Bite-sized opera heading for Leeds at discount prices

EXPERIENCE OPERA: Wallis Giunta, left, and Quirijn de Lang are to star in Trouble in Tahiti.
EXPERIENCE OPERA: Wallis Giunta, left, and Quirijn de Lang are to star in Trouble in Tahiti.
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BITE-SIZED opera is coming to Leeds at discount prices.

A series of six short works about an hour-long are being put on by Opera North in Leeds for as little as £10 for first-time opera goers.

The ‘Little Greats’ season will include Trouble in Tahiti and Trial by Jury and four other works. The short operas will be staged in double bills as part of a mix and match festival at Leeds Grand Theatre from September 16 to October 21.

A spokesman for Opera North said: “Tickets for each short opera are sold separately, giving audiences the flexibility to choose their own path through the season.

“Anyone who has never tried opera before can take advantage of a new £10 ticket offer in Leeds, generously funded by the Opera North Future Fund, which will make the best available seats cheaper for newcomers at every single performance.”

Trouble in Tahiti was composed by Leonard Bernstein - one of the men behind West Side Story. It is a satire on the American Dream. Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta and Dutch baritone Quirijn de Lang, who both charmed audiences in Opera North’s production of Cinderella earlier this year, will take the lead roles.

Wallis said: “This story is something everyone can relate to. It’s about life, family, marriage, love, fidelity, being true to yourself, and especially communication - things that everyone deals with on a daily basis, Trouble in Tahiti is genuine and beautiful, but also accessible.

“Bernstein is one of the most beloved composers of the 20th century for a reason: he writes things that people immediately feel in their heart, and his music is easy to access. It’s simple, but incredibly profound.”

For more information visit www.operanorth.co.uk or call 0844 848 2720.