The Leeds Opera Story in concert - 300 years of opera in Leeds in 30 minutes!

Recorded on 28 August 2020 as part of the Leeds Opera Festival

Soprano - Louise Wayman | Pianist - David Ward

Read the Festival programme to learn more about the song choices and their importance to the Leeds Opera Story

In Conversation: David Greed

Recorded on 1 September 2020 as part of the Leeds Opera Festival

David Ward (Artistic Director, Northern Opera Group) speaks to David Greed - leader of the Orchestra of Opera North since its inception in 1978 - about his 42 years with the company.


An Operatic Child Star: Elisabeth Feron in Leeds, 1809

Aiming to entice theatre goers in November 1809, the Leeds Intelligencer proudly advertised the recent engagement of “the English Catalani” for the town’s theatre. The singer otherwise known as Elisabeth Feron was hired by director Mr Wilkinson as part of his nine-week season in Leeds. Feron starred in three performances, singing the heroines in two operas, Thomas Arne’s Love in a Village (1762) and Stephen Storace’s The Haunted Tower (1789), and in the musical farce The Prize by John Whitworth (1802) [...]

Written by Sophie Horrocks

Exhibition partners

Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds Libraries, Leeds Museums, University of Leeds, West Yorkshire Archive Service

Main image

The Original Chinese Conjuror (Northern Opera Group, August 2018)

credit: Pelly & Me Photography

Exhibition curated by

Northern Opera Group



Supported by

National Lottery Heritage Fund


Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council




David Ward (Artistic Director)