmaninov’s iconic Variations on a theme of Paganini. Instantly recognisable from the very first note, to its sumptuous Rhapsody, revel in the beautiful twists, turns and clever decorations of the phrasing. One minute this piece sends shivers down your spine and then explodes into heart-bursting, full-bodied ecstasy – it’s what the hairs on the back of your neck were made for.

We conclude the evening with Berlioz’s ‘revolutionary masterpiece’: Symphonie Fantastique. Depicting the story of a gifted artist plunged into the depths of despair by the perils of unrequited love, the music’s scene-painting ability is stunning. Flowing between racing melodies, melancholic moments and hurtling towards a dramatic finish fit to raise the dead - it proves the course of true love never did run smooth.

Programme

Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Overture
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

 

Next Performances
Fri 21st Jul
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World Music

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

27 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

Synopsis

Moving seamlessly between Arabic music and jazz, two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine take to the stage.

Nai Barghouti recently toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, selling out concert halls from Glasgow to London. She returns with her band of musicians from Palestine, Korea, Tunisia and Nigeria. 

She’s followed by favourites of the Paris jazz scene, Mohamed Najem & Friends. Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both groups move effortlessly between the music of the Middle East and Jazz, to find a new musical language. 

All artists are donating part of their fee to the UNICEF efforts in Syria. For more information, please contact NiNi Productions: info@niniproductions.co.uk

Next Performances
Thu 27th Jul

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics: with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Back to Basics celebrates an incredible 25 years at the forefront of UK club culture with a spectacular outdoor celebration in the heart of Leeds at Millennium Square.

Together with Leeds' own symphony orchestra, Back To Basics founder Dave Beer, in partnership with Leeds City Council, is preparing to stage the greatest party yet. Huge dancefloor anthems are reworked and performed live by a 50-piece orchestra, together with live vocalists and some very special guests to be announced. 

Since its inception in the early 90s, Back to Basics has blazed a trail for the Leeds club scene and for this concert in collaboration with Leeds City Council they’ll be pulling out all the stops. The Symphonic Sounds of Back To Basics marks the first collaboration between the promoter and the Orchestra of Opera North, as two contrasting Leeds-based music institutions come together to celebrate the full range of the city’s sensational musical offering. 

DJ sets 7.15pm
Event starts 8.30pm
DJ set (interval) 9.15-9.45pm
Event ends 10.30pm

Additional information

Approximately 3 hour 15 minutes (includes concert and two 30 minute DJ sets). Suitable for ages 14+. Standing tickets only.

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

Next Performances
Fri 28th Jul
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Orchestral

A Night at the Opera: with the Orchestra of Opera North

29 Jul 2017

Leeds

Millennium Square

A Night at the Opera: with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Opera North dazzles with music from opera and the stage in an open-air summer celebration in the heart of Leeds at Millennium Square.

Performing some of the finest operatic arias and show-stopping songs from the musicals – and including exclusive previews from Opera North’s upcoming season at Leeds Grand Theatre - the Orchestra of Opera North will serve up a feast of classic masterpieces, lesser-known delights and toe-tapping numbers.

Joining the orchestra are Opera North luminaries Quirijn de Lang (Cinderella, Kiss, Me Kate, The Marriage of Figaro) and Jeni Bern (Kiss, Me Kate, The Ring, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro), who will be on hand to enchant with instantly-recognisable arias from Puccini’s heart-breaking Madama Butterfly and Mozart’s towering Don Giovanni, among other greats from the operatic canon.

The Golden Age of Musicals is represented by sparkling selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s much-loved Carousel, Cole Porter’s sizzling comedy Kiss Me, Kate and more. With street food, craft beer and wines from the very best local suppliers this summer evening is guaranteed to leave you feeling positively ‘WUNDERBAR’!

The playing of the Opera North orchestra is so darn hot it’s practically a fire-risk.

— The Guardian on Kiss Me, Kate

de Lang has a magnetic presence and the mahogany-toned voice is focused and used to compelling effect.

— Opera Britannia

You’d search long and hard to find a stronger vocal duo than Quirijn de Lang’s sardonic matinee idol of a Fred Graham sparring with Jeni Bern’s glamorously volatile Lilli Vanessi.

