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Andrea Cheniér – The Grand, Leeds

The cast of Opera North's Andrea Chenier

Music: Umberto Giodarno Libretto: Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Oliver von Dohnányl Reviewer: Rich Jevons The action, set in revolutionary France, starts at the Château de Coigny where we find servant Gerard secretly in love with the lady of the house, Madeleine. We are introduced to the guests as they enter, including an Abbé who reports with news back ...

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Opera North: Jenůfa – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Leoš Janáček Director: Tom Cairns Choreographer: Aletta Collins Conductor: Aleksander Markovićl Reviewer: Tom Tollett In these cash-strapped times, Opera North are discovering a plethora of wonders at the back of the drawer. Recently, the welcome re-vamp of Giles Havergal’s production of The Barber of Seville from 1986 and now, Tom Cairns’ equally memorable 1995 Jenůfa. It is said that ...

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The Barber of Seville – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Gioachino Rossini Conductor: Stuart Stratford Director: Giles Havergal Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North’s latest production of The Barber of Seville is joyous and bright, taking on this classic story with a warm nod to tradition and many contemporary laughs. The story takes place in Seville, where the Count Almaviva is trying to woo the young Rosina, who lives under ...

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Kiss Me Kate – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Conductor: David Charles Abell Reviewer: Tom Tollett Jo Davies’ splendid new production of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s famous take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, is a triumph from beginning to end. Not only can it claim first-rate vocals, acting and dancing from principals and chorus alike, but Davies’ careful ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – The Grand, Leeds

Book: Ed Curtis Director: Karen Bruce Music &Orchestrator: Chris Egan Reviewer: Rich Jevons The show is introduced by Terry Kempner as Private Investigator Tommy Dubrowski who serves as narrator and comic relief throughout this scintillating show. He has in his possession compromising pictures of film star Bobby Burns, causing the lovely Lana Clemenza to become “not happy” and uses her ...

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La Vida Breve / Gianni Schicchi – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Manuel de Fella, Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Carlos Fernández Shaw,Giovacchino Forzona Director: Christopher Alden Conductor: Jac van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons Director Christopher Alden is very much the auteur in this successful revival of Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve (it was first performed by Opera North in 2004). Johan Engels’ set is revealed as a corrugated iron sweat shop ...

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Opera North: The Bartered Bride – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Bedřich Smetana Libretto: Karel Sabina, English translation by Leonard Hancock and David Pountney with dialogue by Daniel Slater Director: Daniel Slater Conductor: Anthony Kraus Reviewer: Rich Jevons Right from the intro of Bedřich Smetana’s beautiful overture against a screen of graffiti-ridden notices for a Czech national holiday, we know we are in for a full-blown romantic comedy with a ...

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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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