Green Eggs and Ham at Leeds Central Library on 15 February

This is opera for all ages from the age of 4!  It’s perfect if you want to introduce your offspring to this art form, because it’s a family show and is touring the north of England until 22 March.

Children can experience live opera music and singing at close range at Leeds’ Central Library on 15 February.  Inspired by Dr Seuss’ children’s classic, Robert Kapilow has composed this bitesize opera which tells the comic tale of Sam-I-Am.  Sam-I-Am tries to persuade a grumpy grouch to try a plate of green eggs and ham, demonstrating that you never know what something is like until you try it.

For 45 minutes, a nine-piece orchestra will accompany sopranos Susie Buckle and Gabriella Cassidy as they bring Sam-I-Am’s mission to the stage.  Before the performance, there’ll be an interactive session to introduce everyone to the instruments, the music and the themes.

Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said: 

“Dr Seuss books have remained firm favourites of both children and grown-ups over the years. By staging a musical version of Green Eggs and Ham, we aim to give youngsters the chance to experience operatic singing in a fun, light-hearted way while enjoying an engaging story from a master storyteller. We hope it could even be the spark that inspires a lifelong love of opera’s unique combination of music and drama.” 

The Library is offering two performances – at 11 a.m.and 2 p.m.  Tickets are available online with ticket prices from £6. 

Opera North Families Programme is generously supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and The Sir James Knott Trust.


Room 700, Leeds Central Library, Leeds Sat 15 Feb 11am and 2pm
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Mon 17 Feb 11am and 2pm
Cast, Doncaster Wed 19 Feb 10.30am
Alnwick Playhouse Fri 21 Feb 11.30am and 2pm
Arnside Educational Institute, Carnforth Sat 22 Feb 2pm
Queen’s Hall, Hexham Mon 2 Mar 4.30pm
The Witham, Barnard Castle Wed 4 Mar 4.30pm
Discovery Museum, Newcastle Sat 7 Mar 2pm
The Lowry, Salford Quays Thu 12 Mar 4.30pm
Fri 13 Mar 4.30pm
National Centre for Early Music, York Sun 22 Mar 11.30am and 2pm

Photograph by Justin Slee provided by Opera North.

Mags Richards

Mags is the Content Editor at Leeds Living. She scours articles to make sure their use of English is accurate, and now and again enjoys writing on a variety of topics.

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