Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

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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Dukes 92

Review: Dukes 92, Manchester

June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Dukes 92, Manchester

When Oliver Peyton closed Manchester’s Mash & Air in 2000 and ran back to London with his tail between his legs, he declared that “Mancunians know nothing about food”.

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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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Tariff and Dale

Review: Tariff & Dale, Northern Quarter, Manchester

May 5, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Tariff & Dale, Northern Quarter, Manchester

While Piccadilly Gardens remains a midden, one of the remarkable developments to its north is the rise of the eastern half of the Northern Quarter.

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Marguerite

Film Review: Marguerite

March 17, 2016 Comments Off on Film Review: Marguerite

One of first foreign films I fell in love with was the 1981 French classic, Diva.

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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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Infernal Affairs

Crime films: Hong Kong Style in Manchester

February 2, 2016 Comments Off on Crime films: Hong Kong Style in Manchester

Many of you will have seen The Departed by Martin Scorsese for which he won his only Oscar. Fewer of you will know that the story for the film was ‘borrowed’ from a 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller called Infernal Affairs directed by Andy Lau and written by Felix Chong.

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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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