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 […]

Opera North’s La Petite Boheme

On the face of it, the prospect of the shortest of La Bohème’s four Acts, at just a little over twenty minutes, and in animation at that, would seem of limited appeal. After all, we miss the youthful Act I, the humour and intricate slapstick of denying the landlord his rent at its centre, and […]


And one for the pre-teens … Firstly, a word about a composer, now largely forgotten, who may merit a chapter to herself in an adequate tome of music’s history. Pauline Viardot lived a long life. She was six in the year that Beethoven died, yet lived until just five weeks shy of the sensational première […]

Opera North’s Cinderella

With theatres most definitely closed by decree and Christmas all but cancelled, here is forty minutes of family fun, for a fiver, to be enjoyed at any time during our isolated festivities. Ready the children, with a brief explanation of what cinders once were, fashion a wand with which to help the magic along, and […]