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Friday 28 August 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Daily Singing 'Workout'


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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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12.30pm

Leeds Opera Story concert


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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'


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12.30pm

'Thomas and Sally'

by Thomas Arne


Merrion Street Garden

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


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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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Sunday 30 August 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Daily Singing 'Workout'


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Various

Opera Ballads


2pm - Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ


3.30pm - Northern Monk Refectory, The Old Flax Store, Marshalls Mill, Marshall St, Leeds, LS11 9YJ


4.30pm - The Tetley, Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ

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


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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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Monday 31 August 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Daily Singing 'Workout'


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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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Various

Opera Ballads


1pm - HEART, Bennett Rd, Leeds LS6 3HN


3pm - Seven Arts, 31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD

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3pm

'Writing an Opera' with Murphy & Attridge


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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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Tuesday 1 September 2020

10am (available on-demand)

Available throughout

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1pm

In Conversation: David Greed


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We speak to the man who's led the orchestra of Opera North since it started in 1979 - David Greed.

We reflect on this time with the company, looking back on some of the highlights, and some of the times where things didn't quite go to plan!

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3pm

Researching Opera


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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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6pm

2021 Festival Announcement


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

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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.


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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