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Family

Little Singers

11 Dec 2017 - 16 Jul 2018

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 suitable for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their grown-ups.

We also run Little Singers sessions (for 0-4s) in other areas of Leeds and Yorkshire:

Morley Town Hall Mondays at 11.15am

15 Jan – 26 Mar (ex 12 Feb)

16 April – 9 July (ex 28 May)

£5 per child, pay on door
Cast, Doncaster Wednesdays 10am

10 Jan – 28 March (ex 14 Feb)
11 April – 4 July (ex 30 May)

£3.50 per child, book via Cast
Colton Primary School Thursdays at 10am

11 Jan – 29 Mar (ex 15 Feb)

19 April – 12 July (ex 31 May)

£4 per child, pay on door
ERT, Beverley Thursdays 10.30am

Starting Thurs 11 Jan – Thurs 29 Mar (ex 15 Feb)

12 April – 12 July (ex 31 May)

 

£5 per child, book via ERT

For more information, contact Alex Bradshaw on alex.bradshaw@operanorth.co.uk

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 4th Jun
Mon 11th Jun
Mon 18th Jun
Mon 25th Jun
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

12 Mar - 9 Jul 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies and young children

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers 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. 

Each individual session costs £6, or book all 8 sessions for the discounted rate of £40.

Next Performances
Mon 4th Jun
Mon 11th Jun
Mon 18th Jun
Mon 25th Jun
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Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours: Songs and Sonnets

14 May - 23 Jul 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours: Songs and Sonnets

Synopsis

Brush up your Shakespeare this spring with the ON After Hours Chorus as they explore some varied Shakespearean repertoire in celebration of the return to the stage of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s witty retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

Rehearsals will be led by friendly professional artists who will help you to learn operatic and choral pieces inspired by the Bard’s works, in preparation for a relaxed performance in front of family and friends on Monday 23 July.

To take part, you will need some experience of singing and be able to follow a music score.

Next Performances
Mon 14th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

22 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds 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.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

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'
Next Performances
Tue 22nd May
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Musicals

Kiss Me, Kate

23 May - 7 Jul 2018

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter’s dazzling comedy of musical mischief will leave you feeling positively ‘WUNDERBAR’!

On the opening night of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in 1940s Baltimore, the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady (and ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi are set to collide.

Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane and her gambler boyfriend Bill – plus a couple of gun-toting gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show – and the stage is set for a funny and farcical battle of the sexes!

Cole Porter’s riotously inventive homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre. With show-stopping songs including 'BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE,’ 'ALWAYS TRUE TO YOU IN MY FASHION' and 'SO IN LOVE,' performed by an all-singing, all-dancing cast of international singers and West End stars, our spectacular production is simply ‘TOO DARN HOT’ to miss out on!’

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

Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Critical Edition by David Charles Abell and Seann Alderking

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Trailer

BSL Introduction

The Music

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

Come and Sing Kiss Me, Kate

25 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Come and Sing Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Join us for a participatory singing workshop, where you will have the opportunity to Brush Up Your Shakespeare with vocal leader Matthew Roughley, before being joined by the Chorus of Opera North and Chorus Master Oliver Rundell, plus some very special guests.

This Wunderbar event will give you the chance to experience the Opera North Chorus up close and to sing alongside them, to explore music from this classic Cole Porter musical.

Everyone is welcome, no singing experience required to take part.

The session runs from 11am – 3pm, with a lunch break from 1pm – 2pm (off site). Lunch is not included.

Next Performances
Fri 25th May
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World Music

Les Amazones d'Afrique

25 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Les Amazones d'Afrique

Synopsis

The first all-female supergroup of West Africa, the collective Les Amazones d’Afrique brings together musicians fighting violence against woman and features some of the most acclaimed voices in West African music, including Mamani Keïta, Rokia Koné, Mariam Koné and Awa Sangho.

Blending funk, blues and dub with soulful singing, distorted guitars and Afrobeat rhythms, Les Amazones D’Afrique combine influences from several decades to build their own modern, eclectic sound. 

Singing in English, French, Bambara and Fon their performances are ‘a proud, forceful demonstration of the strength and variety of modern African music’ — The Independent

The sound of the diaspora of African music returning home, a reclaiming outside of genre and time

The Guardian

Next Performances
Fri 25th May
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Folk

Lankum

26 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lankum

Synopsis

A four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, Lankum (formerly known as Lynched) brilliantly combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uillean pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.

Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street songs, classic ballads, traditional Irish and American dance tunes and their own original material.

Marrying ‘the rawness of The Watersons with the roar of Richard Dawson’ Lankum play a brand of folk music that is ‘urgent, desperate and detonating’ (The Guardian).

They are touring in support of their critically acclaimed album Between the Earth and Sky.

Brilliant, raw detonating folk

The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 26th May
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Musicals Rock!

27 May 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Musicals Rock!

Synopsis

Musicals Rock! takes you on a journey through the highlights of some of the world’s most-loved musicals.

Orchestra of Opera North
Michael England — Conductor

Vocalists —
Jenna Lee James
Rachael Wooding
Alex Gaumond
Daniel Boys

As the rock world comes crashing into stage musicals the result is wonderful, spectacular and sometimes off the wall. 

