Northern Ballet and Opera North come together to present an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, insight into their critically acclaimed forthcoming productions of Madame Butterfly.
Please note - this event takes place at the Emerald Grand Hall in Leeds Grand Theatre NOT at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre.
As promised here are the Madame Butterfly photos of our tour to Beijing. We started our tour with 3 performances of Romeo & Juliet. Toby Batley performed Romeo and Hannah Bateman performed Juliet on the opening night at the Opera House in Beijing and both were absolutely outstanding.
A Samurai, the father of Butterfly, has been disgraced. In the last moments before he commits Hari Kari he sells his daughter to the marriage broker, Goro. Butterfly enters the world of Geisha with her only possession, her father's sword, and dresses in her new kimono.
Education: Girton College, Cambridge; Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Companies/Organisations: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Northern Ballet Theatre (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director); Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor The Nutcracker and Giselle).
David Nixon has been Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001.
David trained as a dancer, first in his hometown of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his training began in earnest. It was during his time there that he first became interested in choreography, helping to revive a choreographic workshop with the approval of school director Betty Oliphant. After further training in Europe he returned to Canada to train with Erik Bruhn and the great Russian teacher, Eugene Valukin.