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11 Nov 2006

Music to slash your wrists to,,1945534,00.html

joan_rodgers.jpgOpera North presents a fantastic double of stories the tabloids would kill for. Scottish Opera's take on Iraq, however, would make anyone suicidal

Anthony Holden [Observer, 12 November 2006]

Opera North seems determined to make us suffer this season. After a poor, beyond vulgar Rigoletto, it has now laid on near-perfect productions of two of the most harrowing works in the repertoire.

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