Opera Of The People

Opera North, the regional company based in Leeds, England, has reported a 25% jump in ticket sales, and a demographic breakdown shows that the company has succeeded in attracting an audience that goes well outside the wealthy elite crowd normally associated with the form. At a time when many UK opera companies are struggling to attract audience as well as funding, Opera North’s success story is a major surprise, and other companies may begin to take a look at its programming strategies, which have included some unorthodox productions in recent years.