• Opera North: The Rite of Spring & Gianni Schicchi @ Theatre Royal

    Full of intensity and comedy, Opera North’s Double Bill was certainly a treat for both the regular opera-goer and those new to the scene, providing an evening of high quality entertainment. Although linked by the theme of the new rising from the old, The Rite of Spring and Gianni...
  • The Magic Flute @ Theatre Royal

    Giant snakes, floating trees, dictatorships, and nurses armed with lightsabres. This might sound like the latest George Lucas film, but it is in fact Opera North’s newest version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute. While that may sound a little much, I can promise you it is all...
  • Opera North’s Der Rosenkavalier @ Theatre Royal

    A comedic opera centering around the wedding gift of a silver rose, Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss has a complex plot, which involves a love affair between an older woman and her young lover, an arranged marriage between a baron and a blushing bride, and a network of webs that interlink the characters. Whimsical...
  • Cosi Fan Tutte @ Theatre Royal

    One does not expect to go to the opera to find a huge wooden box being serenaded by a middle-aged Don, but this is what the audience will find when they see Cosi Fan Tutte. This opera straddles contemporaneity whilst keeping its nostalgia alive. It succeeds in producing a...
  • Kiss Me Kate @ Theatre Royal

    Another opening, another show! This is how Opera North open their production of Cole Porter’s backstage musical Kiss Me Kate, with an appropriately meta-theatrical number about opening a show for the first time. Flawless, full of energy and an all-round feel-good performance; this opening number sets the tone for...
  • Opera North: La Traviata @ Theatre Royal

    La Traviata began with an ethereal full moon beamed on to the backdrop of Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and a polite notice that Hye-Youn Lee was unwell and Anna Jeruc-Kopec was to play the role of Violetta. As the silhouette of Violetta appeared and the murmuring of the audience ebbed away Jeruc-Kopec made sure no one would be disappointed by the...