Ahead of the world premiere of a new score commissioned by Opera North Projects for the 1929 silent film Pandora’s Box, Jo Nockels and Stuart Leeks investigate the life of its enigmatic star. Read More
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Pat Kirkwood was the highest paid female entertainer in Britain in the 40s, but suffered from rumours throughout her career that she may have had an affair with the Duke of Edinburgh. She’s angry in my show, because having died in 2007, she wants to have the opportuni... Read More
When the idea of a collaboration with The Opera Group first came up, it occurred to me that the figure of Babur was uniquely suited to opera. And more importantly, I think it interested Edward. That’s the thing about opera—you may have a great idea, but if ... Read More
Two new commissions by Opera North Projects are announced today alongside highlights of the programme in the Howard Assembly Room this Autumn: Pandora's Box and The Little Match Girl Passion. Read More
Manchester born Palestinian singer Reem Kelani performs at the Howard Assembly Room in a special twilight concert on Friday 23 March. Last Autumn, she re-visited Tahrir Square in Cairo to undertake research for a BBC Radio 4 programme, Songs from Tahrir. Here, Reem shares s... Read More
For me, growing up in northern England in the early 80s Irish music was about something more than just the music. It was about identity. Like lots of second-generation kids growing up, I felt incredibly Irish when I was in England and incredibly English when I w... Read More