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Leeds Opera Festival 2023

19 August to 10 September 2023

Inspired by the music and opera of Latin America, our 2023 Festival featured the UK premiere of Robert Rodriguez's Frida and Astor Piazzolla's tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires - both performed at Leeds School of Arts

Taking place in venues and communities across the city, the Festival brought together outstanding local, national and international talent - foregrounding artists with Latin American heritage


The 2023 Festival is supported by Arts Council England, Leeds City Council, the International Music & Art Foundation, Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund, Instituto Cervantes Leeds, Scops Arts Trust, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, Postlethwaite Music Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Wingate Foundation, Fidelio Charitable Trust, D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Wade's Charity, Wavendon Foundation, Three Monkies Trust, Magic Little Grants, and individual supporters.

Artwork by Becky Long-Smith, as part of our annual design competition with Leeds Arts University

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music by Robert Rodriguez
book by Hilary Bleecher
lyrics by Migdalia Cruz

29 August 7pm
31 August 7pm
2 September 2.30pm

Performed and acclaimed in the US, Mexico and Europe, the Festival will produce the UK premiere of Robert Rodriguez musical biography of Frida Kahlo. Described by USA Today as "exciting, raw, wonderfully dangerous theater", the production will be conducted by Cuban-American Odaline de la Martinez - a renowned contemporary music conductor and the first female conductor at the BBC Proms - and directed by Francesca Murray-Fuentes.

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Maria de Buenos Aires
by Astor Piazzolla
libretto by Horacio Ferrer

30 August 7pm
1 September 7pm
2 September 7pm

Reflecting Leeds' passion and expertise for both music and dance, Piazzolla's tango opera is a heady invocation of life on the streets of Argentina. Choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra, Artistic Director of DeNada Dance, conducted by Natalia Luis-Bassa, and featuring dancers from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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