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In conversation with James Creswell

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James Creswell sings the role of Oroveso in a new production of Bellini’s Norma and he puts down his main props – an axe and a leather apron - to speak about preparing for this new part, in an opera that is quite a grand departure from his familiar roles.

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Who is Ophelia?

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Beauty and Clarity. These are the two pillars we are trying to bridge in making this piece, commissioned by Opera North Projects to accompany the Howard Assembly Room’s upcoming visual arts installation, which this year is Katie Mitchell’s ’Five Truths.&rs...

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Cleopatra: Queen, Lover, Legend (extract)

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She is ‘the wickedest woman in history; she is a pattern of female virtue. She is a public benefactor, builder of aqueducts and lighthouses; she is a selfish tyrant who tortures slaves for her entertainment. She is as playful as a child; she is as old as sin. She is C...

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High Noon

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The western established a new idea of modernity, setting a technologically advanced society against the blank slate of a nation in its infancy. The Hollywood dream machine manufactured heroic tales of its founding fathers only a few generations into the past, but always roo...

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