Opera North online as we wait for live music to resume


Paula Murrihy as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice. Pic: Justin Slee
Paula Murrihy as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice. Pic: Justin Slee

Missing your fix of great music and can’t wait for the concert halls and theatres to reopen over the next few weeks?

Opera North has the answer: the company has posted several concerts, operas and other interesting items on its website, some free to watch.

Currently on offer are:


Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) - free

The camera goes behind the scenes during the recording of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice for BBC Radio 3's Opera on 3. The performance took place behind closed doors at Leeds Town Hall.

Fidelio (Beethoven) - £15, available until April 2022.

This critically-acclaimed dramatic concert staging of Beethoven's only opera was originally live-streamed in December from Leeds Town Hall. It is now available to rent at £15 for seven days. Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth with a 33-piece orchestra and 24-strong chorus, it is performed by an impressive cast of internationally-renowned singers.


The Whitehall Road Sessions - free

Chamber concerts featuring soloists and small ensembles, live-streamed on Thursdays on YouTube and ONDemand from Opera North's rehearsal studio at Whitehall Road in Leeds. The first two included repertoire from Schubert and Debussy.

Tomorrow’s (May 6) session features a celebration of works by neglected female composers, including Lili Boulanger's D'un Matin de Printemps and Farrenc's Piano Quintet No 2. The ensemble will be joined by singer, composer and instrumentalist Alice Zawadzki for a live performance of My Boy of the Birds.


Orpheus in the Record Shop - free

Inspired by the ancient Greek myth, acclaimed rapper and playwright Testament fuses spoken word and beatboxing with a cinematic score performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North.

Kirklees Concert Season: Bach and Mozart Concertos

From May 13. A specially-recorded performance sees the Orchestra of Opera North joined by pianist Ian Buckle in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 14, and violinist Jack Liebeck in Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. The performance marks the announcement of the new Kirklees season reaching into 2022.