Opera North

Opera North is an opera company based in Leeds which tours to theatres and concert halls throughout the North of England and beyond.  We have a brand new opera centre and a venue called The Howard Assembly Room where we put on gigs, concerts, spoken word and film. With a full-time orchestra and chorus, plus bespoke costume, technical, education and community partnerships departments, we offer a diverse range of artistic experiences.

We run a scheme called Encore which enables us to build relationships with groups and organisations that work with people who may have barriers to attending our performances.  Encore members can access heavily subsidised tickets, special events and a personalised booking system as well as taster performances and workshops.

We were awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status in 2018 for our work in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.

“We’ve seen improved mental health from experiencing live musical performance, as well as having ‘things to do’ on an evening. Most of our clients live in very poor accommodation and struggle to occupy their time. This forced inactivity can have particularly negative affects on individual’s mental health. Visits to the opera and HAR has changed this.”

We started Arts Together because we know that wonderful things can happen when arts organisations and community groups come together to share their ideas and experiences!

Contact details

Howard Opera Centre
8 Harrison Street

Tel: 0113 213 5649
Email: [email protected]

Image credit: Tristram Kenton

Opera North website