Featuring music from We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Fame, Rent, Wicked, Evita and many more, never before have these excerpts been put together in one concert.

The result is a feast of thrilling music together with exceptional performances from a vibrant cast, backed by the power and energy of an orchestra and rock group.

Mamma Mia! Overture Orchestra
What a Feeling Flashdance
I Will Always Love You The Bodyguard
One Song Glory Rent
Fame Fame
My Eyes Adored You Jersey Boys
Beauty School Dropout Grease
Buenos Aires Evita
Defying Gravity Wicked
Man in the Mirror Thiller, Live on Stage
I Will Survive Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Go West Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
One Night in Bangkok Chess
I Know Him So Well Chess
Pity the Child Chess
Jesus Christ Superstar Overture Jesus Christ Superstar
Heaven on their Minds Jesus Christ Superstar
I Don't Know How to Love Him Jesus Christ Superstar
Don’t Stop Me Now We Will Rock You
Somebody to Love We Will Rock You
Radio Ga Ga We Will Rock You
Save Me We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions We Will Rock You

Produced in association with West End International

Next Performances
Sun 27th May

Orchestra of Opera North: Vaughan Williams, Salieri, Beethoven

Synopsis

The Orchestra of Opera North's first outing at Doncaster's CAST with a sparkling summer programme.

Andrew Long - Violin
Kevin Gowland - Flute
Richard Hewitt - Oboe
Howard Shelley - Conductor

Ranked at no. 1 on the Classic FM Hall of Fame, we’re delighted to begin the concert with a popular classic; Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending. This evocative score paints the scenic landscape of the rolling British countryside and is simply breath-taking when heard live.

Described by The Guardian as ‘a radical work, … spine-tingling and life-enhancingly joyful’, Beethoven’s spell-binding Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’ follows, before the concert concludes with Salieri’s delightful Flute and Oboe Concerto in C major, a playful piece that dances throughout the sections and is sure to enchant.

Vaughan Williams The Lark Asceneding
Salieri Flute and Oboe Conceto in c Major
Beethoven Symphony No.6 'Pastoral

…the orchestral playing is first-class… something very special indeed

— **** Daily Telegraph on Die Walküre 

Next Performances
Wed 30th May
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Folk

Anda Union

9 Jun 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anda Union

Synopsis

Hailing from different ethnic nomadic cultures, Anda Union unite tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia in their propulsive, forward looking Mongolian folk music.

Playing traditional instruments, including the morin huur horsehead fiddle, topshur lute and moadin chor flute, their urgent yet intimate vocal style combines harmony and solo singing with carefully controlled bursts of growling and eerie throat singing.

Their songs are about history, horses and Genghis Khan combined with those keenly lamenting the threats climate change and modernity pose to their grasslands habitat and ancient Mongolian culture.

Stirring, sophisticated Mongolian folk

The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 9th Jun
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Spoken Word/Talks

Institute of Psychoanalysis: Northern Summer School

15 Jun - 16 Jun 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Institute of Psychoanalysis: Northern Summer School

Synopsis

The Institute of Psychoanalysis and Opera North present an introduction to key concepts in psychoanalysis in a two-day Summer School.

This exciting collaboration will bring psychoanalytic ideas to life by exploring the shared territories between psychoanalysis, opera and other performing arts, with their shared aim of telling stories with emotional intensity and meaning that have the potential to transform.

This is a unique opportunity to take part in a dialogue between performers, directors and psychoanalysts to explore the synergy between the two disciplines.

Learn about psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic interpretation and what becoming a psychoanalyst involves.

Explore performance as interpretation, the complexities of performing violence and psychoanalysis and film.

The Northern Summer School is open to everyone, including current undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline or background.

Visit the Institute of Psychoanalysis website for the full programme and further information.

Next Performances
Fri 15th Jun
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Film

Her

15 Jun 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Her

Synopsis

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Spike Jonze's soulful sci-fi drama about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson).

Please note that the date of this event has changed to Friday 15th June.

‘She’ is a bright, female voice, and is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into a love affair. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze explores the evolving nature – and the risks – of intimacy in the modern world.

Speaking before the film is Andrea Sabbadini, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and director of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival. Afterwards, there will be the chance to discuss the film together.

Presented as part of the Institute of Psychoanalysis Summer School

Dir Spike Jonze, USA 2014, 126mins + (duration of talk). Cert 15.

Next Performances
Fri 15th Jun
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Musicals

Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill

15 - 21 Jun 2018

Leeds

City Varieties Music Hall

Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill

Synopsis

Step into the glamorous world of cabaret as we celebrate one of the greatest, most influential musical theatre composers of the 20th Century. 

A co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with City Varieties Music Hall

Join us on an exhilarating tour of highlights from the Kurt Weill songbook, from the smoky cafés of 1920s Berlin to the Broadway stages of the 1940s.

Weill’s show-stopping hits include standards such as ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘September Song’ and a host of other numbers made famous by artists ranging from Sinatra to Bowie, from Streisand to Simone. 

Directed by one of the most inspirational figures in British theatre, Giles Havergal, whose work for Opera North includes popular hits The Barber of Seville and The Merry Widow, this unique show features a fabulous ensemble of singers drawn from the award-winning Chorus of Opera North, stars of Opera North’s acclaimed productions of Carousel and Into the Woods. Together they’ll bring you a cabaret of delights in the atmospheric surroundings of Leeds’ beautiful Victorian music hall, the City Varieties.


Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson / Bertolt Brecht / Michael Feingold / Paul Green / Alan Jay Lerner / George Tabori / Marc Blitzstein / Jacques Deval / Ira Gershwin / Langston Hughes / Ogden Nash / Arnold Weinstein
Text and Format by Gene Lerner
Musical arrangements by Newton Wayland
Originally directed by Donald Saddler
Originally produced by Gene Lerner and Hank Kaufman
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited
Next Performances
Fri 15th Jun
Sat 16th Jun
Sat 16th Jun
Tue 19th Jun
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Family

Opera North Children’s Chorus Summer Sing

16 Jun 2018

Leeds

Left Bank Leeds

Opera North Children’s Chorus Summer Sing

Synopsis

The Opera North Children’s Chorus present a programme of some of the finest songs for children’s voices ever written.

You will enjoy music by Richard Rodney Bennett and Benjamin Britten, together with works commissioned by Opera North setting words by the visionary poet John Clare.

Children will be joined by a small group of amazing players from the Orchestra of Opera North. A programme of great music which will appeal to adults and children alike.

Next Performances
Sat 16th Jun
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Opera

The Path to Heaven

19 Jun 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Path to Heaven

Synopsis

An opera by Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye

A powerful tale of extremism, expedience and deceit, The Path to Heaven exposes the disintegration of the loves, lives and hopes of a family struggling to survive during the Holocaust.

Sara, Hanna, Dieter, Magda and Hans return home from a party to find that having ‘danced too long in the moonlight’, evil stalks them from the darkness.

The discovery that their adoptive parents have disappeared triggers a descent into a nightmare from which none will escape unchanged. A meticulously-researched series of individual real stories has been woven into a thrilling new opera for the 21st Century. 

Performed by musicians from Psappha and The Royal Northern College of Music.

Next Performances
Tue 19th Jun
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World Music

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

20 Jun 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

Synopsis

The legendary orchestra from Benin celebrates 50 years together. Undisputed kings of voodoo music, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo blends traditional Beninese music, American soul and funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Congolese rumba, French pop and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

The oldest active African orchestra, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are also one of the continent’s most prolific collectives, releasing hundreds of EPs and dozens of albums throughout the 60s and 70s.

Their magnificent live show and unparalleled musical output shows them truly worthy of their full name: Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (The All Powerful Polyrhythmic Orchestra of Cotonou).

Next Performances
Wed 20th Jun
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Music

Aeons: a Sound Journey for Newcastle

22 Jun - 30 Jun 2018

Gateshead

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Aeons: a Sound Journey for Newcastle

Synopsis

Four walks a day between 22 June – 7 September (excluding Sundays, Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August) 

Come to the river! Collect a pair of our headphones and disappear into an adventure in sound along the river’s edge, through millennia, and far out of the everyday.

Music by composer and accordion wizard Martin Green (Lau), with the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, draws you into a journey along the River Tyne through the heart of Newcastle, exploring the vastness of time in the geographical landscape and the centuries of human history laid onto it. 

Part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Aeons also features the vocals of Ryton’s own Becky Unthank (The Unthanks), Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and binaural field recordings made along the river, to accompany you during this half-hour walk.

Head on over to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, put on a set of our headphones and disappear into a sound adventure, walking the epic span of the Bridge, with a world of sound in your ears. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for whatever the weather can throw at you.
 
Aeons will open as part of the spectacular Get North! opening event on Friday 22 June at the Great Exhibition of the North’s Quayside Hub, which also includes the Get North Water Sculpture, an 80m tall fountain that will perform to a soundtrack of three specially commissioned music compositions.

Dates: 22 June – 9 September, every Monday – Saturday (excluding Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August).
Running times: 10am
11.30am
1pm 
2.30pm
  Tickets are free but please book in advance
Next Performances
Fri 22nd Jun
Mon 2nd Jul
Wed 1st Aug
Mon 3rd Sep
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Family

Little Big Sing

11 Jul 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Big Sing

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-4s and their families

Join us for a multi-sensory journey through the magical world of opera.

Meet lots of interesting characters and learn some new songs, as well as singing some our Little Singers favourites. With live instrumental music, lights, projections and a whole heap of fun included.

Next Performances
Wed 11th Jul
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Orchestral

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

21 Jul 2018

Scarborough

Scarbrough Spa

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Ryedale Festival

Renato Balsadonna (Conductor)
Kathryn Rudge (Mezzo-soprano)

Hammer blows of fate open Beethoven's most famous symphony and mark the beginning of an epic journey from turbulence to resounding optimism. Eighty years later, Brahms was still wrestling with Beethoven’s legacy when he produced some of the deepest and most profound music of the century in the emotional catharsis of his final symphony.

These two great and much-loved works are separated by an English masterpiece, as one of the fastest-rising young British singers performs Elgar’s famous Sea Pictures in an elegant venue with stunning views across Scarborough’s South Bay.

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Elgar Sea Pictures
Brahms Symphony no. 4 in E minor

 

Next Performances
Sat 21st Jul
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Orchestral

Inspiration Choir: Another Day of Sun

22 Jul 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Inspiration Choir: Another Day of Sun

Synopsis

With the Orchestra of Opera North

The massed voices of Inspiration Choir and the Orchestra of Opera North present a feel good concert for the summer, with songs from the smash hit film La La Land and other toe-tapping numbers.

