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18 September 2020

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Street Scene

Opera North


No. of reviews: 11

A testament to working-class struggle and the struggle of women
4 Apr 20 / The Mancunion
A finely-wrought staging
5 Mar 20 / The Northern Echo
A superbly conducted, well sung and impeccably designed production of Kurt Weill’s ‘Broadway opera'
22 Feb 20 / Music OMH
Opera North's Street Scene is full of vim and verve
18 Feb 20 / The Opera Critic
Love thy neighbour
28 Jan 20 / The Critics' Circle
Opera North revels in a night on the town with Kurt Weill
27 Jan 20 / The Observer
Street Scene will be a delight to lovers of Weill’s Americana
26 Jan 20 / The Reviews Hub
Intricate staging of Kurt Weill’s opera
21 Jan 20 / The Stage
Opera North's thrilling Street Scene brings Golden Age Broadway to Leeds
21 Jan 20 / Bachtrack
Full justice for murder in Manhattan
20 Jan 20 / The Guardian
An unfussy and sympathetic production – shame Kurt Weill’s opera is a snooze
20 Jan 20 / Telegraph
The Turn of the Screw

Opera North


No. of reviews: 4

Alessandro Talevi resonates with even more disturbing undertones
1 Mar 20 / Ilkley Gazette
Opera North, under the direction of Alessandro Talevi, puts on a well done production of The Turning of the Screw
23 Feb 20 / The Reviews Hub
Opera North deliver a chilling Turn of the Screw
20 Feb 20 / Opera Today
Madeleine Boyd’s set and costumes create a sense of stifling seclusion
17 Feb 20 / Music OMH
Le nozze di Figaro

Opera North


No. of reviews: 7

The warm response from a full house was richly deserved
1 Mar 20 / Ilkley Gazette
The warm response from a full house was richly deserved
19 Feb 20 / Ilkley Gazette
Progresses at a rapid lick
5 Feb 20 / On: Yorkshire Magazine
Joyous and witty
4 Feb 20 / The Stage
Exuberant revival of Opera North's Marriage of Figaro
4 Feb 20 / Bachtrack
It is entertaining from beginning to end
4 Feb 20 / The Reviews Hub
A genuinely funny, true ‘company’ version of Mozart’s great work
3 Feb 20 / Music OMH
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Opera North


No. of reviews: 3

One hell of a concert
13 Dec 19 / The Spectator
Opera North’s concert performance gets right to the heart of Bartók’s opera
9 Dec 19 / The Observer
A perfectly balanced programme
1 Dec 19 / The Reviews Hub
La bohème

Opera North


No. of reviews: 6

An impressive and deeply engaging production of Puccini’s La bohème
7 Dec 19 / The Mancunion
Renato Balsadonna conducts Opera North’s La bohème empathetically, but time this production was retired
15 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
The production has returned reinvigorated with two new international casts
31 Oct 19 / The Northern Echo
the orchestra was the star of the show in this welcome return of Phyllida Lloyd’s straightforward, mostly unsentimental production
24 Oct 19 / Music OMH
Opera North again put on an excellent performance
15 Oct 19 / The Reviews Hub
Another sparkling revival of La bohème by Opera North
15 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Opera North


No. of reviews: 7

Rare, abbreviated, yet superbly staged performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare from Opera North
18 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
The vocal performances are what matter here
17 Nov 19 / The Reviews Hub
A Giulio Cesare well worth seeing
2 Oct 19 / The Opera Critic
Opera North's inventive Giulio Cesare a stirring tribute to Handel
1 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Albery’s production is austere yet rich in association, singer-focused and a true company endeavour
30 Sep 19 / Music OMH
Vicious scheming and visual splendour, but seduction too: Opera North's revival of Handel's Giulio Cesare
30 Sep 19 / Planet Hugill
The Baroque style is superbly captured by an accomplished international cast
30 Sep 19 / Wharfedale Observer
The Greek Passion

Opera North


No. of reviews: 11

The Greek Passion is a triumph for the Opera North Chorus and designer Charles Edwards
18 Nov 19 / The Reviews Hub
A terrific company achievement
30 Sep 19 / Planet Hugill
A powerful Martinů rarity
29 Sep 19 / The Observer
Opera North redonne sa chance (avec succès !) à The Greek Passion de Bohuslav Martinu
27 Sep 19 / Opera Online
The Greek Passion resonates just as much today than it did over 60 years ago
22 Sep 19 / The Reviews Hub
Martinů's gripping Greek Passion from Opera North
19 Sep 19 / Opera Today
Opera North brings Martinu's opera powerfully to life
18 Sep 19 / The Opera Critic
Accessible and affecting
18 Sep 19 / The Stage
Martinů’s fierce opera brings home refugee crisis
17 Sep 19 / The Guardian
Pertinence and power
16 Sep 19 / The Arts Desk
An opera for our times
16 Sep 19 / Bachtrack
Aida

Opera North


No. of reviews: 10

This is a production that really does prove that less staging really is more
16 Jun 19 / The Reviews Hub
Annabel Arden’s concept makes Verdi’s opera seem strikingly relevant
30 May 19 / Wharfedale Observer
The evening proved that the right kind of opera works equally well, sometimes better, away from the opera house
23 May 19 / The York Press
An unforgettable Aida where less is more
23 May 19 / The Opera Critic
Une Aïda jouissive à l'Opera North de Leeds
14 May 19 / Opera Online
Alexandra Zabala (Aida) and Alessandra Volpe (Amneris) make memorable Opera North debuts
12 May 19 / The Reviews Hub
Innovative and daring, Opera North delights with its production of Aida
7 May 19 / The Scarborough News
Opera North rethinks Verdi's epic with formidable results
3 May 19 / The Guardian
A triumph of music-making from a powerhouse company
3 May 19 / Telegraph
A radical approach to an operatic warhorse by Opera North
3 May 19 / Bachtrack
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
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Opera North's programme of out-door events and digital projects
The new programme, Switched On, involves a new piece by Abel Selaocoe, a film of Will Todd's new community opera, live performances of Whistle Stop Hansel and Gretel and an animated film of Puccini's La Boheme.
17 Aug 2020 / Planet Hugill
Opera North’s Autumn/Winter seasons postponed
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the latest guidance on live performances, Opera North has announced the postponement of all its mainstage productions in its Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 seasons.
3 Jul 2020 / Opera Now
Towards environmentally sustainable productions
Opera North to use second-hand props and costumes for a carbon neutral spectacle.
23 Feb 2020 / Telegraph
Opera North announces 2020-21 season
Anna Denisova, Patrick Terry and Brindley Sherratt lead Opera North 2020-21 season.
20 Feb 2020 / OperaWire
Opera North announces new musical leadership
Garry Walker will take up the position of music director designate, heading the musical leadership.
25 Jun 2019 / Opera Now