Opera North, Preparing for Renovation, Plans Busy Season

Classic Arts News   Opera North, Preparing for Renovation, Plans Busy Season
 
The UK's Opera North has announced a packed 2004-05 season in advance of a yearlong, Ô£31.5 million renovation of the Grand Theatre in Leeds beginning next spring.

The opera company, housed in the Leeds theatre for the past 26 years, will stage seven operas, including six new productions and four international collaborations, the Guardian of London reports. The lineup will include Puccini's Manon Lescaut, Mozart's CosÐ fan tutte, and a revival of Kurt Weill's One Touch of Venus.

The renovations to the 1878 Grand Theatre, funded in part by Arts Council England and the Leeds City Council, will provide expanded rehearsal space, a deeper orchestra pit, air conditioning, and 1,500 additional seats with better sightlines and improved access for the disabled.


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