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Like a child in a sweet shop

When the director Daniel Kramer first told us about his concept of a modern interpretation of Carmen being set in 1980’s Seville, Ohio I yelped for joy and I couldn’t wait for the production to start. Daniel was very clear about what he wanted in our character i...

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Incredible Edibles

[caption id="attachment_614" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Steven Harrison and stallholder Neil Gough at Neil's Fruit and Veg Stall at Kirkgate Market"][/caption] Opera North paid a visit to Kirkgate Market in Leeds City Centre today, as part of Shop at Leeds...

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The Question of Liberty

 General Director Richard Mantle assesses the Question of Liberty In all three of our operas this season – Beethoven’s Fidelio, Janácek’s From the House of the Dead and Bizet’s Carmen – the question of liberty, either personal or in the wider social or political sphere, is ...

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"I am a Barbeque"

The biggest challenge about directing a community opera of this nature is the vast age range and volume of performers.  To paint the picture for you here are the groups that make up the cast… Bay Primary School: The whole school (300 children aged 4 to 11) h...

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