Shakespeare will take centre stage at our Festival this summer, which from 2019 onwards will be renamed the Leeds Opera Festival.
We’ve had two great years at Left Bank however to stage more events and present audiences with even more opportunities to engage with rare and wonderful operas, we’re going to be taking the Festival to venues and communities across the city.
In 2019 we'll be visiting Leeds City Centre, Headingley, Morley, Seacroft and other venues around the city to truly bring opera to all parts of Leeds.
Running from 23 to 27 August 2019, the headline production of the Leeds Opera Festival will be
music by Charles Villiers Stanford
libretto by Julian Sturgis
This comic gem will be performed in the wonderful Morley Town Hall, and cast members include Charlotte Hoather, Catrin Woodruff and Phil Wilcox.
We staged scenes from the opera in 2016 and you can listen to highlights from the performance here.
Tuesday 27 August will see the premiere of a new opera-theatre piece at Leeds Town Hall, titled
This captivating performance will imaginatively weave together text and song to seamlessly bring together Shakespeare’s original plays with many of the operas inspired by his works.
Also included as part of the Festival are
- A concert of works by the leading Victorian composer of Shakespeare operas, Henry Rowley Bishop
- A workshop day for local amateur singers at HEART Headingley
- Free pre-performance talks
with more events and details to be announced soon!
Our design competition to create our Festival imagery has been won by Polly Rockman - a Graphics and Communication Design student from the University of Leeds. Polly's beautiful and evocative designs were chosen from a very strong field of candidates. Find out more about Polly and her work here.
The Leeds Opera Festival is supported by Arts Council England, Leeds City Council and the Emerald Foundation. Click here to find out how you can support the Festival.