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Pincho Moruno

Food Review: Lunya, Barton Arcade, Manchester

May 21, 2019 No Comments

It is one of my good fortunes to visit Barcelona twice a year, something I have done since 2011. I almost feel like a returning resident.

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Preview: OperaWatch, Summer 2019

May 15, 2019 No Comments

As keen readers of OperaWatch will know (thank you, Freda and Eric Thwaites), summer is traditionally a quiet period for opera here in the North.

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The Pilgrim’s Progress - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Royal Northern College of Music - 31 March 2019Conductor - David ParryDirector - Jonathan CockerDesigner - Bob BaileyLighting - Ian Sommerville

Opera Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ralph Vaughan Williams, RNCM

April 10, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ralph Vaughan Williams, RNCM

At OperaWatch we always look forward to an invitation to the latest student production at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

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Australasia 2019

Food Review: Australasia, Manchester

April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Australasia, Manchester

I’ve always thought the entrance to Australasia to be both imposing and secretive.

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Opera North, The Lowry

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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Katie Bray as Varvara and Alexander Sprague as Kudryash © Jane Hobson

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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Time for a Tanqueray - an evening of literature and gin, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Hamiltonic: Time for a Tanqueray, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Time for a Tanqueray, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

One of the great pleasures of this job is the occasional invitation to evenings such as this.

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The Magic Flute

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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Opera Review: Mary’s Hand, Lancaster Priory Church

March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Mary’s Hand, Lancaster Priory Church

I was going to start with that old OperaWatch standby: “It’s been a quiet time here at OW offices.”

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Arbikie Gin

Hamiltonic: Arbikie Gin

February 23, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Arbikie Gin

In a new series called Hamiltonic, Northern Soul’s Gin Correspondent Robert Hamilton samples the best gin and talks to the people who make it. This week, he chats to the good folk at Arbikie Gin and sips a few samples.

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