Opera North’s Winter Season Has Been Announced

For their latest season Opera North is collaborating with Leeds Playhouse and Phoenix Dance Theatre to offer a rich mix of tragedy, adventure, comedy and ballet.

The season opens with The Magic Flute, for which James Brining, Artistic Director at Leeds Playhouse, will be directing opera for the first time.  He is once again in partnership with Colin Richmond, Set and Costume Designer of Opera North.

A version of The Magic Flute has also been created for schools, providing young people from 7 years old with the chance to enjoy their first experience of opera.  Shorter and sung in English, it will be performed at a dedicated schools’ matinee in Leeds and at each of the touring venues.

For those under 7, there is an interactive half hour –  The Mini Magic Flute – a retelling of Mozart’s story.

Katya Kabanova. Photograph by Guy Farrow.

The second in the season provides a very different entertainment: Katya Kabanova, Janáček’s tale of giving in to temptation and the ensuing guilt – a tense, and some would say erotic, yet beautiful, tale.  Sian Edwards, as conductor, makes her Opera North debut.  Tim Albery directs.

The Rite of Spring. Photograph by Guy Farrow and Richard Moran.

The collaboration with Phoenix Dance Theatre concludes the season and allows the audience to experience two art forms in one sitting.  This is the first ever collaboration between Opera North and Phoenix, both Leeds companies.  The Rite of Spring will be performed by Phoenix, choreogaphed by Jeanguy Saintus, for his UK debut, and in the same evening, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi is performed – Puccini’s only short, operatic comedy.  Garry Walker will conduct both pieces.

Gianni Schicchi. Photograph by Guy Farrow.

Leeds Grand Theatre is the venue for The Magic Flute, opening on Saturday 19 January and sung in English.  Be prepared for popular songs, rousing choruses, heart-melting beauty and vocal pyrotechnics.  Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

Katya Kabanova opens on 2 February and is also sung in English, with beautiful music underpinned by tension and eroticism.

The Rite of Spring and Gianni Schicchi double bill opens on 16 February, the premiere of the former way back in 1913 having caused riot and scandal.    Sung in Italian with English titles.  Christopher Alden directs.

Leeds Grand Theatre

Sat 19 Jan The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Sat 26 Jan The Magic Flute 4.00pm

Fri 1 Feb The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Sat 2 Feb Katya Kabanova 7.30pm

Sat 9 Feb Katya Kabanova 7.30pm

Fri 15 Feb The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Sat 16 Feb The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi 7.30pm

Wed 20 Feb The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Thu 21 Feb Katya Kabanova 7.30pm

Fri 22 Feb The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Sat 23 Feb The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi 7.30pm

Tue 26 Feb The Magic Flute 2.00pm Schools’ matinee*

Wed 27 Feb Katya Kabanova 7.30pm

Thu 28 Feb The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi 7.30pm

Fri 1 Mar The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Sat 2 Mar The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi 7.30pm

 

The Lowry, Salford Quays

Tue 5 Mar The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Wed 6 Mar The Magic Flute 2.00pm Schools’ matinee*

Thu 7 Mar Katya Kabanova 7.30pm

Fri 8 Mar The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi 7.30pm

Sat 9 Mar The Magic Flute 7.00pm

 

Theatre Royal Newcastle

Tue 12 Mar The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Wed 13 Mar The Magic Flute 2.00pm Schools’ matinee*

Thu 14 Mar Katya Kabanova 7.30pm

Fri 15 Mar The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Sat 16 Mar The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi 7.30pm

 

Theatre Royal Nottingham

Tue 19 Mar The Magic Flute 7.00pm

Wed 20 Mar The Magic Flute 2.00pm Schools’ matinee*

Thu 21 Mar Katya Kabanova 7.30pm

Fri 22 Mar The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi 7.30pm

Sat 23 Mar The Magic Flute 7.00pm

 

*Schools’ matinee performances are not on general sale.

 

The Mini Magic Flute

All performances are preceded by a half hour creative workshop where children will make their own paper bird which will feature in the story. The workshop finishes 15 minutes before the show begins.

Sat 2 Feb Howard Assembly Room, Leeds 12.15pm/ 2.15pm

Sun 10 Feb Arnside Educational Institute, Carnforth 3.45pm

Sat 16 Feb The Witham, Barnard Castle 12.15pm

Mon 18 Feb Leeds Library 11.45am/ 2.30pm/4.00pm

Sat 23 Feb CAST, Doncaster 2.15pm

Sun 24 Feb York Centre for Early Music 12.15pm/ 2.15pm

Sat 2 Mar Theatre Royal Nottingham 1.45pm/ 4.00pm

Sun 10 Mar The Lowry, Salford Quays 12.30pm/ 2.15pm

Sat 16 Mar Seven Stories, Newcastle 10.50am/ 12.20pm

Sat 16 Mar Seven Stories, Newcastle (relaxed performance) 3.00pm

Sun 17 Mar Hexham Queen’s Hall Library 11.15am

Sun 17 Mar Amble Parish Hall 3.15pm

Feature photograph by Guy Farrow.

 

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