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Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Of all the iconic Italian operas, I had yet to see Verdi’s Aida.

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

March 19, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky; Gianni Schacci by Giacomo Puccini, Opera North, The Lowry

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

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

March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Katya Kabanov by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, The Lowry

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 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Magic Flute, Opera North, The Lowry

The excitement in the office at OperaWatch was palpable.

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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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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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A Week at the Opera: ‘Little Greats’, Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

November 23, 2017 Comments Off on A Week at the Opera: ‘Little Greats’, Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

Okay, three nights does not a week make – but why spoil a Marx Brothers’ pun for the sake of numerical accuracy?

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Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

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.

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