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

The Prodigal Son by Claude Debussy, Opera on Location. Image by Gareth Widdowson.

Opera Review: The Prodigal Son by Claude Debussy, Opera on Location, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

September 22, 2021 Comments Off on 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.

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Online Opera Review: Fidelio by Beethoven, Opera North

December 22, 2020 Comments Off on Online Opera Review: Fidelio by Beethoven, Opera North

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.

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Online Opera Review: Nineteen Ways of Looking, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese Arts Now

December 3, 2020 Comments Off on 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.

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OperaWatch: Lockdown Edition

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on OperaWatch: Lockdown Edition

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.

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The Marriage of Figaro

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

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, The Lowry

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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