Opera North With Phoenix Dance Theatre – Bernstein

Following Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi‘s shared billing with Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus’ take on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in 2019, Opera North’s joint ventures with Phoenix Dance Theatre are now firmly-established red-letter days in the Leeds Cultural Calendar. Here, Matthew Eberhardt’s production of Bernstein’s Trouble In Tahiti, a valuable and flexible asset to Opera North […]

Opera North and Bizet’s Carmen at Leeds Grand Theatre

The lights dimmed, the auditorium darkened and the orchestra, in full-on life-affirming tutti, burst upon us with the familiar strains of Les Tor√©adors, its opening, as ever, pulsating with resplendent cymbals, bass drum and triangle, then repeated for good measure, the little detached trumpet figuration a few bars on, observantly quiet, yet nicely in its […]


Leeds Opera Festival – NORTHERN OPERA GROUP – at Morley Town Hall on 28 August. Gustav Holst’s presence on concert hall programmes has been in sharp decline ever since the death of his indefatigable champion, daughter Imogen, in 1984. Nowadays, his reputation rests again where it began, over a hundred years ago, with nothing but […]

Stephen Sondheim : A Little Night Music

An Opera North co-production with Leeds Playhouse. As both composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, throughout an illustrious career, has been much lauded for reinventing the American musical. After so long an absence from the theatre, this splendid remake of A Little Night Music, a co-production of Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse under James Brining‘s […]

Leeds Lieder Festival 2021

The Festival takes place at Leeds Town Hall from Thursday 17 June to Sun 20 June. Tom Tollett previews. Nineteen events in just four days illustrates nicely the breathless intensity of a modern music festival. Now in its 10th renewal, Leeds Lieder assuredly takes its place, alongside the Conductors’ and Piano Competitions, as one of […]