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Opera North is a national large-scale opera company based in Leeds, touring mainly in the North and Midlands but also nationally and internationally. Our investment supports both its core activities and forthcoming move into a new opera centre within the Leeds Grand Theatre capital development.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £9,574,010
  • 2013-2014: £9,822,545
  • 2014-2015: £10,092,692

Video feed

The Coronation of Poppea - Interview with Director Tim Albery

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/l-incoronazione-di-poppea Based loosely on actual events in 1st-century AD Rome, The Coronation of Poppea charts the consuming erotic obsession of the Emperor Nero for the beautiful Poppea Sabina. Ruthlessly sweeping aside anyone who stands in the way of their union -- including Nero's wife Octavia and the poet and philosopher Seneca -- Nero and Poppea triumph over all their opponents and rejoice in one of the most sexually-charged love duets ever written.

The Bartered Bride

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-bartered-bride An instant hit with critics and audiences, this charming production of Smetana's irresistible village comedy returns as part of Opera North's 14/15 season.

Introduction Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15

Invitation to dream: David Greed, Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North introduces the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15

Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) - the making of

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/gotterdammerung Opera North's four-year traversal of Der Ring des Nibelungen reaches the cycle's overwhelming conclusion.

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Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) - trailer

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/gotterdammerung Opera North's four-year traversal of Der Ring des Nibelungen reaches the cycle's overwhelming conclusion.

Inside Opera: Family Talk

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/news/seven-uk-opera-companies-join-forces-for-unique-online-broadcast-inside-opera-live

The Lullaby Project: René Marie

Electrifying vocalist, Rene Marie performs her lullaby 'Two Little Boys' as part of our ongoing Lullaby Project.

Inside Opera: Interview with the Artistic Directors of the UK's opera companies

Seven of the UK's opera companies joined forces on Sat 10 May 2014 to produce Inside Opera: Live, a unique online event offering unprecedented behind the scenes access and insight into the opera being created and performed in theatres across the country. Read more... http://www.operanorth.co.uk/news/seven-uk-opera-companies-join-forces-for-unique-online-broadcast-inside-opera-live

Inside Opera: Interview with Sky Ingram and Duncan Rock from La Boheme

Interview with Sky Ingram and Duncan rock who play Mussetta and Marcelo in Opera North's La Boheme. Seven of the UK's opera companies joined forces on Sat 10 May 2014 to produce Inside Opera: Live, a unique online event offering unprecedented behind the scenes access and insight into the opera being created and performed in theatres across the country. Read more... http://www.operanorth.co.uk/news/seven-uk-opera-companies-join-forces-for-unique-online-broadcast-inside-opera-live

Inside Opera: Interview with Opera North's General Director Richard Mantle

Seven of the UK's opera companies joined forces on Sat 10 May 2014 to produce Inside Opera: Live, a unique online event offering unprecedented behind the scenes access and insight into the opera being created and performed in theatres across the country. Read more... http://www.operanorth.co.uk/news/seven-uk-opera-companies-join-forces-for-unique-online-broadcast-inside-opera-live

Inside Opera: Live - Staging Opera North's La Boheme

See behind-the-scenes of Opera North's revival of La Bohème in this film following the cast throughout rehearsals from studio to stage. This film was first broadcast as part of Inside Opera: Live, a unique event on Saturday 10 May 2014, streamed live from the Grand Theatre in Leeds, home to Opera North. A collaboration between seven UK opera companies, Inside Opera: Live discovered the passion, intensity and drama that makes opera such a powerful art form and featured interviews, performance and exclusive films. Find more from Inside Opera: Live on these channels: English National Opera www.youtube.com/englishnationalopera Opera North www.youtube.com/seemoreopera Scottish Opera www.youtube.com/scottishopera NI Opera www.youtube.com/NIopera Welsh National Opera www.youtube.com/welshnationalopera English Touring Opera www.youtube.com/englishtouringopera The Royal Opera www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse

ON La Boheme Audience Reaction

See what audiences thought about our production of Puccini's La Boheme.

