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Opera

The Snow Maiden

21 Jan - 24 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Snow Maiden

Synopsis

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. 

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

What the critics say

… visual enchantment...captivating.

The Spectator - Read full review

Strikingly atmospheric

The Stage - Read full review

There is delightful singing from Aoife Miskelly in the title role and Elin Pritchard as her rival, and a striking debut from Heather Lowe as Lel.

The Telegraph - Read full review

 

Audience Reaction Trailer

The Music

Next Performances
Fri 24th Feb
Fri 3rd Mar
Fri 10th Mar
Fri 17th Mar
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Opera

Hansel and Gretel

2 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Hansel and Gretel

Synopsis

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!

Please note, Hansel and Gretel contains live moving projections as well as some flickering images for 3 minutes (approx. 46 minutes into Part 1). After the interval there is a loud explosion at 43 minutes.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

Access Performances

Available: Audio described & signed

Schools' matinees will take place at each venue. View Hansel and Gretel resource pack

The Music

Audience reaction trailer

Next Performances
Sat 25th Feb
Wed 1st Mar
Sat 4th Mar
Wed 8th Mar
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Opera

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

16 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Synopsis

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. 

Please note, Cinderella contains strobe lighting effects at approx 1 hour 20 minutes (towards the end of Part 1). This will occur three times and lasts for no longer than 5 seconds each occurrence. In Part 2 there is a lightning effect that lasts for approximately 30 seconds, this occurs 26 minutes into the second half. 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

Access Performances

Available: Audio described

Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

The Music

Audience Reaction Trailer

Next Performances
Thu 23rd Feb
Sat 25th Feb
Thu 2nd Mar
Sat 4th Mar
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Opera

Turandot

28 Apr 2017 - 16 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Turandot

Synopsis

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 and 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Next Performances
Fri 28th Apr
Sun 30th Apr
Fri 5th May
Tue 9th May
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Pagliacci

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Pagliacci

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

The immediacy of the characters and the intensity of their emotions packed into such a short space of time make Pagliacci an elementally exciting experience. 


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

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

This brand new production, conducted by Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, is directed and designed by Charles Edwards as the curtainraiser for Opera North’s The Little Greats. 

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Pagliacci in a double bill with...

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 16 September Leeds 
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortileges Sat 23 September Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour
Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Thu 12th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: L´enfant et les sortilèges

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: L´enfant et les sortilèges

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

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

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

Out in the garden, events take an even more disturbing turn, when all the trees and animals rebuke him for the injuries he has done them in the past. Can the child redeem himself?

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

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in French with English titles

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

Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 16 September Leeds 
Pagliacci / L'enfant et les sortilèges Sat 23 September Leeds
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 29 September Leeds
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Matinee) Sat 7 October Leeds
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 October Leeds
L'enfant et les sortilèges / Osud From Sat 28 October On Tour
Next Performances
Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

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

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

Turiddù and Lola were once lovers; but when he left to join the army, Lola married another man. Although Turridù finds consolation in the arms of Santuzza, his obsessive passion for Lola still burns fiercely.

Thus the stage is set for a tale of faithlessness, jealousy and violence, set in a rural community where the church maintains an iron grip on the souls of its people.

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

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Cavalleria rusticana in a double bill with...

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 30 September Leeds
Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Sat 7 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thu 12 October Leeds
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Thurs 19 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 21 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana From Thu 26 October On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Sat 30th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Thu 12th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Trial by Jury

27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trial by Jury

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

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

Trial by Jury centres on a legal case brought by the glamorous Angelina against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the ghastly realization before their wedding that she bores him intensely.

Every ounce of comic potential is mined from a ludicrous plot which is taken perfectly seriously by everyone caught up in it. With its brilliantly witty comedy numbers and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury pokes fun at the British establishment, in the shape of the legal system, and gently mocks English manners and mores.

It is a distillation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic genius, bearing all the hallmarks of the great run of Savoy Operas that was to follow.

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

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

Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Wed 27 September Leeds 
Trial by Jury / L'enfant et les sortileges Fri 29 September Leeds
Cavalleria rusticana / Trial by Jury Sat 7 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 27th Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Osud

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Little Greats: Osud

Synopsis

Osud (Destiny) 
Leos Janáček
 

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

The score of Osud has an expansive lyricism that glows with what Janáček’s biographer John Tyrrell describes as ‘some of his most incandescent music’.

Osud was spurred by a chance meeting in a Moravian spa town in 1903 between Janáček and a woman who complained to him that she had been unflatteringly portrayed in an opera by another composer a few years earlier.

Infatuated with the woman, and determined to present her in a rosier light, Janáček set to work on his own opera.

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

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

See Osud in a double bill with...

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 October Leeds 
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 October Leeds
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 October Leeds
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Thu 12 October Leeds
L'enfant et les sortilèges​ / Osud From Thu 2 November On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Little Greats: Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

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

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

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

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

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

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

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 October Leeds 
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti (Matinee) Sat 14 October Leeds
Cavalleria rusticana / Trouble in Tahiti Thu 19 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 October Leeds
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury​ From Fri 27 October On Tour
Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Thu 19th Oct
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Opera

Madama Butterfly

19 Jan - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

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

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

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

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

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

Un ballo in maschera

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera

Synopsis

In Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) Verdi weaves a timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting, at the heart of which is a tragic love triangle.

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

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

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

On sale dates for Leeds: 

Full Season Packages: Tuesday 28 February
Create Your Own Package: Thursday 9 March
Public booking: Monday 27 March

Tour venue booking dates may vary.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

Next Performances
Sat 3rd Feb
Sat 10th Feb
Thu 22nd Feb
Tue 27th Feb

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