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Cavalleria Rusticana/Aleko review – an electrifying double-bill from Opera North
Setting Mascagni’s one-act opera amid the unease of 70s communist Poland, and moving Rachmaninoff’s to a colourful 90s surfing commune, the company does them both delectable justice

Sarah Noble

18, Feb, 2024 @3:34 PM

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Albert Herring review – Opera North’s glorious glimpse of village politics
Britten’s comedy about an unworldly young man’s fall from grace is slickly staged and delightfully played, with every singer making their mark

Sarah Noble

14, Jan, 2024 @4:00 PM

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Classical music: Fiona Maddocks’s 10 best concerts and operas of 2023
Two tragic new operas, Mussorgsky with bells on and rousing community endeavours inspired and moved, while ENO hit highs despite a year of turmoil

Fiona Maddocks

24, Dec, 2023 @1:00 PM

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English National Opera announces Greater Manchester will be its new home
The company, which had a shortlist of five cities, had been told funding was dependent on leaving London

Mark Brown North of England correspondent

05, Dec, 2023 @10:05 AM

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The week in classical: La rondine; La traviata review – rapture and raw power
Puccini’s flighty swallow soars in James Hurley’s gorgeous new production for Opera North. And Nicole Chevalier is devastating as the doomed Violetta in ENO’s impassioned revival of no-frills Verdi

Stephen Pritchard

28, Oct, 2023 @11:30 AM

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La Rondine review – Opera North’s stylish Puccini is opulent and tender
Set in the 1920s, James Hurley’s staging – the third of the company’s Green Season – is blessed with perfectly mismatched lovers. Under conductor Kerem Hasan the score sighs and swoons

Sarah Noble

27, Oct, 2023 @1:19 PM

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Masque of Might review – recycled Purcell hybrid is inventive and chaotic fun
Soprano Anna Dennis is a compelling presence at the heart of David Pountney’s exuberant production – a collage of some 40 pieces of Purcell’s music. But it risks losing its serious message in the glories of the music

Sarah Noble

08, Oct, 2023 @9:38 AM

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The week in classical: Falstaff; Hatfield House chamber music festival – review
Verdi’s late masterpiece ends on a riotous and sustainable high at Opera North. At the childhood home of Elizabeth I, a family affair and a memorable premiere

Fiona Maddocks

07, Oct, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Falstaff review – Opera North puts a twinkle in Sir John’s eye in gleeful – and green – staging
Henry Waddington relishes every moment as the blustering Sir John in a sustainably staged production of Verdi’s final opera, played and performed with an unfailing sense of humour

Sarah Noble

29, Sep, 2023 @11:55 AM

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The week in classical: Requiem; Jerusalem Quartet review – another five-star fusion from Opera North
Sorrowful Mozart meets unstoppable Neo Muyanga in an inspired double bill from Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Plus, the sounds of Yiddish cabaret…

Fiona Maddocks

03, Jun, 2023 @11:30 AM

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The week in classical: The Pearl Fishers; Takács Quartet – review
Opera North’s latest concert staging goes big on pearls, with commitment to match. And the peerless Takács give a masterclass in delayed gratification

Flora Willson

20, May, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Opera North Ariadne auf Naxos review – Strauss’s harlequinade gets a dusting of silver-screen magic
Rodula Gaitanou’s relocation of Strauss’s opera to Rome’s Cinecittà studios brings many gains, plus there’s impeccable playing, lovely singing – Elizabeth Llewellyn’s Ariadne particularly – and even fireworks

Tim Ashley

19, Feb, 2023 @1:36 PM

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