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Alex Otterburn (Cascada), Máire Flavin (Hanna Glawari) and Alex Banfield (St Brioche) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's energetic Merry Widow is more than a mere period piece

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Giselle Allen (Tosca) and Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North

By , 16 September 2018
****1
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Jennifer Holloway Salome and Oliver Johnston (Narraboth) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North’s Salome is still enticingly outrageous today

By , 19 April 2018
****1
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Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Leeds

Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival at Opera North

By , 21 February 2018
****1
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Rafael Rojas (Gustavo) and Adrienn Miksch (Amelia) © Clive Barda
Leeds

Murder on the dance floor: an underwhelming Ballo in maschera from Opera North

By , 03 February 2018
**111
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Anne Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

Opera North's Madama Butterfly is much more than a tear-jerker with a social conscience

By , 19 January 2018
****1
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Wallis Giunta (Dinah) with Nicholas Butterfield, Fflur Wyn and Joseph Shovelton (The Trio) © Alastair Muir
Leeds

Destiny and South Sea escapes: Osud and Trouble in Tahiti from Opera North

By , 11 October 2017
***11
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Kirill Karabits © Denis Manokha
Leeds

Karabits and the Bournemouth SO bring Messiaen's “Song of Love” to Leeds

By , 07 October 2017
***11
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Giselle Allen as Santuzza © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North presents stark contrasts with Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury

By , 27 September 2017
****1
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Peter Auty (Canio) and Elin Pritchard (Nedda) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North's Little Greats: jealousy, murder and childhood fantasy

By , 16 September 2017
****1
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Orla Boylan (Turandot) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Magnificent Turandot in concert from Opera North

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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Giuliano Contadini (Casanova), Victoria Sibson (Madame de Pompadour), and artists of the company © Emma Kauldhar
Leeds

Northern Ballet: Casanova World Première

By , 11 March 2017
****1
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Henry Waddington (Don Magnifico) and Quirijn de Lang (Dandini) © Alastair Muir
Leeds

Opera North's Cenerentola provides plenty of comedy and revels

By , 16 February 2017
****1
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Katie Bray (Hansel) and Fflur Wyn (Gretel) © Robert Workman
Leeds

A real feast: Opera North's witty and perceptive Hansel and Gretel

By , 02 February 2017
****1
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Aoife Miskelly (Snegurochka) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

Snowflakes and sunflowers: rare Rimsky-Korsakov opera revived by Opera North

By , 21 January 2017
***11
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Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) and the Chorus of Opera North © Clive Barda
Leeds

Opera North's intensely dramatic Billy Budd in Leeds

By , 18 October 2016
****1
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Vladimir Fedoseyev © Oleg Nachinkin
Leeds

Fire and Ice: Vladimir Fedoseyev and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Leeds

By , 08 October 2016
***11
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Ivan Inverardi (Michele) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Brilliant Il tabarro and Suor Angelica complete Opera North's Puccini triptych

By , 01 October 2016
****1
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Fflur Wyn (Sophie) and Helen Sherman (Octavian) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Visually sumptuous, musically variable: Strauss' Rosenkavalier revived in Leeds

By , 17 September 2016
***11
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Orchestra of Opera North © Tom Arber
Leeds

Creative spirits in Leeds: Orchestra of Opera North's Mahler 8

By , 04 June 2016
****1
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Martyn Noble and Sarah Lenney at Leeds Lieder © Robert Piwko
Leeds

Leeds Lieder's Composers and Poets Showcase gives an insight into young, creative minds

By , 02 April 2016
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Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega
Leeds

Leeds Lieder's Songs of the Sea leaves audience buoyant

By , 01 April 2016
****1
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Jennifer Johnston © Gisela Schenker
Leeds

Bursting with drama and hope: Tippett's A Child of Our Time in Leeds

By , 12 March 2016
****1
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Jung Soo Yun (Nemorino) and Duncan Rock (Belcore) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's L'elisir d'amore bubbles with life in Leeds

By , 17 February 2016
****1
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Nikolai Demidenko © Kirill Bachkirov
Leeds

