Opera Correspondent Robert Hamilton maintains a steady watch over operatic events in the North of England.
I’m always amazed by the success of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).Read the full story..
We are living in strange times. For the first time in more than 40 years of opera-going, I was about to hear a national anthem.Read the full story..
Opera Review: Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss / The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, Royal Northern College of Music
It was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon as The Blonde and I walked down Oxford Road towards the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) to attend its reopening to the public.Read the full story..
It’s been so long that I had to check my notes for when I last went to a live opera.Read the full story..
Opera Review: The Prodigal Son by Claude Debussy, Opera on Location, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield
As regular readers of this column will know, it has been a quiet year or so here at the OperaWatch offices, which are situated deep inside Northern Soul Towers.Read the full story..
This week sees a landmark in my long walk on this weird and mostly wonderful world, although weird has the upper hand at the moment.Read the full story..
Online Opera Review: Nineteen Ways of Looking, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese Arts Now
As we hurtle towards 2021, I realise that it’s been eight months since I last saw a live opera and who knows when I will see one again.Read the full story..
It’s been a quiet old time here at OperaWatch HQ. The furniture is dust-covered, the trainee opera critics have all been furloughed and I sit here like Miss Havisham dripping in cobwebs and waiting for news, any news.Read the full story..
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