Orchestra of Opera North to Close Millennium Square Weekend with Gala Concert of Classics
The Orchestra of Opera North closes its annual long weekend Millennium Square, Leeds on Sunday 24 July. And the Opera in the City will do so with an alfresco evening of operatic favourites and classical masterpieces.
Welsh soprano Elin Pritchard is an Opera North favourite who appears with the award-winning ensemble in Wagner’s epic Parsifal throughout June. He’ll be returning to Leeds to channel the joy and heartbreak of opera’s greatest heroines, including Mimì from Puccini’s La bohème and Dvořák’s Rusalka (‘Song to the Moon’).
The brilliant Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim will make his Opera North debut in selections including the haunting ‘Oh Lola, ch’ai di latte’ from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and perhaps the best-loved tenor aria of them all, ‘Nessun dorma’ from Puccini’s Turandot. He joins Elin in Mimì and Rodolfo’s glowing duet from La bohème, ‘O soave fanciulla’. And also in lighter take on the follies of love from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore: ‘Caro elisir’.
Under internationally-renowned conductor Martin André, the Orchestra of Opera North ranges from the tragic sweep of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, through the breathless Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. And then to the folky exuberance of the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s Prince Igor.
Outgoing Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North David Greed will front the ensemble for a last goodbye. He’ll be a soloist in Massenet’s moving Méditation from Thaïs. And there’s a special appearance from the Ukrainian soprano Inna Husieva, currently a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio.
“Emotion and drama of opera and classical music”
Packing all the emotion and drama of opera and classical music into a single concert is a skill. But if it wasn’t proof enough two more events over the weekend will showcase the orchestra’s astonishing versatility.
On Friday 22 July, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, Johnny Hates Jazz, Hue and Cry and voice of Five Star Denise Pearson will join the ensemble for super-sized orchestral versions of their greatest hits, in the third edition of 80s Classical. The following day, Saturday 23 July, brings Club Classical Anthems. Special guest vocalists include John Newman and dance legends Ultra Naté and Black Box fronting the ensemble.
Phil Boughton is Director of Orchestra and Chorus, Opera North. He said: “After two years away, we’re thrilled to complete Opera North’s annual residency in the heart of Leeds with the announcement of this Sunday gala concert. With a programme showing the full spectrum of the operatic and orchestral repertoire, and brilliant, charismatic soloists accompanied by our 60-strong ensemble all fired up for the summer festivities. It’ll be the perfect introduction to opera for any newcomers. And a night of classical ‘hits’ to delight our loyal home audience”.
Tickets for Opera in the City are available from £20.00 standing (Under 16s £10.00). Or £27.50 for reserved seats (Under 16s £15.00). They can be booked via operanorth.co.uk or by calling 0113 223 3600. Tickets for 80s Classical and Club Classical Anthems are available via millsqleeds.com. You can also buy them from the City Centre Box Office in the Carriageworks Theatre.