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Little Singers

Family

9 Aug - 12 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Little Singers

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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

Please note, session price for Little Singers in Hull does not include entry to The Deep, usual admission prices apply. 

Next Performances
Tue 30th Aug
Thu 1st Sep
Mon 12th Sep
Mon 10th Oct
There are a total of 12 upcoming performances for this production
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East Yorkshire

Burton Constable Hall

Opera North at Burton Constable Hall: A Family Day of Music

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Join us for a day of family fun and music in this very special setting.

Opera North’s renowned singers and musicians will surprise and delight visitors with ‘pop up’ short music pieces in and around Burton Constable’s splendid rooms and Capability Brown landscaped grounds throughout the day.

Activities for children and families in the Stable Block offer the chance to join in singing or storytelling; experiment with percussion instruments or build props.

Next Performances
Sat 27th Aug
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Little Listeners

Family

5 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

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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

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Mon 5th Sep
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Souad Massi

World Music

11 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Souad Massi

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Raised in pre-civil war Algeria, playing guitar in jeans and trainers, Souad Massi was going to get noticed: firstly for fronting a political rock band, then performing solo in Paris after fleeing death threats. 

Following a sold-out concert at the Barbican in 2015, she comes north for a long-awaited duo show, exposing the lyricism and warmth of her extraordinary voice at close quarters.

This performance interprets the music of her album El-Mutakallimûn (Masters of the Word), based on a millennium of Arabic poetry mixed with musical influences that include fado and African soul. 

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sun 11th Sep
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Der Rosenkavalier

Opera

17 Sep - 19 Nov 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Der Rosenkavalier

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David McVicar's sumptuous period staging of Richard Strauss' comic masterpiece returns with a first-class cast.

The Marschallin, a 30-something aristocrat, is having an affair with the much younger Count Octavian. Although fearful he will leave her for a younger woman, she engineers the first meeting between her lover and the beautiful young Sophie, who is being forced into marriage with the unloveable Baron Ochs – with inevitable consequences.

Perfectly poised between comedy and pathos, Der Rosenkavalier supplies an evening of gorgeous music, lavish costumes and romantic intrigue; by turns comic and moving.

Supported by a generous gift from Dr Keith Howard OBE and the Howard Family

Find out more below:

Running Time

Approximately 4 hours (including 2 intervals)

Language

Sung in German with English titles

Next Performances
Sat 17th Sep
Sat 24th Sep
Fri 30th Sep
Sat 22nd Oct
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Fantastic Dreams and Visions

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov, Piano

Opera North’s new Music Director Aleksandar Markovic is an ardent fan of Scriabin’s music. The colourful, eerie and almost ethereal soundscapes evident throughout Nuances fit perfectly with the dream-world created by Berlioz in his ‘Symphonie Fantastique: An episode in the Life of an Artist.’ From pastures to lavish ballroom and from the guillotine to the intoning bells heralding the Day of Judgement, there is no work like this iconic symphony. 

Also based on the Dies Irae, Rachmaninov’s iconic Variations feature one of the most enduring pieces of classical music. They are performed here by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov.

Scriabin (orch Nemtin)

Nuances

N°1 Poème languide - Pas vite 
N°2 Poème - Allegretto 
N°3 Con delicatezza 
N°4 Poème ailé - Vivo 
N°5 Con delicatezza cristalina 
N°7 Allegro fantastico 
N°9 Fier, belliqueux 
N°10 Fantastique
N°11 Prélude – Sauvage, belliqueux 
N°12 Masque – Allegretto
N°13 Etrangeté – Gracieux délicat 
N°14 Molto vivace 

Rachmaninov Variations on a theme of Paganini
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Sep
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Nicholas Wolpe

Spoken Word/Talks

23 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nicholas Wolpe

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​A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa. 

On 11 July 1963, police raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, South Africa and arrested the high command of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

At the resulting Rivonia Trial, eight men, including Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison.  

Nicholas Wolpe is the founder of the Liliesleaf Trust and son of prominent anti-apartheid activist Harold Wolpe, who was arrested at Liliesleaf. This autumn, he offers his powerful insight on both this decisive era for South Africa and the political crisis the country finds itself in today, more than 20 years after the first free elections.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2017, in association with the University of Leeds.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Fri 23rd Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tubular Brass Plays Tubular Bells

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One of the most iconic albums of all time, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is performed live by Tubular Brass, a specially formed 28-piece brass band made up of some of the UK’s leading players.

