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LeedsThe Greek PassionNew production

Nicky Spence (Manolios) © Tristram Kenton
Martinů: The Greek Passion
Garry Walker; Christopher Alden; Opera North; Charles Edwards; Doey Lüthi; Nicky Spence; Magdalena Molendowska

LeedsGiulio Cesare

Giulio Cesare
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Christian Curnyn; Tim Albery; Opera North; Leslie Travers; Maria Sanner; Lucie Chartin

LeedsLa bohème

La bohème
Puccini: La bohème
Renato Balsadonna; Phyllida Lloyd; Opera North; Matthew Kofi Waldren; Anthony Ward; Eleazar Rodriguez

Newcastle upon TyneLa bohème

La bohème
Puccini: La bohème
Renato Balsadonna; Phyllida Lloyd; Opera North; Matthew Kofi Waldren; Anthony Ward; Eleazar Rodriguez

Newcastle upon TyneGiulio Cesare

Giulio Cesare
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Christian Curnyn; Tim Albery; Opera North; Leslie Travers; Maria Sanner; Lucie Chartin
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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. 
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A radical approach to an operatic warhorse by Opera North

Alexandra Zabala as Aida and Eric Greene as Amonasro © Clive Barda
Opera North's Aida, directed by Annabel Arden and conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong in Leeds Town Hall, is a welcome radical interpretation in the spirit of the times. 
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Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
A daring double bill from Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre pairs Jeanguy Saintus' new choreography for The Rite of Spring with a revival of Christopher Alden's production of Gianni Schicchi
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It's grim up North: a heartbreaking Katya Kabanova in Leeds

Katie Bray (Varvara), Stephanie Corley (Katya) © Jane Hobson
Tim Albery's production for Opera North is well sung and superbly acted, involving us deeply in Janáček's tragic family drama.
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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.
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