SHORT operas with huge emotions are promised in the Little Greats season at Leeds Grand.

The theatre is hosting Opera North’s ‘mix-and-match’ festival of six operas with tickets costing £10 each.

The operas, which each last less than an hour and pack a huge emotional punch, are being presented as ever-changing double-bills.

The seductive style of Mad Men meets the powerful emotion of opera in Opera North’s first staging of glamorous 1950s-set Trouble In Tahiti, Leonard Bernstein’s sparking satire on the American Dream.

Young married couple, Sam and Dinah, are sitting down to breakfast as they start their day in 1950s suburbia.

All looks idyllic in their ‘little white house’, but it soon becomes clear that their marriage is far from perfect as they both struggle to recapture their lost intimacy.

Sam escapes to the competitive world of the office and the gym, while Dinah loses herself at the movies, watching the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti.

An Opera North spokesman said: “Trouble in Tahiti is the perfect introduction to opera and to Bernstein in his centenary year, featuring all the intensity of a longer work in just 45 minutes. “

Trouble in Tahiti is joined by the raw, hot-blooded passion of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, and the popular charm and unmatched comic style of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Trial by Jury.

Completing the set are two rarely performed gems: Ravel’s fantastical L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) and Janá?ek’s ground-breaking and cinematic Osud (Destiny).

The Little Greats season runs from September 16 to October 21, with various pairings. visit or call 0844 8482700 for further information and to book tickets.