Leeds Opera Festival 2022

August Bank Holiday 2022

Exploring the theme of POWER - stretching from political, to patriarchal, to climate and energy - the 2022 Festival will feature a headline production of George Frideric Handel's Silla, alongside a significant programme of performances, talks, workshops and events across Leeds.

David Ward, Artistic Director - "Handel's Silla will provide the springboard for a very busy, eclectic and entertaining 2022 Festival. Telling a hugely resonant story of a populist leader abusing his position, it's a terrific combination of glorious Handel arias at a 2 hour running time (!). We've some really exciting additional plans that will include touring across the city, complementary but stylistically very different additional productions, and a major climate and opera focused event"

More details to be announced over the coming months.

Find out more about Silla here.

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Artwork has been designed by Ben Wilkinson, as part of our annual design competition with Leeds Arts University.

With thanks ... D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Leeds City Council, Maria Bjornson Charitable Fund, Rainbow Dickinson Trust, Scops Arts Trust, Wade's Charity


Music ... George Frideric Handel

Libretto ... Giacomo Rossi

Director ... Laura Attridge

Conductor ... Ellie Slorach

English translation ... Dr Martin Pickard