Liz Green – Presenter
Gary Griffiths – Conductor

For more information about Inspiration visit www.inspirationuk.com.

Next Performances
Sun 22nd Jul
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Orchestral

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

27 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

The soundtrack to your summer is back and bigger than ever!

Featuring some of the most infectious and energetic dance anthems from over the past three decades, this open-air concert is packed with club classics reworked and performed live by a 50-piece symphony orchestra.​

The heart of Leeds will once again beat to a different rhythm as the Orchestra of Opera North, legendary Back to Basics DJ Dave Beer and an array of amazing special guest artists and vocalists come together on stage to deliver an epic musical celebration. Join us to show how spectacular and vibrant the city of Leeds is in showcasing two of its much loved and contrasting musical institutions.

With special guests

Robin S, Utah Saints, Alison Limerick, Shades of Rhythm, Saffron, Robert Owens, Rachel McFarlane, Sara Garvey and Ralph Lawson

For all the latest event information, follow us on Twitter @millsqleeds, @Opera_North @backtobasics91 or find us on Facebook

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics is the first of a series of three events marking the Opera North in the City Festival and part of the annual Millennium Square Summer Series.

Doors 6pm
DJ sets 6.30pm
Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics 8pm
Event ends 10.30pm

...stunning… took dance music to another level.

— Yorkshire Evening Post 

Immense combined skill, fantastic voices and bloody brilliant sound.

— Culture Vulture 

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Additional information

Suitable for ages 14+. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.

Standing tickets only. Full venue information available in the Millennium Square FAQ.

Ticket information

General Admission -
£32.50 (from 1 February 2018)
Concessions: £29.25 (10%)
Leeds City Council Leeds Card Breezecard Opera North Friends, Patrons and Associates

Next Performances
Fri 27th Jul
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Orchestral

A Classic Summer’s Evening

28 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

A Classic Summer’s Evening

Synopsis

Part of the Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

With the Orchestra of Opera North

Joined by internationally acclaimed soloist Rafael Rojas (Turandot, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera), Opera North presents a sparkling summer concert under the stars as its celebrated Orchestra takes to the stage for the second night of Opera North in the City at Millennium Square.

Indulge in a breath-taking collection of much-loved favourites as the Orchestra of Opera North performs a glorious showcase of orchestral favourites and big-hitting arias from its vast repertoire and upcoming season at Leeds Grand Theatre. This open-air medley of classical masterpieces and lesser-known gems is a wonderfully uplifting accompaniment to a summer’s evening in the heart of Leeds. 

a beautifully seasoned tenor… transcendent

— The Observer on Rafael Rojas

irresistibly burnished voice… impeccably tasteful delivery’

— The Guardian on Rafael Rojas

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Doors 6pm, Performance 7pm 

Additional information

Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult

Venue T&Cs and accessibility information at Millennium Square

​£45 VIP seats

VIP package includes: A premium seat located in the best position of the arena / Complimentary refreshments that include prosecco, nibbles or a hot beverage and cookies at Civic Hall to be enjoyed both pre-show and interval / A VIP lanyard / Exclusive access to Civic Hall toilets pre-concert and interval

Next Performances
Sat 28th Jul
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Orchestral and Film

Brassed Off LIVE

29 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

Brassed Off LIVE

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

Opera North and Leeds City Council in association with the Royal Albert Hall presents…

Conductor — Ben Palmer

A very special screening of the classic British film Brassed Off closes the Opera North in the City festival on Sunday afternoon with a moving celebration of Yorkshire pluck. Rousing and poignant in equal measure, the score will be performed live in sync with the movie on the high definition big screen by the real stars that inspired the story – Grimethorpe Colliery Band together with members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

This 1996 bittersweet comedy drama, written and directed by Mark Herman, stars Pete Postlethwaite as Danny, the devoted leader of the Grimley Colliery Band who is determined to show the government ‘we are not defeated’. Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson and Tara Fitzgerald are stand-outs in the impressive ensemble cast.

Before the film, the Orchestra of Opera North will present a dynamic first half performing some of the iconic orchestral scores including the William Tell Overture and the Concierto de Aranjuez (Orange Juice Concerto) that were later arranged for a brass ensemble, as featured in Brassed Off

Part 1 William Tell Overture Rossini
  Concierto de Aranjuez (Orange Juice Concerto) Rodrigo with soloist Craig Ogden
Part 2 Brassed Off Live in concert

Special thanks to Steve Abbott, Mark Herman, Robert Lipson, Jim Carter.
Brought to you by the Royal Albert Hall by arrangement with Film4 and Prominent Features Limited. “MIRAMAX®” and the “MIRAMAX” Logo are the registered trademarks, trademarks and service marks of Miramax, LLC.

Trailer

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Doors 4pm, Performance 5pm 

Additional information

This film is rated 15

Venue T&Cs and accessibility information at Millennium Square

​£45 VIP seats

VIP package includes: A premium seat located in the best position of the arena / Complimentary refreshments that include prosecco, nibbles or a hot beverage and cookies at Civic Hall to be enjoyed both pre-show and interval / A VIP lanyard / Exclusive access to Civic Hall toilets pre-concert and interval

Next Performances
Sun 29th Jul
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Music

Chilly Gonzales

8 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Chilly Gonzales

Synopsis

Grammy Award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales is known both for the subtlety and poise of his best-selling Solo Piano albums and his charismatic showmanship.

