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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kate Valentine (Mařenka) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's sunny and life-affirming Bartered Bride

By , 29 October 2014
****1
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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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Sébastien Guèze as Rodolfo and Gabriela Iştoc as Mimì © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's La bohème still has plenty of sparkle

By , 29 April 2014
****1
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Jeni Bern and Peter Auty © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

From Paris With Love at the Grand Theatre, Leeds

By , 14 February 2014
***11
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Béla Perencz as Macbeth, Ladies of the Chorus of Opera North © Bill Cooper
Leeds

Opera North's Macbeth at Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 07 February 2014
****1
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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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Daniel Abelson as Puck with James Laing as Oberon (behind),  ©  Tristram Kenton
Leeds

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

By , 28 September 2013
****1
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Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts as Peter Grimes  ©  Bill Cooper
Leeds

Opera North's triumphant Peter Grimes returns to Leeds

By , 14 September 2013
*****
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Henry Waddington as Caleb, Daniel Norman as Joshua and Jake Arditti as Othniel  ©  Alastair Muir
Leeds

Opera North's Joshua at Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 30 April 2013
***11
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Lesley Garrett and Philip Rhodes in La voix humaine  ©  Tristram Kenton
Leeds

A brilliant pairing by Opera North: La Voix Humaine and Dido and Aeneas in Leeds

By , 14 February 2013
****1
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©  Bill Cooper
Leeds

A new production of Clemenza di Tito from John Fulljames and Opera North

By , 31 January 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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Robert Anthony Gardiner as Siébel and Marcin Bronikowski as Valentin with the Chorus of Opera North © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North's Faust at Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 19 October 2012
***11
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William Dazeley as Don Giovanni  ©  Robert Workman
Leeds

Don Giovanni successfully launches Opera North's new season

By , 28 September 2012
*****
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Opera North’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel: Eric Greene as Billy Bigelow and ©  Alastair Muir
Leeds

Opera North stage the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel

By , 05 May 2012
***11
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Opera North’s Norma: Annemarie Kremer as Norma and Luis Chapa as Pollione with the Chorus of Opera ©  Alastair Muir
Leeds

Opera North present a beautiful, powerful new production of Bellini's Norma

By , 28 January 2012
****1
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Opera North's production of Giulio Cesare, with James Laing (Tolomeo), Andrew Squires (Slave), and S ©  Trisram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North's Giulio Cesare is a sparkling success

By , 14 January 2012
****1
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©  Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's revival of Ruddigore is a visual treat

By , 30 September 2011
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Anne Sophie Duprels as Cio-Cio-San  ©  Robert Workman
Leeds

Daniele Rustioni conducts Opera North's revival of Madama Butterfly

By , 24 September 2011
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Claire Wild as Alyeya,  ©  2011 Alastair Muir, Opera North
Leeds

Opera North search for 'the spark of God' in Janáček's From the House of the Dead

By , 05 May 2011
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Steven Harrison (Florestan) and Emma Bell (Leonore)  ©  Clive Barda
Leeds

Opera North's 'Fidelio'- A Focus on Freedom

By , 16 April 2011
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Paul Nilon as Chartkov and Peter Savidge as the Journalist / Bill Cooper
Leeds

Opera North stage the UK premiere of Weinberg's The Portrait

By , 02 February 2011
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Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North spark debate with new Carmen

By , 22 January 2011
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Allan Clayton as Rosillon and Amy Freston as Valencienne, credit: Alastair Muir, front page photo al
Leeds

Opera North's new Merry Widow: an antidote to winter blues

By , 19 December 2010
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