Shakespeare will take centre stage at our Festival this summer, which from 2019 onwards will be renamed the Leeds Opera Festival.

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.

We're celebrating one of Shakespeare's most iconcic characters with an evening of food, opera and film.

You'll enjoy a sumptuous feast accompanied by music from three Falstaff operas - by Verdi, Salieri and Balfe - followed by a screening of Orson Welles' masterpiece, 'Chimes at Midnight'.

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 live recording of our Operacast podcast at Chapel FM

- 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!

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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.

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.

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.

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