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Harpist Céline Saout © Justin Slee

Percussionist Christopher Bradley © Justin Slee
Harpist Céline Saout © Tom Arber

Multi-award-winning Opera North presents an exclusive film screening and live concert

Thursday 20th May
Middleton Hall, The University of Hull

In partnership with the University of Hull, these two FREE events were an opportunity for audiences to experience live music, in-person, and to enjoy a private screening and conversation with the maker of a new film commissioned by Opera North during lockdown. The concert was also livestreamed to global audiences, which is available to watch along with the La petite bohème Q&A on this page.

4.45pm:          Screening of La petite bohème and virtual Q&A with film-maker Matthew Robins

5.30pm:          Interval

6.00pm:          Concert by members of the Orchestra of Opera North, brass, percussion and harp

7.00pm:          Close

La petite bohème Screening and Q&A:

Audiences will be transported to a crisp winter evening in Paris to follow the once madly in love couple, Rodolfo and Mimì, who have fallen on hard times. Mimì’s illness is getting worse and Rodolfo is driven to jealousy and rage. In this famously heart-breaking act, the couple reaches their breaking point. Can their love survive the harsh winter?

Created by Opera North during national lockdown, La petite bohème is a unique 20-minute animation that flawlessly captures the emotion and humour to Act III of Puccini’s best-loved opera, La bohème. Animated by Matthew Robins and featuring a newly-recorded soundtrack by the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and four soloists, this animation will delight both lovers of La bohème and opera newcomers in equal measure. Opera North Projects Director Dominic Gray introduced the film and hosted a virtual Q&A with film maker and animator Matthew Robins. This event was only available in-person at Middleton Hall.


The Orchestra of Opera North holds a unique place amongst British orchestras as the only ensemble in the country to have a year-round dual role in the opera house and concert hall. Exclusively at Middleton Hall, members of The Orchestra of Opera North performed an enriching programme of repertoire including brass ensemble, harp solo and percussion duet, to live audiences both in-person and globally via livestream.

Giuseppe Verdi (arr. Saurer) Nabucco overture
Cécile Chaminade  Meditation (harp solo)
Howard BlakeSinfonietta
Ney RosauroA Message to a Friend (percussion duet)
Pietro Mascagni (arr. André Becker)Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Hoagy Carmichael (arr. Christopher Bradley)Stardust
Maurice Ravel (arr. Mark Wagstaff) Le jardin féerique from Mother Goose
John Bull (arr. Elgar Howarth) Pavan & King’s Hunting Jigg


Imogen Whitehead, Michael Woodhead, David Hooper, Jim Bulger

Alex Hamilton

Blair Sinclair, Robert Burtenshaw, Tom Berry

Bass Trombone:
Christian Jones

Brian Kingsley

Christopher Bradley (conductor, Blake’s Sinfonietta), Mark Wagstaff

Céline Saout

For more information about Opera North and their programmes, please visit the Opera North website.

*Please note that all events and performances were following relevant social distancing guidelines released by the Government.

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