Released in 1973, Tubular Bells famously stayed in the UK charts for 273 weeks, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. This re-imagining of the pioneering sonic masterpiece for brass band is an experience not to be missed. 

In the first half of the concert the ensemble presents Mary Casio, a new commission for brass band and ’70s analogue synthesisers by electronic composer Hannah Peel - John Foxx collaborator and member of The Magnetic North, who grew up playing in colliery brass bands. 

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sat 24th Sep
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Anthony Kraus, Piano

Featuring the Opera North Piano Trio - David Greed, very familiar to Dewsbury audiences and a stalwart of the Dewsbury Chamber Concert Series since the early 1980s, is joined by Jessica Burroughs, Principal Cellist of Opera North and Anthony Kraus, Assistant Head of Music, to perform works by Beethoven and Dvořák.

Next Performances
Wed 28th Sep
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The Master Musicians of Jajouka

World Music

28 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Master Musicians of Jajouka

Synopsis

Led by Bachir Attar. Originating from a village in northern Morocco, the music of Jajouka has been described by William S. Burroughs as “the 4,000-year-old rock ‘n’ roll band”.

Championed by artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones and Ornette Coleman, the propulsive grooves and trance-like melodies of the Attar family preserves one of the oldest known musical traditions on the planet.

"This is a living music," says film director Jarmusch, "and whenever I listen to its hallucinogenic properties, (I believe) that if The Master Musicians of Jajouka were to ever stop the flow of their magic, the earth might well stop rotating on its axis".

See below for venue information.

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Wed 28th Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

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Founder of Irish super-group The Gloaming, Martin Hayes’ nuanced and profound approach to the Irish fiddle draws inspiration from many genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare.

He plays with long term collaborator and fellow member of The Gloaming, virtuoso guitarist Dennis Cahill. 

Together, their music represents the vitally beautiful traditional element of The Gloaming’s sound, found in haunting melodies and rousing medleys, whilst creating an alchemy all of their own.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Thu 29th Sep
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Il tabarro & Suor Angelica

Opera

1 Oct - 2 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Il tabarro & Suor Angelica

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A double bill of two intense one-act dramas in one evening of vintage Puccini. 

The first of Puccini’s Il trittico (The Triptych), Il tabarro, is a noir thriller set in working class Paris. The young Giorgetta takes a lover and drives her husband Michele to murderous despair. A love triangle is at the heart of this very human drama and at its climax, a cloak reveals a dark and bloody secret.

Suor Angelica focuses on one of the most heart-rending human experiences. Sister Angelica has been confined to a convent following the scandal of an illegitimate son. After years of missing her child every day, she discovers that he died a long time ago. Angelica is plunged into suicidal despair yet the end of the opera holds out the promise of redemption.

Join us on an emotional journey from the darkly atmospheric music of Il tabarro to the ethereal beauty of Suor Angelica

Find out more below:

Running Times

Each opera in this double bill lasts approximately one hour, with 1 interval in between. 

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Sat 1st Oct
Sat 8th Oct
Fri 14th Oct
Thu 20th Oct
There are a total of 10 upcoming performances for this production
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Light Night 2016

Classical

7 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night 2016

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Elude the clutch of the October chill with this five-hour non-stop array of soulful, and otherwise transcendent music, from Bach and Arvo Pärt, to Kora, Koto and back again. 

Next Performances
Fri 7th Oct
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Steven Osborne

Classical

13 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Steven Osborne

Synopsis

Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his long awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a glorious Late-Romantic programme.

The programme includes Ravel’s Menuet Antique, Debussy’s Children’s Corner and music by Poulenc.

Having recorded the complete solo piano works of Ravel and Debussy’s Preludes, he deeply inhabits both the music’s technical and formal complexities, and its emotional depths of clarity, colour, and feeling. The result is an interpretive approach that is both technically brilliant and deeply affecting.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Thu 13th Oct
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Lynched

Folk

15 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lynched

Synopsis

Irish four-piece Lynched (named after the founder-members, brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch), is a punk-folk group from Dublin. 

The group mix street-songs and classic ballads in the traveller tradition with wild dance music and nods to psychedelia and rock ’n’ roll.

With an instrumental line-up featuring uilleann pipes, fiddle and bayan (a Russian accordion), the group are famed for their four-part harmony vocals. Their debut album, Cold Old Fire, drew comparisons to Planxty and the Dubliners while Mark Radcliffe says that ‘They do mark a turning point in folk… that authentic voice of the streets is back in a big way.’

