Opera North: Wagner’s Parsifal – at Leeds Grand Theatre 4th, 7th and 10 June

An extraordinary production followed by a tour to Manchester, Nottingham, Gateshead and London from 12 to 26 June. Doubtless, the world would need fewer critics if it could ascertain what performers themselves truthfully think of their merits on stage. A frank self-assessment and evaluation of those with whom they work, a knowledgeable judgment of insiders […]

In Conversation With Brindley Sherratt

 “A Wagner singer is a happy singer.” John Tomlinson  Brindley Sherratt Sings Gurnemanz, Veteran Knight of the Grail, in Opera North’s upcoming production of Wagner’s Parsifal. Grand Theatre Leeds 1, 4, 7 and 10 June. He shared some of his time with Tom Tollett. As the principal bass in an opera, for once you are […]

Dewsbury Lunchtime Chamber Concert – David Greed’s Farewell Recital

Finding anyone who has been in the same employment for 44 years is a great rarity, particularly in the modern age. Such length of service approaches a theoretical maximum timespan, bridging leaving education and reaching a sensible retirement age. David Greed’s tenure as the Opera North Orchestra‘s leader is currently the longest in Europe. “It […]

Handel’s Alcina – Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre

Just what does a major composer have to do to get his music heard? Beethoven declared Handel to be the greatest that had ever lived, superior, therefore, in his inestimable opinion, to Haydn, Mozart and J.S. Bach. Yet, after a revival of Admeto at Covent Garden in 1754 until a heavily-truncated staging of Rodelinda in […]

Opera North: Rigoletto at Leeds Grand Theatre

This is Opera North’s first new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto for sixteen years, and for British-Nigerian Femi Elufowoju Jr., his theatrical skills honed at Stratford East’s Theatre Royal, a first venture at directing opera. With a cast comprised of several ON debutants, the result is an undoubted musical triumph, although something of a directorial oddity. […]