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17 August 2017

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Hansel und Gretel

Opera North


No. of reviews: 13

Classic fairytale given a modern twist
13 May 17 / Ilkley Gazette
The brilliance of the production - clever and charming, an absolute delight in every way
23 Mar 17 / Opera Journal
It’s no fairytale
14 Mar 17 / The Critics' Circle
Hansel and Gretel is a delicious opera fairytale for young and old
3 Mar 17 / Chronicle Live
Opera North's creatively dazzling reinvention of a much-loved family opera
27 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
It will be widely enjoyed
10 Feb 17 / Independent
Opera North has a genius for updating operas, without resorting to gimmicks
7 Feb 17 / Harrogate Advertiser
A real feast: Opera North's witty and perceptive Hansel and Gretel
7 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
Disturbing video games
6 Feb 17 / Planet Hugill
Innovative tricks in Opera North’s new, musically distinguished Hansel and Gretel
6 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
An adorable and thoroughly enjoyable production
5 Feb 17 / The Reviews Hub
A witch straight out of Footballers' Wives
4 Feb 17 / Telegraph
Screen-savvy kids summon a Blair Witch fairytale
4 Feb 17 / The Guardian
The Snow Maiden

Opera North


No. of reviews: 20

Magic aplenty in Russian tale remake
13 May 17 / Ilkley Gazette
Clearly it's a well thought out production
23 Mar 17 / Opera Journal
It’s no fairytale
14 Mar 17 / The Critics' Circle
Opera North concludes its trio of fairy tale operas with a fine production of Snow Maiden
13 Mar 17 / Seen and Heard
Great singing but Opera North's The Snow Maiden didn't always hit the right note
7 Mar 17 / Chronicle Live
On the whole this is a creditable staging of an underestimated but stimulating Russian opera
27 Feb 17 / Classical Source
Opera North brings a rare but tuneful Russian favourite to UK audiences
26 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
Wintery magic: Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden gets a rare outing at Opera North
6 Feb 17 / Planet Hugill
In the end, it was Rimsky’s colourful score that made it all worthwhile
31 Jan 17 / The York Press
Opera North delivers folklore in a factory in a rare staging of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden
30 Jan 17 / The Observer
Will be Snow Maiden melt your heart in Leeds opera?
29 Jan 17 / Keighley News
Spectacular effects from Opera North in supporting a flawed musical drama
28 Jan 17 / Seen and Heard
Why do we neglect this masterpiece?
27 Jan 17 / The Spectator
Mixed results
24 Jan 17 / The Stage
Outstanding individual performances in Opera North's The Snow Maiden
24 Jan 17 / The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A fine Snow Maiden with a little too much sugar
24 Jan 17 / Telegraph
A little satire in a surfeit of whimsy
24 Jan 17 / The Guardian
Aoife Miskelly is a vulnerable and appealing Snow Maiden
24 Jan 17 / Harrogate Advertiser
Snowflakes and sunflowers: rare Rimsky-Korsakov opera revived by Opera North
23 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
Snow Maiden is an excellent production
23 Jan 17 / The Reviews Hub
Reinventing a Russian folk opera for modern Britain
The director of Opera North’s reworking of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic tale, The Snow Maiden, explains how a once nationalist art form can retain its power in our global age.
Turandot

Opera North


No. of reviews: 10

Puccini at his most enjoyably reprehensible
5 May 17 / The Spectator
Richard Armstrong was superbly bold in his gestures in a score that was cutting-edge in its day
3 May 17 / The York Press
Semi-staged brilliance from Opera North in Puccini's final masterpiece
2 May 17 / What's on Stage
Indisputably a resounding triumph for the Leeds company
2 May 17 / Ilkley Gazette
The well-drilled chorus was striking, and the soloists could have stopped a cavalry charge by decibels alone
2 May 17 / The Times
Opera North’s golden touch for concert staging opera continues in Puccini’s Turandot
1 May 17 / Seen and Heard
Opera North show how you solve a problem like Puccini
1 May 17 / The Guardian
Magnificent Turandot in concert from Opera North
1 May 17 / Bachtrack
A complete triumph
30 Apr 17 / Telegraph
The right choice is certainly made to stage the opera as a concert
30 Apr 17 / The Reviews Hub
La Cenerentola

