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23 September 2018

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Tosca

Opera North


No. of reviews: 7

A production that truly sizzles
21 Sep 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North
19 Sep 18 / Bachtrack
Contemporary take on Puccini is compelling and creepy
18 Sep 18 / The Guardian
Right from those tumbling incisive first chords, this Tosca is lurid, thunderous, oppressive, exhilarating
18 Sep 18 / The Times
An incredible and unmissable production
18 Sep 18 / The Reviews Hub
Drama to hit you in the gut – chiming with the demands of Puccini’s music
18 Sep 18 / Independent
A brutal, thumping success
18 Sep 18 / Telegraph
Kiss me, Kate

Opera North


No. of reviews: 4

A fun filled Kiss Me Kate
7 Jul 18 / The Opera Critic
An engaging and well-crafted staging
28 May 18 / Classical Source
An unmissable evening of first-class entertainment
25 May 18 / The Reviews Hub
The pinnacle of song-and-dance Shakespeare
25 May 18 / The Guardian
Salome

Opera North


No. of reviews: 9

This exclusive Scottish performance was a real coup for the Perth hall
1 May 18 / The Herald
An unmitigated triumph
26 Apr 18 / The Spectator
Opera North sticks to dress suits and evening gowns for Strauss' short, bloody shocker
25 Apr 18 / What's on Stage
Opera North continue a fantastic season with this production of Salome
23 Apr 18 / Nouse
Richard Strauss’s 1905 opera still shocks in this concert staging by Opera North
23 Apr 18 / The Times
Opera North’s Salome is still enticingly outrageous today
23 Apr 18 / Bachtrack
There is something about Armstrong’s unassuming demeanour that inspires confidence
21 Apr 18 / The York Press
Opera North’s concert Salome carries theatrical power
21 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
Scandalising opera still unsettles
21 Apr 18 / Telegraph
Un Ballo in Maschera

Opera North


No. of reviews: 16

Opera North bow out in style despite updating Un Ballo in Maschera to the 'dour' 1930s
27 Mar 18 / Chronicle Live
Opera North’s first production of a Verdi masterpiece disappoints
16 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
With its powerful story and heart-breaking score, it is a complete winner
12 Mar 18 / The Reviews Hub
The Italianate timbre and burnished high notes of Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas project Gustavo's ardour
25 Feb 18 / Wharfedale Observer
Cross my palm with silver
20 Feb 18 / The Critics' Circle
Yet another dud Un ballo in maschera
9 Feb 18 / The Spectator
Dramatic integrity
7 Feb 18 / Financial Times (via Google)
Opera North’s production is a great one to see, featuring characters with complex motives
6 Feb 18 / Nouse
Richard Farnes returns to conduct Opera North's first-ever staging of Verdi's opera
6 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
Female leads shine in Opera North’s premier Un ballo in maschera
6 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
Banal take on Verdi's richly inventive score
6 Feb 18 / The Guardian
Verdi's opera given a 1930s setting by Opera North
6 Feb 18 / The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Opera North is not afraid to take risks
6 Feb 18 / Harrogate Advertiser
Murder on the dance floor: an underwhelming Ballo in maschera from Opera North
5 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Certainly a must see
5 Feb 18 / The Reviews Hub
An imaginative take on Verdi's intense tale of love and loyalty
5 Feb 18 / Telegraph
Don Giovanni

Opera North


No. of reviews: 7

Plenty of laughs, a feminist heart and a time machine
23 Mar 18 / Chronicle Live
An entertaining evening at the theatre
9 Mar 18 / The Reviews Hub
An intriguing evening in the theatre
9 Mar 18 / Honolulu Advertiser
Don Giovanni makes welcome return
5 Mar 18 / Ilkley Gazette
Opera North’s revived Don Giovanni misfires in the age of #MeToo
26 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
Don Giovanni, with a modern remake, is fit for purpose
25 Feb 18 / The Reviews Hub
Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival at Opera North
23 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Madama Butterfly

Opera North


No. of reviews: 13

Opera North's Butterfly has the wow factor
23 Mar 18 / The Northern Echo
Period productions with superb singing and acting like this Butterfly are rare
12 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
Period productions with superb singing and acting like this Butterfly are rare
9 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
A gripping Opera North version of the Puccini classic
8 Mar 18 / Manchester Evening News
Magnificently as she sang, Anne Sophie Duprels, as Cio Cio San, achieves her most affecting moment in silence
27 Jan 18 / Harrogate Advertiser
Opera North’s Madama Butterfly provides the devastating experience that this opera should
26 Jan 18 / The Spectator
Puccini's eternal opera acquires new resonance in a revival of Tim Albery's bold production
23 Jan 18 / The Stage
Opera North's Madama Butterfly is much more than a tear-jerker with a social conscience
23 Jan 18 / Bachtrack
The show is beautifully acted, especially by Anne Sophie Duprels as Butterfly
23 Jan 18 / The Times
Tim Albery's enduring production returns
23 Jan 18 / Ilkley Gazette
Revealing details in Tim Albery's enduring production maximise the emotional power
23 Jan 18 / Wharfedale Observer
A welcome revival of Opera North’s magnificent Madama Butterfly
21 Jan 18 / Seen and Heard
A tragic but memorable performance of Madama Butterfly
21 Jan 18 / The Reviews Hub
Trouble in Tahiti

