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Alexandra Zabala as Aida and Eric Greene as Amonasro © Clive Barda
Leeds

Aida in Leeds: a radical approach to an operatic warhorse by Opera North

By , 01 May 2019
****1
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Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

By , 16 February 2019
****1
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Katie Bray (Varvara), Stephanie Corley (Katya) © Jane Hobson
Leeds

It's grim up North: a heartbreaking Katya Kabanova in Leeds

By , 02 February 2019
****1
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Samantha Hay (The Queen of the Night) © Alastair Muir
Leeds

A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side – from Opera North

By , 19 January 2019
****1
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Quirijn de Lang (Lt Audebert), Richard Burkhard (Lt Horstmayer) and Timothy Nelson (Lt Gordon) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

The futility of war: Opera North gives Kevin Puts’ Silent Night its UK première

By , 30 November 2018
*****
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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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Joseph Shovelton (First Gunman), John Savournin (Second Gunman) © Tristram Kenton
London

Brush up your Shakespeare: Opera North's Kiss me Kate arrives in London

By , 20 June 2018
***11
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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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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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Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) © Sam Murray-Sutton
Snape

Opera North sails in to the Aldeburgh Festival with a buoyant revival of Billy Budd

By , 24 June 2017
*****
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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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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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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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Mati Turi (Siegfried) © Clive Barda
London

Full immersion, total immolation: Götterdämmerung crowns Opera North's magnificent Ring

By , 03 July 2016
*****
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Lars Cleveman (Siegfried) © Clive Barda
London

Dragonslayer: Siegfried battles valiantly in Opera North's Ring

By , 01 July 2016
***11
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Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
London

Disobedient daughter, outraged wife: Wotan's woes mount in Opera North's Die Walküre

By , 29 June 2016
****1
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Michael Druiett (Wotan), Jo Pohlheim (Alberich) and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Loge) © Clive Barda
London

Dipping a toe into the Rhine: Wagner therapy from Opera North

By , 28 June 2016
****1
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Lesley Garrett (Val) © Robert Workman
London

A refreshing operatic experience: Pleasure at the Lyric Hammersmith

By , 12 May 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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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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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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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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Leeds

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

By , 27 June 2015
****1
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Leeds

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

By , 13 May 2015
****1
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London

Tales from the Finnish woods: Jonathan Dove's Swanhunter by Opera North

By , 04 April 2015
***11
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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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Leeds

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

By , 24 January 2015
****1
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Leeds

Opera North's sunny and life-affirming Bartered Bride

By , 29 October 2014
****1
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Leeds

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

By , 04 October 2014
***11
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Leeds

La Traviata at the Grand Theatre, Leeds

By , 20 September 2014
****1
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Leeds

The finale of Opera North's Ring is brilliantly successful

By , 14 June 2014
*****
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Leeds

Opera North's La bohème still has plenty of sparkle

By , 29 April 2014
****1
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Leeds

Opera North's Macbeth at Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 07 February 2014
****1
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Leeds

Opera North brings new life to Puccini's western

By , 21 January 2014
****1
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Leeds

Death in Venice is another winner for Opera North

By , 17 October 2013
****1
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Leeds

Opera North's glittering Midsummer Night's Dream at Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 28 September 2013
****1
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Leeds

Opera North's triumphant Peter Grimes returns to Leeds

By , 14 September 2013
*****
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Leeds

Opera North's enthralling Siegfried at Leeds Town Hall

By , 15 June 2013
****1
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