2019-20 Kirklees Concert Season will mark the 17th year of a partnership between Opera North and Kirklees Council. The programme ranges from opera, symphonies and sitar – so whatever your taste there’s bound to be something there for you!
US-based conductor Ruth Reinhardt makes her UK debut when she opens the Orchestral Season at Huddersfield on 19th September with three brilliant showpieces: Webern’s Passacaglia, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’, with Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin joining the ensemble.
A concert performance of one-act opera Bluebeard’s Castle is also part of the season, coming to Leeds Town Hall on 30 November. Having seen Aida, I’ll probably give this one a swerve as opera concert-style isn’t for me. I much prefer acting and dancing and jazz hands and fancy lights – after all, I’m a musicals girl at heart.
Opera North’s festival programme includes the Christmas Concert in Dewsbury Town Hall on 12th December, The Nutcracker and The Snowman on 11th December and the Viennese Whirl on 30th December (both happening in Huddersfield).
A programme conducted by Ben Palmer on 23rd January 2020 includes a number of works by Steiner, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.
Arya by composer Jasdeep Singh Degun premieres at Huddersfield Town Hall on 23rd February 2020. The Orchestra of Opera North joins him in a new concerto for sitar and orchestra, directed by Harish Shankar. The show follows a residency project as part of the Resonance programme for musicians and composers from BAME backgrounds. It’ll be so interesting to experience music of a different culture, and I adore the sitar, so this is definitely the kind of thing I’d love to see more of.
Tobias Ringborg returns to the company to conduct Strauss’ gigantic tone-poem Also Sprach Zarathustra and Rachmaninov’s 3rd on 26th March 2020 in Huddersfield and 28th March 2020 in Leeds.
What a shopping list of fantastic shows! Often the theatre can feel quite exclusive, but with such a varied programme of things to choose from it’s hard not to be utterly blown away by this season of song and performance.
For more information and to book tickets for all Opera North events, contact Box Office on 0113 2233600 or visit operanorth.co.uk.