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

Tosca

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

Nabucco,

Nabucco

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

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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

Tosca

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

Rusalka

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

Fatal lovers, Iseult (Caitlin Hulcup) and Tristan (Tom Randle), Robert Workman, WNO

Le Vin Herbé

Frank Martin (Welsh National Opera at Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Shogun wedding? Celebrations as Cio-Cio-San (Madam Butterfly) marries Lt. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, Jeremy Abrahams, WNO

Madam Butterfly

Puccini (Welsh National Opera at Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Joshua Guerrero and Sydney Mancasola, Alastair Muir

Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi (English National Opera at The Coliseum).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Fflur Wyn as Gretel and Katie Bray as Hansel, Robert Workman

Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck (Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Aoife Miskelly as Snow Maiden, Richard Hubert Smith

The Snow Maiden

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Megan Mikailovna Samarin, Second Secretary; Yelena Dyachek, First Secretary; Tracy Dahl, Chiang Ch’ing; HGO Chorus, Lynn Lane

Nixon in China

Music by John Adams, libretto by Alice Goodman (Houston Grand Opera at Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center).
Reviewer: Keith Dorwick

Va, pensiero: lament for a lost land, newly relevant in 2017 America?, Metropolitan Opera

Nabucco

Verdi (Metropolitan Opera, New York at Picturehouse Stratford-upon-Avon and nationwide).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

David Jones,

Unknowing

Translation by David Parry, direction by Matthew Monaghan (Teatime Opera at Tristan Bates Theatre).
Reviewer: Claire Seymour

Christine Goerke as Cassandra, Todd Rosenberg

Les Troyens

Hector Berlioz (The Lyric Opera of Chicago at Ardis Krainik Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Dorwick

Il Tabarro, Tristram Kenton

Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica

Music by Giacomo Puccini, librettos by Giuseppe Adami (Il Tabarro), Giovacchino Forzano (Suor Angelica) (Opera North at The Lowry (Lyric Theatre)).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Roderick Williams as Billy Budd with members of the Chorus of Opera North, Clive Barda

Billy Budd

Music by Benjamin Britten, libretto by E M Forster and Eric Crozier (after the story by Herman Melville) (Opera North at The Lowry (Lyric Theatre)).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Der Rosenkavalier,

Der Rosenkavalier

Music by Richard Strauss, libretto by Hugo von Hofmannstahl (Opera North at The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Michael Colvin as The Painter/The Second Client and Brenda Rae as Lulu, Catherine Ashmore

Lulu

Alban Berg (English National Opera at The Coliseum).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Roderick Williams as Billy Budd, Clive Barda

Billy Budd

Benjamin Britten, libretto by E M Forster and Eric Crozier, based on the novella by Herman Melville (Opera North and Nederlandse Reisopera at Theatre Royal, Newcastle).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Ylva Kihlberg and Helen Sherman, Robert Workman

Der Rosenkavalier

Music by Richard Strauss, libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (Opera North at Theatre Royal, Newcastle).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Roderick Williams as Billy Budd with members of the Chorus of Opera North, Clive Barda

Billy Budd

Benjamin Britten, libretto by E M Forster and Eric Crozier, based on the novella by Herman Melville (Opera North and Nederlandse Reisopera at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Stuart Laing as Tinca, Richard Mosley-Evans as Talpa, Giselle Allen as Giorgetta and David Butt Philip as Luigi, Tristram Kenton

Il tabarro/Suor Angelica

Giacomo Puccini; librettos by Giuseppe Adami (Il tabarro) and Giovacchino Forzano (Suor Angelica) (Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Opera news

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

Oratorio first for RNCM

Royal Northern College of Music Opera will present Handel’s Theodora at the college.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Three fairytales from Opera North

Opera North celebrates classic fairy tales with three brand new productions on stage at The Lowry in March.

David Upton, 15 January 2017

Opera North shares its Secrets

Opera North returns to The Lowry in Salford next month with a Season of Secrets featuring four operas, each with a secret at their heart.

David Upton, 22 October 2016