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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

You'll Never Walk Alone | Carousel | Behind the scenes with Yvonne Howard

As the cast and creative team prepare to revive Carousel for the stage we go behind the scenes during rehearsals in a series of short films. In our second film we meet Yvonne Howard who plays Nettie Fowler, and sings one of the most universally adored songs of all time, You'll Never Walk Alone. Find out what it means to Yvonne. May - June 2015 on tour. Discover more at: http://www.carouseltheshow.com/

The Lullaby Project: Kathryn Tickell

Felton Lonnin is a traditional Northumbrian song performed here by Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes), Louisa Tuck (cello), Ruth Wall (harp) and Amy Thatcher (accordion), as part of our ongoing Lullaby Project. http://www.operanorth.co.uk/projects/lullaby-project

Opera North in Hull

Opera North’s work in Hull currently includes the Opera North Singing School, an intensive community residency project which offers high quality singing, musicianship and expressive movement to children at Bude Park Primary School in Bransholme supported by the Hessle-based William Jackson Food Group, and Exchanging Notes at Winifred Holtby Academy, in partnership with the National Foundation for Youth Music. In September 2015 Opera North will launch new branches of the Opera North Children’s Chorus and Opera North Youth Company in Hull, as sister ensembles to successful youth chorus programmes in Leeds, and there are plans for more Opera North performances in Hull following the success in 2013 of Olivier Award-nominated family opera The Firework Maker’s Daughter, which toured nationally following its world premiere at Hull Truck Theatre. During the last 10 years Opera North and The University of Hull have enjoyed a strong and thriving relationship as two major institutions in the north of England working together to provide unique engagement experiences for students and alumni. The two organisations are now launching an official five year partnership from 2015 – 2020, bringing together a major academic institution and a professional arts organisation with a shared purpose to enhance cultural activity and support regeneration in Hull. Part of the five year partnership involves Opera North’s commitment to the University to provide a chamber concert series in 2016/2017, professional masterclasses and workshops for music students.

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Carousel | Behind the scenes with David James Hulston, Revival Choreographer

As the cast and creative team prepare to revive Carousel for the stage we go behind the scenes during rehearsals in a series of short films. In our first film we meet Revival Choreographer, David James Hulston, to find out how he prepares the dancers and chorus for one of the big numbers - June Is Bustin' Out All Over. May - June 2015 on tour. Discover more at: http://www.carouseltheshow.com/

Swanhunter | Spell-writing winner read by Adrian Dwyer

swanhunteradventure.co.uk Competition: We asked you to send in your own spells to celebrate our opera co-production Swanhunter. Listen to the winning entry read by Adrian Dwyer, who plays the character of Lemminkäinen. #Swanhunter

Swanhunter | Your reaction

swanhunteradventure.co.uk Find out what audiences made of Swanhunter when it premiered at the Royal Opera House in London. Touring nationwide 2 Apr - 3 May 2015

Classical music animation | Playful and passionate

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 | 2015

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

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.

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