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Opera

Madama Butterfly

19 Jan - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Giacomo Puccini's tragic tale of innocent love crushed by betrayal
Part of Fatal Passions

One of the best-loved operas of all time, Cio-Cio-San is a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry Pinkerton, the dashing American naval officer. Cruelly discarded when he returns to America, Butterfly is driven to a final and dramatic act of despair.

With its exquisite set and costumes, this emotionally direct and beautiful production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact. Madama Butterfly features some of Puccini’s most famous music including ‘Un bel dì’ and the ‘Humming Chorus’. French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio-San.

Audio described performances are available.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Inside Opera: Madama Butterfly

Explore Madama Butterfly in the company of conductor Martin Pickard and members of the cast and creative team on Sat 28 Jan, 2018. Free, tickets must be booked in advance

The Music

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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 (A Masked Ball)

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball)

Synopsis

Giuseppe Verdi's timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting
Part of Fatal Passions

At the heart of Un ballo in maschera is a tragic love triangle and ultimately, a lethal vendetta. This passionate and intense opera is inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustavo of Sweden in 1792. Gustavo secretly loves Amelia, the wife of his most loyal ally, Anckarstroem. When Anckarstroem discovers the affair, he joins a plot against Gustavo which culminates in a murderous masked ball.

Verdi displays all of his mastery in this 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. An all-star team brings Verdi’s masterpiece to Opera North for the first time: former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to conduct this new production by Tim Albery, and Rafael Rojas, star of acclaimed Opera North productions Andréa Chenier and Turandot, takes the title role.

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

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

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.

Thu 22 Feb
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Tue 27 Feb
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Fri 2 Mar
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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

Be seduced by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most infamous antihero
Part of Fatal Passions

Be tantalised by this magnificent production as Don Giovanni, opera’s most compelling antihero, goes on a quest for hedonistic thrills. As he seduces his way across Europe, bedding 1003 women in Spain alone, the unrepentant Don Giovanni resorts to despicable violence until he meets a terrifying end at the hands of vengeful victims.

A fast-unfolding, urgent plot, mixes broad comedy with tense drama. Mozart’s sublimely beautiful, spine-tingling music stands in stark contrast with the barbarous cruelty of his deeply ambiguous Lothario. Alessandro Talevi’s eclectic, time-travelling production brings fresh insights to this, Mozart’s darkest, craziest, opera.

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 Feb
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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 5 theatres

Salome

Synopsis

Richard Strauss' visceral and shocking masterpiece
Concert performance

Based on Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, this is the savage and bloody tale of King Herod’s step-daughter. When Herod’s prisoner Jokanaan rebuffs her advances, Salome vows she will kiss him – no matter the consequences. Filled with desire for the prophet, Salome makes a bargain with the King: she will dance for him, but everything comes at a price.

The latest in Opera North’s acclaimed concert performances which include the Ring cycle and Turandot, Salome caused outrage when it was first performed. 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. This is opera at its most extreme, concentrated into 100 intense and intoxifying minutes.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in German with English titles

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Thu 19th Apr
Sun 22nd Apr
Wed 25th Apr
Sun 29th Apr
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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


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