Peter Grimes, the opera that put Benjamin Britten’s name on the world’s operatic map, in Opera North’s revival of its highly praised 2006 production directed by Phyllida Lloyd as part of the company’s present autumn season – A Festival of Britten, with A Midsummer Night’s Dream opening this Saturday and Death in Venice on October 17. Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts and Giselle Allen reprise the roles of Grimes and Ellen Orford, Robert Hayward takes over as Balstrode and the conductor is new, the excellent Jac van Steen. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Friday, 7pm – £15 -£63.50 (box office 0113 2233 500). Further performances October 10, 16 and 26. www.operanorth.co.uk
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera North’s revival of its 2008 staging of Britten’s bewitching opera directed by Martin Duncan which generally went down well at the time. James Laing (Oberon), Jeni Bern (Tytania), Henry Waddington (Bottom) are among those returning to reprise their roles and among those singing them for the first time are Australian soprano Sky Ingram (Helena), Kathryn Rudge (Hermia) and Sheffield born and bred baritone John Savournin who makes his company debut as Quince. Stuart Stratford is the experienced conductor. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Saturday, 7pm – £15 -£63.50 (box office 0113 2233 500). Further performances October 5, 12, 18 and 24.
University of Sheffield Singers' Society, workshop and masterclass entitled How Singing Works led by the society's directors Peter Taylor and Harriet Johnson, an insight into the mechanics and capabilities of the singing voice and a fascinating study of it whether you are a beginner or have been studying for many years. Open to all. Richard Roberts Auditorium, University of Sheffield, Sunday, 1pm-5pm.
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