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Richard Farnes © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 33: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust – Richard Farnes conducts Brahms and Musgrave

By , 07 August 2018
****1
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Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Songs of innocence and experience: Verdi's Falstaff at Garsington

By , 16 June 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
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Kristina Mkhitaryan (Violetta) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

A strong Violetta carries an uninspired Traviata revival at Glyndebourne

By , 21 May 2017
****1
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Richard Farnes © Jack Liebeck
Perth

Thoughtful, inspiring and noble: British music from the BBCSSO and Richard Farnes

By , 10 March 2017
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Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Anita Rachvelishvili takes the honours in Covent Garden's Il trovatore

By , 31 January 2017
***11
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Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Manrico) and Maria Agresta (Leonora) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Comic strip Trovatore a damp squib at the Royal Opera

By , 04 December 2016
**111
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Stephen Hough © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Dublin

Super hot Rachmaninov and overheated Beethoven in Dublin

By , 21 October 2016
***11
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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Birmingham

Bloodless competence in Birmingham: CBSO plays Wagner, Sibelius and Beeethoven

By , 28 September 2016
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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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Richard Farnes © Opera North
Leeds

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

By , 05 December 2015
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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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Alwyn Mellor (Brünnhilde) © Clive Barda
Leeds

The finale of Opera North's Ring is brilliantly successful

By , 14 June 2014
*****
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Rafael Rojas as Dick Johnson and Alwyn Mellor as Minnie © Clive Barda
Leeds

Opera North brings new life to Puccini's western

By , 21 January 2014
****1
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Alan Oke as Gustav von Aschenbach © Robert Workman
Leeds

Death in Venice is another winner for Opera North

By , 17 October 2013
****1
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Mati Turi as Siegfried  ©  Clive Barda
Leeds

Opera North's enthralling Siegfried at Leeds Town Hall

By , 15 June 2013
****1
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Sir Colin Davis  ©  Matt Stuart
London

A fitting tribute to Sir Colin Davis: LSO and a superb cast perform Britten's The Turn of the Screw

By , 16 April 2013
****1
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A Scene from The Beggar's Opera, William Hogarth
Liverpool

Britten's The Beggar's Opera with the RLPO

By , 01 March 2013
****1
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Ronald Samm as Otello and David Kempster as Iago in Opera North’s production of Verdi’s Otello  ©  Clive Barda
Leeds

New production of Verdi's Otello from Opera North

By , 16 January 2013
***11
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Opera North’s production of Janáček’s The Makropulos Case. Director Tom Cairns, Set and Costum ©  Robert Workman
Edinburgh

Opera North's production première of The Makropulos Case at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 11 August 2012
***11
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Béla Perencz as Wotan and conductor Richard Farnes © Clive Barda
Leeds

Opera North: Die Walküre

By , 16 June 2012
***11
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Newcastle upon Tyne

Opera North's dazzling Queen of Spades is full of Russian passion

By , 11 November 2011
****1
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©  Clive Barda
Gateshead

Das Rheingold: a concert perfomance full of drama

By , 26 June 2011
*****
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