CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Yorkshire Life today CLICK HERE

Opera North set to stage production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate

PUBLISHED: 00:00 10 November 2015

Opera Norths production of Cole Porters Kiss Me, Kate. Ashley Day as Lucentio, Emmanuel Kojo as Gremio, Tiffany Graves as Bianca and Callum Train as Hortensio. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

Opera Norths production of Cole Porters Kiss Me, Kate. Ashley Day as Lucentio, Emmanuel Kojo as Gremio, Tiffany Graves as Bianca and Callum Train as Hortensio. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

©ALASTAIR MUIR CONTACT alastair@alastairmuir.com

The new season at Opera North has something for everyone, whether seasoned opera buffs or first timers

Pupils give a schools performance of The Bartered Bride in 2014 the thumbs up. Next years schools performance is sponsored by property developers HammersonPupils give a schools performance of The Bartered Bride in 2014 the thumbs up. Next years schools performance is sponsored by property developers Hammerson

The common perception is that opera is an elitist artform catering to a diminishing and ageing audience. But the figures at Opera North not only challenge that idea, but prove it to be utter tosh.

In the last year 44 per cent of audience members have been new to opera, hundreds of young people have been given their first experience of opera at a schools matinee, more than 2,000 under 30s have joined a scheme to attract younger audiences and 78 groups in Leeds alone have signed up to a community engagement programme, with more than 1300 people attending special taster performances and workshops.

And they are planning to build on those impressive figures in the new season, with a series of events and performances aimed at attracting yet more new and young audiences, while providing plenty for seasoned opera goers.

In February there will be another performance for school children and other new initiatives for 2015/16 include Whistle Stop Opera: bite-sized performances created especially to take opera into a range of community settings, from care homes to museums, libraries and cafés. With the original music condensed for a small group of singers and musicians, these introductory performances squeeze drama, excitement and glorious voices into just 20 minutes.

Opera Norths production of Cole Porters Kiss Me, Kate with Quirijn de Lang as Petruchio and Jeni Bern as Katharine. Photo credit: Alastair MuirOpera Norths production of Cole Porters Kiss Me, Kate with Quirijn de Lang as Petruchio and Jeni Bern as Katharine. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

The In Harmony scheme has been expanded too, so pupils at two Leeds primary schools will now have the chance to sing and to play as part of an orchestra. And with Hull’s year as Capital of Culture now just over 12 months away Opera North has announced a five year partnership with the University of Hull as well as new branches of the Children’s Chorus and Youth Company in the city.

Meanwhile, on the main stage, Opera North will stage a broad and eclectic range of work including new productions of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate and Giordano’s Andrea Chénier. Lesley Garrett will perform in the world premier of Pleasure, a new chamber opera by Mark Simpson and a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods marks Opera North’s first major artistic collaboration with West Yorkshire Playhouse in June 2016.

The programme also features The Barber of Seville, Jenůfa, Così fan tutte and L’elisir d’amore along with highly anticipated full cycles of The Ring conducted by Richard Farnes from April-July in Leeds, Nottingham, Salford, Gateshead and London, where performances of the first ever full Ring at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall have already sold out.

General director Richard Mantle said: ‘The next year at Opera North promises to be one of our most excitingly diverse seasons yet, beginning with Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, a work we have long wanted to stage, and concluding with our six complete cycles of Wagner’s Ring, via the works of Janáček, Mozart, Giordano and Sondheim.

Opera Norths production of Cole Porters Kiss Me, Kate featuring Wayne Robinson as Paul (white vest) and Katie Kerr as Hattie (right) with ensemble. Photo credit: Alastair MuirOpera Norths production of Cole Porters Kiss Me, Kate featuring Wayne Robinson as Paul (white vest) and Katie Kerr as Hattie (right) with ensemble. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

‘I am particularly delighted that two new productions in the spring demonstrate our ongoing commitment to forging creative partnerships and creating new work, breathing new life into contemporary opera performance. Pleasure is a new opera by a hugely talented young composer, Mark Simpson, jointly commissioned and produced through a partnership between Aldeburgh Music, The Royal Opera and Opera North. Then in June we join forces with West Yorkshire Playhouse for a major collaboration in which we will co-produce Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods in the Quarry Theatre, in a new production by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining.

‘This season marks the conclusion of Richard Farnes’ twelve-year term as music director of Opera North. Richard’s contribution to the life of the company is incalculable, and there can be no more fitting conclusion to his illustrious tenure than conducting The Ring. It promises to be a festive moment for the whole company, and we are planning an incredibly diverse range of special events surrounding these performances, for audiences and participants of all ages.’

www.operanorth.co.uk

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Yorkshire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Yorkshire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Yorkshire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Yesterday, 00:00

The Yorkshire Dales market town of Settle has much to offer at the turn of the season, as Tony Greenway discovers

Read more
Settle Autumn
Friday, October 12, 2018

Thousands of people come through Ingleton every year to tackle the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks, but there are plenty of other walking options available in the area.

Read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Explore an historic North Yorkshire town and its countryside with some guidance from Richard Darn.

Read more
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A grand upland walk without too much effort

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Why the fascination with this popular village on the Yorkshire coast? Richard Darn goes exploring.

Read more
Thursday, October 4, 2018

With a bit of searching, patience and luck all five species of owl that call Yorkshire home can be easily spotted, says Jono Leadley from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hundreds attended a special party to celebrate the bicentenary of the Pocklington Canal

Read more
Canals
Friday, September 28, 2018

We find out more about one of Yorkshire’s most celebrated hotels

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Halloween is all about remembering the dead particularly saints and martyrs but for most especially youngsters, the night before All Saints Day is about trick and treating, costume parties, carving jack o’ lanterns from pumpkins, watching horror films and visiting haunted houses.

Read more
Things to do in Yorkshire Autumn

Topics of Interest


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Property Search