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Opera & Art in Leeds

Giulio Cesare ∙ La boheme ∙ The Greek Passion

Opera & Art in Leeds

We stay at the art deco Queens Hotel in Leeds for three nights of opera with Opera North. Martinu’s immense Greek Passion receives a rare performance together with Handel’s most famous opera and Puccini’s lyrical favourite.
Informative talks on each of the operas will be complemented by visits to Temple Newsam House, Harewood House and the Leeds galleries. There will also be time to explore the recently extended Victoria Quarter.



Arrive at the Queens Hotel after lunch for the first Opera talk during the late afternoon. An early dinner is followed by the performance at the Grand Theatre.
Giulio Cesare Handel
Conductor Christian Curnyn, Director Tim Alberry
Justina Gringyte Giulio Cesare Sophie Bevan Cleopatra
Heather Lowe Sesto James Laing Tolomeo
Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian Nireno Darren Jeffery Achilla.


After a leisurely breakfast we leave for a tour of Temple Newsam House - a treasure house of paintings and furniture. An opera talk precedes an early dinner which will be taken at a restaurant nearby.
La Boheme Puccini
Conductor Renato Balsadonna, Director Phyllida Lloyd
Lauren Fagan Mimì Katie Bird Mimì Eleazar Rodriguez Rodolfo
Thomas Atkins Rodolfo Anush Hovhannisyan Musetta
Samantha Clarke Musetta Yuriy Yurchuk Marcello Timothy Nelson Marcello
Henry Neill Schaunard Emyr Wyn Jones Colline.


We begin the day with a visit to Harewood House until after lunch. There will be free time in the afternoon to visit the Leeds galleries. An opera talk precedes dinner in a local Italian restaurant.
The Greek Passion Martinu
Conductor Garry Walker, Director Christopher Alden
Nicky Spence Manolios Magdalena Molendowska Katerina
Paul Nilon Yannakos Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts Panait Stephen Gadd Priest Grigoris
John Savournin Priest Fotis Steven Page Captain Brian Bannatyne-Scott Archon.


Guests are free to depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Dinner each night will be at the hotel or in selected restaurants near the Grand Theatre.
The Queens Hotel is adjacent to the city station giving easy access to trains from many parts of the UK. There is a half-hourly train service from London Kings Cross.

Testimonials from our Leeds Tour in 2018