Category Archives: Leeds

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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Leeds Art Gallery

I spent an enjoyable hour wandering around Leeds art gallery after lunch. I looked round the Victorian gallery more quantitatively than qualitatively: most paintings were on “home-grown” themes – Lady Godiva, landscapes, scenes from Victorian life – but the others … Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dir: Sally Cookson at the West Yorkshire Playhouse Theatrical wizardry with a dash of pantomime, but otherwise rather unengaging (for an adult without the passport of a child to the world of make-believe). But the wizardry was brilliant: the Witch … Continue reading

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Leeds today

In a giddy moment of Christmas excitement, I bought a ticket for the ferris wheel outside the Town Hall (and spotted another Potts clock from the air): (In truth – rather like Christmas itself – the reality wasn’t quite as good … Continue reading

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Leeds art gallery

Thanks to train and track disruption, I bagged another cathedral today. The train detoured via Lincoln, so I had a brief view of the cathedral. Leeds art gallery has finally re-opened. It is full of images which have been familiar … Continue reading

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Leeds-Liverpool Canal

As it wasn’t raining today, I took the Brompton and went to Keighley to cycle along the canal towpath to Leeds. (Perhaps not the best bike for the rough surface, but definitely the best bike for the crowded trains.) I … Continue reading

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