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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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La Bohème

May 15, 2014 Comments Off on La Bohème

Despite being an institutionalised bourgeois of many years standing, in my heart of hearts I am a bohemian.

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Zoe Trope: A Workshop Performance

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Zoe Trope: A Workshop Performance

Like Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, Zoe Trope begins in court.

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The Girl of the Golden West

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on The Girl of the Golden West

A few years ago, when I still had a fist full of dollars, I visited a small mining town between Santa Fe and Albuquerque called Madrid. It was a one-horse town with a single road running through it.

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Swooning on a Sunday Afternoon

December 9, 2013 Comments Off on Swooning on a Sunday Afternoon

Sunday is normally a day of rest. For many it is a rest from the extravagances of the previous night

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Walking the plank with Peter Grimes

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Walking the plank with Peter Grimes

On a bleak and blustery autumnal evening, I set out from my home port of the Cornerhouse bar to venture westward to Salford to see the imagined Suffolk fishing village of Aldeburgh and the tragic tale of fisherman Peter Grimes.

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Poetry and Scones at The Midland

October 13, 2013 Comments Off on Poetry and Scones at The Midland

Among the plethora of festivals that Manchester now hosts and boasts, the Literature Festival is neither as loud as the International Festival nor as beery as the Food and Drink Festival. It does not possess the quiet cool of the Jazz Festival or the bloody horror of Grim Up North. What it does possess is the grace and grandeur that only writers can provide.

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The Society of the Spectacles

The Society of the Spectacles

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on The Society of the Spectacles

It’s been nearly two years since the idea of The Society of the Spectacles came to me.

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Rom-Com Opera in Salford

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Rom-Com Opera in Salford

As I sipped my pre-performance glass of bubbly I couldn’t help but notice the attire of the other drinkers. Fleeces, hoodies, trainers and t-shirts with popular slogans abounded everywhere. I remarked to my guest, somewhat haughtily, that theatrical standards of dress had fallen.

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Venturing towards Valhalla

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on Venturing towards Valhalla

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On the warmest day of the year so far, I sat on the rooftop patio of the Manchester International Festival pavilion bar fuelling myself with fish and chips and swilling down with a pint of festival ale in preparation for the heroic task ahead of me. I had volunteered to review Wagner’s Siegfried.

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