‘Gonzo’ is a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper – meshing tradition with pop, electro and rap. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake and holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours.

In a rare intimate show, Chilly Gonzales takes to the stage of the Howard Assembly Room with pieces from his Solo Piano album cycle, after which he is joined by Stella Le Page on cello and Joe Flory on drums to perform hits and hidden surprises from the rest of his repertoire, interspersed with his playful explanations about how his music works.

Next Performances
Sat 8th Sep
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Opera

Tosca

16 Sep - 16 Nov 2018

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Tosca

Synopsis

Giacomo Puccini (1900)

Puccini’s melodrama of lust and love, of cruelty and self-sacrifice, of freedom and repression, portrays human relationships at their best and at their worst with uncompromising force. ​

Tosca, a star singer, is the lover of Cavaradossi, an artist. Scarpia, the corrupt Chief of Police and agent of the state, is obsessed with Tosca and willing to go to any lengths to have her. When Cavaradossi is arrested and tortured for helping an escaped political prisoner, Scarpia blackmails Tosca: she and Cavaradossi can go free if she will give herself to him. Violated, Tosca plots her revenge, but the consequences are more terrible than she can imagine.

Puccini’s high-octane score – at times soaring and tender, at other times brutally powerful – has made Tosca one of the world’s most popular operas. Highlights include the pile-driving ‘Te Deum’, Tosca’s defiant credo ‘Vissi d’arte’, and Cavaradossi’s immensely moving farewell to life, ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

With a stellar cast including Giselle Allen (Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana), Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas (Calaf in Turandot) and British baritone Robert Hayward (Wotan in the Ring cycle), Opera North’s new Tosca promises to be a compelling experience.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Sat 22 Sep 6.00 – 6.45pm Book now
Fri 28 Sep 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Thu 11 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sat 13 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Next Performances
Sun 16th Sep
Sat 22nd Sep
Fri 28th Sep
Wed 3rd Oct
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Music

Moses Sumney

20 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Moses Sumney

Synopsis

With support

Since emerging in 2014 with his self-released cassette EP, Mid-City Island, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances.

With his smooth, haunting voice, Sumney makes music that transforms classic styles, as though a moon-colony choir had got hold of old jazz gems. His lyrics narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness with otherworldly compositional backdrops. 

In 2017, the California and Ghana-raised troubadour released his debut album Aromanticism. Released to great critical acclaim, Aromanticism was regarded by NPR, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, as one of 2017's best albums. Following its critical success, Sumney has performed the album to sold out headline shows across North America, Europe, and at the Sydney Opera House.

‘Gorgeous, genre-spurning’

The Guardian on Aromanticism 

Next Performances
Thu 20th Sep
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Music

Bill Ryder-Jones

21 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bill Ryder-Jones

Synopsis

+ Support Our Girl

The music of multi-instrumentalist, producer, string-arranger and composer Bill Ryder-Jones has an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness, drawing listeners close.

In a career spanning 15 years, he has ever been a musical explorer, with projects ranging from a musical interpretation of Italian Calvino’s If On A Winters Night A Traveller (2011's If..) to the top ten MOJO album of the year in 2016, West Kirby County Primary.  

Musicians including as Courtney Barnett and Richard Hawley champion him, while the Guardian describes him ‘A magical, colossal talent (….) that spills melody and emotion’.   

In association with Superfriendz

Next Performances
Fri 21st Sep
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Opera

The Merry Widow

29 Sep - 17 Nov 2018

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Merry Widow

Synopsis

Franz Lehár (1905)

A glittering cast and a superb creative team are brought together for this production of Lehár’s greatest hit, in which Parisian sensuality meets Viennese sophistication. 

The question of who the young, beautiful and stupendously wealthy widow Hanna Glawari will take as her second husband is a matter of national economic importance for the little-known – and nearly bankrupt – Balkan state of Pontevedro. If she marries a foreigner, Pontevedro will lose Hanna’s millions. So when the widow arrives in Paris, it’s a cause of high excitement among French bachelors everywhere and high anxiety for the Pontevedrian ambassador, Baron Zeta, who must do everything he can to make sure she remarries a suitable – Pontevedrian – man.

Director Giles Havergal’s matchless sense of authentic style is complemented by the dazzling choreography of Stuart Hopps in a work in which almost every bar is infused with the spirit of the dance. Leslie Travers supplies meticulously elegant fin-de-siècle designs, and Kit Hesketh-Harvey applies his characteristically brilliant wit to a fresh English version of the most popular of 20th-century operettas.

Join us at Maxim’s … an evening of delicious pleasure awaits.

A co-production with Opera Australia

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Tue 2 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sat 6 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sun 7 Oct 3.00 – 3.30pm Book now
Wed 10 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Fri 12 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now


 

 

Next Performances
Sat 29th Sep
Tue 2nd Oct
Thu 4th Oct
Sat 6th Oct
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Spoken Word/Talks

Hollie McNish

18 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hollie McNish

Synopsis

Benjamin Zephaniah says ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describes her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’. With over ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed.

