BUT LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES ARE BEING PLANNED AND CURATED
As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the latest guidance on live performances, Opera North has announced the postponement of all mainstage productions due to tour in Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021.
All productions previously planned for Autumn 2020 (La traviata, Jack the Ripper, and Trouble in Tahiti / West Side Story Symphonic Dances, in association with Phoenix Dance Theatre) and Winter 2021 (Carmen, Alcina, and The Girl of the Golden West) are postponed and will be rescheduled over the next two years. Ticket holders will be contacted directly by Opera North for all bookings at Leeds Grand Theatre to arrange refunds.
A new season of artistic activity for the Autumn 2020 season is being curated and devised, including a range of live musical and operatic performances, respecting government guidelines, together with innovative digital events for audiences in Leeds and across the North. Further details will be announced over the summer.
The first of these new events to be announced is an interactive outdoor soundwalk for Opera North’s home city of Leeds. A new score will be commissioned for a journey through the city, which will be recorded with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. This follows the success of previous soundwalks The Height of the Reeds, created for the Humber Bridge as part of Hull 2017 City of Culture, and Aeons, commissioned for The Great Exhibition of the North, 2018 and for which Martin Green received an Ivor Novello Award.
Audiences for the soundwalk will be given a set of headphones connected to a wireless receiver, triggering new musical chapters at different points on the walk through Leeds, experiencing the cityscape through a new and transformative journey.
The Company intends to mount a mainstage season in January 2021 together with a northern tour and is planning alternative repertoire in order to ensure a financially viable and agile Winter season, tailored to be responsive to the ongoing need for social distancing for audiences, performers and backstage staff. A further announcement regarding the Winter season is expected in September.
Opera North’s new concert staging of Parsifal, scheduled to be performed at concert halls across the country in Spring 2021, remains on sale.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, Opera North has continued to share performances digitally, with a range of filmed productions including the complete Ring cycle and The Turn of the Screw available to watch online via operanorth.co.uk.
Five artists have also been commissioned by Opera North to compose and record new pieces of music under lockdown for BBC Arts and Arts Council England’s Culture in Quarantine season. Entitled Walking Home: Sound Journeys for Lockdown, and specifically designed to be listened to while walking, the finished pieces are a vibrant cross-section of music-making in Britain today and will be available to download in Summer 2020.