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The Damnation of Faust – Leeds Town Hall

Composer: Hector Berlioz Conductor: Simon Wright Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is reputed for their variety of operas and other works which are hosted season after season.  Their orchestra and choirs, however, are a success in their own right and are regular features in the Leeds International Concert Seasons.  On this occasion Orchestra of Opera North plays Hector Berlioz’s The ...

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Hamlet (Glyndebourne) – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Neil Armfield Composer: Brett Dean Librettist: Matthew Jocelyn Reviewer: Helen Tope Hamlet seems tailor-made for opera. A story of loyalty and revenge, it has all the core components. To amplify Shakespeare’s play into the larger-than-life dynamics needed for opera, nerves of steel are required. Too little, and the opera falls flat. Too much, and you lose the subtlety of ...

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Hamlet – Milton Keynes Theatre

Libretto: Matthew Jocelyn  Music: Brett Dean Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Maggie Constable The disturbed, nay tormented, Hamlet, eponymous hero of Glyndebourne’s acclaimed opera, seeks revenge for his beloved father’s death and so begins one of the most infamous Shakespearean tragedies of all time at Milton Keynes Theatre tonight. It is worse still when poor, beleaguered Hamlet discovers the culprit of the King ...

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Il tabarro/Suor Angelica – The Grand, Leeds

Anne Sophie Duprels as Sister Angelica

Music: Giacomo Puccini Lyrics: Giuseppe Adami (Il tabarro), Giovacchino Forzano (Suor Angelica) Director: David Pountney (Il tabarro), Michael Barker-Caven (Suor Angelica) Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North’s Season of Secrets introduces its double bill of Puccini’s, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. Both one-act operas are part of Puccini’s Il trittico, a trio of operas, both premiering in 1918 and sung in ...

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Opera North: Jenůfa – The Lowry, Salford

Composer : Leoš Janáček Libretto: Leoš Janáček after the play by Gabriela Preissova Director: Tom Cairns Conductor: Aleksandar Marković Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Opera North’s visit to The Lowry offers variety if nothing else with a comic opera, a musical and, tonight, a tragedy. Jenůfa is a dark and oppressive tale and no mistake. Composer Leoš Janáček melds a bleak subject ...

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La Boheme – Curve Leicester

Conductor:Michael Rosewell Director:James Conway Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh   La Bohèmeis a tale of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Paris garret. On this festive night lovers draw close, before poverty and ill-health force them apart. With some of the most memorable music in opera, English Touring Opera’s new Italian-languageof Puccini’s masterpiece is simply stunning. The city of love, ...

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