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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Stephen Richardson

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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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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Aoife Miskelly (Susanna), Anna Harvey (Cherubino) and Sky Ingram (The Countess) © Robert Workman
Gateshead

The Marriage of Figaro: beautiful and beastly at Sage Gateshead

By , 04 July 2018
****1
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Mary Plazas (The Duchess) and Adrian Dwyer (Waiter) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Powder Her Face revival is gloriously kinky in Dublin

By , 06 March 2018
*****
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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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Jonathan Lemalu (Nick Shadow) and Robert Murray (Tom Rakewell) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Devilishly good fun at OperaGlass Works' The Rake's Progress

By , 17 November 2017
****1
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Jennifer France (Susanna) © Mark Douet
High Wycombe

Le nozze di Figaro at Garsington

By , 04 June 2017
****1
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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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Stephen Richardson (The Mikado) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Scottish Opera’s Mikado: A Victorian variety show on Japanese Night

By , 07 May 2016
***11
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Turandot in Belfast © Northern Ireland Opera
Belfast

Subjugation of the silent majority: Calixto Bieito's Turandot in Belfast

By , 30 October 2015
***11
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Fidelio in concert with the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena

By , 08 May 2015
***11
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Los Angeles

A bizarre ride: Chin's enveloping Alice in Wonderland makes West Coast debut

By , 27 February 2015
***11
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Leeds

Opera North's sunny and life-affirming Bartered Bride

By , 29 October 2014
****1
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High Wycombe

Garsington Opera's Fidelio proves entertaining but emotionally flat

By , 06 June 2014
***11
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Southampton

Chic, bleak and provocative: WNO’s Manon Lescaut

By , 19 March 2014
***11
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Leeds

Opera North's triumphant Peter Grimes returns to Leeds

By , 14 September 2013
*****
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London

Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest at the Barbican

By , 26 April 2012
***11
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London

Catalani's La Wally - a hard hitting verismo gem

By , 05 August 2011
****1
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