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Delve deep into poetry with the Howard Assembly Room


Mariele Neudecker’s exhibition Kindertotenlieder, showing at the Howard Assembly Room until Wednesday 23 February, has sparked an eclectic and thought-provoking series of events including music, storytelling, film-making and life drawing. This week, the Howard Assembly Room di... Read More

A real 'Opera North' season


[caption id="attachment_608" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Portrait, image Bill Cooper"][/caption] Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North   2011 has kicked off in typical Opera North fashion with much excitement on and off the stage. The co... Read More

The Portrait ahead of first night, warts and all...


[caption id="attachment_595" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Richard Burkhard as Nikita in 'The Portrait'"][/caption] Hello again, and welcome back to my ‘Portrait’ blog. I have a confession, I’m not on ‘Facebook‘, nor do I know what is involved in ‘Tweetin... Read More


HelloHello again, and welcome back to my ‘Portrait’ blog. I have a confession, I’m not on ‘Facebook‘, nor do I know what is involved in ‘Tweeting’…weird I know!. so you could say I’m absolutely the wrong sort of person to whip up enthusiasm about an opera that has never been p... Read More

Sad Films That Make Your Day


  [caption id="attachment_269" align="alignright" width="300" caption="All About My Mother"][/caption] As Kindertotenlieder opens in the Howard Assembly Room today, a beautiful installation by artist Mariele Neudecker on composer Gustav Mahler’s “Songs on the Death of Ch... Read More

Playwright Kay Mellor OBE, dazzled by a daring Carmen


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

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