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

A Midsummer Night's Dream

What’s on in Spring – Operawatch

March 3, 2015 Comments Off on What’s on in Spring – Operawatch

In the manner of TV’s Springwatch I have decided to call my occasional opera preview Operawatch.

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The Merry Widow at the Royal Northern College of Music

December 23, 2014 Comments Off on The Merry Widow at the Royal Northern College of Music

In the midst of your Opera Correspondent’s many birthday celebrations I managed to squeeze in this joyful production of Franz Lehár’s comic opera, The Merry Widow

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The Bartered Bride

Review: The Bartered Bride and La traviata by Opera North

December 6, 2014 Comments Off on Review: The Bartered Bride and La traviata by Opera North

It’s a busy old time in the Hamilton household at the moment what with the build-up to the imminent birthday celebrations of your esteemed Opera Correspondent. The preparations for the state banquet, the VIP guest list and buying the frame for her Majesty’s telegram have all eaten away at time itself.

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The Coronation of Poppea, Opera North

Preview: Opera North at The Lowry, Autumn Season 2014

November 17, 2014 Comments Off on Preview: Opera North at The Lowry, Autumn Season 2014

As you may or may not know I have been given a battlefield promotion from Opera Critic to Opera Correspondent for my outstanding service to the understanding of opera in the North.

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Götterdämmerung, Opera North

July 8, 2014 Comments Off on Götterdämmerung, Opera North

On a really sunny day and with the quarter finals of the World Cup looming, I set off to the darkness of The Lowry in Salford for a six and a half hour performance of the last of the Ring Cycle, Götterdämmerung.

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La Bohème

May 15, 2014 Comments Off on La Bohème

Despite being an institutionalised bourgeois of many years standing, in my heart of hearts I am a bohemian.

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Zoe Trope: A Workshop Performance

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Zoe Trope: A Workshop Performance

Like Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, Zoe Trope begins in court.

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The Girl of the Golden West

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on The Girl of the Golden West

A few years ago, when I still had a fist full of dollars, I visited a small mining town between Santa Fe and Albuquerque called Madrid. It was a one-horse town with a single road running through it.

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Swooning on a Sunday Afternoon

December 9, 2013 Comments Off on Swooning on a Sunday Afternoon

Sunday is normally a day of rest. For many it is a rest from the extravagances of the previous night

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Walking the plank with Peter Grimes

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Walking the plank with Peter Grimes

On a bleak and blustery autumnal evening, I set out from my home port of the Cornerhouse bar to venture westward to Salford to see the imagined Suffolk fishing village of Aldeburgh and the tragic tale of fisherman Peter Grimes.

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