Opera North

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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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The Seven Deadly Sins review – Hollywood highs and Depression lows with uncanny resonances
The expressive force of singer Wallis Giunta and dancer Shelley Eva Haden evoked today’s US in a spirited production of Brecht and Weill’s sung ballet

Rian Evans

23, Nov, 2020 @12:46 PM

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Classical highlights for the week ahead: 20-27 November
Despite lockdown, there’s still plenty of new music-making across the UK available to an online audience. Here’s our pick of next week’s live-streamed and pre-recorded concerts

Andrew Clements

20, Nov, 2020 @6:05 PM

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House music: Flora Willson's watching and listening highlights
Our critic enjoys a masterly, socially distanced first night of the Proms, a new series by Opera North made to listen as you walk and a striking Met performance by Lise Davidsen

Flora Willson

31, Aug, 2020 @4:00 PM

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House music: Tim Ashley's watching and listening highlights
This week, our critic cues up Opera North’s podcast, takes in Ryedale’s streaming festival and revisits an archived Proms performance with Riccardo Chailly

Tim Ashley

27, Jul, 2020 @4:00 PM

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