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Timothy Connor as Pulcino and Charlotte Hoather as Uccellina, James Glossop


Composed by Lliam Paterson (Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera and Improbable at The Grafton Centre, Hyde).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Sarah Minns, Christopher Tribble

La Voix Humaine

Poulenc (OperaUpClose at Kings Place).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Die Walküre, Robert Workman

Die Walküre

Richard Wagner (Grange Park Opera at The Theatre in the Woods, West Horsley Place).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Iago and his puppet, Otello, Catherine Ashmore, ROH


Giuseppe Verdi (Royal Opera House at Regal cinema, Evesham and other venues).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Temporary release for the prisoners, Matthew Williams-Ellis, LFO


Beethoven (Longborough Festival Opera at Longborough, Gloucestershire).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Natalya Romaniw as Jenufa, Peter Hoare as Laca, Robert Workman


Janáček (Grange Park Opera at Theatre in the Woods at West Horsley Place).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Tosca, Robert Workman


Puccini (Grange Park Opera at Theatre in the Woods, West Horsley Place).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Rosie Thomas as Vixen and Timothy Dickinson as Badger, Robert Workman


Based on Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Silent Opera at The Vaults).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Julian Kim, Omar Montanari, Chiara Amarù and Giorgio Misseri, Michele Crosera

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Gioachino Rossini, libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on the play by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (La Fenice at La Fenice Theatre, Venice).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Gavan Ring as Ping, Joseph Shovelton as Pang and Nicholas Watts as Pong, Tristram Kenton


Music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Act III completed by Franco Alfano (Opera North at The Sage, Gateshead).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Jessica Nuccio, Michele Crosera

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on La Dame Aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils (La Fenice at La Fenice Theatre, Venice).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Duty calls: Carlo gets the tap from Rodrigo, Catherine Ashmore, ROH

Don Carlo

Verdi (Royal Opera House, ROH at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Matthew Kellett as Papageno and Emily Jane Thomas as Pamina, Bill Knight

The Magic Flute

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto in a new English version by John Savournin and David Eaton (Charles Court Opera at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Gavan Ring (Ping), Joseph Shovelton (Pang) and Nicholas Watts (Pong), Tristram Kenton


Giacomo Puccini (Opera North at Leeds Town Hall).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Anna Netrebko as Tatiana in the letter scene, Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera

Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky (Metropolitan Opera HD live at Picturehouse, Stratford-upon-Avon and other venues).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Lauren Zolezzi as milkmaid Patience, Richard Hubert Smith, ETO


Gilbert and Sullivan (English Touring Opera at Everyman Cheltenham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

About to put the knife in - Tosca (Paula Sides) conceals murderous intent from Scarpia (Craig Smith), Richard Hubert Smith, ETO


Puccini (English Touring Opera at Everyman, Cheltenham and touring).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Scarpia (Craig Smith) and Tosca (Paula Sides), Richard Hubert Smith


Puccini (English Touring Opera at Sheffield Lyceum).
Reviewer: Velda Harris



Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Temistocle Solera (Ellen Kent and Opera and Ballet International at Sunderland Empire).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan


La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica (Ellen Kent and Opera and Ballet International at Sunderland Empire).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

The Snow Maiden, Richard Hubert Smith

The Snow Maiden

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (music and libretto); Alasdair Middleton (translation) (Opera North at The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Sunnyboy Dladla and Wallis Giunta in Opera North's Cinderella, Alastair Muir

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Music by Gioachino Rossini; libretto by Giacomo Ferretti (Opera North at Lyric Theatre at The Lowry, Salford).
Reviewer: Mark Smith


Puccini (English Touring Opera at Hackney Empire).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

The Winter's Tale

Ryan Wigglesworth (English National Opera at The Coliseum).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as Rusalka, Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera


Dvořák (Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Opera news

Opera North Youth Company performs at Buxton

Opera North Youth Company will head to Buxton Fringe to perform Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow, a musical version of Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales.

Steve Orme, 11 July 2017

Comic opera first for Chester

Comic opera company Opera della Luna makes its first visit to Chester’s new Storyhouse venue.

David Upton, 11 June 2017

Wagner opera revival is highlight of Longborough

A revival of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, which was presented only two years ago, and three new productions will be the attractions of Longborough Festival Opera 2017.

Steve Orme, 04 June 2017

Opera visits the Lakes

Keswick's Theatre by the Lake has announced a programme of visiting productions that will include English Touring Opera with Handel's Guilio Cesare.

David Chadderton, 12 May 2017

Turandot at The Sage

Opera North is to perform Puccini’s Turandot at The Sage in Gateshead.

Peter Lathan, 06 May 2017

ETO Tosca for Blackpool

Blackpool Grand Theatre welcomes back English Touring Opera for a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s 1900 opera Tosca.

David Upton, 30 April 2017

Baby-faced opera for Manchester

The follow up to Scottish Opera’s BabyO performances, BambinO is a pioneering and unique piece of music theatre for infants aged 6 to 18 months.

David Upton, 10 March 2017