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The Sons of Pitches – The Lowry, Salford

Photo Credit: Emilie Bailey

Reviewer:Dave Cunningham Thanks to the popularity of TV talent shows like The Naked Choir, audiences have an awareness of the formula for choirs. This requires that voices alone generate all sounds, including those usually produced by instruments,and that the choir’s songs be mainly those with which an audience is already familiar rather than original compositions. Support artist Jay Power begins ...

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Opera North’s Ring Cycle: Götterdämmerung – The Lowry, Salford

Jeni Bern as Woglinde, Madeleine Shaw as Wellgunde and Sarah Castle as Flosshilde

Composer: Richard Wagner Concert staging and design concept: Peter Mumford English titles: Simon Rees Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Tonight is the culmination of an intensive week of opera and Opera North have maintained a level of outstanding quality from start to finish that would be difficult to match by most opera companies in the country. The Ring Cycle ...

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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Siegfried – The Lowry, Salford

Richard Roberts as Mime and Lars Cleveman as Siegfried

Composer: Richard Wagner Concert staging and design concept: Peter Mumford Conductor: Richard Farnes English titles: Simon Rees Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent It's strange to think that Wagner began with the opera Siegfried as a starting point for the entire Ring Cycle. He believed that out of all of them, this would be performed in isolation the most. Ironically history has shown ...

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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Die Walküre – The Lowry, Salford

Kelly Cae Hogan as Brünnhilde and Michael Weinius as Siegmund. Photo credit: Clive Barda

Composer: Richard Wagner Concert staging and design concept: Peter Mumford English titles: Simon Rees Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Tonight's instalment of the The Ring Cycle is arguably the most iconic of Wagner's work. Perhaps even the most striking image in opera. For who doesn't conjure that stereotypical tableux of ladies in “viking” helmets heralding war? Opera North's Die ...

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Kirstin Chávez: A World of Love – Cadogan Hall, London

Musical Director:Paolo André Gualdi Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty It’s going to be difficult to describe an evening with this singer, this force, without resorting to the language of an overexcited local restaurant reviewer. Adjectives like sensual, luxurious, enveloping, spring up but really, should be put back in their place. La Chávez in person is pretty powerful, though, it’s easy to see ...

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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold – The Lowry, Salford

Michael Druiett as Wotan, Jo Pohlheim as Alberich and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Loge - in Opera North's Das Rheingold

Composer: Richard Wagner English text: Simon Rees Associate Director: Joe Austin Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent And thus commences twenty and half hours of opera as Opera North embark on presenting Wagner's Ring Cycle in its entirety. A colossal undertaking and the epitome of an operatic experience. At a running time of two hours and forty minutes Das Rheingold ...

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Into the Woods – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Writer: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: James Brining Reviewer: Ruth Jepson   Mother told me never stray from the path… The path has strayed from you. Most people will know Into the Woods from the recent all-star movie, and turn up expecting tall trees, and green woodlands. It’s therefore rather surprising to walk into a set which ...

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HMS Pinafore – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: W S Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director:Sasha Regan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Sasha Regan’s all-male take on Gilbert &Sullivan’s Victorian classic H.M.S. Pinafore was originally staged at Southwark’s Union Theatre over two years ago, but feels just as pin-sharp in this 2016 tour as when it first set sail. Based below decks in a Second World War battleship, sailors lounge ...

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