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Opera North: Un Ballo In Maschera – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Having been distracted by the war, Gustavo, King of Sweden, returns home desperate to see the love of his life. Trouble is, the woman in question, Amelia, is his best friend’s wife. So begins the simple but powerful tale of a love triangle that is never going to ...

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Un ballo in maschera – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Antonio Somma Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) is Opera North’s first ever staging of this opera, forming part of the Fatal Passions season this winter.  Verdi’s opera is not as well known compared to his other works such as Aida, La Traviata and Rigoletto, however, it gives the ...

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Madama Butterfly – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi llica Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Madama Butterfly is part of the Fatal Passions season which Opera North is presenting this winter.  This production is a revival of Puccini’s well-known opera and its powerful and passionate music speaks for its tragic emotions.  Opera North has previously staged this production, but this ...

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Pleasure – Liverpool Playhouse

Timothy Nelson and Nick Pritchard in Pleasure

Book: Melanie Challenger Music: Mark Simpson Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Pleasure shows us that you can get power and emotion into an opera without the epic scale. It is billed as a chamber opera and runs for about 75 minutes straight through. A size of show that could easily grow in popularity. Especially as it has only four ...

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Opera North: Cosi Fan Tutte – The Lowry, Salford

Cast of Cosi Fan Tutte - The Lovers

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Anthony Kraus Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North's latest production of Cosi Fan Tutte is both light hearted and fun but morally and intellectually probing. In a show that's so unavoidably misogynistic it makes sense not to avoid it. Director, Tim Albery has found a way to remain faithful ...

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Opera North: The Coronation of Poppea – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Claudio Monteverdi Libretto: Giovanni Busenello Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Something is missing from the start of Opera North’s version of The Coronation of Poppea. The noise of the orchestra filling the pit is notable by its absence. As the curtain rises the reason becomes apparent – the eight-piece orchestra is onstage either side of the performance space ...

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Opera North: The Coronation of Poppea – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Claudio Monteverdi et al Libretto: Giovanni Francesco Busenello English translation: Tim Albery Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Laurence Cummings Reviewer: Rich Jevons It’s first century AD Rome and the Fates are playing games with mere mortals. It’s a case of Amore (Emilie Renard) using Cupid’s arrows to prove to the goddesses of Fortune (Ciara Hendrick) and Virtue (Claire Pascoe) that ...

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Opera North: Macbeth – The Lowry, Salford

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave ( after Shakespeare) Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Director: Tim Albery Conductor:Tobias Ringborg Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Premiering in 1847, Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s murderous tale of greed is one of those operas that, while treated respectfully by most major opera companies, crops up much less often than Verdi’s more popular and arguably superior operas ...

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