Opera North


No. of reviews: 12

A production that valued the magic of character and performance over empty gloss and spectacle
23 Mar 17 / Opera Journal
A thoroughly modern and uplifting performance of Cinderella
16 Mar 17 / Burnley Express
A well-sung and acted performance of La Cenerentola at Opera North
13 Mar 17 / Seen and Heard
A joyous and enchanting evening
8 Mar 17 / The Northern Echo
Ingenious comedy in Opera North's entertaining account of Rossini's opera
28 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
Rossini drives along the drama with irresistible flair
27 Feb 17 / Classical Source
Opera North unleashes a ‘floodtide of fantasy’ in new production of Cinderella
22 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
Opera North's Cenerentola provides plenty of comedy and revels
21 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
Effervescent Rossini for a Strictly Dancing era
20 Feb 17 / The Guardian
An unmissable production with an incredible operatic musical score
19 Feb 17 / The Reviews Hub
Opera North acquit themselves better than Rossini
18 Feb 17 / Telegraph
Cinderella by Opera North is pure musical magic
18 Feb 17 / The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Billy Budd

Opera North


No. of reviews: 13

Opera North present stunning Billy Budd in Edinburgh
6 Dec 16 / Seen and Heard
A very sophisticated production of a complex adult work a long way from pantomime
3 Dec 16 / The Herald
Billy Budd set fails to live up to the standards of earlier Opera North Britten productions
15 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
All in all an enjoyable but flawed performance of a rarely seen opera
11 Nov 16 / The Reviews Hub
Nautical but nice
1 Nov 16 / The Critics' Circle
Opera North launches a rousing new production of Britten's seafaring opera
28 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
All-round Excellence from Opera North in new Billy Budd
26 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
Roderick Williams is a winning Billy Budd in Opera North’s top-notch production
23 Oct 16 / The Guardian
Opera North's intensely dramatic Billy Budd in Leeds
20 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
This production of Billy Budd is truly enjoyable
20 Oct 16 / The Reviews Hub
Wonderfully realised performances
19 Oct 16 / The Stage
These seas are too calm
19 Oct 16 / The Guardian
One real star turn amid too much landlubberly slackness
19 Oct 16 / Telegraph
How to be good? Getting to grips with Billy Budd
Baritone Roderick Williams is rehearsing the role of Billy Budd in Britten’s opera. He’s more used to playing villains – so how is he breathing life into ‘an angel’?
Il tabarro

Opera North


No. of reviews: 12

High standards in Opera North’s Puccini double bill
2 Dec 16 / Seen and Heard
Opera North has made something of a speciality of shorter works recently
2 Dec 16 / The Herald
Puccini double bill culminates with an out of this world ending with Suor Angelica
16 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
A bleakly powerful evening
17 Oct 16 / The York Press
Opera North delivers a devastating Puccini double bill
10 Oct 16 / The Observer
An enthralling Puccini double bill
7 Oct 16 / Ilkley Gazette
Two of Puccini’s most depressing works are given faithful outings by Opera North and David Pountney
6 Oct 16 / The Spectator
Emotionally powerful Puccini double bill from Opera North
5 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
Brilliant Il tabarro and Suor Angelica complete Opera North's Puccini triptych
4 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Opera North illuminate Puccini's dark visions of loss and pain
4 Oct 16 / The Guardian
An excellent evening for an audience to appreciate two less well-known Puccini one-act operas
3 Oct 16 / The Reviews Hub
Opera North's pair of Puccini melodramas are no gloomy sob-fest
3 Oct 16 / Telegraph
Suor Angelica

Opera North


No. of reviews: 11

High standards in Opera North’s Puccini double bill
2 Dec 16 / Seen and Heard
Opera North has made something of a speciality of shorter works recently
2 Dec 16 / The Herald
Puccini double bill culminates with an out of this world ending with Suor Angelica
16 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
A bleakly powerful evening
17 Oct 16 / The York Press
Opera North delivers a devastating Puccini double bill
10 Oct 16 / The Observer
An enthralling Puccini double bill
7 Oct 16 / Ilkley Gazette
Two of Puccini’s most depressing works are given faithful outings by Opera North and David Pountney
6 Oct 16 / The Spectator
Brilliant Il tabarro and Suor Angelica complete Opera North's Puccini triptych
4 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Opera North illuminate Puccini's dark visions of loss and pain
4 Oct 16 / The Guardian
An excellent evening for an audience to appreciate two less well-known Puccini one-act operas
3 Oct 16 / The Reviews Hub
Opera North's pair of Puccini melodramas are no gloomy sob-fest
3 Oct 16 / Telegraph
Der Rosenkavalier

Opera North


No. of reviews: 7

This production proved a delight
19 Nov 16 / Impact
Opera North does full justice to McVicar’s production of Rosenkavalier
15 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
A first class revival of one of Opera North’s most successful productions
11 Nov 16 / The Reviews Hub
Is Opera North’s Rosenkavalier’s worth seeing? Certainly. Worth hearing? That’s trickier
14 Oct 16 / The Spectator
Opera North opens its new season with a strong revival of David McVicar's production
20 Sep 16 / What's on Stage
Visually sumptuous, musically variable
20 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Eloquently staged revival belies its age
19 Sep 16 / The Guardian
Der Ring des Nibelungen

