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An Aria with Various Variations

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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

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[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

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“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

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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

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              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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