Opera North returns from lockdown
10 April 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber
A tour of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio will be the first large-scale production for over a year as Leeds-based Opera North builds towards a fuller programme of public events.
Other performances and broadcasts over the spring and summer include A Night at the Opera gala concert at The Lowry in Salford, a co-production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Leeds Playhouse, The Whitehall Road Sessions, a new series of live-streamed chamber concerts, As You Are: A Sound Walk for Leeds, Whistle Stop Opera: The Magic Flute touring across the North, Opera North and Leeds Playhouse’s Orpheus in the Record Shop broadcast on BBC Four as part of #BBCLightsUp and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts for Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice and the Orchestra of Opera North conducted by Richard Farnes.
Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North, said, “following the challenges of the last year, we are very pleased to announce our return to live performances as we prepare to welcome audiences once again. During this long period when it has not been possible to perform live, we have certainly not been silent, and we have made great strides in recording and streaming large-scale pieces within social distancing restrictions over the last few months.”