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

The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, The Lowry

March 20, 2020 No Comments

For OperaWatch, it’s a welcome return to The Lowry for Opera North’s 2020 spring season.

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Preview: OperaWatch, Winter 2020

February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Winter 2020

On the eve of the EU referendum in 2016, Richard Mantle, the general director of Opera North, warned of the detrimental effect a no vote would have on the “enormous talent pool which is Europe”.

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Opera Review: Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók and Sinfonetta by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, Huddersfield Town Hall

December 3, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók and Sinfonetta by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, Huddersfield Town Hall

The first thing that greets you as you leave Huddersfield Train Station is the tall statue of the short Harold Wilson, well 5’ 8” according to Google.

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The Greek Passion

Review: The Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinü, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

November 23, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinü, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

Saturday night was going to be big.

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Preview: OperaWatch, Autumn 2019

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Autumn 2019

As the month of November approaches, we are well and truly into Autumn which can mean only one thing: the return of a new opera season.

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The Intelligence Park

Review: The Intelligence Park, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

October 22, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Intelligence Park, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

There is an old joke that goes like this.

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Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Of all the iconic Italian operas, I had yet to see Verdi’s Aida.

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Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, City of Manchester Opera, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, City of Manchester Opera, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

For some reason, May 23 stuck in my mind. It was an important day, but I couldn’t remember why. At my age, this happens with frightening regularity.

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Preview: OperaWatch, Summer 2019

May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Summer 2019

As keen readers of OperaWatch will know (thank you, Freda and Eric Thwaites), summer is traditionally a quiet period for opera here in the North.

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

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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