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Please note that further events will be included, and details of events (including venues and streaming details) will be included as government guidance develops. Sign-up to our mailing list, or follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram), to receive details as they are released.


'In person' events will take place in central Leeds, or in venues close to the city centre. We hope to perform indoors, however we are also planning to take 'in person' events outdoors should this not be possible.


Northern Opera Group takes safety very seriously, and all rehearsals, performances and events have been prepared for artists and audiences in line with Government guidance. Should you have any questions regarding our safety measures put in place to meet Covid-19 related guidance, please contact David Ward.

Friday 28 August 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Daily Singing 'Workout'


YouTube

Train those vocal chords with a daily singing 'workout' during the Festival!


Five bite-size top-tips to improve your technique.

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YouTube

12.30pm

Leeds Opera Story concert


In person and online

300 years of opera history in Leeds distilled into one lunchtime concert!

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Saturday 29 August 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Daily Singing 'Workout'


YouTube

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YouTube

12.30pm

'Thomas and Sally'

by Thomas Arne


In person and online

Enjoy the most popular opera in Leeds during the 18th century - Thomas Arne's one-act comedy, 'Thomas and Sally'

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3pm

The Urban Opera Festival


YouTube

Join Artistic Director, David Ward, and an international panel to discuss how bringing the traditional opera festival into an urban environment present new opportunities (and challenges!)


Featuring David B. Devan (General Director, Opera Philadelphia), Amy Lane (Artistic Director, Copenhagen Opera Festival), Bill Bankes-Jones (Artistic Director, Tete a Tete, London)

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YouTube

Sunday 30 August 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Daily Singing 'Workout'


YouTube

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YouTube

11am - 2pm

Opera Ballads


In person

We'll be touring Leeds bringing 18th century English ballad opera back to the venues where they were first performed in the city - pubs and public spaces!

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3pm

Operacast - #OperaFutures


YouTube

In a special episode of our Operacast podcast, we'll be discussing YOUR ideas for the future of opera - send your ideas in advance, and join in with the conversation during the recording!


Featuring David Ward (Artistic Director, Northern Opera Group), Olivia Clarke (conductor), Peter Brathwaite (baritone), Emma Black (director)

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YouTube

Monday 31 August 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Daily Singing 'Workout'


YouTube

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YouTube

11am

Made with Music


Facebook Live

The award-winning Made with Music present a music making session for young people and families, based on our theme of the history of Leeds.

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Facebook

11am - 2pm

Opera Ballads


In person

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3pm

'Writing an Opera' with Murphy & Attridge


YouTube

Composer Lewis Murphy and librettist Laura Attridge (otherwise known as Murphy & Attridge) discuss the process of writing an opera, and look forward to their latest project, ARC23 (which will premiere in Leeds in July 2021, performed by Leeds Youth Opera)

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YouTube

Tuesday 1 September 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Available throughout

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YouTube

3pm

Researching Opera


YouTube

Historians, researchers and archivists discuss how to go about unearthing opera's hidden history - whether you're planning your PhD, or looking for some new artistic inspiration!


Featuring Sophie Horrocks (PhD researcher, University of Durham), Iain Fraser (Opera Scotland)

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YouTube

6pm

2021 Festival Announcement


YouTube

Tune-in to find out what's in store for our 2021 Leeds Opera Festival ...

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YouTube

Available throughout

Leeds Opera Story


Online exhibition

Learn about the 300 year history of opera in Leeds with our Leeds Opera Story online exhibition.


Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Leeds City Council.


Available from 28 August.

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