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Little Singers

11 Dec 2017 - 26 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Singers

Synopsis

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 suitable for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their grown-ups.

We also run Little Singers sessions (for 0-4s) in other areas of Leeds and Yorkshire:

Morley Town Hall Mondays at 11.15am 15 Jan – 26 Mar (ex 12 Feb) £5 per child, drop in pay on door
Cast, Doncaster Wednesdays 10am 10 Jan – 28 March (ex 14 Feb) £3.50 per child, book via Cast
Colton Primary School Thursdays at 10am 11 Jan – 29 Mar (ex 15 Feb) £4 per child, drop in pay on door
ERT, Beverley Thursdays 10.30am Starting Thurs 11 Jan – Thurs 29 Mar (ex 15 Feb) £5 per child, book via ERT

For more information, contact Alex Bradshaw on alex.bradshaw@operanorth.co.uk

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

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Next Performances
Mon 26th Feb
Mon 5th Mar
Mon 12th Mar
Mon 19th Mar
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Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours : Fatal Passions Chorus

15 Jan - 26 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours : Fatal Passions Chorus

Synopsis

Be part of an amateur opera chorus every Monday night for 10 weeks!

Nothing comes close to the sound of an opera chorus – and now you can be part of one. Explore music from iconic operas, inspired by Opera North’s Fatal Passions season.

Rehearsals will be run by a vocal leader, who will support you in building your ensemble singing and music reading skills, as well as further developing your vocal technique. You will also work with a guest director, who will help you to develop your performance and stage craft skills.

Showcase your newly acquired skills at a relaxed performance for friends and family, on 26 March

Suitable for: People who have some experience of singing and are comfortable following a music score

If you have any enquiries about the ON After Hours programme please get in touch: education@operanorth.co.uk

Next Performances
Mon 15th Jan
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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 40 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

The Music

Audience Reaction Trailer

Next Performances
Sat 24th Feb
Wed 28th Feb
Tue 6th Mar
Thu 8th Mar
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Family

The Kingdom Under The Sea

20 Jan - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 7 theatres

The Kingdom Under The Sea

Synopsis

An enchanting storytelling experience inspired by Japanese folk stories and Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly.

Be swept along on a magical adventure to the bottom of the ocean, visit the majestic palace of The Dragon King, ride on the shell of a Turtle and discover a mysterious treasure…

This kind of storytelling is such a rare treat; beautifully told, completely enchanting and wonderful to hear such gorgeous music in such an intimate setting.

— audience member at Seven Stories, 2017 tour of Happily Ever After

Created and performed by storyteller Ursula Holden Gill and musician Jenna Thackray.

Performances are suitable for ages 3 – 7.

Next Performances
Sat 24th Feb
Sat 24th Feb
Sat 24th Feb
Sat 10th Mar
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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 intense opera is inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavus secretly loves Amelia, the wife of his most loyal ally, Anckarstroem. When Anckarstroem discovers the affair, he joins a plot against Gustavus which culminates in a murderous masked ball.

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. An all-star team brings this 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, who appeared in the acclaimed Opera North productions of Andréa Chenier and Turandot, takes the lead role.

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

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 35 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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The Music

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Feb
Tue 27th Feb
Fri 2nd Mar
Sat 10th Mar
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Family

Little Listeners

15 Feb - 22 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Little Listeners

Synopsis

Little Listeners concerts are specially designed professional concerts for young children under 5 and their grown-ups. 

Whether featuring players from the renowned Orchestra of Opera North, singers from the Opera North Chorus or other classical, jazz or world music ensembles, these concerts will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around and respond naturally in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Suitable for 0-5 years

Next Performances
Thu 8th Mar
Thu 22nd Mar
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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 lively 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 his infatuated conquests and vengeful victims join forces in a bid for justice.

A fast-unfolding, urgent plot, mixes broad comedy with tense drama. Mozart’s sublimely beautiful, spine-tingling music stands in stark contrast with the 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

Trailer

The Music

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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Fri 23 Feb
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Thu 1 Mar
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Sat 3 Mar
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Next Performances
Wed 21st Feb
Fri 23rd Feb
Thu 1st Mar
Sat 3rd Mar
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

19 Feb - 26 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).  

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group, in a warm and friendly environment. 

