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

Opera North, The Lowry

Opera Review: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky; Gianni Schacci by Giacomo Puccini, Opera North, The Lowry

March 19, 2019 No Comments

It’s the end of a fantastic spring season by Opera North at Salford’s Lowry.

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Katie Bray as Varvara and Alexander Sprague as Kudryash © Jane Hobson

Opera Review: Katya Kabanov by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, The Lowry

March 16, 2019 No Comments

About a third way of the way through Opera North’s Spring season we moved away from the 18th Century absurdism of late Mozart to the early days of the 20th Century, and three works made in the shadow of the First World War.

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Opera Review: The Magic Flute, Opera North, The Lowry

March 15, 2019 No Comments

The excitement in the office at OperaWatch was palpable.

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Opera Review: Mary’s Hand, Lancaster Priory Church

March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Mary’s Hand, Lancaster Priory Church

I was going to start with that old OperaWatch standby: “It’s been a quiet time here at OW offices.”

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Review: Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 12, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Oh, the irony! I had to miss the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera for a night at the opera.

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Rafael Rojas as Cavaradossi © Richard H Smith

Review: Tosca, Opera North, The Lowry

November 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Tosca, Opera North, The Lowry

It’s been a quiet couple of months here in the OperaWatch office at Northern Soul Towers.

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The Daughter of the Regiment, Gaetano Donizetti, Opera della Luna, Buxton Opera House

Opera Review: The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Opera House

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Opera House

This is Northern Soul’s second visit to the prestigious Buxton International Festival in what I hope will become an annual trip.

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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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