Opera North


No. of reviews: 49

Götterdämmerung: Just like Germans
12 Jul 16 / The Critics' Circle
Full cycle: Opera North's version of Wagner's The Ring is a triumph
10 Jul 16 / Daily Mail
Götterdämmerung: The two real heroes of the week were conductor Richard Farnes and Kelly Cae Hogan who sang Brünnhilde
8 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Das Rheingold: Wagner's epic Ring Cycle thrills the first-night audience at Sage Gateshead
7 Jul 16 / Chronicle Live
Götterdämmerung: Peter Mumford, who tackles staging, design, concept, lighting and production, emerges triumphant
6 Jul 16 / Opera Today
Siegfried: Horsing around
5 Jul 16 / The Critics' Circle
Götterdämmerung brings Opera North’s Ring to a triumphant conclusion
5 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Siegfried: A touch of briskness is more than welcome
5 Jul 16 / Opera Britannia
Götterdämmerung: There was a vocal triumph to be witnessed in the shape of Kelly Cae Hogan’s Brünnhilde
5 Jul 16 / Opera Britannia
Siegfried: An achievement that put a good number of larger companies to shame
5 Jul 16 / Opera Today
Götterdämmerung: There was a standing ovation for Opera North’s achievement
5 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Siegfried/ Götterdämmerung: Not just praiseworthy but wonderful
5 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Götterdämmerung: An outstanding Ring goes out in a blaze of glory
4 Jul 16 / The Arts Desk
Siegfried: Opera North’s Siegfried disappoints
4 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Götterdämmerung: Full immersion, total immolation: Götterdämmerung crowns Opera North's magnificent Ring
4 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Siegfried: A few too many elements undermined the overall impression of the performance
4 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Siegfried: Opera North’s ‘Ring’ cycle is compelling listening
3 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Das Rhengold/Die Walküre: Splendid stuff
3 Jul 16 / Express
Die Walküre: Opera North continues to put many starrier, yet in no sense superior, companies to shame
2 Jul 16 / Opera Today
Das Rheingold: The performance needed more dramatic “zing” in the unfolding
2 Jul 16 / Opera Britannia
Das Rheingold/Die Walküre: Circles of the mind
2 Jul 16 / The Critics' Circle
Die Walküre: Richard Farnes and his orchestra engaged with this score far more purposefully and positively than they did with the opener
2 Jul 16 / Opera Britannia
Die Walküre: Kelly Cae Hogan and Robert Hayward were superb as Brünnhilde and Wotan
2 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Die Walküre: Superb playing and singing from Opera North in Die Walküre
1 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Die Walküre: An unforgettable evening
1 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Das Rheingold: Opera North’s magnificent Das Rheingold comes to London
1 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Die Walküre: Opera North's orchestra are the true heroes
1 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Ring the changes: my austerity Wagner with Opera North
The Ring cycle may be the pinnacle of operatic ambition, but, as Opera North’s critically acclaimed production shows, it needn’t cost the earth to perform or watch. Conductor Richard Farnes reflects on an affor
Opera North's Richard Farnes departs with The Ring
There can be few more challenging tasks as a conductor than taking on the whole of Wagner's The Ring Cycle - but that is the one that has been handed to Richard Farnes for his final assignment at Opera North.
Why Opera North decided to stage an opera which lasts 16 hours
After seven years in the planning stage, Opera North next week embark on the ambitious project of six complete cycles of Richard Wagner’s epic drama, Der Ring des Nibelungen.
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News & Articles

Royal Philharmonic Society awards
Opera North wins for its acclaimed stagings of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on an encouraging night for companies based outside London.
10 May 2017 / The Guardian
Music Director walks out on Opera North
Richard Mantle, General Director of Opera North, has announced that he has accepted the resignation of Aleksandar Markovic as the Company’s Music Director.
19 Apr 2017 / Slipped Disc
Opera North announces 2017/18 season
Opera North will launch its 2017/18 with a celebration of one-act operas.
11 Jan 2017 / Opera Now
How to be good? Getting to grips with Billy Budd
Baritone Roderick Williams is rehearsing the role of Billy Budd in Britten’s opera. He’s more used to playing villains – so how is he breathing life into ‘an angel’?
15 Oct 2016 / The Guardian
Opera North announces partnership with Classic FM
Opera North has become Classic FM's Opera Company in the UK.
25 Aug 2016 / Classic FM