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Opera North new season dates

14th January 2022

Questions of power and identity, love and loss, will be coming to theatres across the North of England in the new year as Opera North opens its winter season with two new productions, while also offering another chance to see its new production of Carmen which premiered in September. Wagner’s Parsifal follows in June, with […]

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Opera North Alcina to be available worldwide

14th January 2022

Opera North’s first ever staging of Handel’s opera Alcina, which opens on Saturday 5 February 2022 at Leeds Grand Theatre, will be available for viewers around the globe to watch online in partnership with the European streaming platform OperaVision. The performance on Thursday 17 February at 7pm will be streamed live at operavision.eu, and will […]

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Longborough’s inaugural Ring Cycle Conducting Fellow

8th December 2021

Longborough Festival Opera has appointed Harry Sever as its first Ring Cycle Conducting Fellow. Harry will work alongside Longborough Music Director and eminent Wagnerian Anthony Negus for the next three seasons, building towards its 2024 Ring cycle. For his first performance in the post, Harry will conduct Siegfried at Longborough on Friday 3 June 2022. […]

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Jack Furness to produce Rusalka at Garsington

16th November 2021

Jack Furness is to take over from Michael Boyd to produce Garsington Opera’s 2022 Rusalka. Due to ill health, director Michael Boyd has had to withdraw from the production that was originally scheduled for summer 2020. Jack Furness will  make his Garsington Opera debut. The production will have designs by  Tom Piper. Douglas Boyd, Artistic […]

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Opera North announces winter season

16th November 2021

Questions of power and identity, love and loss, will be coming to theatres across the North of England in the new year as Opera North opens its winter season with two new productions, while also offering another chance to see its new production of Carmen which premiered in September. The Company’s eagerly-awaited concert staging of […]

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Opera Holland Park unleashes The Bear

1st November 2021

Opera Holland Park’s production of William Walton’s take on the Chekhov comedy The Bear is being screened online during November on a “pay what you feel” basis. Filmed and recorded live on location in Stone House over two days in April 2021, Walton’s witty one-act opera reunites the cast and creative team of Opera Holland […]

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Longborough announces details of 2022 season

27th October 2021

Longborough Festival Opera continues its Wagner voyage with Siegfried opening its 2022 season. Other works are Korngold Die tote Stadt, Bizet’s Carmen and a double bill of Waley-Cohen’s Spell Book and Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina. The new  Ring cycle began with critically acclaimed performances of Das Rheingold in 2019 and a concert staging of Die Walküre in 2021. “With Siegfried we return to […]

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Unlike Butterfly, no yellow face concerns for WNO at Expo Dubai 2020

15th October 2021

A troupe of mainly British singers are off to the desert sunshine for Welsh National Opera’s collaboration with the United Arab Emirates on Al Wasl Opera, part of Expo 2020 Dubai. While in the UK and other countries producing theatres continue to be careful about ethnic casting, there are no such concerns with this production. The […]

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How should we ensure companies actually perform?

6th September 2021

In 1959 the House of Commons endorsed the principle of public subsidy and the independence of the arts. This largely began state subsidy of the arts. By 1962 the Royal Opera was told its subsidy would be pegged at 87.5 per cent of the previous year’s income. The more shows they put on the more […]

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Un Nos Ola Leuad – Leading Welsh singers record a new Welsh language Opera

2nd September 2021

I’ve been composing to commission for over 40 years now, in about as many genres as you could shake a baton at, but had never written an opera.  Not, that is, until 2014 or thereabouts, the time when the BBC finally dispensed with my services as the presenter (since the late 70s) of the daily […]

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