Fervent Rachmaninov from Demidenko and the Flanders Symphony in Leeds

By , 13 February 2016
***11
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William Dazeley (Don Alfonso), Helen Sherman, Gavan Ring, Máire Flavin and Nicholas Watts © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

An intelligent and welcome revival of Così fan tutte at Opera North

By , 03 February 2016
****1
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Rafael Rojas (Andrea Chénier) and Annemarie Kremer (Maddelena) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's Andrea Chénier full of modern relevance

By , 19 January 2016
****1
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Richard Farnes © Opera North
Leeds

Richard Farnes conducts a triumphant Mahler’s First Symphony in Leeds

By , 05 December 2015
****1
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Paul Lewis
Leeds

Reflecting on the Sonata: Paul Lewis' Beethoven in Leeds

By , 10 November 2015
***11
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Alisa Weilerstein © Jamie Jung
Leeds

Outstanding Shostakovich from Alisa Weilerstein in Leeds

By , 24 October 2015
*****
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David Butt Philip (Laca Klemeň) and Ylva Kihlberg (Jenůfa) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

Opera North's captivating Jenůfa

By , 22 October 2015
****1
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Jack Liebeck © Chris Dunlop
Leeds

Karl-Heinz Steffens and Jack Liebeck perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in Leeds

By , 17 October 2015
****1
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Gavan Ring, Eric Roberts, Katie Bray, Nicholas Watts © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North's supremely theatrical Barber of Seville

By , 07 October 2015
*****
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Jeni Bern as Katharine, Quirijn de Lang as Petruchio © Alastair Muir
Leeds

Opera North's Kiss Me Kate is sheer joy

By , 03 October 2015
****1
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Tobias Batley as Winston Smith and Martha Leebolt as Julia © Guy Farrow
Leeds

Yorkshire scores a hit with the first Orwellian ballet : Northern Ballet's 1984

By , 05 September 2015
****1
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Béla Perencz (The Dutchman) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's exciting Der fliegende Holländer at Leeds Town Hall

By , 27 June 2015
****1
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David Wilson-Johnson © Annelies van der Vecht
Leeds

Walton's Belshazzar's Feast celebrated in Leeds

By , 30 May 2015
****1
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Opera North's Carousel © Alastair Muir
Leeds

Opera North's revival of Carousel spins again at the Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 13 May 2015
****1
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Carolyn Sampson © Ingpen & Williams
Leeds

A Garland of Song: Carolyn Sampson is stunning in Leeds Lieder

By , 25 April 2015
****1
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Leeds

Leeds Lieder: Young artists bridge the gap between composer and text

By , 25 April 2015
****1
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Leeds

Of Parisian taxis and fairy tales: The Orchestra of Opera North at Leeds Town Hall

By , 11 April 2015
***11
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Nikolai Lugansky © Marco Borggreve | Naïve Ambroisie
Leeds

Leeds Town Hall trembles to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's stunning Tchaikovsky sound

By , 07 March 2015
****1
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Christopher Purves (Gianni Schicchi) © Bill Cooper | Opera North
Leeds

Comedy and tragedy: Opera North's Gianni Schicchi and La Vida Breve serve up a fine double bill

By , 18 February 2015
****1
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Trondheim Soloists © Trondheim Soloists
Leeds

The Trondheim Soloists present a sweeping performance of Bartók and Britten in Leeds

By , 14 February 2015
****1
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Helen Sherman (Cherubino) © Clive Barda
Leeds

Opera North's gleeful Marriage of Figaro is not to be missed

By , 24 January 2015
****1
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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Leeds

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain excels in Leeds

By , 03 January 2015
*****
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Kate Valentine (Mařenka) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's sunny and life-affirming Bartered Bride

By , 29 October 2014
****1
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Jac van Steen © Ross Cohen
Leeds

Opera North's sonorous Sibelius overshadows a lighter Mozart Requiem

By , 26 October 2014
***11
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Sandra Piques Eddy (Poppea) and James Laing (Nerone) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North blends the beautiful with the cynical in The Coronation of Poppea

By , 04 October 2014
***11
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ji-Min Park and Hye-Youn Lee in La Traviata © Richard H Smith
Leeds

La Traviata at the Grand Theatre, Leeds

By , 20 September 2014
****1
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