Inside Opera: LIVE

Join seven UK opera companies for a unique live event on Saturday 10 May. From Glasgow to Truro, Armagh to Norwich, there is opera right on your doorstep. What's the best first-time opera to see? What does it take to stage it? Live from our home at the Grand Theatre in Leeds, join us to discover the passion, intensity and drama that makes opera such a powerful art form. Featuring interviews, performance and exclusive films throughout the afternoon -- prepare to be immersed in the wonderful world of opera. English National Opera www.youtube.com/englishnationalopera Royal Opera House https://www.youtube.com/RoyalOperaHouse Scottish Opera www.youtube.com/scottishopera NI Opera www.youtube.com/NIopera Welsh National Opera www.youtube.com/welshnationalopera English Touring Opera www.youtube.com/englishtouringopera

Kirklees Concert Season: Richard Farnes interview

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/orchestra-of-opera-north-heavenly-sounds Conductor, Richard Farnes discusses Mahler's Symphony No. 4

La Bohème - the most perfect score

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/la-boheme We hear from conductors Andreas Delfs and Ilyich Rivas about the music of La Bohème and how they are collaborating on the production.

La Bohème trailer

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/la-boheme It's love at first sight when young struggling artist Rodolfo meets the poor seamstress Mimi. But will their love survive the grim reality of penniless life in the cold of the Parisian Winter? This captivating tale of love and loss will move even the hardest of hearts. Bringing alive the joy, wit and frivolity of late 1950s Paris, this stylish production by the acclaimed director Phyllida Lloyd marries glorious music, stunning sets and colourful costumes in a unique spectacle telling the ultimate tragic love story. With its vivid portrayal of Parisian life, the excitement of falling in love and the desolation of loss, this is a Bohème high on emotion. Get the tissues ready - you'll need them. Cast Mimi - GABRIELA IŞTOC Mimi - ANITA WATSON Rodolfo - SÉBASTIEN GUÈZE Rodolfo - JI-MIN PARK Musetta - SKY INGRAM Musetta - LORNA JAMES Marcello - PHILLIP RHODES Marcello - DUNCAN ROCK Schaunard - GAVAN RING Schaunard - JOHN SAVOURNIN Colline - JIMMY HOLLIDAY Colline - BARNABY REA Benoit/Alcindoro - GEOFFREY DOLTON Benoit/Alcindoro - JEREMY PEAKER Parpignol - PAUL RENDALL Creative Team Conductor - ANDREAS DELFS (29 April; 1, 2, 3 (eve), 7 (eve), 8, 10 (mat), 14, 16, 17 (eve) May) Conductor - ILYICH RIVAS (3 (mat), 7 (mat), 9, 10 (eve), 15, 17 (mat) May) Director - PHYLLIDA LLOYD Revival Director - MICHAEL BARKER-CAVEN Original Set & Costume Designer - ANTHONY WARD Original Lighting Designer - RICK FISHER Choreographer - QUINNY SACKS Revival Choreographer - MAXINE BRAHAM

The Lullaby Project: Fretwork

Fretwork perform as part of our ongoing Lullaby Project

La Boheme: Phyllida Lloyd explains the approach to the design

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/la-boheme Designer Anthony Ward said: "The set for every scene in the show sits within a large white frame which tilts inwards toward the stage. This was specifically designed to create the effect of each scene being a Polaroid picture-- a pivotal moment in time, in one's youth, captured and immortalized." In this video Phyllida Lloyd discusses the 'Polaroid' idea in more depth

Kirklees Concert Season: Tobias Ringborg

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/orchestra-of-opera-north-northern-lights There is a Scandinavian flavour to this afternoon concert, which opens with Danish composer Nielsen's famous Helios Overture, a flamboyant showpiece inspired by the sun rising over the sea. The atmosphere grows more romantic with Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar's creation for solo violin and orchestra and representing Norway is the ever popular 'Hall of the Mountain King' from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite. The afternoon concludes in joyful spirits with Beethoven's uplifting Pastoral Symphony, conducted with cheer and vigour by Swedish conductor and violinist Tobias Ringborg. Nielsen Helios Overture Stenhammar Two sentimental romances for violin and orchestra, opus 28 Grieg Peer Gynt Suite: No. 1 Beethoven Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' Conductor/Violin Tobias Ringborg

Hy Brasil: visitor reaction

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/hy-brasil-the-isle-is-full-of-noises The isle is full of noises Friday 28 February to Saturday 15 March 2pm - 8pm (runs on a 30 minute loop) Open to the public Tuesdays - Saturdays Hy Brasil is a mysterious, enchanted island, hidden in fog somewhere off the coast of Ireland. It reveals itself to human eye and ear just one day every seven years. This specially commissioned work by sound artist Chris Watson (BBC TV's award-winning Frozen Planet), brings that day on Hy Brasil to life in an immersive sound installation. Hy Brasil is composed of compelling wildlife sounds from around the world, drawing visitors deep into the haunting song of seals and the awe-inspiring shrieks of thousands of Manx shearwaters. With glorious ambi-sonic sound and beautiful lighting, lose yourself in the strange and magical world of Hy Brasil. Tim Skelly - Lighting design Tony Myatt - Spatial sound design and installation software programming Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Audio equipment supported by Pro Audio

