Opera North

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David Lloyd-Jones obituary
Founding conductor of Opera North and a champion of Russian operas and British symphonies

David Nice

12, Jul, 2022 @2:33 PM

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A knight’s tale: Brindley Sherratt on the stamina and storytelling of Wagner’s Parsifal
The bass is singing Gurnemanz in Wagner’s epic final opera. How do you get to grips with the challenges of such a demanding role – and still not get the best dressing room?

Brindley Sherratt

15, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The week in classical: Parsifal; Eugene Onegin; Scriabin: Poems of Ecstasy and Fire
Opera North’s new Wagner production is one to remember; OHP take on Tchaikovsky’s perfect opera; and Bold Tendencies go to town with Scriabin’s synaesthesia

Fiona Maddocks

11, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Parsifal review – the shimmering beauty of Wagner’s score shines
Richard Farnes and the Opera North orchestra take centre stage in Sam Brown’s staging of Wagner’s final opera, with Brindley Sherratt a compelling Gurnemanz and Toby Spence a thoughtful lead

Andrew Clements

02, Jun, 2022 @1:57 PM

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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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