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Sat 15th Oct
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: John Williams' Heroes

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Orchestra of Opera North 
Stephen Bell - conductor


Join the Orchestra of Opera North for an afternoon celebrating some of the most famous film music written by John Williams.

The concert will include lots of recognisable themes from classical blockbusters such as Star Wars, ET, Superman, Jaws, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Home Alone.

Perfect for film buffs and music lovers of all ages!

Next Performances
Sun 16th Oct
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Billy Budd

Opera

18 Oct - 3 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Billy Budd

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A brand new staging of this oceanic and intense psychological drama performed by a cast of today's leading Britten interpreters.

Discover the dramatic tale of Billy Budd, a young sailor who radiates beauty and goodness, and the failure of Captain Vere to save him from the destructive forces of envy. Embark on a powerful psychological journey of one man’s inner turmoil as the past comes back to haunt him.

With its evocative music, stellar cast and stunning set, Opera North’s new production of one of Britten’s greatest operas promises an unforgettable experience.

​A co-production with Nederlandse Reisopera.

For more information, see below:

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with no titles

Next Performances
Tue 18th Oct
Fri 21st Oct
Thu 27th Oct
Sat 29th Oct
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: How it works – the Orchestra

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Martin Pickard, Conductor
Pui Fan Lee, Presenter

Join CBeebies presenter Pui Fan Lee as she takes apart the Orchestra of Opera North.

During this insightful fun-filled afternoon, each section of Yorkshire’s symphony orchestra takes centre stage giving you an insight into what it takes to be an orchestra. Using well known repertoire including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird and the Prelude from Verdi’s La traviata, this concert breaks down the barriers, explains the traditions and exposes the myths surrounding how an orchestra works; perfect for young and old alike.

Shostakovich Festive Overture
Verdi  La traviata, Prelude (Act I)
Stravinsky The Firebird, Infernal Dance 
Britten  Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes: Storm
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, 4th Movement
Villa Lobos  The Little Train of Caipira
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, Maestoso-Allegro
Offenbach The Tales of Hoffman: Olympia's Aria
Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement
Adams  Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Next Performances
Sun 23rd Oct
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Heather Lowe and David Cowan

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Heather Lowe, Mezzo soprano
David Cowan, Piano

Opera North’s Head of Music, David Cowan and Associate Artist, Heather Lowe, take a break from rehearsals and unite to bring a programme of light hearted repertoire from across the musical spectrum.

Heather, a graduate of the RNCM and National Opera Studio, is a previous finalist of the Maureen Lehane Competition and is working with Opera North throughout our current season.

Next Performances
Wed 26th Oct
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Mahotella Queens

World Music

26 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mahotella Queens

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In 2015 the legendary South African female vocal ensemble celebrated fifty years of performance, but they show no signs of slowing down.

The Queens bring to Leeds their stirring, rolling Mbaqanga blend of R&B, gospel and traditional styles, which for many years dominated the South African townships. Their distinctive multi-part vocal harmonies combine with guitar-led riffs, searing a capella moments and fast-paced dancing.

The Mahotella Queens — Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and the newly crowned Queen Amanda Nokuthula Nkosi — now represent more than just one generation. Their live show is full of dance, joy and energy and is even more vibrant than ever before.

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Wed 26th Oct
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Flit

Folk

29 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flit

Synopsis

Some of today’s most influential musicians explore themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs set within a world of breathtaking stop-motion animation.

Award-winning composer and Lau’s visionary accordionist Martin Green brings together Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and Becky Unthank from The Unthanks, with BAFTA-winning animators whiterobot (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) for this extraordinary live show.

Flit is inspired by first-hand stories of human migration, some heart-warming, others heartbreaking and features songs and original music by Green with lyrics from Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan MoffatSet within a captivating animated world and a haunting sonic landscape, these exquisite songs are performed by a world class band fronted by the inimitable voices of Becky Unthank and Adam Holmes.

Contains strobe lights and some strong language.

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Sat 29th Oct
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Cat's Eyes

Music

2 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cat's Eyes

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Cat’s Eyes are a duo formed by Faris Badwan, the singer from British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors and Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist based in London.

While their self-titled debut seemed grown in the dark, the duo’s latest album Treasure House is flooded with light, featuring lush, expansive arrangements and pure voiced vocals with a sinister edge and moments of high drama.

