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Guide to Opera North

Opera North's Il tabarro © Clive Barda (2004)

Bite-size opera: The Little Greats

How do you entice people to spend a night out at the opera? How do you grow new audiences? This autumn, Opera North may have a solution. 
Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North and is also one of Europe’s leading arts organisations. The Company is committed to producing work of the highest quality that excites, challenges and entertains. It tours not only throughout the North of England and to London, but also to opera houses on the continent and to major international festivals. A lively, vibrant organisation, Opera North actively challenges conventional perceptions of opera. As well as breathing new life into the classics, it is a strong advocate of lesser-known works and a champion of musical theatre. The Company often collaborates with artists and organisations working in a variety of media, including film and visual art, and its versatile Chorus and Orchestra also perform independently, constantly revitalising their approaches to music-making.
© Clive Barda
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LeedsDon Giovanni

Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Christoph Altstaedt; Alessandro Talevi; Opera North; Madeleine Boyd; William Dazeley; John Savournin

LeedsMadama Butterfly

Anne Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Martin Pickard; Tim Albery; Opera North; Hildegard Bechtler; Ana Jebens; Anne-Sophie Duprels; Merūnas Vitulskis

LeedsUn ballo in mascheraNew Production

Rafael Rojas (Gustavo) and Adrienn Miksch (Amelia) © Clive Barda
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Richard Farnes; Tim Albery; Opera North; Hannah Clark; Rafael Rojas; Phillip Rhodes

SalfordMadama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Martin Pickard; Tim Albery; Opera North; Hildegard Bechtler; Ana Jebens; Anne-Sophie Duprels; Merūnas Vitulskis

SalfordDon Giovanni

Don Giovanni
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Matthew Kofi Waldren; Alessandro Talevi; Opera North; Madeleine Boyd; William Dazeley; John Savournin
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Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival

Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Alessandro Talevi's production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Christoph Altstaedt, receives a welcome revival at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. 
****1
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Murder on the dance floor: an underwhelming Ballo

Rafael Rojas (Gustavo) and Adrienn Miksch (Amelia) © Clive Barda
If you had received an invitation to a masked ball at which there turned out to be no masks and no dancing, it's understandable you'd feel disappointed. 
**111
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More than a tear-jerker with a social conscience

Anne Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Hubert Smith
A convincing revival for Opera North's Madama Butterfly at Leeds Grand Theatre directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Martin Pickard.
****1
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Destiny and South Sea escapes from Opera North

Wallis Giunta (Dinah) with Nicholas Butterfield, Fflur Wyn and Joseph Shovelton (The Trio) © Alastair Muir
Two thematically linked, but contrasting short operas are the final component of Opera North's Little Greats season at the Leeds Grand Theatre.
***11
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Opera North presents stark contrasts with Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury

Giselle Allen as Santuzza © Robert Workman
Opera North's Little Greats festival continues with two deeply contrasting short operas - a grimly tragic and austere version of Macagni's Cavalleria rusticana and a frothy and hilarious production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury.
****1
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