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Left Bank Opera Festival 2018

22 - 26 August


The Original Chinese Conjuror


The Yellow Princess


Calcutta

For our 2018 Left Bank Opera Festival (22 - 26 August) we turned our attention to opera’s longstanding (and rather contentious) relationship with stories, characters and music from Asia.


Our headline production was



music by Raymond Yiu

libretto by Lee Warren


The Original Chinese Conjuror tells the true story of magician William Robinson who, in his efforts to enliven his act, adopts the persona of a mystical conjuror from China - and keeps his real identity hidden to all but those closest to him. Raymond Yiu’s opera is a hilarious and poignant tale of ambition, masquerade, and - of course - magic!


The production was directed by Northern Opera Group’s Artistic Director, David Ward, conducted by Lewis Gaston, and designed by George Leigh.


Read the 4* review of the production from The Guardian.


We explored opera's fasincation with Japan in Saint-Saens'



a dramatic and musically sumptuous piece which explores obsession, love, and escape from reality. This was performed in a concert production by two outstanding young singers, Natalie Johnson-Hyde and John Porter.


We were delighted to welcome Ensemble Tempus Fugit to Leeds with their production of


where audiences experience music from 18th Century Calcutta, where performers from both India and England wound melodies from many cultures into their own traditions. Told through puppetry and song, Calcutta was a beautiful performance for the whole family.


Accompanying the productions was a programme of free talks, discussions and events which further explored Western opera’s fascination with Asia. Click here for the full schedule.

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