Opera North streams live

Published: 17 November 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Shelley Eva Haden as Anna II and Wallis Giunta as Anna I in The Seven Deadly Sins Credit: Tristram Kenton
Fflur Wyn as Marzelline in the upcoming livestreamed concert performance of Fidelio Credit: Justin Slee

Opera North will live-stream two productions that were disrupted by the second lockdown and offer an online film in the run-up to Christmas.

On Saturday 21 November at 6PM, Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins will be streamed live from Leeds Playhouse then be available to watch on demand for 48 hours for £10.

Anna and Anna—one person, two personalities—are sent away for seven years to make money for their struggling family, encountering sloth, pride, wrath, gluttony, lust, greed and envy on the way. Weill’s ‘sung ballet’—his final collaboration with Brecht—is directed and choreographed by Gary Clarke (Street Scene) and features Wallis Giunta (Trouble in Tahiti) and dancer Shelley Eva Haden as the two Annas, with an orchestra of 16 musicians conducted by James Holmes (Street Scene).

On Saturday 12 December at 7PM a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio conducted by Mark Wigglesworth will be streamed live from Leeds Town Hall then available to watch live or on demand for seven days for £15. Singers including Rachel Nicholls, Toby Spence, Robert Hayward and Brindley Sherratt will perform with a 33-piece orchestra and 24-strong chorus.

In December, film of Whistle Stop Opera: Cinderella will be released online, with the tour originally planned for November and December rescheduled for early 2021. It is directed by John Savournin with Marie Claire Breen as Cinderella, Amy J Payne as Prince / Stepmother and Julia Mariko Smith as Fairy Godmother.

The spring 2021 tour of Parsifal is postponed, replaced by highlights of Wagner’s Ring conducted by Richard Farnes using Jonathan Dove’s orchestrations.