TIMELINE

1729 - The Beggar's Wedding is the first opera performed in Leeds

The Beggar's Wedding

1771 - Thomas and Sally is the first opera performed in Leeds' first theatre ('The Theatre')

Thomas and Sally

1832 - Il Baribere di Siviglia is the first opera performed in Leeds not in English

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

1856 - The English Opera Company perform The Beggar's Opera, marking the rise of touring opera companies


1879 - Faust is performed at Leeds Grand Theatre, the first opera performed at the venue


1890 - Leeds' oldest amateur company, Leeds Amateur Operatic Society, perform for the first time (HMS Pinafore)


1911 - Ernst Denhof's company perform Wagner's Ring Cycle in Leeds


1958 - Queen Elizabeth II attends Covent Garden Opera's performance of Samson at Leeds Grand Theatre starring Jon Vickers and Joan Sutherland


1978 - Opera North launches in Leeds with Samson and Delilah