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Opera North: The Merry Widow – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Music by Franz Lehár Book/Lyrics: Victor Léon and Leo Stein  Adaptor: Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Giles Havergala Director: Giles Havergal Conductor: Martin Andre Reviewer: Dave Cunningham For their current visit to The Lowry opera North seem to have discovered relevance. A highly contemporary interpretation of Tosca is followed by a sharply up-to-date adaptation of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow by Kit ...

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Opera North: Tosca – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Giacomo Puccini with Librettist Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Director: Edward Dick Conductor: Antony Hermus Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   Opera is an art form that demands grand themes and high passion to be most effective. Well, stories do not come more melodramatic than the doomed love affair between the diva Tosca and the painter Cavaradossi. Tosca (soprano Giselle Allen) lives ...

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An Audience with Nigella Lawson: The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago, one of the nation’s favourite food writers Nigella Lawson had her first book published How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food. The food bible changed not just how we cook but how we view food as well and has been a staple of bookshelves and kitchens across the ...

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Passion – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Pascal Dusapin Directors: Michael McCarthy & Caroline Finn Choreography: Caroline Finn Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Passion is a 2009 opera by French composer Pascal Dusapin that adds a contemporary twist to the legend of Orpheus, presented as a work for body and voice: a Dance Opera. This is a collaboration (their first) between Music Theatre Wales and London Sinfonietta, conducted by ...

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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Hannah Moscovitch Composer: Ben Caplan and Christian Barry Director: Christian Barry Reviewer: Lizz Clark Headlines refer to ‘swarms of immigrants’, the refugee crisis grinds on, and politicians euphemistically champion ‘British values’. The award-winning Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is painfully relevant in Brexit Britain. Telling the story of playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s grandparents, who arrived in Canada fleeing the pogroms ...

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Agudo Dance Company: Silk Road – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Jose Agudo, Rafael Amargo, Nahid Siddiqui Reviewer: Peter Jacobs There are politicians who claim that globalisation is some new damaging trend that undermines the nation-state and threatens national identity. Silk Road is a timely reminder that globalisation is as old a human civilisation: the Vikings, the Egyptians, the Romans were all globalisers. And the ancient silk and spice routes from ...

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Paul Foot: Image Conscious – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Paul Foot is an odd-looking man with perhaps an even odder brain. This may fit the description of the vast majority of male stand-up comedians but Foot seems to take the crown of being the eccentric’s eccentric. With only rare television or radio appearances, mainly on Channel Four panel shows, Foot has been on the circuit for ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardee – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Frederick Ashton Freely adapted and arranged by: John Lanchbery Music: Ferdinand Herold Reviewer: Frances Scott The Birmingham Royal Ballet is transporting audiences to a quaint community based on sunny Suffolk. The French ballet La Fille Mal Gardee(The Wayward Daughter) premiered in 1789 and was reworked by Fredrick Ashton in 1960, whose uniquely British blend has helped capture modern audiences. ...

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