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19 March 2019

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Die Zauberflöte

Opera North


No. of reviews: 12

Opera North stuns audiences with magical Mozart production
14 Mar 19 / The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times
Opera North’s uneven new production of Magic Flute lacks clarity in Salford
11 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
Opera North bring an entirely accessible production to a wide-ranging audience
7 Mar 19 / The Reviews Hub
Destination unknown
3 Feb 19 / The Critics' Circle
Was it all a dream in Opera North’s new Magic Flute?
28 Jan 19 / The Observer
James Brining needs to learn that, in opera, less is more
26 Jan 19 / The York Press
An ambitious production
22 Jan 19 / The Stage
A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side
22 Jan 19 / Bachtrack
A good-looking production which lacks the necessary magic
21 Jan 19 / Telegraph
Dark, eclectic and disquieting
21 Jan 19 / The Guardian
This conventional staging enlivened by whizzy video effects is sandbagged by a lack of energy
21 Jan 19 / The Times
The company of Opera North put on an outstanding performance
21 Jan 19 / The Reviews Hub
Gianni Schicchi

Opera North


No. of reviews: 4

The opera is beautifully Directed by Christopher Alden
13 Mar 19 / The Reviews Hub
Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds
18 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
A double bill of contrasts
18 Feb 19 / The Times
The cast colourfully portrays the chaotic characters
18 Feb 19 / The Reviews Hub
Kat'a Kabanova

Opera North


No. of reviews: 5

Emotion does not come rawer than in Opera North’s version of Katya Kabanova
9 Mar 19 / The Reviews Hub
Tim Albery’s dimly lit production stokes up the claustrophobic, loveless atmosphere of small town respectability
6 Mar 19 / Wharfedale Observer
The acting is superbly believable and the storytelling gripping
5 Feb 19 / The Times
Stephanie Corley's emotive and moving performance portraying this troubled character is very memorable
5 Feb 19 / The Reviews Hub
It's grim up North: a heartbreaking Katya Kabanova in Leeds
4 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
Silent Night

Opera North


No. of reviews: 8

Opera North’s Silent Night is a moving missive for our troubled times
17 Dec 18 / The Sunday Times
A 100-strong male voice chorus gave the resounding premiere of Kevin Puts’s first world war opera
10 Dec 18 / The Observer
The futility of war: Opera North gives Kevin Puts’ Silent Night its UK première
4 Dec 18 / Bachtrack
Involving and thought-provoking
4 Dec 18 / The Stage
First world war opera is an overwhelming emotive experience
4 Dec 18 / The Guardian
This American opera about the Great War is almost a winner
3 Dec 18 / The Times
One of those fusions of original creation and production where everything works perfectly
3 Dec 18 / The Reviews Hub
This fresh and engaging take on war and peace wins battle with Britten
2 Dec 18 / Telegraph
Tosca

Opera North


No. of reviews: 11

From it’s sudden opening to the emotional ending, there was not a low point in the show
21 Nov 18 / The Mancunion
Opera North’s Tosca will leave you quivering
27 Sep 18 / The Spectator
An evening that could hardly be more passionate
26 Sep 18 / The York Press
A Tosca of Belly Punching Power from Opera North
25 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
A production that truly sizzles
21 Sep 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North
19 Sep 18 / Bachtrack
Drama to hit you in the gut – chiming with the demands of Puccini’s music
18 Sep 18 / Independent
Contemporary take on Puccini is compelling and creepy
18 Sep 18 / The Guardian
An incredible and unmissable production
18 Sep 18 / The Reviews Hub
A brutal, thumping success
18 Sep 18 / Telegraph
Right from those tumbling incisive first chords, this Tosca is lurid, thunderous, oppressive, exhilarating
18 Sep 18 / The Times
Die Lustige Witwe

Opera North


No. of reviews: 4

Vibrant and colourful company performance of Merry Widow from Opera North
19 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
The strength of the production comes from the ensemble performance
17 Nov 18 / The Reviews Hub
Opera North's energetic Merry Widow is more than a mere period piece
2 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
Opera North has created a charming and enjoyable production
1 Oct 18 / The Reviews Hub
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
The pinnacle of song-and-dance Shakespeare
25 May 18 / The Guardian
An unmissable evening of first-class entertainment
25 May 18 / The Reviews Hub
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’s Salome is still enticingly outrageous today
23 Apr 18 / Bachtrack
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 concert Salome carries theatrical power
21 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
Scandalising opera still unsettles
21 Apr 18 / Telegraph
There is something about Armstrong’s unassuming demeanour that inspires confidence
21 Apr 18 / The York Press
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)
Female leads shine in Opera North’s premier Un ballo in maschera
6 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
Opera North is not afraid to take risks
6 Feb 18 / Harrogate Advertiser
Richard Farnes returns to conduct Opera North's first-ever staging of Verdi's opera
6 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
Verdi's opera given a 1930s setting by Opera North
6 Feb 18 / The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Opera North’s production is a great one to see, featuring characters with complex motives
6 Feb 18 / Nouse
Banal take on Verdi's richly inventive score
6 Feb 18 / The Guardian
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 intriguing evening in the theatre
9 Mar 18 / Honolulu Advertiser
An entertaining evening at the theatre
9 Mar 18 / The Reviews Hub
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
Revealing details in Tim Albery's enduring production maximise the emotional power
23 Jan 18 / Wharfedale Observer
Opera North's Madama Butterfly is much more than a tear-jerker with a social conscience
23 Jan 18 / Bachtrack
Tim Albery's enduring production returns
23 Jan 18 / Ilkley Gazette
Puccini's eternal opera acquires new resonance in a revival of Tim Albery's bold production
23 Jan 18 / The Stage
The show is beautifully acted, especially by Anne Sophie Duprels as Butterfly
23 Jan 18 / The Times
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
Destiny and South Sea escapes
13 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
A fascinating oddity, but only for Janáček initiates
13 Oct 17 / Telegraph
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
Opera North presents stark contrasts with Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury
30 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
An innovative, impactful double bill from Opera North
30 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
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 is the ideal opera to take a young Corbynista to
5 Oct 17 / The Spectator
Opera North’s Cavalleria Rusticana stretches the concept of verismo to its limit, mostly entertainingly
5 Oct 17 / Yorkshire Post
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
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Performance schedule
Lehar
29 Sep 2018 to 17 Nov 2019
Mozart
19 Jan to 23 Mar 2019
Janacek
2 Feb to 21 Mar 2019
Puccini
16 Feb to 22 Mar 2019
Verdi
1 May to 7 Jun 2019
Martinu
14 Sep to 16 Nov 2019
Handel
28 Sep to 13 Nov 2019
Puccini
12 Oct to 15 Nov 2019
Bartok
28 to 30 Nov 2019
Weill
18 Jan to 20 Mar 2020
Mozart
1 Feb to 21 Mar 2020
Britten
15 Feb to 19 Mar 2020

News & Articles

Opera North announces 2019/20 season
Opera North announces main stage repertoire for its 2019/20 season, to include revivals of popular favourites alongside adventurous new productions.
26 Feb 2019 / Opera Now
Opera North reveals redevelopment plans
Opera North is seeking planning permission for a redevelopment project after plans received support from Leeds City Council’s Executive Board.
25 Mar 2018 / Opera Now
Opera North announces 40th anniversary season
Opera North’s 2018/19 season – the company’s 40th – will explore the theme of conflict.
1 Mar 2018 / Opera Now
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