Opera North is England’s national opera company and a leading European arts organisation. The Company is committed to producing work of the highest quality that excites, challenges and entertains. It performs not only throughout the north of England and in London, but also at opera houses on the continent and at major international festivals. An innovative approach to programming and performance style has been widely acknowledged through a number of prestigious awards, including four for its Eight Little Greats season in 2004, and for Peter Grimes, the 2007 South Bank Show Opera Award, Royal Philharmonic Society Opera and Music Theatre Award and TMA Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. Recently, the Company won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera at the 2012 Theatre Awards UK for its production of Norma.
Acclaimed for its imaginative programming and innovative productions on the main stage, the Company also creates smaller scale Projects that bring together music, words and theatre in new and surprising combinations, and programmes its own venue, the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds, with an enormous diversity of activities that make connections between the classical and the contemporary. The Company’s core artistic ensembles, the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, are renowned for the consistent excellence of their work, and the Orchestra, under the inspired leadership of its Music Director Richard Farnes, also leads an energetic life on the concert platform and in the recording studio. Opera North Education takes the Company into the heart of the community and demonstrates, year after year, the power of the arts in general, and opera in particular, to transform lives.
The work of Opera North is made possible by direct support from Arts Council England, local authorities led by a close and sustained relationship with Leeds City Council, sponsorship from the private sector, the Friends of Opera North, the Opera North Fund, The Future Fund, The Patron’s Initiative and the box office income from its audiences. The Company is grateful to the many business sponsors, charitable trusts and individuals who together assist Opera North to continue to mount its award-winning programmes.