Opera

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 […]

ANDREA BOCELLI

ANDREA BOCELLI

Andrea Bocelli World renowned singer to be the first classical artist to play Leeds Arena in one of two UK appearances The world’s most famous tenor Andrea Bocelli will be coming to the Leeds Arena this September as part of the venue’s opening season. Bocelli is the first classical act to be announced to play […]

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

The story of a prince transformed into a beast and a beautiful girl with a heart pure enough to see through his frightful exterior first appeared as early as 1740. Since then there have been literally hundreds of different adaptations of the story. It has been a film, play, pantomime, cartoon and most recently a […]