Opera

OPERA AT ITS MOST EXTREME

OPERA AT ITS MOST EXTREME

Strauss’ most intense and shocking opera, Salome,continues Opera North’s successful series of dramatic operas presented in concert. Salome, the teenage step-daughter of King Herod, is an object of fascination and lust for the guard Narraboth, and for Herod himself. Agreeing to perform the ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ for her step-father, she demands a macabre […]

KISS ME KATE IS BACK

KISS ME KATE IS BACK

(Picture by Guy Farrow) An outstanding cast has been announced for the return of Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy, Kiss Me, Kate, opening at Leeds Grand Theatre in May. Cole Porter’s riotously inventive homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is an irresistible celebration of the joy […]

SING FOR YOUR SUPPER

SING FOR YOUR SUPPER

Opera North is giving everyone the chance to give their vocal chords an end-of-day workout each week with the launch of a new adult chorus in Leeds city centre. Meeting in the Howard Assembly Room at 6pm every Monday for ten weeks from 9 October, the Christmas Chorus will master some traditional choral festive pieces […]

PERFORMANCES OF LITTLE GREATS

PERFORMANCES OF LITTLE GREATS

The seductive style of Mad Men meets the powerful emotion of opera this Autumn, as Opera North brings 1950s glamour to theatres across the North of England with its first ever staging of Trouble in Tahiti, Leonard Bernstein’s sparkling satire on the American Dream. What’s more, with opera novices able to get tickets for £10 […]

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 […]