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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

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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

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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

The Tiger Lillies: Lulu - A Murder Ballad. On tour now

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/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 Age advisory 16+ 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: behind the scenes

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/macbeth Director, Tim Albery, discusses the challenges of directing Verdi's Macbeth. Giuseppe Verdi (1865). 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

The Girl of the Golden West - audience reaction

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-girl-of-the-golden-west-la-fanciulla-del-west The opening night audience share their thoughts on Opera North's new production of Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West. It's the Gold Rush of 1849 and plucky, gun-toting, saloon owner Minnie plays surrogate mother to the rough crew of miners who frequent her bar, whilst batting back the affections of the local Sheriff. But when a mysterious stranger comes into her life, everything looks set to change... A tale of true love and second chances set in a world of gun fights, poker games and stagecoach robberies, La fanciulla del West combines the suspense and action of a great Western with the emotional punch of Italian opera. Deemed by Puccini as one of his greatest works, Fanciulla was originally written for three of the most esteemed opera singers of all time including Emmy Destinn and Enrico Caruso. With Alwyn Mellor, whose breathtaking performance as Sieglinde in our Walküre enthused audiences and critics, Robert Hayward and Rafael Rojas taking on the lead roles, this blazing new production of the original Spaghetti Western is sure to strike gold. Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 mins Sung in Italian with English titles This production is supported by the Friends of Opera North Cast Minnie - Alwyn Mellor Jack Rance - Robert Hayward Dick Johnson (Ramerrez) - Rafael Rojas Nick - Bonaventura Bottone Ashby - Graeme Danby Sonora - Eddie Wade Trin - Adrian Dwyer Jake Wallace - Gavan Ring José Castro - Dean Robinson Sid - Jeremy Peaker Handsome - Peter Bodenham Harry - Paul Rendall Joe - Graham Russell Happy - Paul Gibson Jim Larkens - Nicholas Butterfield Billy Jackrabbit - Callum Thorpe Wowkle - Kathryn Walker The Pony Express rider - Nicholas Watts Creative Team Conductor - Richard Farnes Director - Aletta Collins Set Designer - Giles Cadle Costume Designer - Gabrielle Dalton Lighting Designer - Andreas Fuchs Video Designer - Andrzej Goulding

Hy Brasil: a sound installation by Chris Watson

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. Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Audio equipment supported by Pro Audio

Hy Brasil: Chris Watson introduces the installation

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. Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Audio equipment supported by Pro Audio

The Lullaby Project: Serious Sam Barrett

Serious Sam Barrett performs 'Lullaby of Leeds' as part of our ongoing Lullaby Project.

The Tiger Lillies - Lulu: A Murder Ballad. Trailer 1

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-tiger-lillies-lulu-a-murder-ballad 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. 28 Jan - 1 March 2014 West Yorkshire Playhouse Warwick Arts Centre Contact Theatre, Manchester Northern Stage, Newcastle 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

Richard Farnes introduces The Girl of the Golden West

http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-girl-of-the-golden-west-la-fanciulla-del-west Conductor, Richard Farnes gives an introduction to Puccini's La fanciulla del West. Opera North's new production opens their winter 2014 season in January at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. Cast Minnie - Alwyn Mellor Jack Rance - Robert Hayward Dick Johnson (Ramerrez) - Rafael Rojas Nick - Bonaventura Bottone Ashby - Graeme Danby Sonora - Eddie Wade Trin - Adrian Dwyer Jake Wallace - Gavan Ring José Castro - Dean Robinson Sid - Jeremy Peaker Handsome - Peter Bodenham Harry - Paul Rendall Joe - Graham Russell Happy - Paul Gibson Jim Larkens - Nicholas Butterfield Billy Jackrabbit - Callum Thorpe WowkleKathryn Walker The Pony Express rider - Nicholas Watts Creative Team Conductor - Richard Farnes Director - Aletta Collins Set Designer - Giles Cadle Costume Designer - Gabrielle Dalton Lighting Designer - Andreas Fuchs Video Designer - Andrzej Goulding

The Lullaby Project: Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart's second contribution to our ongoing Lullaby project, "Hush-a-bye, my bairnie".

Hy Brasil: The isle is full of noises

February - March 2014 Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Death in Venice: audience reaction

Opening night audiences react to Britten's final opera, Death in Venice.

Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre Heritage Open Day 2013

Opera North staged a number of intimate performances at Leeds Grand Theatre as part of the annual Heritage Open Day.

The Lullaby Project: David Murray

Legendary saxophonist, David Murray performs 'Flowers for Albert' as part of our ongoing Lullaby Project.

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