Opera North - Leeds
23 February 2018

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Un Ballo in Maschera

Opera North


No. of reviews: 12

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)
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
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
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
Murder on the dance floor: an underwhelming Ballo in maschera from Opera North
5 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Madama Butterfly

Opera North


No. of reviews: 8

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
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
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
A tragic but memorable performance of Madama Butterfly
21 Jan 18 / The Reviews Hub
A welcome revival of Opera North’s magnificent Madama Butterfly
21 Jan 18 / Seen and Heard
Trouble in Tahiti

Opera North


No. of reviews: 6

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
Bernstein and Janáček rarities make a terrific Opera North double bill
15 Oct 17 / The Guardian
A rare Bernstein masterpiece allowed to shine
13 Oct 17 / Telegraph
Destiny and South Sea escapes
13 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Trial by Jury

Opera North


No. of reviews: 9

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
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
Osud

Opera North


No. of reviews: 6

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
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
L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

Opera North


No. of reviews: 11

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
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
Cavalleria Rusticana

Opera North


No. of reviews: 10

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
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: 12

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 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
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
Disturbing video games
6 Feb 17 / Planet Hugill
An adorable and thoroughly enjoyable production
5 Feb 17 / The Reviews Hub
Screen-savvy kids summon a Blair Witch fairytale
4 Feb 17 / The Guardian
A witch straight out of Footballers' Wives
4 Feb 17 / Telegraph
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
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
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
Snow Maiden is an excellent production
23 Jan 17 / The Reviews Hub
Snowflakes and sunflowers: rare Rimsky-Korsakov opera revived by Opera North
23 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
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
The well-drilled chorus was striking, and the soloists could have stopped a cavalry charge by decibels alone
2 May 17 / The Times
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
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
Opera North’s golden touch for concert staging opera continues in Puccini’s Turandot
1 May 17 / Seen and Heard
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
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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