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Review: Tosca, Opera North, The Lowry

Nov 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: Madama Butterfly and Un Ballo In Mascera, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

Mar 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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Win a pair of tickets to Hansel and Gretel at Manchester’s RNCM

Mar 12, 2018 Comments Off on Win a pair of tickets to Hansel and Gretel at Manchester’s RNCM

Northern Soul has teamed up with the Royal Northern College of Music to offer five readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to RNCM Opera’s latest production, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

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Cendrillon - Music by Jules Massenet - Libretto by Henri Cain - RNCM Opera - 6th December 2017Conductor - Martin AndréDirector - Olivia FuchsDesigner - Yannis ThavorisLighting Designer - Matt Haskins

Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Dec 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As I write, a real Cinderella story is being played out in the pages of the rabidly, sycophantically Royalist British press.

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Opera Reviews: Albert Herring at Buxton Opera Festival, and other opera goings-on

Jul 26, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Reviews: Albert Herring at Buxton Opera Festival, and other opera goings-on

Summer is usually a quiet time here at the OperaWatch offices.

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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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Opera Reviews: ‘Oxpit’ and keeping opera European

Apr 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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OperaWatch: Spring Season

Mar 1, 2017 Comments Off on OperaWatch: Spring Season

With Spring around the corner, that can only mean one thing.

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Review: La Vie Parisienne, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Dec 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: La Vie Parisienne, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As I sat in the bar at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music sipping my pre-opera gin, my eye was drawn to a stunning vision of a young Parisian woman in a revealing corset, fishnet tights and courtesan ankle boots.

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

Jul 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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