2009 has already proven to be a momentous year for Opera North; our 30th birthday year and the opening of the Howard Assembly Room alone, and Opera North’s 2009/10 season is set to show even more creativity and ambition for opera and arts lovers alike, with an exciting repertoire on the mainstage and in our new venue.
Presenting five new productions, including our third World Premiere in as many years, Swanhunter, we will show innovation, with our first ever production of Janáček’s offbeat comedy, The Adventures of Mr Brouček, Opera North’s nurturing of young talent in Massenet’s Werther, our continued commitment to exploring the lighter areas of musical theatre in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore and our desire to continually reach out to new audiences with our family focused commission, Swanhunter. All this in addition to championing fantastic vocal talent in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.
This season we revive two popular operas, Puccini’s La Bohème and Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Phyllida Lloyd’s La Bohème returns after nearly a decade, whilst Tim Albery’s Così fan tutte has a largely young cast of familiar and unfamiliar faces to Opera North. We hope that both will bring a whole new generation of audiences to opera.
Following on from the success of The Adventures of Pinocchio in 2007, Opera North has commissioned the same writing partnership of composer Jonathan Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton to produce a family-focused chamber opera for the Autumn. Swanhunter is based on a Norse myth and is being lead by Opera North’s highly esteemed education department, further extending our relationships and relevance to young people. It will premiere in November at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds and will then tour to small scale venues throughout the North of England.
The culmination of Transformation was the opening of the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North earlier this year and we have seen an exciting programme to date, in addition to the venue now functioning well as the home and rehearsal space of the Orchestra of Opera North and the education department. This is the first space to be programmed by Opera North and we look forward to announcing the future programme, which will continue to encompass a diverse range of artforms, from classical recitals and contemporary concerts to small-scale opera and visual art.
We very much hope you enjoy the new season and you can access the full press release here.
Richard Mantle, General Director