Here, she will be joining us to perform poems and talk about her latest poetry collection, Plum: a wise, sometimes rude and piercingly candid collection about growing up. She talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics and breasts, together with the urgent need to find a voice for poems that will somehow do the whole glorious riot justice.

Books will be available to purchase at the event. There will be a book signing afterwards.

Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings

Observer

Next Performances
Thu 18th Oct
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Classical

Opera North String Quartet

19 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera North String Quartet

Synopsis

Schubert’s magnificent ‘Trout’ Quintet, possibly the best-known chamber piece in the world, comes to joyful life under the bows and fingers of the Opera North String Quartet, joined by pianist Ian Buckle.

The Quartet is led by the leader of the Orchestra of Opera North David Greed, joined by the string section principals Katherine New, David Aspin and Jessica Burroughs.

The line-up is completed by Paul Miller (principal double bass) for Dvořák’s String Quintet No.2, a piece that marries a crystal-clear sonata opening with lively folk dance, lyrical songlike sections, and a final groundswell of melody that gives full voice to the bass.

Antonín Dvořák String Quintet in G Major No.2, Op 77 
Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major ‘The Trout’, D. 667  
Next Performances
Fri 19th Oct
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Classical

Pumeza Matshikiza

31 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Pumeza Matshikiza

Synopsis

Described as ‘one of today’s most exciting new operatic voices’ (The Independent), South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza released her debut album Voice of Hope in 2014 followed by Arias, with pieces by Puccini, Catalani, Ravel, Mozart and Fauré in May 2016.

She brings her exquisite lyric voice and emotional sensitivity to bear on Schumann’s vividly emotional Frauenliebe und leben, together with Strauss’s sublimely beautiful Four Last Songs.

I think I've found the new Maria Callas . . . What initially arrested me, and went on fascinating me, was not only the beauty of her singing, one of the loveliest lightish lyric sopranos I have heard in the flesh, but also her commitment to the role she was performing.

The Spectator

Next Performances
Wed 31st Oct
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Classical

Piers Lane

8 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Piers Lane

Synopsis

Australian pianist Piers Lane demonstrates his versatility and poetic best in a programme all about connections: Chopin idolised Bach and in turn inspired the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Opening with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor and a selection of Chopin’s best piano works, their probing and moving nature are mirrored in the forms used in Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Six Pieces On A Single Theme. Stravinsky’s colourful Trois mouvements de Petrouchka bring the recital to a dazzling climax.

Lane is equally at home in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. His concerto repertoire alone exceeds ninety-five works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, including five performances at the BBC Proms.

‘He dazzled us throughout not only with his virtuoso response but also with the poetry he found in the quieter variants’.

Classical Source on his performance of Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op. 22

Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, BWV 883
Frédéric Chopin Impromptu No 2 in F sharp major
Mazurka in F minor, Op 68 No 4
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B♭ minor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Six Pieces on a Single Theme, Op 21
Igor Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
Next Performances
Thu 8th Nov
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Classical

Christopher Maltman and Joseph Middleton: From Severn to Somme

22 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christopher Maltman and Joseph Middleton: From Severn to Somme

Synopsis

In association with Leeds Lieder

A selection of music on the subject of war, by composers from across the span of the major nations involved in the First World War including Butterworth, Gurney, Mahler, Fauré, Ives, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Wolf and Poulenc.

In the centenary year of the end of the Great War, this solo recital is performed by internationally acclaimed British baritone Christopher Maltman. Since winning the Lieder prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition early in his career, he has gone from strength to strength, starring at the opening night of the 2015 BBC Proms.

Accompanied on piano by Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton, Maltman performs 19th and 20th Century works mining the despair, tender poignancy and rawness of war, in songs including Schumann’s devastating Der Soldat, Finzi’s Channel Firing and Ivor Gurney’s deeply expressive Severn Meadows.

Maltman’s wide-ranging voice, offering a huge variety of colour and dynamics, sought out a new wealth of subtle meanings'

The Guardian

 

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Nov
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Music

65daysofstatic

23 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

65daysofstatic

Synopsis

Decomposition Theory

Fresh from their critically acclaimed soundtrack to the video game No Man’s Sky, experimental post-rock band 65daysofstatic continue their exploration of non-linear music.

Their latest work, Decomposition Theory employs algorithms and coding to build each performance. Using visuals to reveal the inner working of their music, no two performances will ever be the same, as the band sculpt and shape the procedurally-generated sounds in real time.

“Decomposition Theory is some small effort to imagine a space where music is no longer shaped in commodity forms…We are un-songing our songs and un-performing on stage.” — 65daysofstatic

Takes the idea of excitement and forward momentum from space travel and then blasts them at the listener with no let-up.

Drowned in Sound on No Man’s Sky: Music for an infinite universe

Next Performances
Fri 23rd Nov
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Orchestral

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

24 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

Synopsis

This sublime collaboration between two virtuoso musicians - Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita - delivers a stunning adventure in world-class musicianship. Following the huge success of their debut release Clychau Dibon back in 2013, their long-awaited second album Soar launches in April 2018. 

Drawing on the bardic traditions of both Wales and West Africa, the album takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales. 

