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Opera Correspondent Robert Hamilton maintains a steady watch over operatic events in the North of England.

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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Theodora, RNCM

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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La vie parisienne, RNCM

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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Die Walküre

Review: Die Walkure at The Lowry and Wether at HOME, Manchester

July 5, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Die Walkure at The Lowry and Wether at HOME, Manchester

As you can imagine, there’s been a right old ding-dong here in the offices of OperaWatch at Northern Soul Towers.

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Murder on the Opera Express

May 21, 2016 Comments Off on Murder on the Opera Express

It’s been a bloody old time here at Opera Watch as murder stalks the corridors of our offices at Northern Soul Towers.

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La traviata

Review: Andrea Chénier, Turandot, La traviata

February 20, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Andrea Chénier, Turandot, La traviata

It was a cold Winter evening when I set off across the Pennines, armed only with a couple of G&Ts.

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Turandot

OperaWatch: What’s on in Winter

January 18, 2016 Comments Off on OperaWatch: What’s on in Winter

As I look out of the window of the OperaWatch offices, housed on the 43rd floor of Northern Soul Towers, I can see snow-covered lands as far as the Lakes.

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Le Passion de Jeanne D’Arc

Opera Reviews: Four shows, seven bodies

December 22, 2015 Comments Off on Opera Reviews: Four shows, seven bodies

It’s been quite an opera season in the old Northern Powerhouse.

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The Barber of Seville

Review: The Barber of Seville, Jenůfa, Kiss Me, Kate, Salford

November 18, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Barber of Seville, Jenůfa, Kiss Me, Kate, Salford

Kiss Me, Kate opens with Another Op’nin’, Another Show, a hymn to hoofers and thespians everywhere.

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