Their soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy is a glorious concoction of Morricone, Nino Rota, and Broadcast’s harpsichord-laden reverie.

This is music made in Technicolor on a wide silver screen: infused with a potent sense of location, specifically the deserted town in Canada where Rachel grew up. Everything about their music feels cinematic. 

Following guerrilla gigs at the Vatican and Buckingham Palace, their fully-fledged live show will be something to remember.

A co-promotion with Beacons Metro 2016.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Wed 2nd Nov
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha

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Two of the UK’s foremost contemporary music ensembles join forces for this unique collaborative programme to celebrate their joint 25th birthdays.

At its heart is Schoenberg’s bewitchingly intense piece for string sextet, Transfigured Night. 
The programme also bids farewell to the late, great British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

With the powerful expressivity of Farewell to Stromness and the kaleidoscopic colours of The Last Island (accompanied here with a new film), they pay tribute to a man whose music has shaped their programming over the last quarter of a century. 

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Fri 11th Nov
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The Bad Plus

Jazz

12 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Bad Plus

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Iconoclastic jazz trio The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and have consistently avoided easy categorisation with their creativity, unique sound and gift for joyful live performance.

Based in New York City, they have constantly searched for rules to break, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect synchrony.

The trio play from their new album (released September 2016), threading ingenious eclectic covers through their own uncompromising originals. They continue to redefine what a jazz piano trio can be. 

Early booking highly recommended!

Support: Binker & Moses 

Opening the show are Binker & Moses. Best Newcomer winners at the Jazz FM and Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Best Jazz winners at the MOBOs, the duo draw on all aspects of black music, their unusual chemistry constructing a sound that ranges from ‘a kind of unplugged dub ambience’ (Jazzwise) via lengthy entwined solos to groove-laden tracks.​

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Sat 12th Nov
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Kevin Gowland and Annette Saunders

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Kevin Gowland, Flute
​Annette Saunders, Piano

Kevin Gowland, Opera North’s Principal Flute and their new Music Staff member, Annette Saunders bring their established duo concert to the season.

Featuring music by Strauss and Britten and with other jewels to discover, this is bound to be a delightful way to wile away a lunchtime. 

Next Performances
Wed 16th Nov
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Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Classical

17 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Synopsis

The Sitkovetsky Trio plays Dvořák’s magnificent Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor ‘Dumky’; a piece with its heart and soul in central Europe. 

Rather than a typical four-movement work, the trio is in six parts, each a ‘dumka’ or melancholy folk ballad, which move from a slow, mournful beginning to a joyful, almost manic answering section. The approach of the Trio combines a dynamic, high-energy performance style with evident commitment and profundity. 

The first half of the evening sees the Sitkovetsky Trio delight with Haydn’s Piano Trio in G major ‘Gypsy’ with Charles Ives’ only Piano Trio.

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Thu 17th Nov
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Lone Twin

Music

19 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lone Twin

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Last Act of Rebellion. 

Lone Twin, one of the UK’s most distinctive and acclaimed performance companies, celebrate their 20th anniversary.

This show springs forth from the mighty playlist of popular song that the company’s Artistic Directors Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan began collecting in 1997: the songs of our time, the songs we carry with us. An eclectic series of collaborators have each chosen one song to respond to, creating an outlandish, confounding or hilarious duet for Gary and Gregg to perform. 

Last Act Of Rebellion: songs that are a little too well known; dances for men in their mid-forties who know no better.

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sat 19th Nov
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Tales Beneath the Stars

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Stefan Blunier, Conductor

Stefan Blunier conducts a programme anchored with two works of a nautical flair. Berlioz’s Overture Le Corsaire celebrates the life of the brigand and his views of the sea while Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade tells the tale of the courtesan who stayed her execution by spinning out her story of Sinbad until the Sultan revoked his sentence.

No such stay existed for our other lovers depicted tonight through Prokofiev’s evocative score for Romeo and Juliet. The music in the suite beautifully captures the drama and poignancy of the doomed romance.

Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64
Berlioz Overture Le Corsaire, Op. 21
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 24th Nov
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Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

Classical

26 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

At the heart of this programme, 'A Charm of Lullabies', led by leading British mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Joseph Middleton, are the characteristics of English song.

These include a powerful sense of place, empathetic observation of nature and pure joy in language.

