Switch ON Live: A Celebratory Season Preview from Opera North

Music by Will Todd
Produced by Opera North in partnership with Northern Heartlands

Opera North celebrates a return to live performance in a special concert streamed live from Leeds Town Hall. Hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Suzy Klein, the concert will reveal Opera North’s ambitious new programme of upcoming events and innovative digital projects through a series of live musical performances and interviews with cast and creative teams.


More than 14,000 tickets will be available for events in the Switch ON season, at over 40 different venues, with 79% of tickets either free, pay-as-you-feel, or priced at under £15. Find out more » http://bit.ly/SwitchON_News

01:00 ‘Happy We’ from Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Nicholas Watts, Amy Freston, Chorus of Opera North, Opera North String Quintet, David Cowan) 04:25 Interview (Richard Mantle — General Director)

08:38 Song of our Heartland (extract) by Will Todd. Produced by Opera North in partnership with Northern Heartlands

12:45 ‘O wär’ ich schon mit dir vereint’ from Beethoven’s Fidelio (Fflur Wyn, David Cowan)

17:14 Connecting Voices (extract) Co-produced by Opera North and Leeds Playhouse

21:35 Interview (Jasdeep Singh Degun)

24:38 Arya: Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra (extract) (Jasdeep Singh Degun, Opera North String Quintet, Oliver Rundell)

35:38 ‘O buon Marcello, aiuto!’ from Puccini’s La bohème (Katie Bird, Tim Nelson, David Cowan)

40:50 Interview (John Savournin) 44:15 Whistle Stop Opera: Hansel and Gretel (extract) Adapted from the opera by Humperdinck (Written, directed and narrated by John Savournin)

48:46 ‘Der Neugierige’ from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin (Nicholas Watts, David Cowan)

53:22 Scherzo and trio from Dvořák String Quintet No. 2 (Opera North String Quintet)

1:01:57 Easter Hymn (Regina Coeli) from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (Elizabeth Llewellyn, Chorus of Opera North, Oliver Rundell, David Cowan)

Watch it live on YouTube at 7pm on Wednesday 30 September, or on demand any time after the event.