Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Food Review: Tast Catala, King Street, Manchester

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Tast Catala, King Street, Manchester

It is Wednesday July 18, midday on a very hot day, seven hours away from the semi-final against Croatia and I’m at the press opening of the keenly awaited Tast Catala on Manchester’s King Street.

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The Daughter of the Regiment, Gaetano Donizetti, Opera della Luna, Buxton Opera House

Opera Review: The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Opera House

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Opera House

This is Northern Soul’s second visit to the prestigious Buxton International Festival in what I hope will become an annual trip.

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Berlin to Broadway, Leeds, Credit Ant Robling

Review: Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties, Leeds

June 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties, Leeds

Off to Leeds again for a night of musical entertainment courtesy of Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the City Varieties Music Hall, carried across the moors in a timely manner by TransPennine Express.

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Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

June 4, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

It’s not often you’re greeted in a restaurant with “You don’t look like a Helen”.

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Review: Kiss Me Kate, Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Kiss Me Kate, Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre

This is a revival of Opera North’s magnificent production of Cole Porter’s Shakespearian parody Kiss me, Kate, staged by the company in 2015.

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Film Review: Have a Nice Day

April 7, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: Have a Nice Day

Have a Nice Day is something of an oddity.

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Review: Madama Butterfly and Un Ballo In Mascera, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

March 14, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Madama Butterfly and Un Ballo In Mascera, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

A red carpet was introduced at The Lowry for Opera North’s revival of Madama Butterfly by Puccini.

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Luo Wei, Wave Transmitter, install at CFCCA NOW show, image courtesy of on the brink studio

Review: NOW – A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, CFCCA and HOME, Manchester

February 25, 2018 Comments Off on Review: NOW – A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, CFCCA and HOME, Manchester

There’s an old saying in China that ‘women hold up half the sky’.

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Cendrillon - Music by Jules Massenet - Libretto by Henri Cain - RNCM Opera - 6th December 2017Conductor - Martin AndréDirector - Olivia FuchsDesigner - Yannis ThavorisLighting Designer - Matt Haskins

Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As I write, a real Cinderella story is being played out in the pages of the rabidly, sycophantically Royalist British press.

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Little Greats, Opera North, The Lowry

A Week at the Opera: ‘Little Greats’, Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

November 23, 2017 Comments Off on A Week at the Opera: ‘Little Greats’, Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

Okay, three nights does not a week make – but why spoil a Marx Brothers’ pun for the sake of numerical accuracy?

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