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Leeds Opera Festival 2021 preview in the Yorkshire Evening Post

Artistic Director, David Ward, interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds to discuss the Leeds Opera Festival

Sarah Sayeed talks to Classical Post about creating a new version of 'Savitri'

The Leeds Opera Festival is one of Prospect magazine's top 3 classical highlights for the Summer

Leeds Opera Story preview in the Yorkshire Post

Anthony Ogus review of Leeds Opera Festival for Opera Now

"An enjoyable evening of music theatre given by Northern Opera Group with its customary energy, enthusiasm and enterprise, and demonstrating that Holst’s operas are indeed worth an outing"

4* from The Stage for Leeds Opera Festival

"Northern Opera Group’s annual festival makes a strong case for Gustav Holst’s one-act operas"

4* from Bachtrack for Leeds Opera Festival

"Meeta Raval dominates the stage with her charisma, reaching the purest of top notes and showing firm emotional engagement"

4* from Review's Hub for Leeds Opera Festival

"Wonderfully imaginative, both in the choice of material and in the variety of musical activity"


4* from Opera Now for 'Thomas and Sally'

Our Artistic Director, David Ward, was joined by colleagues from the US, Australia and the UK to debate 'The Future of Opera' in International Arts Manager magazine

Review of the 2020 Leeds Opera Festival in Opera magazine:

"... a result of the excellent treatment the work received at the hands of four singers ... Beth Moxon breathed more life into Sally than the text really implied ... Michael Vincent Jones moved convincingly from quizzical to lusty ... Elgan LLyr Thomas' strong baritonal timbre was just what was needed ... Naomi Rogers inhabited the role of Dorcas to her fingertips, finding humour in the unlikeliest places ... so engaging was Emma Black's production that the traffic beyond the railings passed by unnoticed"

2020 Leeds Opera Festival reviews from Anthony Ogus and Ilkley Gazette

2020 Leeds Opera Festival preview with Artistic Director, David Ward, on BBC Radio Leeds

"Leeds Opera Festival Shows the Way" - 2020 Festival preview in Ilkley Gazette and Planet Hugill

Artistic Director, David Ward, speaking to Opera Today

'Cinderella' featured on BBC Look North and BBC Music Matters

5* The Guardian - "The thriving Northern Opera Group triumphed with a rarity, 'Cinderella' ... The production caught the wit of the piece, with a much-needed sprinkling of magic"

Living North - "When it comes to providing family fun and plenty of festive sparkle, this take on Cinderella really does clean up"

4* Opera Today - "An ideal seasonal offering"


5* for The Christmas Elf from Fairy Powered Productions:

"The Christmas Elf made you feel like you were experiencing something extraordinary; witnessing an actual miracle in front of your very eyes as the enchanting characters unfolded their stories"

Ilkley Gazette on Much Ado About Nothing:

"A very fine performance of an operatic rarity. A historically significant musical occasion"

Anthony Ogus:

“The performance of Northern Opera Group was enjoyable and highly successful”

4* from The Review's Hub

Much Ado About Nothing preview on Leeds TV and BBC Radio Leeds


4* from The Guardian for The Original Chinese Conjuror