Connolly brings all her richness of voice, fineness of expression and deep identification with meaning to bear on a programme of Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Roger Quilter and she concludes with Benjamin Britten's Charm of Lullabies

The recital opens with the wonderful poems of Hans Christian Andersen in Schumann's Funf Lieder op.40 and Ravel's song cycle Scheherazade based on the heroine of the Arabian Nights.

​See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Sat 26th Nov
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Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman and Other Tales

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Hugh Brunt, Conductor
John Savournin, Presenter

Enchanting children of all ages since 1982 and a perennial favourite of Opera North, Howard Blake’s score to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is brought magically to life alongside a screening of the film that no Christmas should be without.

Before that, John Savournin, a stalwart of Opera North productions (Kiss Me, Kate, La Bohème, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) delivers a captivating retelling of Paul Patterson’s settings of two classic nursery rhymes; Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Based on the Roald Dahl versions and complete with a big screen picture book to tell the stories, this concert is sure to enthral the whole family.

Paul Patterson Little Red Riding Hood
Paul Patterson Three Little Pigs
Howard Blake The Snowman
Next Performances
Tue 13th Dec
Sun 18th Dec
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

No Dewsbury Chamber Season would be complete without the annual concert from Phillip McCann’s brass band.

With carols to sing and old favourites to hear, this final concert of 2016 is sure to be popular.

Next Performances
Wed 14th Dec
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A Filetta

World Music

14 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Filetta

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

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

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

See below for venue information.

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Wed 14th Dec
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Christmas Concert

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

David Cowan, Conductor
Chorus of Opera North
Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Children’s Chorus

There’s no better way to start the Christmas season than with the whole of the Opera North family. For this yuletide concert, the Orchestra of Opera North is joined by the combined voices of Opera North’s Chorus, Youth and Children’s Choruses for an evening designed to thaw the winter chill.

Before experiencing a bohemian Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret, featuring soloists from the Chorus of Opera North, we take a musical overview of the season through the eyes of J.S Bach, Vivaldi, Rutter and Sibelius.

With some old favourites and new discoveries, we will be sure to raise the roof with the audience carols.

Tickets are hotter than chestnuts around the fire so book early to avoid disappointment!

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio: Jauchzet, frohlocket!
Vivaldi The Four Seasons: Winter 
Rutter When Icicles Hang
Sibelius Finlandia
Audience carols 
Puccini  La Bohème: Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter 

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Next Performances
Thu 15th Dec
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The Tallis Scholars

Classical

20 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

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

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

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

See below for venue information. 

Next Performances
Tue 20th Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

29 - 31 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Ellie Laugharne, Soprano
​Heather Lowe, Mezzo Soprano 

Having lived in Vienna for the past twenty years, Aleksandar is the perfect host for Opera North’s ever popular Viennese Whirl.

With two soloists and an orchestra at his disposal, he will waltz you through all-time favourites, delight with hand-picked gems and march us all into the New Year in true style.

Huddersfield Examiner said after last year’s concert ‘Few orchestras anywhere can pull off the full range of this music with the panache and skill of the Opera North Orchestra’ – early booking is highly recommended.

Next Performances
Thu 29th Dec
Sat 31st Dec
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Anne Schwanewilms

Classical

19 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anne Schwanewilms

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

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

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

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

See below for venue information.

Next Performances
Thu 19th Jan
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The Snow Maiden

Opera

21 Jan - 24 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Snow Maiden

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Opera North's first ever staging of Rimsky-Korsakov's delightful Russian opera The Snow Maiden opens our fairy tale season.

The Snow Maiden is warm and beautiful, but she hides a tragic secret, her heart is made of ice. If warmed by human love, her heart will melt and she will die. Enchanted by the shepherd boy Lel, she yearns to experience life with humans. Her parents relent, with tragic consequences.

A gorgeous and lyrical evocation of the natural world, Rimsky Korsakov’s delightfully colourful, folk-inspired opera is based on a well-loved Russian fairy tale. With an inventive use of video imagery, the piece imaginatively blends and contrasts worlds of fantasy and reality. 

Find out more below:

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Next Performances
Sat 21st Jan
Sat 28th Jan
Fri 3rd Feb
Fri 17th Feb
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: A Bite Size Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Victoria Joyce, Soprano
Nicholas Sales, Tenor
Jeremy Peaker, Baritone
Annette Saunders, Piano

A selection of favourites from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Led by Jeremy Peaker, a member of the Chorus of Opera North who regularly appears in roles within the company and former singer of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the concert will include excerpts from The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Yeomen of the Guard amongst others.