— The Stage

Additional Information

Gates open at 6pm

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

£40 VIP Seats

VIP Package includes: Prime seat location  / Complimentary prosecco and programme on arrival  / Exclusive access to the bar in Civic Hall / Complimentary tea and coffee served in Civic Hall / Exclusive use of the washroom facilities at Civic Hall / VIP Lanyard

Next Performances
Sat 29th Jul
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Orchestral

Back to the Future: In Concert with the Orchestra of Opera North

30 Jul 2017

Leeds

Millennium Square

Back to the Future: In Concert with the Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series

Power up your DeLorean… recharge your flux capacitor…  and get ready to celebrate this unforgettable movie classic as you’ve never seen and heard it before!

Back to the Future, staring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover, is the 1.21-gigawatt blockbuster that topped the 1985 box office chart, spawned two wildly successful sequels and stamped an enduring imprint on pop culture.

In this time-traveling coming-of-age story, Marty McFly (Fox) suddenly finds himself transported back to 1955… where he struggles to change the destiny of his parents (Thompson, Glover), rescue an eccentric friend (Lloyd) from terrorists, and solve an alternative-plutonium crisis… all while trying to ensure he has a future to get back to!

Now, fans old and new will experience the thrill of Back to the Future like never before – on a big hi-def screen with a full symphony orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score live in synch with the movie.

Audiences will also be in for an exclusive treat: approximately twenty minutes of brand new music added by award-winning composer Silvestri to the film's score especially for these unique live orchestra presentations.

Additional Information

Gates open at 4pm

Weekend Passes

Weekend Passes are available from the box office: (0113) 376 0318

£30 VIP Seats

VIP Package includes: Prime seat location / Exclusive access to the bar in Civic Hall / Complimentary tea and coffee served in Civic Hall / Exclusive use of the washroom facilities at Civic Hall / VIP Lanyard

Back to the Future is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Next Performances
Sun 30th Jul
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World Music

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

1 - 3 Aug 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Synopsis

The joyous and uplifting musical voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, referred to by Nelson Mandela as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’, marry the intricate rhythms and harmonies of Zulu traditions to the sounds and sentiments of gospel music. 

The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience ever since Paul Simon first worked with them in his 1986 Graceland album. The group combine powerful choruses and softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, with tightly-choreographed dance moves. 

Early booking strongly recommended.

Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant

Daily Telegraph

Next Performances
Tue 1st Aug
Thu 3rd Aug
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Family

Little Listeners

31 Aug 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
Thu 31st Aug
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Pagliacci

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Pagliacci

Synopsis

Pagliacci (Clowns)
Ruggero Leoncavallo
Part of The Little Greats

The immediacy of the characters and the intensity of their emotions packed into such a short time make this an elemental experience. 

This unashamedly over the top masterpiece marks the point in Leoncavallo’s career when his talents as both librettist and composer fully matched each other. In Pagliacci, he carves ‘a bleeding slice of life’ out of the unlikely story of a jealous husband, his unfaithful wife, her young lover, and a troupe of theatrical players. 

It includes some of the most justly famous music ever written for an Italian opera, including the heartbroken Canio’s ‘show must go on’ aria ‘Vesti la giubba’. 

This brand new production is directed and designed by Charles Edwards as the curtainraiser for Opera North’s The Little Greats. 

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Pagliacci in a double bill with...

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 16 September Leeds   
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 23 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

 
Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Thu 12th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: L´enfant et les sortilèges

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: L´enfant et les sortilèges

Synopsis

L'enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) 
Maurice Ravel
Part of The Little Greats 

Ravel's darkly brilliant opera sets Colette’s magical words to an extraordinary, bewitching musical score to create a haunting lyric fantasy.

A naughty child assaults everything in his room (including the cat) after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life around him. 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?

Colette’s text celebrates the wonders of childhood, but doesn’t shy away from its tensions and anxieties. Ravel’s music is eclectic in its influences, yet sewn together by a master craftsman to create a seamless whole. Together, words and music create a work that is enchanting, amusing, and, in its final moments, deeply touching. 

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in French with English titles

See L'enfant et les sortilèges in a double bill with...

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 16 September Leeds   
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 23 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 29 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Matinee) Sat 7 October Leeds  
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 October Leeds  
L'enfant et les sortilèges / Osud From Sat 28 October On Tour  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

 
Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
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The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

Cavalleria rusticana  
Pietro Mascagni 
Part of The Little Greats

With a score that includes the famous Easter Hymn and Intermezzo, this piece remains for many the very essence of Italian opera.