Myths of Hy Brasil - Rendlesham forest

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/hy-brasil-the-isle-is-full-of-noises Friday 28 February to Saturday 15 March 2pm - 8pm (runs on a 30 minute loop) Open to the public Tuesdays - Saturdays Hy Brasil is a mysterious, enchanted island, hidden in fog somewhere off the coast of Ireland. It reveals itself to human eye and ear just one day every seven years. This specially commissioned work by sound artist Chris Watson (BBC TV's award-winning Frozen Planet), brings that day on Hy Brasil to life in an immersive sound installation. Hy Brasil is composed of compelling wildlife sounds from around the world, drawing visitors deep into the haunting song of seals and the awe-inspiring shrieks of thousands of Manx shearwaters. With glorious ambi-sonic sound and beautiful lighting, lose yourself in the strange and magical world of Hy Brasil. Tim Skelly - Lighting design Tony Myatt - Spatial sound design and installation software programming Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Audio equipment supported by Pro Audio

Myths of Hy Brasil - the isle of the dead

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/hy-brasil-the-isle-is-full-of-noises Friday 28 February to Saturday 15 March 2pm - 8pm (runs on a 30 minute loop) Open to the public Tuesdays - Saturdays Hy Brasil is a mysterious, enchanted island, hidden in fog somewhere off the coast of Ireland. It reveals itself to human eye and ear just one day every seven years. This specially commissioned work by sound artist Chris Watson (BBC TV's award-winning Frozen Planet), brings that day on Hy Brasil to life in an immersive sound installation. Hy Brasil is composed of compelling wildlife sounds from around the world, drawing visitors deep into the haunting song of seals and the awe-inspiring shrieks of thousands of Manx shearwaters. With glorious ambi-sonic sound and beautiful lighting, lose yourself in the strange and magical world of Hy Brasil. Tim Skelly - Lighting design Tony Myatt - Spatial sound design and installation software programming Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Audio equipment supported by Pro Audio

Why La Bohème is the perfect first opera

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/la-boheme Director, Phyllida Lloyd explains why she thinks La Bohème is the perfect first opera.

The Tiger Lillies: Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Opera North Projects, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre present Lulu - A Murder Ballad Written by Martyn Jacques. Directed and Designed by Mark Holthusen. Performed by The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow. Based on Frank Wedekind's plays, Earth Spirit (1895) and Pandora's Box (1904) Commissioned by Opera North Projects The Tiger Lillies' genre-defying brand of other-worldly vocals and unnerving performance style have carved them a unique niche in the cabaret and music theatre scene. After a sell-out run of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at the Southbank Centre, the cult creators of the award-winning Shockheaded Peter now stage another adaptation of a macabre classic. The character of Lulu is one of the great creations of 20th Century fiction, and one of its most disturbing. Her unbridled sex appeal, her youth, and her self-destructiveness combine to make her dangerous, unpredictable and tragic. With the men (and the women) who circle her, Lulu's journey from street prostitute to the toast of Society and back again, is told as a hypnotic and kaleidoscopic dance of death. Journey with her from Berlin to Paris and finally to the dark London streets of Jack The Ripper. The band's flamboyant live performance is enhanced by large-scale virtual sets that create an immersive and richly atmospheric environment. Across 20 songs and interludes, the ballad of Lulu unfolds as an uncompromising musical and visual melodrama. Opera North gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation for Lulu: A Murder Ballad

Macbeth: audience reaction

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/macbeth Following the hugely successful production of Verdi's Otello, Opera North presents another Verdian take on a Shakespearean masterpiece. Expect musical fireworks in a captivating drama about the nature of ambition, conscience and the human heart that has gripped audiences for centuries. On return from battle, King Duncan's generals, Macbeth and Banquo, encounter three unnatural women who deliver a strange prophecy. When Macbeth tells his wife of their prediction -- that he will become King of Scotland -- it leads to a chain of bloody, unstoppable events... 'One of mankind's greatest creations' is how Verdi described Shakespeare's play. Determined to transmute the ferocity of the original into music, he created a gripping, unparalleled work of 'extravagance and originality', displaying the full breadth of his genius. Béla Perencz and Kelly Cae Hogan, who gave sensational performances as Wotan and his rebellious daughter Brünnhilde in 2012's Die Walküre, star in Tim Albery's excitingly dramatic and energetic production

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