Category Archives: Opera and concerts

Don Giovanni

An Opera North production at the Lowry. Enjoyable in every way, but not as much as Madame Butterfly and Un Ballo in Maschera. (Having to suck Strepsils and stifle a cough didn’t help.) The staging was interesting; it made use … Continue reading

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Un Ballo in Maschera

Back in Leeds for another Opera North production. The Guardian critic thought rather poorly of it; he obviously knows far more than me, but that’s to my advantage here because I loved it and was ignorant of its flaws. The … Continue reading

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Madame Butterfly

Or Madama Butterfly, as it was sung in Italian. The music is sublime to begin with, and this performance was very good. Pinkerton (boo, hiss) seemed drowned by the orchestra at times, but Butterfly was brilliant and very affecting (although … Continue reading

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Jenůfa

Jenůfa – Sinéard Mulhern Kostelnička – Lena Nordin Laca – Jesper Taube An opera sung in Czech with Swedish subtitles and relocated to the west coast of Ireland – thank heavens for Wikipedia! It was well done and ultimately moving … Continue reading

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Daphne

My first Richard Strauss opera, and I feel I need a little more time to get to know him before I can decide if I like him. The opera house is great – as perfect example of its era as … Continue reading

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La Cenerentola

At Opera North again for the last of their fairy-tale opera season. Another lovely, imaginative production – this time set in a run-down dance studio – with some tremendous singing. Rossini’s telling shuns the magical and scandalous elements, so the … Continue reading

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The Snow Maiden

A little-performed opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, by Opera North at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. The music was lovely, the quality generally high and the video projections worked well. But what do I know? I attended the pre-show talk and learned that … Continue reading

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