It is generally believed that opera is a very conservative art form, entertainment for the rich and sophisticated. Leeds-based Opera North destroys this stereotype completely. If you have never been to an opera and are even afraid to try it, you are a perfect visitor for Opera North, where your ideas about Wagner and Verdi will be transformed. And if you are under 30, you will get the cheapest tickets (starting from 10 pounds).
Opera North, headed by Richard Mantle for over 25 years, is one of the world's most open and progressive opera houses. It has arguably used all ways of communicating with potential listeners: theatre backstage tours, spontaneous concerts in shopping centres, educational programmes for children and adults, and online broadcasts designed for the smartphone screens, and - most importantly - opera performances, which boast both a high level of quality and accessibility.
In his talks in Moscow and St Petersburg, Richard Mantle will use his rich professional experience to explain why opera is the most relevant art form, and how to make it interesting to audiences today.
28 February, 20:00 – 21:30
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre
17, Bolshaya Dmitrovka
29 February, 17:00 – 18:30
About Richard Mantle
Richard Mantle is General Director of Opera North. His first appointment in the opera field was as Deputy Managing Director at English National Opera, where he stayed until 1985 when he joined Scottish Opera as Managing Director. He spent 3 years working in opera in Canada before returning to the UK in 1994 to join Opera North.
Previously he was a personnel and industrial relations professional with leading commercial organisations including the Beecham Group and J. Walter Thompson.
Richard is a Fellow of the Leeds College of Music and an Honorary Member of the Royal Northern College of Music and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Leeds in 2009. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He is on the Board of the National Opera Studio and a member of the Advisory Council of the Music Department at York University.
He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, and a Guardian at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham where he is Treasurer. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2013 for services to music.