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LeedsDie Walküre Act 3

Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Die Walküre
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; Robert Hayward; Kelly Cae Hogan; Katherine Broderick; Giselle Allen
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A rare outing for Stanford's Travelling Companion

Julien Van Mellaerts (The Travelling Companion) and David Horton (John) © Robert Knights
Charles Villiers Stanford's The Travelling Companion is performed at Cadogan Hall by New Sussex Opera. 
****1
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Wotan's woes mount in Opera North's Die Walküre

Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
In Anna Russell's wittily deadpan analysis of Wagner's Ring cycle, she describes Wotan as “the head god” – pausing for dramatic effect before adding “and he's a crashing bore too.”
****1
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Creative spirits in Leeds: Mahler 8

Mahler's epic setting of the final scene from Goethe's Faust is so demanding of musical resources that any performance is a special occasion: what better work to conclude the Orchestra Of Opera North's triumphant 2015-2016 season? 
****1
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The North East's War Requiem

Sir Thomas Allen and Robert Murray give a compelling performance as the two soldiers in Britten's War Requiem

Opera North's sunny and life-affirming Bartered Bride

Smetana's The Bartered Bride by Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre directed by Daniel Slater is a confident revival of an old success. 
****1
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"All ladies are like that": Così at the Carnival

Così fan tutte in a 1950s carnival setting. Visually spectacular, and with plenty of laughs. Not everything works, but still worth seeing, especially for Roderick Williams' spivvy Don Alfonso.
***11
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