No singing experience (or talent!) is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. 

Sessions start on Monday 9 October; each individual session costs £6, or book all 6 sessions for the discounted rate of £30.

Next Performances
Mon 26th Feb
Mon 5th Mar
Mon 12th Mar
Mon 19th Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Brass Ensemble

21 Feb 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Brass Ensemble

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

The flexibility of Opera North's brass section is put on show here as they demonstrate why they are an integral part of one of the UK's most versatile and award-winning orchestras through a varied programme of pieces old, new, borrowed and yes, blue!

Russell, Barry Flourish
Speer, Daniel Sonata No. 1
Speer, Daniel Sonata No. 5
Weelkes, Thomas Fantasia of Six Parts
Dubensky, Arkady Prelude and Toccata from ‘Concerto Grosso’
Fillmore, Henry, arr. Greig Lassus Trombone
Dowland, John, arr. Greig Come again, Sweet Love…
Gounod, Charles, arr. Greig Marche Funèbre d'une marionnette
Gershwin, George, arr. Greig 3 Preludes
i - Allegro ben ritmato e deciso,
ii - Andante con moto
iii - Agitato

Subscription packages now on sale.
​To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755

Kirklees Concert Season 2017/18 Brochure (PDF)

 

 

Audio brochure

Next Performances
Wed 21st Feb
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Orchestra of Opera North: Distant Shores

25 Feb 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Distant Shores

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Ben Gernon, Conductor
Kathryn Rudge, Mezzo-soprano

With our second foray into the symphonic works of Antonin Dvořák, Ben Gernon, former Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, makes his Opera North debut with the 8th Symphony, a work with a bright and optimistic feel, unlike many of Dvořák's other compositions. 

The programme also includes Mozart's much-loved Symphony No. 31, 'Paris' before we introduce our guest vocalist for the evening, BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Kathryn Rudge. Elgar's Sea Pictures, a setting of five poems set to music for mezzo-soprano, were premiered in 1899 by Clara Butt dressed as a mermaid! We don't anticipate that Kathryn Rudge will appear in the same guise, but she is sure to enchant either way.

Talking Music begins at 3.10pm

Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D major, 'Paris' K.297/300a
Elgar Sea Pictures Op. 37
Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major

Subscription packages now on sale.
​To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755

Kirklees Concert Season 2017/18 Brochure (PDF)

 

 

Audio brochure

Next Performances
Sun 25th Feb
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Classical

Louis Lortie

2 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Louis Lortie

Synopsis

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie's interpretative voice extends across a broad range of repertoire in playing that is ‘ever immaculate, ever imaginative’, with the ‘combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have' (The Times).

Lortie will perform Schubert’s serene Piano Sonata in G major, D.894. Completed in October 1826, the work is sometimes called the ‘Fantasie’ and was the last of Schubert's sonatas published during his lifetime, later described by Robert Schumann as the ‘most perfect in form and conception’ of any of Schubert's sonatas. Then, he plays Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage, 2nd book: Italy, inspired by Liszt's travels with his lover in the 1830s and artworks by the Italian Masters Raphael and Michelangelo.

Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London's Wigmore Hall and Berlin's Philharmonie. As pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, he has performed all five Beethoven concertos and all of the Mozart concertos.
 
He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes.

Schubert Piano Sonata in G major, D.894
Liszt Années de pèlerinage, 2nd book: Italy

Please note that at the request of the artist, some changes have been made to the programme originally advertised.

Next Performances
Fri 2nd Mar
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Film

Ran

3 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ran

Synopsis

With live flute introduction

The last major epic from legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) is a monumental achievement in film making.

An adaptation of King Lear, it tells the story of an elderly warlord who entrusts his domain to his three sons. Immense battle sequences and scenes of stylised violence are juxtaposed with moments of poetic delicacy, all set to an iconic Mahler inflected orchestral score.

Before the film starts, sink into Ran’s atmosphere with a live 10 minute mini-concert of haunting music for flute by Toru Takemitsu, the film’s composer.

Screened to complement Opera North’s Madama Butterfly.

Dir Akira Kurosawa; Japan; in Japanese with English subtitles; 2hrs 42; 1985; cert 15.

Next Performances
Sat 3rd Mar

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