Opera North


No. of reviews: 7

G&S and Bernstein provide an ideal ending to Opera North’s Little Greats
21 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Revelations and rediscoveries
24 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Light but not negligible; little gems by Bernstein and by Gilbert & Sullivan
23 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
Intriguing pairing was a great way to finish
16 Oct 17 / Wharfedale Observer
Bernstein and Janáček rarities make a terrific Opera North double bill
15 Oct 17 / The Guardian
Destiny and South Sea escapes
13 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
A rare Bernstein masterpiece allowed to shine
13 Oct 17 / Telegraph
Osud

Opera North


No. of reviews: 7

Two rarely heard Ravel and Janáček Operas get masterful Opera North productions
20 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Revelations and rediscoveries
24 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Janacek's rarely performed and musically thrilling opera alongside an imaginative rendering of Ravel's masterpiece
23 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
Intriguing pairing was a great way to finish
16 Oct 17 / Wharfedale Observer
Bernstein and Janáček rarities make a terrific Opera North double bill
15 Oct 17 / The Guardian
A fascinating oddity, but only for Janáček initiates
13 Oct 17 / Telegraph
Destiny and South Sea escapes
13 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Trial by Jury

Opera North


No. of reviews: 10

G&S and Bernstein provide an ideal ending to Opera North’s Little Greats
21 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Three popular one-act pieces round off Opera North's autumn half-dozen
25 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Light but not negligible; little gems by Bernstein and by Gilbert & Sullivan
23 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
John Savournin’s production of Trial By Jury is a delight from start to finish
10 Oct 17 / The York Press
The best Trial by Jury I’ve ever seen
5 Oct 17 / The Spectator
Much-loved opera packs a punch
4 Oct 17 / Wharfedale Observer
Trial by Jury guarantees silliness and laughter throughout
1 Oct 17 / The Reviews Hub
An innovative, impactful double bill from Opera North
30 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
Opera North presents stark contrasts with Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury
30 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
A strange pairing that strikes surprising sparks
29 Sep 17 / Telegraph
Cavalleria Rusticana

Opera North


No. of reviews: 11

Good singing redeems two disappointing Cav & Pag Opera North stagings
18 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Three popular one-act pieces round off Opera North's autumn half-dozen
25 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
The classic verismo pairing, in two strikingly updated settings
23 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
The real drama is in the soprano of Giselle Allen’s Santuzza
10 Oct 17 / The York Press
Opera North’s Cavalleria Rusticana stretches the concept of verismo to its limit, mostly entertainingly
5 Oct 17 / Yorkshire Post
Opera North’s Cavalleria rusticana is the ideal opera to take a young Corbynista to
5 Oct 17 / The Spectator
Much-loved opera packs a punch
4 Oct 17 / Wharfedale Observer
The modern production offers strong themes of infidelity, jealousy, betrayal and guilt
1 Oct 17 / The Reviews Hub
An innovative, impactful double bill from Opera North
30 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
Opera North presents stark contrasts with Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury
30 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
A strange pairing that strikes surprising sparks
29 Sep 17 / Telegraph
Pagliacci

Opera North


No. of reviews: 13

Good singing redeems two disappointing Cav & Pag Opera North stagings
18 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Three popular one-act pieces round off Opera North's autumn half-dozen
25 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
The classic verismo pairing, in two strikingly updated settings
23 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
Two triumphant 'little greats' from Opera North
21 Sep 17 / The Spectator
Two works that could scarcely be more contrasting
21 Sep 17 / Sheffield Telegraph
Bite-size opera is a real treat
19 Sep 17 / Ilkley Gazette
'Little Greats' series looks to be well named
19 Sep 17 / The Guardian
Both pieces in this opening double bill are equally recommendable
19 Sep 17 / The Times
Opera North's Little Greats: jealousy, murder and childhood fantasy
19 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Opera North's Pagliacci and L'Enfant et les sortilèges is an odd combination but a terrific one at that
18 Sep 17 / Telegraph
An evening of contrasts!
18 Sep 17 / The Reviews Hub
Masterpieces by Leoncavallo and Ravel launch a season of one-acters in style
18 Sep 17 / The Arts Desk
Two ‘little greats’ on the new taster menu from Opera North
18 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

Opera North


No. of reviews: 12

Two rarely heard Ravel and Janáček Operas get masterful Opera North productions
20 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Janacek's rarely performed and musically thrilling opera alongside an imaginative rendering of Ravel's masterpiece
23 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
Two works that could scarcely be more contrasting
21 Sep 17 / Sheffield Telegraph
Two triumphant 'little greats' from Opera North
21 Sep 17 / The Spectator
'Little Greats' series looks to be well named
19 Sep 17 / The Guardian
Both pieces in this opening double bill are equally recommendable
19 Sep 17 / The Times
Opera North's Little Greats: jealousy, murder and childhood fantasy
19 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Bite-size opera is a real treat
19 Sep 17 / Ilkley Gazette
Opera North's Pagliacci and L'Enfant et les sortilèges is an odd combination but a terrific one at that
18 Sep 17 / Telegraph
An evening of contrasts!
18 Sep 17 / The Reviews Hub
Masterpieces by Leoncavallo and Ravel launch a season of one-acters in style
18 Sep 17 / The Arts Desk
Two ‘little greats’ on the new taster menu from Opera North
18 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
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
A real feast: Opera North's witty and perceptive Hansel and Gretel
7 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
Opera North has a genius for updating operas, without resorting to gimmicks
7 Feb 17 / Harrogate Advertiser
Innovative tricks in Opera North’s new, musically distinguished Hansel and Gretel
6 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
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Royal Philharmonic Society awards
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Music Director walks out on Opera North
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Opera North announces 2017/18 season
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