Opera Correspondent Robert Hamilton maintains a steady watch over operatic events in the North of England.
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
A red carpet was introduced at The Lowry for Opera North’s revival of Madama Butterfly by Puccini.Read the full story..
As I write, a real Cinderella story is being played out in the pages of the rabidly, sycophantically Royalist British press.Read the full story..
Okay, three nights does not a week make – but why spoil a Marx Brothers’ pun for the sake of numerical accuracy?Read the full story..
Summer is usually a quiet time here at the OperaWatch offices.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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