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!
Howard Opera Centre
8 Harrison Street
Tel: 0113 213 5649
Email: [email protected]
Image credit: Tristram Kenton
People you may meet
Zoe Scott FitzGibbon
As the Community Partnerships Manager at Opera North, I love meeting people from all over Leeds to find ways of engaging them with our performances. I manage our Community Partnerships programme, which means giving out loads of free/discounted tickets, setting up fun workshops, and having a lot of cups of tea. I maintain that the first opera I ever saw was Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball - a fully staged, sung through narrative with bold set and costume decisions, plus a completely bonkers plot? That’s opera!