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Katya Kabanova – Leeds Grand

Music/Libretto: Leoš Janáček Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Janáček’s Katya Kabanova returns to Opera North’s repertoire for the winter season after this production premiered in 2007. This three-act opera is based on V. Červinka’s translation of Ostrovsky’s The Storm which exposes the societal attitudes among the Russian’s merchant class. Set by the Volga River, the opera is about Katya ...

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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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The Stepmother – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: David Jobson Playwright Githa Sowerby was seen as a woman ahead of her time, writing searing plays and novels attacking patriarchal society. It is clear from Richard Eyre’s production of The Stepmother, a play that has languished until recently, how prevalent her feminist ideals were when she wrote this play in 1924, even if the ...

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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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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Bristol Old Vic

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville

Writer: Eugene O'Neill Director:Richard Eyre Reviewer:Kris Hallett   It's a big year for Bristol Old Vic with its 250-year celebration making it the oldest theatre in Britain. It passes this, its showcase event with aplomb; director Richard Eyre, who was inspired to go into the theatre having watched Peter O'Toole's Hamlet here as a schoolboy, working in the city for ...

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Opera North: Andrea Chenier – The Lowry, Salford

Opera North's Andrea Chénier

Composer: Umberto Giordano Libretto: Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Oliver von Dohnanyi Reviewer: Dave Cunningham More than a century before Les Miserables Composer Umberto Giordano set the French Revolution to a musical background. There are moments in Andrea Chenier where one wonders whether director Annabel Arden is cheekily referencing the blockbuster particularly as the first Act closes with the ...

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