Opera

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 […]

A SHAKESPERIAN TRIUMPH

A SHAKESPERIAN TRIUMPH

I can honestly say that I have never been enamoured by any production of Macbeth or indeed any of Shakespeare’s work whatever its genre. It comes from being force-fed at an early age a diet of the bard’s work delivered in the most boring by an even more boring form mistress. So to find myself […]

Orchestra of Opera North with British Greats

Orchestra of Opera North with British Greats

Internationally renowned Yorkshire pianist Kathryn Stott is the soloist in the next Huddersfield Town Hall concert with the Orchestra of Opera North at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 December. Kathryn Stott is a regular collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma and a favourite of the BBC Proms. She is one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and […]

The Festival of Britten

The Festival of Britten

This opera was his last work and makes a statement about his own life as it holds some parallels between the lead character and Britten himself including the homosexual dimension of the story, the attractiveness of youthful innocence and the tension between the intellectual restrain of art and sensual abandonment. The plot centres around an […]

A Festival of Britten

A Festival of Britten

The new Opera North season A Festival of Britten celebrates the centenary of the birth of the composer with a revival of their 2006 production of Peter Grimes. Based on Crabbe’s famous poem of the same name. It is a disturbing tale which takes place in a small fishing town on the East Coast, where […]