Opera North announces its path out of lockdown


Opera North in Fidelio at Leeds Town Hall. Pic Richard H Smith
Opera North in Fidelio at Leeds Town Hall. Pic Richard H Smith

A short concert tour of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio will be the first large-scale live production for over a year by Leeds-based Opera North, the company has announced.

Fidelio was intended to be performed last November, but lockdown subverted the plans and instead the company presented a live stream of the work from Leeds town hall, which was a tremendous success. The new production will feature the same cast, again at Leeds town hall, on June 9 and 12, followed by performances at The Lowry in Salford on June 15 and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on June 19.

Other performances over the spring and summer will include gala concert A Night at the Opera at The Lowry (June 16) and a co-production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Leeds Playhouse (dates to be confirmed).

The summer programme includes The Whitehall Road Sessions, a new series of live-streamed chamber concerts and

Whistle Stop Opera: The Magic Flute, which will tour across the North

The programme also features the company’s previous collaboration with Leeds Playhouse, Orpheus in the Record Shop, on BBC 4, and a BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice with the Orchestra of Opera North, conducted by Richard Farnes.

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