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Author: Robert Hamilton

The Pilgrim’s Progress - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Royal Northern College of Music - 31 March 2019Conductor - David ParryDirector - Jonathan CockerDesigner - Bob BaileyLighting - Ian Sommerville

Opera Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ralph Vaughan Williams, RNCM

April 10, 2019 No Comments

At OperaWatch we always look forward to an invitation to the latest student production at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

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Australasia 2019

Food Review: Australasia, Manchester

April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Australasia, Manchester

I’ve always thought the entrance to Australasia to be both imposing and secretive.

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Opera North, The Lowry

Opera Review: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky; Gianni Schacci by Giacomo Puccini, Opera North, The Lowry

March 19, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky; Gianni Schacci by Giacomo Puccini, Opera North, The Lowry

It’s the end of a fantastic spring season by Opera North at Salford’s Lowry.

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Katie Bray as Varvara and Alexander Sprague as Kudryash © Jane Hobson

Opera Review: Katya Kabanov by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, The Lowry

March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Katya Kabanov by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, The Lowry

About a third way of the way through Opera North’s Spring season we moved away from the 18th Century absurdism of late Mozart to the early days of the 20th Century, and three works made in the shadow of the First World War.

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Time for a Tanqueray - an evening of literature and gin, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Hamiltonic: Time for a Tanqueray, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Time for a Tanqueray, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

One of the great pleasures of this job is the occasional invitation to evenings such as this.

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The Magic Flute

Opera Review: The Magic Flute, Opera North, The Lowry

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Magic Flute, Opera North, The Lowry

The excitement in the office at OperaWatch was palpable.

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Opera Review: Mary’s Hand, Lancaster Priory Church

March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Mary’s Hand, Lancaster Priory Church

I was going to start with that old OperaWatch standby: “It’s been a quiet time here at OW offices.”

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Arbikie Gin

Hamiltonic: Arbikie Gin

February 23, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Arbikie Gin

In a new series called Hamiltonic, Northern Soul’s Gin Correspondent Robert Hamilton samples the best gin and talks to the people who make it. This week, he chats to the good folk at Arbikie Gin and sips a few samples.

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Review: Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 12, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Oh, the irony! I had to miss the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera for a night at the opera.

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Rafael Rojas as Cavaradossi © Richard H Smith

Review: Tosca, Opera North, The Lowry

November 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Tosca, Opera North, The Lowry

It’s been a quiet couple of months here in the OperaWatch office at Northern Soul Towers.

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