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

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OperaWatch: What’s on in Autumn

October 30, 2015 Comments Off on OperaWatch: What’s on in Autumn

As mists gather, fruit mellows and the clocks go back, Autumn is with us.

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Kara McKechnie’s Opera North (Historical and Dramaturgical Perspectives on Opera Studies)

Book Review: Opera North by Kara McKechnie

August 5, 2015 Comments Off on Book Review: Opera North by Kara McKechnie

As you may or may not have noticed, it’s been a bit of a quiet summer on the old opera front.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten at RNCM

April 6, 2015 Comments Off on Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten at RNCM

It was a wet and windy afternoon as I ventured forth to see the Royal Northern College of Music’s production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Gianni Schicchi

Opera North, Mozart and a dime store Elvis

March 19, 2015 Comments Off on Opera North, Mozart and a dime store Elvis

With a spring in my step, I set out for the opera and a spot of entente cordiale.

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Ellen Kent

Madama Opera: Ellen Kent talks to Northern Soul

March 19, 2015 Comments Off on Madama Opera: Ellen Kent talks to Northern Soul

March is turning out to be a glorious abundance for opera-goers in Manchester.

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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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