An amazing live experience, they are 'intricate, ethereal and entrancing, an elaborate pas-de-deux... remarkable' (UNCUT Magazine).

This, I suspect, will be remembered as one of the classic concerts of the year

Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 24th Nov
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Howard Assembly Room

Not Such Quiet Girls

29 Nov - 1 Dec 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Not Such Quiet Girls

Synopsis

Inspired by Helen Zenna Smith’s novel Not So Quiet, Radclyffe Hall’s war account in The Well of Loneliness, and the life of war artist and ambulance driver Olive Mudie-Cooke, Not Such Quiet Girls tells the stories of three women at the front line of the First World War.

Bringing together an all-female chorus, staged scenes, film projections and music hall songs, this new musical drama weaves an inspiring narrative out of neglected stories of women in the Great War. 

Jessica Walker’s previous work for Opera North includes her collaboration with Neil Bartlett, The Girl I Left Behind Me, about male impersonators on the music-hall stage:

A drolly celebratory yet also piercingly poignant guide to a neglected chapter in showbiz and lesbian history. This show is not to be missed. 

The Independent on The Girl I Left Behind Me, 2011

 

Running Time

Approximately 1 hours 20 minutes with no interval

A collaboration with

the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Image credit: In An Ambulance : A VAD Lighting a Cigarette For a Patient, by Olive Mudie-Cooke. ©Imperial War Museum (Art.IWM ART 3051)

Next Performances
Thu 29th Nov
Fri 30th Nov
Sat 1st Dec
Sat 1st Dec
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Opera

Silent Night

30 Nov - 7 Dec 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Silent Night

Synopsis

Kevin Puts (2011) | UK Premiere

Inspired by a true story, as depicted in the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, Silent Night tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce, when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and Scottish troops in the trenches during the First World War. 

Lyrical, cinematic and expressive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning score by American composer Kevin Puts is combined with a multilingual libretto by Mark Campbell to create a richly textured, deeply affecting contemporary work. 

German opera singer Nikolaus Sprink, now a soldier, is ordered to perform for the Crown Prince Wilhelm, behind the front line on Christmas Eve, 1914. Back at the front later that night, upon hearing some of the Scottish soldiers singing, Sprink responds with a rousing song, and raises a Christmas tree above the bunker. Yet the moment of hope and humanity that follows proves to be only a brief respite from the futility and horror of the War.

Conducted by Nicholas Kok and directed by Tim Albery, the British premiere production of Silent Night will be staged at Leeds Town Hall, as part of a series of events in Leeds marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Supported by generous gifts from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, The Holbeck Charitable Trust and the Opera North Future Fund.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Language

Sung in English, German and French with English titles

Next Performances
Fri 30th Nov
Sun 2nd Dec
Thu 6th Dec
Fri 7th Dec
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Classical

The Tallis Scholars

19 Dec 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

The glorious sound of The Tallis Scholars lifts up the Howard Assembly Room at Christmas time, with a programme of sacred early music for the festive period, including masses by Palestrina, Byrd’s This day Christ was born and Lullaby as well as Josquin’s Ave Maria.

The ensemble creates a purity of sound which allows every detail of the musical lines to be heard. Under the direction of Peter Philips, The Tallis Scholars have gone from strength to strength.

Through recordings and more than two thousand concerts they have established themselves throughout the world as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music.

The rock stars of Renaissance vocal music

New York Times

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Hodie Christus natus est
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Missa Hodie Christus natus est (Kyrie and Gloria)
Josquin des Prez Ave Maria
Ludwig Senfl Ave Maria
John Nesbett Magnificat
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Missa Hodie Christus natus est (Credo, Sanctus and Agnus dei)
William Byrd This day Christ was born
William Byrd Lullaby
Hieronymus Praetorius Magnificat V (shorter with In dulci jubilo embedded)
Next Performances
Wed 19th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

31 Dec 2018

Hull

Hull City Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

See out the old year and welcome in the new with a celebratory concert from Yorkshire’s symphony orchestra; the Orchestra of Opera North.

This Viennese-inspired afternoon programme includes a glittering collection of much-loved music, including the ever-popular Blue Danube, and will see the Orchestra waltz, polka and march you into the New Year with style! A sparkling musical journey through some of the finest music from the Strauss family, as well as other classical masterpieces from the giants of the Austrian music scene is a must for your diary and a wonderful addition to your New Year festivities. 

Next Performances
Mon 31st Dec
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Opera

The Magic Flute

19 Jan - 23 Mar 2019

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Magic Flute

Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791)

The Magic Flute is a story about the trials of life: growing up, finding your way in the world, and learning to love. 


​Adventure jostles with fantasy, comedy with drama, and Mozart sets it all to a score full of miraculous music. Popular songs are mixed with stirring choruses, arias of heart-melting beauty with dazzling vocal pyrotechnics. 

Enter an enchanted world and join Prince Tamino on his quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, held captive by Sarastro, the Priest of the Sun. Tamino is accompanied by Papageno, a bird-catcher, who is also on a quest – to find himself a wife, his Papagena. But their mission soon becomes a journey of discovery, for nothing – not even Day and Night – is quite as it first appears.

