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2:36 AM 14th November 2020

Livestreams Announced As Opera North Reschedules Productions

Seven Deadly Sins. Photos by Tristram Kenton
Seven Deadly Sins. Photos by Tristram Kenton
Opera North today announces dates for livestreams of two major productions which have been disrupted by the second lockdown in England. Despite the latest setback, the company, which received a grant of £2m in the most recent round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, is determined to keep making and sharing music for, and with, people across the North of England and beyond. As the route to the easing of lockdown restrictions becomes clearer, Opera North intends to announce a return to live performance at Leeds Grand Theatre and on tour in early 2021.

Under the current restrictions in England, live performances with audiences are not possible, but rehearsals and filming of performances are permitted behind closed doors, with all members of staff, production crew and performers observing Covid-19 secure guidelines.

The Seven Deadly Sins (Kurt Weill)

Livestream: Saturday 21 November at 18:00
Running time: 40 mins
Available to watch live or on demand for 48 hours for £10
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A performance of Brecht and Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins will be streamed live from Leeds Playhouse at 6pm on Saturday 21 November. It will be Opera North’s first fully-staged opera since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March.

In The Seven Deadly Sins, we meet Anna and Anna: one person, two personalities. Sent away for seven years to make money for their struggling family, they journey between seven cities from Philadelphia to San Francisco, and encounter sloth, pride, wrath, gluttony, lust, greed and envy on the way. Weill’s playful and shimmering ‘sung ballet’ – his final collaboration with Brecht – is directed and choreographed by Gary Clarke (Street Scene) and features Wallis Giunta (Trouble in Tahiti) and dancer Shelley Eva Haden as the two Annas, with an orchestra of 16 musicians conducted by Weill expert James Holmes (Street Scene).

Fidelio (Beethoven)

Livestream: Saturday 12 December at 19:00
Running time: 1 hour and 45 mins
Available to watch live or on demand for seven days for £15
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A dramatic concert performance of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, will be streamed live from Leeds Town Hall at 7pm on Saturday 12 December, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, and directed by Matthew Eberhardt.

Fidelio is actually Leonore, a noblewoman disguised as a man, in search of her husband, Florestan, who has been unjustly imprisoned by his tyrannical political opponent Don Pizarro. Fidelio secures a job as a prison guard and sets in motion a chain of events in which she must risk everything to save her husband’s life…

A cast of internationally-renowned singers including Rachel Nicholls, Toby Spence, Robert Hayward and Brindley Sherratt will perform with a 33-piece orchestra and 24-strong chorus, creating one of the largest on-stage ensembles since the Covid-19 outbreak for some of Beethoven’s most powerful and poignant music, including the moving 'Prisoners’ Chorus'.