Category : Opera

Haunting and Heartwarming: Opera North’s Silent Night at Leeds Town Hall

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The Christmas truce of 1914 has to be one of the most remarkable events in the history of mankind; we’re talking about a story in which thousands of valorous men left their trenches to unite with those who’d aimed to kill them in the sanguinary months prior. Whilst you may … Read More

Not Such Quiet Girls: A Contemporary Opera

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Opera North’s Not Such Quiet Girls is a contemporary story of the first world war and a contemporary stance on opera. It completely subverted my expectation of the art form, of the singing in a language I cannot understand on a grand, proscenium arch stage with a huge orchestra. Instead, … Read More

The Merry Widow Will Delight Opera Fans Old And New

3 months ago / 0 comments

Giles Havergal’s version of Franz Lehár’s operetta ‘‘The Merry Widow’’ performed at the Opera North has an easy and light plot to follow, and is interweaved with opera singing, making it great not only for opera lovers but also for opera novices. ‘‘The Merry Widow’’ tells the story of Hanna … Read More

Tosca: An Opera for Right Now

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Georgie Burgess reviews Opera North’s production of Tosca, an opera written by Giacomo Puccini that first premiered in 1900. Too many people assume the Opera is not for them. I believe Tosca will prove them wrong. This production is the fourth time that Opera North has staged Puccini’s political thriller, … Read More

Glad I Crashed The Wedding: OperaSoc’s Marriage of Figaro

12 months ago / 0 comments

LUU Opera Society’s performance of The Marriage of Figaro is a vibrant source of laughter, lechery and love. OperaSoc’s Marriage of Figaro is a refreshingly styled and hilariously adapted take on Mozart’s masterpiece. Cramming witty remarks and humorous subtleties alongside elegant portrayals of emotion, the performance achieves a perfect balance of the … Read More

Leeds 2023: a cultural loss by popular vote

1 year ago / 0 comments

After 4 years of hard work, a million pounds worth of investment, and the submission of ideas by hundreds of residents, Leeds has been dealt a devastating blow.  It’s aspirations of becoming European Capital of Culture in 2023, along with those of Belfast, Dundee, Milton Keynes and Nottingham, lie in … Read More

Demystifying Going to the Opera

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‘Realistically, tickets with only be unaffordable if you refuse to see a ballet anywhere else but London’s Royal Opera House’. Fake news!! This well-intentioned sentiment is from ‘Dance like nobody’s watching? – Why students should see more ballet’, an article published in The Gryphon six months ago urging people to … Read More

What’s what with Arts Socs

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Leeds University Union has a wide variety of societies, each one different, interesting and inclusive. Whether you want to try out something new, or hone a new talent and skill you never thought you would master, you will surely find your place here at Leeds. With over 30 different societies … Read More

Review: OperaSoc’s Don Giovanni – passion and precison

2 years ago / 0 comments

Filled with lust, greed, comedy and even the supernatural, it is with some admirable ambition that LUU’s OperaSoc take on Don Giovanni, one of the great Mozart operas. First staged in 1787, it tells the tale of the licentious Don Giovanni (Nicholas Porter) as he exploits his way through the … Read More

Review: The Magic Flute – Skilfully performed, clever and amusing

3 years ago / 0 comments

Opera Soc’s contemporary adaptation of the 1791 Mozartian opera, The Magic Flute, which ran last week in Stage@Leeds, is at once skilfully performed, clever and amusing. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, The Magic Flute tells of the adventures of Prince Tamino and Papageno on their quest to rescue Princess Pamina. Along … Read More