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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
© Clive Barda
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LondonKiss me, Kate

Joseph Shovelton (First Gunman), John Savournin (Second Gunman) © Tristram Kenton
Porter: Kiss me, Kate
James Holmes; Jo Davies; Opera North; Oliver Rundell; Colin Richmond; Quirijn de Lang

EdinburghKiss me, Kate

Kiss me, Kate
Porter: Kiss me, Kate
James Holmes; Jo Davies; Opera North; Oliver Rundell; Colin Richmond; Quirijn de Lang

LeedsToscaNew production

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Antony Hermus; Edward Dick; Opera North; Tom Scutt; Fotini Dimou; Giselle Allen; Susannah Glanville

LeedsDie Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)

Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
Martin André; Giles Havergal; Opera North; Leslie Travers; Geoffrey Dolton; Quirijn de Lang

Newcastle upon TyneToscaNew production

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Antony Hermus; Edward Dick; Opera North; Tom Scutt; Fotini Dimou; Giselle Allen; Susannah Glanville
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Opera North's Kiss me Kate arrives in London

Joseph Shovelton (First Gunman), John Savournin (Second Gunman) © Tristram Kenton
Cole Porter's exuberant wordsmithery and his smash-and-grab appropriation of a dozen musical styles can hardly fail to entertain; Opera North give us four top class leads.
***11
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Opera North’s Salome is still enticingly outrageous today

Jennifer Holloway Salome and Oliver Johnston (Narraboth) © Robert Workman
Opera North's Salome, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong at Leeds Town Hall, caught the seductive frenzy of the opera.
****1
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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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