Opera

STRICTLY CINDERELLA

STRICTLY CINDERELLA

Opera North have left the very best until last in their fairy tale season. Cinderella is a tale as old as time. I have seen it in so many guises as a pantomime, cartoon, grand film, musical, play, ballet and even on ice! I have also seen the opera produced and set in the very […]

A MAGICAL NEW PRODUCTION

A MAGICAL NEW PRODUCTION

Opera North have re-vitalised and re-created Hansel and Gretel taking it to a new level that brings the opera to life for today’s audiences. It’s thought provoking, yet fun with larger-than-life characterizations, but above all it’s a masterpiece of the use of modern stage technology. Like all The Grimm Brothers fairy tales it has a […]

NEW YEAR MAGIC

NEW YEAR MAGIC

When its all over and the new year winter blues set in what better way than to recreate the magic that has just gone with a visit to Opera North and their special fairy tale programme. Opera North’s Winter Season enjoys a magical start this January as the Company brings a contemporary twist on three […]

AN OPERA THAT IS CERTAINLY SHIP SHAPE

AN OPERA THAT IS CERTAINLY SHIP SHAPE

Even some of the most avid opera lovers are not lovers of the works of Benjamin Britten.  I am afraid I share this view too. I find his music rather overpowering and his   subjects  always laced with a morbid tragic theme. Some of his works are taken from those awful stories we had  to read, […]

A HIGHLY DRAMATIC JOURNEY

A HIGHLY DRAMATIC JOURNEY

The prospect of spending an evening watching two rather depressing operas, with predictable plots,  hung heavily over my head. For Il tabarro and Suour Angelica are two of the three totally contrasting one act operas that form part of Puccini’s Il trittico. In choosing to pair together these two works  in one performance Opera North […]

AN EXCITING NEW SEASON OF OPERA

AN EXCITING NEW SEASON OF OPERA

Opera North’s exciting new season starts this week  with the Company’s new Music Director, Aleksandar Markovic, conducting David McVicar’s sumptuous production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. A comic exploration of the vagaries of romantic love and advancing age, this is an opera which delights in the beauty of the soprano voice. Ylva Kihlberg sings the bittersweet […]

JUST THE TONIC

JUST THE TONIC

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better – it does. For with their production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’ amore or The Elixir of Love, Opera North have gone for gold – and achieved it. Taking an opera out of its original era can often have a negative or detrimental effect on the production […]

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Liz Coggins is swept away by Opera North’s latest production I was fortunate to see the first performance in 1982 of Cosi Fan Tutte. Not as a critic I hasten to add, but as part of my induction into the world of classical opera by my ex-opera singing mother. “Always be careful when […]

LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE

LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE

It was in 1981 that I first saw Opera North’s production of  The Bartered Bride. It was part of my mother’s inauguration programme for me to learn to  appreciate the delights of opera. Choosing the right operas for people who are just starting out as opera goers  is so important she  used to declare. And  […]

A Passionate Puccini

A Passionate Puccini

I am a purist when it comes to opera, and I thought nothing could change my mind, but Opera North’s production of La Boheme could have changed it. I first saw the company perform this work back in the late 70’s as a very very young opera goer. To be honest I never really warmed […]