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Leeds Opera Story - 'Trial by Jury' (1876)

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vintage photograph of boys wearing suits singing next to a brick wall
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14 May 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

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Discover 300 years of opera history in Leeds with The Leeds Opera Story!

In this episode we explore the first performance in Leeds of an opera by the most celebrated writing partnership of all time - 'Trial by Jury' by William S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan (1876).

We explore the origins of the opera, uncover the lost theatres of Leeds, and the legacy 'G&S' has had on professional and amateur stages.

This episode has been made in collaboration with Charles Court Opera ( and features an interview with their Artistic Director, John Savournin.

The episode also features new recordings of songs from 'Trial by Jury' performed by Catrine Kirkman and Jack Roberts, and contemporary songs by Jacque Offenbach (performed by Matthew Siviter) and Daniel Auber (performed by Llio Evans).

For more information on The Leeds Opera Story, please visit

If you would like to make a donation in support of the project, please visit

The Leeds Opera Story is produced by Northern Opera Group ( and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Leeds City Council.

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Northern Opera Group
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  • Free Event
  • Family friendly
  • Classical Music
  • Heritage
  • Music
  • Online
  • Talk
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