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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

Playful and passionate | Classical music at the Howard Assembly Room

Classical music at the Howard Assembly Room http://www.operanorth.co.uk/howard-assembly-room Passionate, playful and personal -- featuring world stars like Ian Bostridge and Joan Rodgers CBE and music from Schumann to Pärt there's something for every taste in the classical music series at the Howard Assembly Room. This beautiful, illustrated animation is set to Liszt's 'La Campanella'. The illustration work is thanks to Graham Pilling (ArmyOfCats) and the animation was undertaken by Ashley Dean (broken pixel).

Carousel | Official trailer

http://www.carouseltheshow.com | May — June 2015 Dazzling lights, swinging songs and a bad boy to melt your heart – don't miss this fabulous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.

"I'll put a spell on you" | Take part in our Swanhunter spell writing competition

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/blogs/i-ll-put-a-spell-on-you-swanhunter-spell-competition Do you believe in magic? Maybe you think you have supernatural powers of your own? Whether you’re hoping to see the production with your family or attending with your class mates and teachers, you can enter our competition to write your own magical spell and you could win an exciting Swanhunter prize! Before you begin, take a look at our cast and creative team introduce the competition and share their favourite spells from literature, theatre, opera, and film above.

The Lullaby Project: Amjad Ali Khan

Soja Ray Nindiya (Go to Sleep) performed by Amjad Ali Khan (sarod) with Tanmoy Bose (tabla), as part of our ongoing Lullaby Project. http://www.operanorth.co.uk/projects/lullaby-project

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La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi | Your reaction | Opera North

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/la-vida-breve-gianni-schicchi La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi — Two outstanding opera, one extraordinary evening February - March 2015

In Harmony Opera North 'I Got Rhythm'

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/education/in-harmony In Harmony Opera North ‘I Got Rhythm’ in concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and City of Leeds Youth Orchestra at the Leeds Town Hall Wednesday 9 July 2014. In Harmony Opera North allows all 370 children at Windmill Primary School to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, and have weekly choral and orchestral experiences.

In Harmony Opera North ‘I Got Rhythm’ in concert with the Orchestra & Chorus of Opera North

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/education/in-harmony In Harmony Opera North ‘I Got Rhythm’ in concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and City of Leeds Youth Orchestra at the Leeds Town Hall Wednesday 9 July 2014. In Harmony Opera North allows all 370 children at Windmill Primary School to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, and have weekly choral and orchestral experiences.

The Lullaby Project: Songhoy Blues HD

Performed by Aliou Toure (singer) and Garba Toure (guitarist) from Songhoy Blues, as part of our ongoing Lullaby Project. http://www.operanorth.co.uk/projects/lullaby-project

Swanhunter | Official UK tour trailer | Opera North

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/swanhunter Based on a gripping tale from the Finnish folk epic the Kalevala, Swanhunter is a chamber opera created for a family audience. An Opera North / The Wrong Crowd co-production | Composed by Jonathan Dove using a libretto written by Alasdair Middleton

The Marriage of Figaro | Set design | Opera North

We talk to Figaro Set Designer, Leslie Travers about what he's tried to achieve with the space and his inspiration for the piece.

The Lullaby Project: Emma Kirkby

Renaissance carol 'Sweet was the song the virgin sang' performed by Dame Emma Kirkby & Jakob Lindberg.

The Lullaby Project: Tord Gustavsen

Traditional Scandinavian lullaby 'Byssan Lull' performed by Tord Gustavsen.

George Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ performed by In Harmony Opera North Choirs and Orchestras

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/education/in-harmony In Harmony Opera North Choirs and Orchestras perform George Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ at the Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 9 July 2014 alongside the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North and City of Leeds Youth Orchestra. Conducted by Richard Farnes. In Harmony Opera North allows all 370 children at Windmill Primary School to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, and have weekly choral and orchestral experiences.

In Harmony Opera North: Why the Children Walk a Little Taller

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/education/in-harmony Sally Egan Vocal Director for In Harmony Opera North tells us why the In Harmony Opera North children from Windmill Primary School are walking a little taller. In Harmony Opera North ‘I Got Rhythm’ in concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and City of Leeds Youth Orchestra at the Leeds Town Hall Wednesday 9 July 2014. In Harmony Opera North is part of a national programme across England, based on the hugely successful Venezuelan El Sistema. Opera North’s project allows all 370 children at Windmill Primary School to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, and have weekly choral and orchestral experiences.

