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Playwright Kay Mellor OBE, dazzled by a daring Carmen

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I first saw Carmen in London about eighteen years ago, it was probably one of the first operas I’d seen and as a result it was another ten years before I was dragged kicking and screaming to sit through another. It was dull, I didn’t believe a word of it and it was neither eng... Read More

Juan Martin, Flamenco Maestro

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[caption id="attachment_256" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Juan Martin at the Howard Assembly Room. Photo credit: Karen McBride"][/caption] The 15th January 2011 is a very memorable day for me. I work as the Studio Technician for the Howard Assembly Room. On this d... Read More

Perspectives of a Placement Student

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As an operatic voice radiates from the toilets into the office, it’s hard not to smile and think to myself where else would that happen? I am half way through my student placement in the Opera North press office and I have been converted from opera virgin to opera addict. When... Read More

On Childhood and Children

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Strauss, Mahler, Schubert... what is it about the subject of Childhood that draws such a depth and range of emotions from the very greatest composers and musicians? What is it about Childhood that gets so deeply into our imaginations? Is it the feeling that Children are ... Read More

Undiscovered Genius

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[caption id="attachment_552" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Mieczysław Weinberg"][/caption] Director David Pountney discusses Mieczyslaw Weinberg.   I have been living with Weinberg’s music for the last 3 years, an increasingly exciting experience! It all... Read More

Talk to Her

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[caption id="attachment_234" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Left to Right: Javier Cámara as Benigno Martin & Dario Grandinetti as Marco Zuluaga."][/caption] Talk to Her is the story of two men whose lives intersect - through a series of coincidences and chance e... Read More

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