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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - MICHAEL DER­VAN

OPERA NORTH Grand Opera House, Belfast Tues-Sat 23rd £18.25-£39.75 048-90241919

Leeds-based Opera North, which is the Arts Coun­cil of North­ern Ire­land’s cur­rent re­place­ment for Opera North­ern Ire­land (which the coun­cil de-funded in 1998), brings its most ad­ven­tur­ous sea­son yet to the Grand Opera House in Belfast this week. There’s just a sin­gle per­for­mance (on Wed­nes­day) of the com­pany’s high­lypraised pro­duc­tion of Brit­ten’s Peter Grimes. Jef­frey Lloy­dRoberts is the tor­mented Grimes, with Belfast so­prano Giselle Allen re­turn­ing to her na­tive city as Ellen Or­ford. The pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Phyl­l­ida Lloyd, de­signed by An­thony Ward, and con­ducted by Richard Farnes.

There are two per­for­mances (Fri­day 22nd at 7.30pm and Satur­day 23rd at 6pm) of Jonathan Dove’s new The Ad­ven­tures of Pinoc­chio (left), a work which has also been ex­tremely well re­ceived in its at­tempt to cre­ate an opera that will ap­peal to opera-go­ers young and old. And there are also two per­for­mances (Tues­day and Thurs­day) of Puc­cini’s Madama But­ter­fly, with Anne So­phie Duprels in the ti­tle role.

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