The Magic Flute is a delight for audiences of all ages. This new production by James Brining – who directed the acclaimed West Yorkshire Playhouse / Opera North co-production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods in 2016 – is sure to boost its reputation as the ideal introduction to opera for everyone.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Next Performances
Sat 19th Jan
Sat 26th Jan
Fri 1st Feb
Fri 15th Feb
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Opera

Katya Kabanova

2 Feb - 21 Mar 2019

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Katya Kabanova

Synopsis

Leoš Janáček (1921)

Janáček took his inspiration for Katya Kabanova from several sources: a Russian play, The Storm; his admiration for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; and above all, his own unrequited love for a married woman. 

Katya is a woman with a gentle soul and a passionate nature, drowning in a narrow-minded small-town society. She is married to Tichon, a weak man entirely under the thumb of his nightmare of a mother. Katya has caught the eye of the romantic Boris, and when her husband leaves on a business trip, temptation proves impossible to resist. Katya and Boris embark on a passionate affair, spending every night together. But when her husband returns, a storm breaks in Katya’s heart and mind. Overwhelmed by a sense of guilt, she feels compelled to confess her sin.

In Katya Kabanova, Janáček created one of opera’s authentic masterpieces, charting his heroine’s tragedy with profound compassion in wildly beautiful music that crackles with tension and barely suppressed eroticism. 

Tim Albery's atmospheric, highly-charged production is led by one of the country's most distinguished conductors, Sian Edwards, making her Opera North debut.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hours 45 minutes (with no interval)

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Sat 9 Feb 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Thu 21 Feb 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Wed 27 Feb 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Next Performances
Sat 2nd Feb
Sat 9th Feb
Thu 21st Feb
Wed 27th Feb
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Opera

The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

16 Feb - 22 Mar 2019

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

Synopsis

​Double Bill

This double-bill of modernist and experimental works offer very different reflections on the decline of an old world order and the beginning of the new. 

The Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky (1913)

For the first time, Opera North collaborates with Leeds-based, internationally-renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre in a new production of a work that revolutionized 20th-century music and dance.

The premiere of The Rite of Spring in Paris on 29 May 1913 was a succès de scandale. Stravinsky wrote in a letter home that ‘things got as far as fighting’, whilst the impresario Serge Diaghilev claimed that the audience’s ritotous reaction to the music and – especially – to Nijinsky’s choreography was ‘exactly what I wanted’.

Structured in two parts, ‘The Adoration of the Earth’ and ‘The Sacrifice’, the ballet draws on Russian folklore to conjure up a world of primitive religious ceremony, ancestor worship and ritual sacrifice. Whereas conventional ballet aspired to free dancers from gravity, Nijinsky’s choreography and Stravinsky’s music rooted them in the earth.

Stravinsky wedded the shifting metres of Russian folk music to a modernist harmonic language, with stamping bass-lines and off-the-beat accents generating a pulverizing rhythmic energy.

Frequently heard in the concert hall, The Rite of Spring sounds eternally modern. This new production returns the ballet to its true home in the theatre.

Co-Production with Phoenix Dance Theatre


Gianni Schicchi
Giacomo Puccini (1918)

Gianni Schicchi is a bitterly sardonic comedy played out around the death-bed of a rich man. The scheming relatives who vie for a chunk of his fortune are all too recognizable types, revealing the greed and avarice which lie just below the thin veneer of their family loyalties.

Puccini’s only outright comedy is based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno, and Christopher Alden’s wickedly satirical production frames the action in the early Renaissance, when medieval cobwebs were blown away by radically new ways of thinking. At the same time, the chic modern Italian costumes are a sly nod in the direction of the ageless themes which Puccini exploits to brilliantly farcical effect – after all, those scheming relatives may bear an uncanny resemblance to our own family members!

With its vivid characterization and the spontaneity of its musical invention, Gianni Schicchi is a comic masterpiece in miniature, and features one of Puccini’s bestloved arias, ‘O mio babbino caro’. 


Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Additional Information

Gianni Schicchi is sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Sat 23 Feb 6.00 – 6.45pm Book now
Thu 28 Feb 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sat 2 Mar 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Next Performances
Sat 16th Feb
Sat 23rd Feb
Thu 28th Feb
Sat 2nd Mar
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Opera

Aida

1 May - 11 Jun 2019

Nationwide

Touring 7 theatres

Aida

Synopsis

​​Giuseppe Verdi (1874) | Concert Staging

Commissioned to create a grand opera to inaugurate the new opera house in Cairo, Verdi responded by creating a historical fantasy of Egypt on a tragic theme. 

Yet for all its scenes of spectacle, such as the famous triumphal march, at the heart of Aida is a web of intimate personal relationships between people caught in the crossfire of international conflict.​

Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, has been captured by the Egyptians. Secretly, she loves an Egyptian general, Radamès, and he returns her love. When Radamès is selected to lead a renewed assault against the enemy, Aida is forced to choose between betraying her country and betraying her heart.

The leading characters in Aida are as conflicted as the war-torn world they inhabit, and for the doomed lovers, Radamès and Aida, Verdi reserved some of his finest arias – his ‘Celeste Aida’ and her ‘O patria mia’ for example.

This new concert staging of Aida is by Annabel Arden, whose award-winning production of Turandot for Opera North electrified audiences in 2017. 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 50 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Wed 1st May
Wed 8th May
Fri 10th May
Wed 15th May

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