Next Performances
Wed 25th Jan
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Music of James Bond

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Gareth Hudson, Conductor
Mary Carewe, Vocalist
Simon Bowman, Vocalist

Shaken and Stirred — the ultimate Bond concert with excerpts from all 24 films from Dr. No to Spectre.

With classic songs made famous by great artists such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Matt Monro, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Adele, Sam Smith and more, this evening is dedicated to the world’s most famous spy.

Led by Gareth Hudson and joined by two of the leading vocal artists of the Bond repertoire, Mary Carewe and Simon Bowman, from the moment the Orchestra of Opera North strike up the iconic James Bond Theme you will realise that ‘Nobody Does It Better’ as you’re immersed in an evening of classic Bond music which will leave you shaken AND stirred.  

Channel your inner spy or become a Bond-girl for the evening as we encourage bookers to dress to impress. 

See below for related event. 

Next Performances
Thu 26th Jan
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Hansel and Gretel

Opera

2 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Hansel and Gretel

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A classic fairy tale, told by the music of Humperdinck and explored in an inventive new production by Edward Dick.

Perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. From a poor home in which hunger is an ever-present threat, brother and sister escape to the world of the forest, both idyllic and dangerous. There, they encounter supernatural forces such as the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch.

In the dizzying excitement of the Witch’s Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story, whilst this contemporary take on a classic story reveals the perils of growing up!

For more information, see below:

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Next Performances
Thu 2nd Feb
Sat 4th Feb
Wed 15th Feb
Sat 18th Feb
There are a total of 13 upcoming performances for this production
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Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Opera

16 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

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A new production of Rossini's sparkling comedy performed by an exciting international cast. 

A much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it. Cinderella scrubs the floor of a dance school and dreams of a better life. A prince arrives seeking a companion and so this sparkling romcom is set in motion.

Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico and the Prince’s servant Dandini are marvellous comic creations. Cinderella herself emerges as a true romantic heroine whose transformation is achieved through the power of music.

An evening of pure magic is in store, uniting the fun, fire and brilliance of Rossini’s music with a fresh and witty production. 

For more information, see below:

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Thu 16th Feb
Sat 18th Feb
Tue 21st Feb
Thu 23rd Feb
There are a total of 13 upcoming performances for this production
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Batley

Batley Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: George King

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Having become a popular fixture of the Chamber Concert Season, George King is set to bring his inimitable style of programme back for another year.

As acclaimed as a jazz pianist and improviser as with more traditional piano repertoire, George will dazzle once again in this final lunchtime concert. Please note the venue due to refurbishment work in Dewsbury.

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Feb
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Orchestra of Opera North: Nature and Spirit

Orchestral

30 Mar - 1 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Nature and Spirit

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Jack Liebeck, Violin

Aleksandar Markovic returns to close the Kirklees Concert Season with an epic concert showcasing music at its most descriptive to paint landscapes of three different countries.

From the woodlands of Finland and the realm of Tapiola, we travel across the water for Bruch’s evocative Scottish Fantasy. With its roots firmly embedded in folk music the heritage of the work is clear and Jack Liebeck, who recently recorded all Bruch’s violin works for Hyperion, is the perfect person to return to Huddersfield to bring the music to life.

Strauss’ tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie begins at daybreak in the mountains and we can vividly imagine the crevasses and rock formations as we trek ever upwards towards the summit. The contrast between the outward vistas and the inner reflection of the climber is poignantly juggled throughout this monumental work.

Sibelius Tapiola Op. 112
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Strauss Alpine Symphony

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 30th Mar
Sat 1st Apr
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Turandot

Opera

28 Apr 2017 - 16 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Turandot

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Puccini's thrilling final opera performed as the latest of our acclaimed concert stagings. 

In ancient Beijing, Princess Turandot decrees that she will marry the prince who can solve three riddles. Those who fail are put to death. Prince Calaf, dazzled by her beauty, determines to win her despite the pleas of the servant girl Liu who is secretly in love with him.

Puccini’s last opera includes music of exotic colour and overwhelming power, including the famous and instantly recognisable ‘Nessun Dorma’.

Following in the wake of its world-beating Ring cycle, Turandot is the latest in Opera North’s celebrated series of concert stagings of epic operas. 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Fri 28th Apr
Sun 30th Apr
Fri 5th May
Fri 12th May
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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