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Madam Butterfly, photo by Bill Cooper

Opera Reviews: ‘Oxpit’ and keeping opera European

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Reviews: ‘Oxpit’ and keeping opera European

When Theresa May signed Article 50 and triggered the start of Brexit, I was reminded of the statement by Richard Mantle, general director of Opera North, on the eve of the referendum in which he spoke of the “enormous talent pool which is Europe” and his fear that isolationism would diminish that pool available to British opera.

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Review: Opera North Autumn Season, The Lowry, Salford

November 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Opera North Autumn Season, The Lowry, Salford

Robert Hamilton, Northern Soul’s Opera Correspondent, enjoys an outstanding Opera North Autumn season featuring Der Rosenkavalier, Billy Budd, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica at The Lowry in Salford. 

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Die Walküre

Review: Die Walkure at The Lowry and Wether at HOME, Manchester

July 5, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Die Walkure at The Lowry and Wether at HOME, Manchester

As you can imagine, there’s been a right old ding-dong here in the offices of OperaWatch at Northern Soul Towers.

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La traviata

Review: Andrea Chénier, Turandot, La traviata

February 20, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Andrea Chénier, Turandot, La traviata

It was a cold Winter evening when I set off across the Pennines, armed only with a couple of G&Ts.

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Turandot

OperaWatch: What’s on in Winter

January 18, 2016 Comments Off on OperaWatch: What’s on in Winter

As I look out of the window of the OperaWatch offices, housed on the 43rd floor of Northern Soul Towers, I can see snow-covered lands as far as the Lakes.

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The Barber of Seville

Review: The Barber of Seville, Jenůfa, Kiss Me, Kate, Salford

November 18, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Barber of Seville, Jenůfa, Kiss Me, Kate, Salford

Kiss Me, Kate opens with Another Op’nin’, Another Show, a hymn to hoofers and thespians everywhere.

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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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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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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 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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