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Opera and The Little Greats

Pagliacci (The Clowns)

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Pagliacci (The Clowns)

Synopsis

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

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

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

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Pagliacci in a double bill with...

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

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

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

16 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

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

Synopsis

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

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

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

L'enfant et les sortilèges is our schools' matinee.

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in French with English titles

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

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

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Sat 16th Sep
Sat 23rd Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Cavalleria rusticana

27 Sep - 18 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Cavalleria rusticana

Synopsis

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

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

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

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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

See Cavalleria rusticana in a double bill with...

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

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

Trial by Jury

27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trial by Jury

Synopsis

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

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

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

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

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

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

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Wed 27th Sep
Fri 29th Sep
Sat 7th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
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Family

The Child and the Magic Spells: Family Workshop

7 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Child and the Magic Spells: Family Workshop

Synopsis

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

Part of The Little Greats

Meet the unusual characters, discover the magical story, learn some of the French and nonsense words you’ll encounter, and sing some of Ravel’s enchanting music in preparation for the full 45-minute opera. 

This workshop gives children and their families a chance to get to know the opera and enjoy it to its fullest. 

Next Performances
Sat 7th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Osud (Destiny)

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Osud (Destiny)

Synopsis

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

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

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

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

See Osud in a double bill with...

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

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

Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

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

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

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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 
Giacomo Puccini

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

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

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

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

 ★★★★ — The Independent (2011)

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Audio described performances are available.

The Music

2017-18 Season Guide

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

Un ballo in maschera

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera

Synopsis

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) 
Giuseppe Verdi

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

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

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

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

Season Ticket Packages are available.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

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

Pre-show Talks

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

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

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

Don Giovanni

17 Feb - 23 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Don Giovanni

Synopsis

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

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

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

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

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

★★★★★ — Bachtrack (2012)

Season Ticket Packages are available. 

Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

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

Wed 21 February
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Fri 23 February
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Thu 1 March
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Sat 3 March
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2017-18 Season Guide

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

Salome

19 Apr - 10 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Salome

Synopsis

Salome
Richard Strauss

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

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

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

Season Ticket Packages are available

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

2017-18 Season Guide

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

Kiss Me, Kate

23 - 26 May 2018

Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter (1948)
New production

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

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

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

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

Sung in English

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


Pre-show talks

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

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

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


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

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