Opera North

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The week in classical: Alcina; Bajazet; Pavel Kolesnikov – review
In a tale of two 1735 works, Opera North miss a trick on Handel’s fantasy island while Irish National Opera explore every sizzling note of Vivaldi

Fiona Maddocks

12, Feb, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Alcina review – Opera North clear clutter but there’s minimal magic on this enchanted isle
Handel’s opera is full of glorious music but its improbable plot makes it difficult to stage; Tim Albery’s intelligent production only fitfully succeeds

Martin Kettle

07, Feb, 2022 @12:55 PM

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Rigoletto review – powerful update, led by stellar duo, is a revelation
Underlining the otherness of Verdi’s court jester by making him a black man is a masterstroke by Femi Elufowoju, the leads sung with potency by Eric Greene and Jasmine Habersham

Martin Kettle

23, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Pamela Helen Stephen obituary
Mezzo-soprano who brought great dramatic insight to bear in operatic roles by composers ranging from Monteverdi to Britten

Barry Millington

19, Dec, 2021 @3:24 PM

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Carmen review – Bizet’s opera goes on a camp bunny-hop with serious ambitions
Opera North’s colourful production zeroes in on female agency with Chrystal E Williams as a magnetic Playboy-styled Carmen

Erica Jeal

03, Oct, 2021 @10:23 AM

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Classical home listening: Nino Rota, Philip Glass and Stravinsky
An all-star recording or Rota’s chamber music is a revelation

Fiona Maddocks

17, Jul, 2021 @11:00 AM

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A Little Night Music review – Opera North brings musical gains but dramatic loss
The new staging of Sondheim’s musical is a delicious and sweet treat, but with the songs rendered so beautifully, something of the work’s psychological edge is lost

Mark Lawson

05, Jul, 2021 @8:58 AM

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Classical home listening: a dream wind ensemble and the female muse
The Orsino Ensemble and Pavel Kolesnikov sparkle their way through the belle époque

Fiona Maddocks

08, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Classical music: Fiona Maddocks's 10 best of 2020
The year will be long remembered for recitals to an empty Wigmore Hall, car-park Puccini, Ravel as animation – and one man and his piano…

Fiona Maddocks

26, Dec, 2020 @7:00 PM

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The week in classical: Fidelio; Così fan tutte; Owen Wingrave; Cinderella and more
Opera North’s gripping Beethoven led a week of inventive filmed opera, from Così the gameshow to Cinders out on location

Fiona Maddocks

19, Dec, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Fidelio review – Opera North triumphs with electrifying take on Beethoven's radical opera
Rising above the challenging circumstances, Opera North’s semi-staged Fidelio is gripping and authoritative, with an outstanding cast of soloists

Martin Kettle

14, Dec, 2020 @12:37 PM

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'Keep making, keep moving!' Phoenix Dance Theatre's new boss Dane Hurst
The dancer, who has been announced as the new artistic director of the Leeds-based company, shares his ambitions for the future

Lyndsey Winship

09, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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