Guide to Opera North

Bite-size opera: The Little Greats

How do you entice people to spend a night out at the opera? How do you grow new audiences? This autumn, Opera North may have a solution. 
Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North and is also one of Europe’s leading arts organisations. The Company is committed to producing work of the highest quality that excites, challenges and entertains. It tours not only throughout the North of England and to London, but also to opera houses on the continent and to major international festivals. A lively, vibrant organisation, Opera North actively challenges conventional perceptions of opera. As well as breathing new life into the classics, it is a strong advocate of lesser-known works and a champion of musical theatre. The Company often collaborates with artists and organisations working in a variety of media, including film and visual art, and its versatile Chorus and Orchestra also perform independently, constantly revitalising their approaches to music-making.
© Clive Barda
© Clive Barda
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LeedsMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Martin Pickard; Tim Albery; Opera North; Hildegard Bechtler; Ana Jebens; Anne-Sophie Duprels; Merunas Vitulskis

LeedsUn ballo in mascheraNew Production

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Richard Farnes; Tim Albery; Opera North; Hannah Clark; Rafael Rojas; Phillip Rhodes

LeedsDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
TBC; Alessandro Talevi; Opera North; Madeleine Boyd; William Dazeley; Alastair Miles

SalfordMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Martin Pickard; Tim Albery; Opera North; Hildegard Bechtler; Ana Jebens; Anne-Sophie Duprels; Merunas Vitulskis

SalfordDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
TBC; Alessandro Talevi; Opera North; Madeleine Boyd; William Dazeley; Alastair Miles
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Destiny and South Sea escapes from Opera North

Two thematically linked, but contrasting short operas are the final component of Opera North's Little Greats season at the Leeds Grand Theatre.
***11
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Opera North presents stark contrasts with Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury

Opera North's Little Greats festival continues with two deeply contrasting short operas - a grimly tragic and austere version of Macagni's Cavalleria rusticana and a frothy and hilarious production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury.
****1
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Opera North's Little Greats: jealousy, murder and childhood fantasy

Charles Edwards and Annabel Arden direct Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges in a contrasting pairing of two short operas in Opera North's 'Little Greats' season.
****1
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A buoyant revival of Billy Budd

At the opera’s great climaxes Suffolk’s famous wood-and-brick building could barely contain it.
*****
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Magnificent Turandot in concert from Opera North

Opera North's concert version of Puccini's Turandot in Leeds Town Hall, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong, is magnificent
****1
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