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

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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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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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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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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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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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Opera Reviews: Albert Herring at Buxton Opera Festival, and other opera goings-on

July 26, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Reviews: Albert Herring at Buxton Opera Festival, and other opera goings-on

Summer is usually a quiet time here at the OperaWatch offices.

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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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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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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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