TO THE NORTH THIS CHRISTMAS
Opera North today announces new plans to share music and performance this Christmas, after the Company’s home city of Leeds moved into the highest tier as the second lockdown ended.
Whether outdoors or online, all activities will observe Covid-19 secure guidelines with the safety of participants, staff, production crew and performers remaining paramount.
Streamed Live: Fidelio
Livestream: Saturday 12 December at 19:00
Buy tickets and watch at https://www.operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/fidelio-ondemand/
Following the success of The Seven Deadly Sins livestream, a dramatic concert performance of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, will be streamed live from Leeds Town Hall at 7pm on Saturday 12 December. It will then be available on demand for seven days.
Fidelio is actually Leonore, a noblewoman disguised as a man, in search of her husband, Florestan, who has been unjustly imprisoned by his tyrannical political opponent Don Pizarro. Fidelio secures a job as a prison guard and sets in motion a chain of events in which she must risk everything to save her husband’s life. A 33-piece orchestra and 24-strong chorus will take to the Town Hall stage to perform Beethoven’s compelling tale of liberty, justice and dignity.
Outdoor Event: As You Are
Open: Saturday 12 December to Tuesday 22 December (excl. Mondays)
Distance: 2km (takes approx. 30-40 minutes)
Pay-as-you-feel tickets available at operanorth.co.uk
Within the guidelines of the new tier system which come into force this week, As You Are: A Leeds Soundwalk can now open with audiences strictly limited to six per walk, and social distancing in place for people attending from different households.
After collecting a fully-sanitised audio device from the Victoria Gate shopping centre, participants will visit a series of landmarks around the city to the accompaniment of a specially-composed soundtrack featuring the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, Zimbabwean mbira player Anna Mudeka, Moroccan guimbri player Simo Lagnawi, and djembe virtuoso Sidiki Dembélé from the Ivory Coast.
People can take the walk at their own pace with the soundtrack triggered by transmitters as they pass certain points on the route.
On Demand Performances
Recognising that families will miss out on their annual trip to the pantomime this year, the Company is offering a filmed version of Whistle Stop Opera: Cinderella from Thursday 17 December, giving parents and children the chance to watch it together from the comfort of their homes over the school holidays.
Suitable for 5 years and up, this magical, musical take on the much-loved fairy story was filmed in Leeds’ legendary City Varieties theatre. The show features excerpts from various versions of the rags-to-riches tale, including Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Massenet’s Cendrillon, Pauline Viardot’s operetta Cendrillon and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella.
Older viewers are being invited to take a virtual trip to the streets of a wintery Paris as La petite bohème also moves online. Originally planned to be projected onto walls and buildings in Leeds, Nottingham and Hull, this new 20-minute film will now be available through Opera North’s ONDemand platform from Thursday 17 December until Monday 4 January 2021.
Inspired by Act III of Puccini’s La bohème, artist and filmmaker Matthew Robins has used animated papercuts to bring two pairs of lovers to life as they sing passionately of their jealousy and desire. With a newly recorded soundtrack by the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, the film also features three singers from the Company’s full 2019 mainstage production.
Carols for Care Homes: residential homes will be entertained with a virtual carol concert performed by the Chorus of Opera North and members of the Orchestra of Opera North over the run up and during the festive period.
For further details visit opera www.operanorth.co.uk