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Author: Robert Hamilton

After the Storm directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, 2016

Film Review: After the Storm

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: After the Storm

In any given cinematic year, there’s an unpredictable, uneven batch of releases.

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Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

Turandot by Puccini has long been my favourite opera. There is something about the scale of its ambition, the dark tragedy at the heart of what is essentially a love story, and the sheer power of the music that rips my heart out every time I hear it.

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Madam Butterfly, photo by Bill Cooper

Opera Reviews: ‘Oxpit’ and keeping opera European

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Reviews: ‘Oxpit’ and keeping opera European

When Theresa May signed Article 50 and triggered the start of Brexit, I was reminded of the statement by Richard Mantle, general director of Opera North, on the eve of the referendum in which he spoke of the “enormous talent pool which is Europe” and his fear that isolationism would diminish that pool available to British opera.

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Clydebank, image by Robert Hamilton

A River Runs Through It: Northern Soul cheers on the Bankies

March 3, 2017 Comments Off on A River Runs Through It: Northern Soul cheers on the Bankies

At various times in my life I lived at 12 Stewart Street, Dalmuir in the borough of Clydebank.

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OperaWatch: Spring Season

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on OperaWatch: Spring Season

With Spring around the corner, that can only mean one thing.

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Review: La Vie Parisienne, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: La Vie Parisienne, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As I sat in the bar at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music sipping my pre-opera gin, my eye was drawn to a stunning vision of a young Parisian woman in a revealing corset, fishnet tights and courtesan ankle boots.

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Review: Opera North Autumn Season, The Lowry, Salford

November 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Opera North Autumn Season, The Lowry, Salford

Robert Hamilton, Northern Soul’s Opera Correspondent, enjoys an outstanding Opera North Autumn season featuring Der Rosenkavalier, Billy Budd, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica at The Lowry in Salford. 

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Review: Asha’s, Manchester

November 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Asha’s, Manchester

It’s been a funny old week at Northern Soul Towers.

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Review: Chaophraya, Manchester

September 28, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Chaophraya, Manchester

Every so often, as you have read in these very pages, Helen and I, the esteemed editor of this august publication, head out of the lofty heights of Northern Soul Towers and into the real world to sample the culinary delights that Manchester has to offer.

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Manchester's Gin Society Festival

Gin Galore: The Gin Society Festival, Manchester Cathedral

September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Gin Galore: The Gin Society Festival, Manchester Cathedral

The sun hung low in the early September sky as I sipped my G&T at Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants in Manchester.

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