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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LeedsCavalleria rusticanaNew Production

Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
Tobias Ringborg; Karolina Sofulak; Opera North; Charles Edwards; Gabrielle Dalton; Giselle Allen; Katie Bray

LeedsTrial by JuryNew Production

Sullivan: Trial by Jury
Oliver Rundell; John Savournin; Opera North; Charles Edwards; Gabrielle Dalton; Amy Freston; Nicholas Watts

LeedsL'Enfant et les sortilègesNew Production

Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges
Martin André; Annabel Arden; Opera North; Charles Edwards; Hannah Clark; Wallis Giunta; Fflur Wyn

LeedsPagliacciNew Production

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Tobias Ringborg; Charles Edwards; Opera North; Gabrielle Dalton; Elin Pritchard; Peter Auty

LeedsOsud (Fate)New Production

Janáček: Osud (Fate)
Martin André; Annabel Arden; Opera North; Charles Edwards; Hannah Clark; Giselle Allen; Rosalind Plowright
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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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Cenerentola provides plenty of comedy and revels

La Cenerentola is the final component of Opera North's fairytale season, with every voice and every character getting a chance to revel in Rossini's intricate ornamentation.
****1
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A real feast: Opera North's Hansel and Gretel

Opera North's Hansel and Gretel at the Grand Theatre Leeds, directed by Edward Dick, is witty and perceptive, with some insights provide by Freudian psychanalysis
****1
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