Opera North has just announced Switch ON; a programme of new outdoor events and digital projects to take place this Autumn, embodying the Company’s commitment to make music with and for audiences in communities across the North of England.  This activity respects the latest government guidelines on social distancing and live performances, which are not currently permitted to take place indoors.  The Company plans further announcements in the coming weeks of concerts and staged opera either live or available digitally as it responds to the changing guidelines.

The Leeds-based national opera company has postponed its previously planned season of large-scale operas, which was due to tour to theatres across the North of England from September.

The new Switch ON projects include As You Are, a new soundwalk for Leeds by South African cellist and composer Abel Selaocoe, which will open in November; a digital premiere for Will Todd’s new community opera, Song of Our Heartland; a new animation re-interpreting La bohème to be shown in cities across the North in the run up to Christmas; and an outdoor tour for family audiences of Whistle Stop Opera: Hansel and Gretel, beginning on Tuesday 18 August.

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.

Opera North’s new concert staging of Parsifal, scheduled to be performed at concert halls across the country in Spring 2021, remains on sale.

For full details and dates visit: operanorth.co.uk.


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