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An Aria with Various Variations


Richard Boothby explains the dubious story behind the popular title of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' ahead of Fretwork's performance of the piece at the Howard Assembly Room: While the Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen, or ‘Aria with various variations’ is Bach’s dising... Read More

An American in Leeds: Steven Harrison’s daily kibitz


[caption id="attachment_729" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Steven Harrison, Rigoletto, Opera Queensland"][/caption] I have been staying in Leeds – a city I have never visited before - for three weeks now, rehearsing for Opera North’s production of Fidelio. For me, ... Read More

Dispatches from the Dark Side


“We were never meant to know any of this:” Gareth Peirce on torture, rendition and the UK’s complicity in Guantánamo Bay Eminant human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce will deliver a DARE Liberty Lecture at the Howard Assembly Room on Friday 15 April as part of the ON Liberty... Read More

Cautionary Verse


Culture Vulture’s Phil Kirby is inspired to rhyme after seeing Opera North’s children’s opera, Cautionary Tales “When it ended I could easily have watched it again, it was that good. I was gripped by Belloc’s words, and the sheer ludicrousnous of the tales of Karmic comeu... Read More

A mixed picture with challenges ahead


              Opera North General Director, Richard Mantle comments: 30 March 2011 Opera North’s funding announcement for the next three years from Arts Council England is a mixed picture which presents serious ... Read More

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