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Announcing our new partnership with Classic FM

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We're delighted to announce our newly extended partnership with Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station.

Opera North becomes Classic FM’s ‘Opera Company in the UK’, extending the relationship between the two companies, which has previously focused on the Orchestra of Opera North as Classic FM’s ‘Orchestra in Yorkshire’. Opera North is the only UK opera company that also has a full symphonic concert season, with the Orchestra of Opera North performing a dual role year-round in the opera house and on concert stages.

As part of the partnership, Classic FM’s 5.5 million listeners will enjoy a host of exclusive benefits, behind the scenes access on ClassicFM.com, and unique events and ticket offers, starting with a special Classic FM night for Strauss's great comic opera Der Rosenkavalier in September.

Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North, comments:

Classic FM does an incredible job in bringing classical music into millions of people's everyday lives and Opera North is very proud to become their Opera Company. Together, we will be celebrating the best of opera and classical music, sharing that music with as many people as we can, and uncovering some of the stories and secrets of staging full operatic productions in the theatre.

Sam Jackson, Managing Editor, Classic FM, comments:

So much of the greatest classical music comes from the opera house, and, with Opera North as Classic FM’s Opera Company in the UK, we’re looking forward to presenting this music in new and exciting ways to our 5.5 million listeners.  We’re also delighted to be sharing the Opera North story with millions more people worldwide – who, every week, engage with Classic FM online and via social media.

Opera North's new season for 2016/17 starts with Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by new music director Aleksandar Markovic, a double-bill of vintage Puccini in Il tabarro and Suor Angelica, and a new production of Britten's haunting and compelling Billy Budd. The new year brings a season of deliciously dark fairy tales: The Snow Maiden, Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella.

Images:
L’elisir d’amore, Winter 2015. Photo Credit: Robert Workman

The Orchestra of Opera North, Götterdämmerung, Leeds Town Hall, Spring 2016. Credit: Clive Barda
Opera North, Autumn season 2016

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