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Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room is always impressively varied, with jazz, world music and film extensively represented, but this recital took them nearer to home base. Christopher Purves’ most recent appearance with Opera North was as Gianni Schicchi as recently as two years ago. The programme was cleverly planned, four contrasted sets of songs ...

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Roberto Fonseca – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson This exhilarating concert by Roberto Fonseca was the first in a short UK leg of a European tour – and how lucky we were to get it when only the Midlands and London, apart from Yorkshire, were able to hear this wonderful band. Roberto Fonseca is best known in Europe for being the pianist with the Buena ...

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Opera North: Cinderella/La Cenerentola – The Lowry, Salford

Composer:  Gioachino Rossini Director: Aletta Collins Conductor: Wyn Davies Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although promoted as part of their season of dark fairy tales Opera North strip away all supernatural elements from their modern-day production of Rossini’s Cinderella. Director Aletta Collins takes inspiration from the alternate title for the opera Goodness Triumphant. Angelina (known by the nickname Cinderella and played by ...

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Hansel and Gretel (Opera North) – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck  Author : Adelheid Wette based upon the story by the Brothers Grimm Director: Edward Dick  Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although Hansel and Gretel is relatively modest,with a cast of just six, Opera North are determined to offer value for money. Upon entering The Lowry patrons are greeted by the orchestra’s brass section playing in the ...

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Cinderella (La Cenerentola) – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Gioachino Rossini Director: Aletta Collins Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood  Opera North’s new production Cinderella (La Cenerentola) opened on its first night at the Leeds Grand Theatre and is part of the company’s fairy tale season this winter.  Premiering in 1817, Rossini’s version is based on the libretto by Giacomo (Jacopo) Ferretti after Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon. There is no wicked stepmother, ...

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Hansel and Gretel – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Engelbert Humpadinck Lyrics: Adelheid Wette Director: Edward Dick Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Choreographer: Gary Clarke Reviewer: Sue Collier Having previously neither seen nor heard a production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel, a reviewer is able to truly explore the strengths of this performance with a completely open mind. The story is a fairy tale opera in three acts, ...

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Nanook of the North – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Film Director: Robert Flaherty Live Performer: Tanya Tagaq Reviewer: Ron Simpson This, a typically enterprising programme in Opera North’s Howard Assembly Room, brought together two pioneering artists, nearly a century apart, linked by the Inuit people of the Arctic. Robert Flaherty produced what is often considered the first full-length documentary film, Nanook of the North, about the Inuit in 1922. ...

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The Snow Maiden – The Grand, Leeds

Music:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov               Director: John Fulljames Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is staging for the first time Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and is part of the company’s fairy tale season this winter.  The Russian opera premiered in 1882 and was revised in 1898, and is based on Snegurochka, a Russian folk tale.  It follows the story of the Snow Maiden ...

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