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Performer: John Savournin

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Opera North's Street Scene brings Golden Age Broadway to Leeds

Robert Hayward (Frank Maurrant) © Clive Barda
Opera North brings Kurt Weill's “Broadway opera” Street Scene to the Leeds Grand Theatre in a thrilling production directed by Matthew Eberhardt and conducted by James Holmes.
****1
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Martinů's The Greek Passion: an opera for our times

Nicky Spence (Manolios) © Tristram Kenton
At a time when the “relevance” is bandied around all too frequently in relation to opera, Martinů's really does deserve that tag. 
****1
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Wolf-Ferrari entertains, Tchaikovsky bewitches at Holland Park

John Savournin (Sante), Clare Presland (Susanna) © Opera Holland Park | Ali Wright
Wolf-Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna provides an airy bon-bouche to Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, brilliantly sung by Natalya Romaniw and David Butt Philip and conducted to fairy-tale perfection by Sian Edwards
***11
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Un ballo in maschera showcases Opera Holland Park at its best

Anne Sophie Duprels (Amelia) and Matteo Lippi (Gustavo) © Ali Wright
Gaitanou’s direction of the singers is so exact that it becomes impossible to separate them from their characters.
*****
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A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side

Samantha Hay (The Queen of the Night) © Alastair Muir
Sinister aspects are stressed in Mozart's The Magic Flute at Leeds Grand Theatre directed by James Brining and conducted by Robert Howarth.
****1
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