Opera’s most celebrated overnight success, Cavalleria rusticana spearheaded the verismo movement (whose leading lights included Leoncavallo and Puccini) which demonstrated that ordinary people can have opera-sized emotions too.

Turiddù and Lola were once lovers; but when he left to join the army, Lola married another man. Although Turridù finds consolation in the arms of Santuzza, his obsessive passion for Lola still burns fiercely. Thus the stage is set for a tale of faithlessness, jealousy and violence, set in a rural community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

Mascagni displays a masterly control of pacing in this, his first opera, conveying a taut, gritty drama through a succession of gorgeously lyrical melodies.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Cavalleria rusticana in a double bill with...

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds  
Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Sat 7 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thurs 19 October Leeds  
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

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

The Little Greats: Trial by Jury

27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trial by Jury

Synopsis

Trial by Jury 
Gilbert & Sullivan
Part of The Little Greats

An instant hit, Gilbert & Sullivan’s first operetta launched the partnership that was to take British musical theatre by storm.

Trial by Jury centres on a legal case brought by the glamorous Angelina against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the ghastly realization before their wedding that she bores him intensely. 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 comedy numbers and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury pokes fun at the British establishment, in the shape of the legal system, and gently mocks English manners and mores. It is a distillation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic genius, bearing all the hallmarks of the great run of Savoy Operas that was to follow.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Audio described / Captioned performances are available.

See Trial by Jury in a double bill with...

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds   
Trial by Jury /
L'enfant et les sortileges
Fri 29 September Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Cavalleria rusticana /
Trial by Jury
Sat 7 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trouble in Tahiti /
Trial by Jury
Fri 13 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On Tour  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

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

Next Performances
Sat 30th Sep
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Osud

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Little Greats: Osud

Synopsis

Osud (Destiny) 
Leos Janáček
 
Part of The Little Greats

Janáček’s score for this hidden gem has an expansive lyricism that glows with some of his most incandescent music.

Osud was spurred by a chance meeting in a Moravian spa town in 1903 between Janáček and a woman who complained to him that she had been unflatteringly portrayed in an opera by another composer a few years earlier. Infatuated with the woman, and determined to present her in a rosier light, Janáček set to work on his own opera.

Janáček’s original outline for Osud subsequently underwent many adjustments. What finally emerged was the story of a composer, Živný, who has written an autobiographical opera about his obsessive, tormented love for Míla, with whom he has a young son. The last act is unfinished, however: Živný’s opera cannot be concluded until its story has been lived...

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

See Osud in a double bill with...

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 October Leeds   
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 October Leeds  
L'enfant et les sortilèges​ / Osud From Thu 2 November On Tour  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

 
Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Trouble in Tahiti 
Leonard Bernstein
 
Part of The Little Greats

The American Dream turns suffocatingly sour in Bernstein’s unsparing examination of a marriage falling apart in 1950s suburbia. 

Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their ‘little white house’. But their growing failure to connect 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 handball tournaments at 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 this, his deeply touching first opera, is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Audio described / Captioned performances are available.

See Trouble in Tahiti in a double bill with...

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 October Leeds   
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 October Leeds Pre-performance Talk
Trouble in Tahiti (Matinee) Sat 14 October Leeds  
Cavalleria rusticana / Trouble in Tahiti Thu 19 October Leeds  
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On Tour  

2017-18 Season Guide

When booking for The Little Greats in Leeds, we recommend you refer to the full performance schedule.

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

Messaien: Harawi

26 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Messaien: Harawi

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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Classical

Dichterliebe

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Dichterliebe

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

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Wed 22nd 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

Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
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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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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)

Season Ticket Packages are available.

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

 
Next Performances
Fri 19th Jan
Sun 28th Jan
Wed 31st Jan
Fri 16th Feb
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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.

2017-18 Season Guide

 
Next Performances
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

2017-18 Season Guide

 
Next Performances
Sat 17th Feb
Wed 21st Feb
Fri 23rd Feb
Thu 1st Mar
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Opera

Salome

19 Apr - 10 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 3 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 staging 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.

Season Ticket Packages are available

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

2017-18 Season Guide

 
Next Performances
Thu 19th Apr
Sun 22nd Apr
Wed 25th Apr
Thu 3rd 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


Next Performances
Wed 23rd May
Thu 24th May
Thu 24th May
Fri 25th May

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