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The spring 2013 season for Opera North has been announced, with opera from Handel, Wagner and Albert Herring topping the bill.
Opera North's spring season 2013 will feature new productions of operas by Handel, Wagner and Britten. The season will also feature a series of concerts from the Orchestra of Opera North and a collaboration with the Royal Opera House's ROH2 division and Watford Palace Theatre.
The three main works for the season will be Handel's oratorio Joshua in April/May (featuring Stephen Layton as conductor), Britten's Albert Herring in May and a concert staging of Wagner's Siegfried in June.
The Wagner production is a continuation of Opera North's four-year plan to stage all of the works from Wagner's Ring Cycle. It will feature Swedish soprano Annalena Persson as Brunhilde and Estonian Mati Turi in the title role making his Opera North debut.
Opera North will also continue to work with several educational projects in collaboration with Leeds University, as well as with the Royal Opera House's ROH2 on a production of an operatic version of Philip Pulman's novel The Firework-Maker's Daughter.