With a few days to go before the opening of Das Rheingold, preparations are well under way at Leeds Town Hall for the beginning of Opera North’s Ring Cycle. Das Rheingold opens at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 18 June, before further performances on 1 July and 8 September at Leeds Town Hall, 24 June at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26 June at The Sage, Gateshead, and 10 September at The Lowry, Salford Quays. More information and booking details here

In the meantime, whet your appetite with a look at these photos from Leeds Town Hall, taken a few minutes before a stage and orchestra rehearsal.

The dramatic ceiling in the Entrance Hall at Leeds Town Hall


Statue of a young Queen Victoria in the Leeds Town Hall entrance

The stage set up in preparation for rehearsals

The organ at Leeds Town Hall

A gong takes its place among the percussion on stage

One of the seven harps in the Das Rheingold orchestra


Score sheets are ready and waiting...