In Harmony Opera North: How the Children Have Progressed

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/education/in-harmony Matt Beckingham, Head of Music for In Harmony, tells us how the children have progressed since starting the In Harmony project over a year ago. In Harmony Opera North ‘I Got Rhythm’ in concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and City of Leeds Youth Orchestra at the Leeds Town Hall Wednesday 9 July 2014. In Harmony Opera North allows all 370 children at Windmill Primary School to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, and have weekly choral and orchestral experiences.

‘Mambo’ from West Side Story performed by In Harmony Opera North

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/education/in-harmony In Harmony Opera North Choirs and Orchestras perform Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mambo’ from the musical West Side Story at the Leeds Town Hall Wednesday 9 July 2014 alongside the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North and City of Leeds Youth Orchestra. Conducted by Richard Farnes. In Harmony Opera North allows all 370 children at Windmill Primary School to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, and have weekly choral and orchestral experiences.

In Harmony Opera North: Why I Enjoy Playing the Viola

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/education/in-harmony Viola player Lennon, from Windmill Primary School in Leeds tells us why he enjoys being part of In Harmony Opera North. In Harmony Opera North ‘I Got Rhythm’ in concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and City of Leeds Youth Orchestra at the Leeds Town Hall Wednesday 9 July 2014. In Harmony Opera North allows all 370 children at Windmill Primary School to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, and have weekly choral and orchestral experiences.

In Harmony Opera North: Why I love Singing in the Chamber Choir

Double Bass player Keziah, from Windmill Primary School in Leeds tells us why her favourite thing is singing in the In Harmony Chamber Choir. In Harmony Opera North ‘I Got Rhythm’ in concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and City of Leeds Youth Orchestra at the Leeds Town Hall Wednesday 9 July 2014. In Harmony Opera North is part of a national programme across England, based on the hugely successful Venezuelan El Sistema. Opera North’s project allows all 370 children at Windmill Primary School to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, and have weekly choral and orchestral experiences.

Behind the scenes | The Bartered Bride | Episode 2: Esmeralda

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-bartered-bride Kate Valentine, who plays the lead role of Mařenka in The Bartered Bride takes us behind the scenes of the production in her video podcast series 'Furtive Figaro'. In this second episode, we meet Jennifer France, who is performing the role of Esmeralda. What’s remarkable about Jennifer is the incredible physical performing skills she brings to the piece alongside her wonderful singing. Kate gets the chance to speak to her about what exactly goes into preparing for a role where you’re asked to sing whilst ‘en pointe’. Opera North’s production of The Bartered Bride opened on Saturday 18th October at Leeds Grand Theatre. The tour continues to Newcastle, Salford Quays and Nottingham during October and November 2014.

The Bartered Bride | Your reaction

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-bartered-bride

Behind the scenes | The Bartered Bride | Episode 1: Vasek

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-bartered-bride Kate Valentine, who plays the lead role of Mařenka in The Bartered Bride takes us behind the scenes of the production in her video podcast series 'Furtive Figaro'. In this first episode Kate looks at the stammering, shy character of Vašek, played by Nicholas Watts. Along with her colleagues Anthony Kraus and Daniel Slater, Kate also looks at the vocal, musical and directorial challenges of taking Smetana’s richly realised character to the stage. The Bartered Bride opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on Sat 18 October. The tour continues to Newcastle, Salford Quays and Nottingham during October and November 2014. This episode was produced in memory of Kate's Grandfather, Norman Rankin Valentine. Norman suffered from a stammer and a child and used music and singing to help him manage his condition. Find out more at http://www.katevalentine.com/we-sang-to-speak/

The Bartered Bride: Circus Trailer

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-bartered-bride The circus comes to town in Opera North's production of The Bartered Bride, which opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on Sat 18 October. The tour continues to Newcastle, Salford Quays and Nottingham during October and November 2014.

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