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Opera North: Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica – The Lowry, Salford

 Music:  Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Adami and Giovacchino Forzano Director: David Pountney and Michael Barker-Caven Conductor: Jac van Steen  Reviewer: Dave Cunningham In the current programme of Opera North shows at The Lowry the double bill of Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica feels like the runt of the litter. After all the other shows are more famous, have lavish sets ...

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Opera North: Billy Budd – The Lowry, Salford

Opera North's Billy Budd

Composer: Benjamin Britten Librettist: E.M.Forster &Eric Crozier after the story by Herman Melville Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North has assembled an incredibly varied season this autumn; firstly Strauss, then Britten and finally Puccini. This attests to the wealth of talent that Opera North boats as well as the versatility of its members and the ...

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Opera North: Der Rosenkavalier – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Richard Strauss Librettist: Hugo van Hofmammsthal Director: David McVicar Revival Director: Elaine Tyler-Hall Conductor: Aleksander Markovic Reviewer: Richard Hall With a running time of four hours and requiring a large-spirited cast and lavish settings to portray the aristocratic grandeur and opulence of 18th-Century Vienna, Der Rosenkavlier, is arguably one of the most challenging comic operas in the Operatic repertoire. ...

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English Touring Opera: La Calisto – Harrogate Theatre

Image by Jane Hobson

Composer: Francesco Cavalli Conductor/Director: Timothy Nelson Designer: Takis Reviewer: Ron Simpson At the start of English Touring Opera’s extensive UK tour, and in sharp contrast to the production of Ulysses’ Homecoming (a much more austere opera, be it said), Timothy Nelson’s imaginative take on Cavalli’s La Calisto got short shrift from the reviewers who unanimously took against its Carry On ...

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English Touring Opera: Ulysses’ Homecoming – Harrogate Theatre

Carolyn Dobbin as Penelope

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Designer: Takis Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria from about 1640 – now translated, slightly less literally than usual, as Ulysses’ Homecoming – we are in at the dawn of opera: the same composer’s Orfeo may be the first opera and is certainly the earliest still ...

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The Orchestra of Opera North: How It Works – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Presenter: Pui Fan Lee Conductor: Martin Pickard Soloist: Nicholas Watts (tenor) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Orchestra of Opera North’s How it Works concert attracted a youthful audience, stretching to the occasional babe in arms. The programme, including some challenging 20th Century works, seemed aimed at a rather older age-group, but the gap was bridged by the introductions of Pui Fan ...

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Billy Budd – The Grand, Leeds

Photo credit Clive Barda

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: E.M. Forster Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Sue Collier This Opera North production of Billy Bud is in two acts and is based on the short story Billy Budd by Herman Melville. The story is set in 1797, at a time when the French are revolting and there is great enmity between Britain and ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: André Tchaikowsky Libretto : John O’Brien after William Shakespeare Conductor: Lionel Friend Director: Keith Warner Reviewer: Claire Hayes WNO’s English premiere of André Tchaikowsky’s opera The Merchant of Venice powerfully illuminates the story’s original themes of prejudice, tribalism and anti-Semitism. Keith Warner’s production, first performed at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in 2013, forms part of WNO’s 2016 Autumn ...

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