Operas for the North

Published: 23 December 2022
Reporter: David Upton

Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos Credit: Mats Backer

With Puccini’s take on passion and power, Janáček’s exploration of the cycle of life, and Strauss’s playful look at what happens when tragedy and comedy collide, Opera North’s new season brings musical drama to theatres across the north this winter.

Alongside the mainstage shows, there will also be more than 40 opportunities for young people and families to engage with opera in theatres, libraries, schools, community arts centres and universities.

The season opens at Leeds Grand January 21 with Tosca, one of the world’s most enduringly popular operas.

A different look at life and loss follows with Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, a first for Opera North, completes the winter season in a co-production with Gothenburg Opera, where it premièred to critical acclaim in 2018.

Following the run in Leeds, all three productions will tour to venues across the north of England, including The Lowry at Salford Quays, Nottingham Theatre Royal and Newcastle Theatre Royal, with performances of Tosca and The Cunning Little Vixen also planned at Hull New Theatre.

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