Opera North announces new live season

Garry Walker conducting the Orchestra of Opera North. Pic: Justin Slee

Writer:

Paul Genty

22 Apr 2021

Season includes company's first new Carmen in more than a decade

Opera North’s new season of post-Covid programming features five new productions opening at the Leeds Grand Theatre before touring the North of England. Tickets go on sale in June.

The season opens with the company's first new Carmen in over a decade, which will also be conductor Garry Walker’s first production as Opera North's new music director.

A double-bill of works by Bernstein sees a revival of Trouble in Tahiti, paired with a new production of the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, in collaboration with Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Joining Carmen for winter is a new production of Rigoletto, directed by British Nigerian actor/director Femi Elufowoju Hr, in his operatic debut, and featuring Sir Willard White.

The winter season also sees a new production of Handel's Alcina, Opera North's first environmentally-sustainable production, conducted by Laurence Cummings and directed by Tim Albery

A concert staging of Wagner's Parsifal completes the year, opening at Leeds Grand Theatre in June before touring to concert halls across the country, conducted by Richard Farnes.

This October will also see the reopening of the Howard Assembly Room - the company’s performance venue for top international touring artists from a wide range of genres and styles. Artists already confirmed for the first season include Courtney Pine.

The coming months will also see the company's £18m redevelopment of its city centre home, the Howard Opera Centre, enter its final stages.

The new season will follow the recently-announced tour of Fidelio and a co-production with Leeds Playhouse of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music in spring and summer.

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