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Opera North: Arya

Thursday 5 March at 7:30 PM

A unique evening of sitar, orchestral and choral music, presented by Opera North in association with GemArts.

Conducted by Harish Shankar, the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North join forces for this wide-ranging and powerful concert. At its heart is a newly commissioned concerto from composer and sitar virtuoso Jasdeep Singh Degun, in which the complex rhythms and gorgeous melodies of Indian classical raag strike up conversations with the orchestra, as the sitar by turns draws in, creates quickfire exchange with and finally comes harmoniously together with the orchestra.

The concerto is paired with the full force of the Chorus of Opera North, whose programme includes the delicately beautiful Humming Chorus from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Purcell’s exquisite Dido’s Lament, extracts from La traviata and The Magic Flute, and concludes with Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.


Full price: £18

Concession (Senior Citizen/Student Card/Under 16/Unemployed): £15 

Tickets are available to purchase from the Gala Theatre via phone on 03000 266 600 or you can book online HERE


Verdi - Prelude to La Traviata
Mozart – Priests’ Chorus from The Magic Flute
Purcell – Dido’s Lament and chorus ‘With drooping wings’
Puccini – Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly
Sibelius – The Swan of Tuonela
Vaughan Williams – Serenade to Music


Jasdeep Singh Degun - Arya