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Get UpClose and behind the arias with our blogs, video-blogs (vlogs) and interviews here.

FEBRUARY

Flora Mcintosh, Carmen Break a leg interview

Flora Mcintosh, Carmen
Break a leg interview

Robin Norton Hale talks Carmen: Interview from 2.04.45

Robin Norton Hale talks Carmen: Interview from 2.04.45

A New Direction: Who Wins the Culture Gameshow?

A New Direction: Who Wins the Culture Gameshow?

 

JANUARY

NEW YEAR, NEW DIGS

NEW YEAR, NEW DIGS

Dominic HAddock talks Carmen

Dominic HAddock talks Carmen

Office Warming Party

Office Warming Party

Robin Norton-Hale: bbc radio lancashire

Robin Norton-Hale: bbc radio lancashire

TRAIneeships: Where Are they now

TRAIneeships: Where Are they now

NOVEMBER 2016

 MINI DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ARTSLAB 2016

 MINI DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ARTSLAB 2016

Creative Learning Programme  

Creative Learning Programme
 

New trustees appointed  

New trustees appointed
 

OCTOBER 2016

WATCH ROBIN NORTON-HALE'S KEY NOTE FROM CREATIVE LENSES

WATCH ROBIN NORTON-HALE'S KEY NOTE FROM CREATIVE LENSES

pERFORMERuPcLOSE: jULIANE gALLANT

pERFORMERuPcLOSE:
jULIANE gALLANT

ARTSLAB at the North wall : Meet the DesignerS

ARTSLAB at the North wall : Meet the DesignerS

SEPTEMBER 2016

how opera is extending its reach

how opera is extending its reach

interview: Dominic Haddock 'La traviata' revived

interview: Dominic Haddock 'La traviata' revived

operaupclose & north wall artslab: in pictures

operaupclose & north wall artslab: in pictures

The Real Traviata? By Robin Norton-Hale

The Real Traviata?
By Robin Norton-Hale

 

AUGUST 2016

aNGELA WEREKO-ANDERSON: INSIDE MAGIC FLUTE r&d

aNGELA WEREKO-ANDERSON:
INSIDE MAGIC FLUTE r&d

PERFORMERUPCLOSE: TOM COLWELL

PERFORMERUPCLOSE:
TOM COLWELL

 

JULY 2016

Magic Flute R&D: In Pictures

Magic Flute R&D:
In Pictures

A summer's day with operaupclose

A summer's day with operaupclose

who inspires us: Omar Shahryar

who inspires us:
Omar Shahryar

JUNE 2016

Garden PartyUPclose  

Garden PartyUPclose
 

Research & development  

Research & development
 

Invites for our Summer Garden Party

Invites for our
Summer Garden Party

MAY 2016

Taking opera to the masses

Taking opera to the masses

Ulla's Odyssey The Voyage Continues...

Ulla's Odyssey
The Voyage Continues...

Operaupclose answer Graham Vick's call

Operaupclose answer
Graham Vick's call

artslab: North Wall Summer Residency

artslab: North Wall
Summer Residency

APRIL 2016

THE BARBER OF SEVILLe #5REASONS

THE BARBER OF SEVILLe
#5REASONS

Operaupclose's Shakespeare in the City

Operaupclose's
Shakespeare in the City

 

MARCH 2016

Gala Night  

Gala Night
 

PErformerUpCLose: James Harrison

PErformerUpCLose:
James Harrison

 

FEBRUARY 2016

How to effectively engage your audience

How to effectively engage
your audience

La BohÈme #5Reasons

La BohÈme
#5Reasons

 

JANUARY 2016

Carmen #5Reasons

Carmen
#5Reasons

 

DECEMBER 2015

Merry Christmas  

Merry Christmas
 

 

NOVEMBER 2015

Ulla's Odyssey UpClose in pictures

Ulla's Odyssey
UpClose in pictures

2015 Line-up  

2015 Line-up
 

Binnacle: more than your average cat

Binnacle:
more than your average cat

OCTOBER 2015

A dying art? The future of opera

A dying art?
The future of opera

Ulla's Odyssey In Design

Ulla's Odyssey
In Design

Ulla's Odyssey In Rehearsals

Ulla's Odyssey
In Rehearsals

Directorupclose: Valentina Ceschi

Directorupclose:
Valentina Ceschi

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

Flourish Announcement  

Flourish Announcement
 

Nicole Crespo O'Donoghue  

Nicole Crespo O'Donoghue
 

Flourish Blogs Guy Harries

Flourish Blogs
Guy Harries

BLogUpClose By Jamie Andrews

BLogUpClose
By Jamie Andrews

 

AUGUST 2015

How to make opera less boring

How to make opera
less boring

Carmen In Rehearsals

Carmen
In Rehearsals

Carmen Up Close  

Carmen Up Close
 

finance director turns opera singer

finance director turns
opera singer

Robin Norton-Hale Interview, Carmen

Robin Norton-Hale
Interview, Carmen

OperaUpClose and Personal  

OperaUpClose and Personal
 

PerformerUpClose: Anthony Flaum

PerformerUpClose:
Anthony Flaum

 

JULY 2015

BlogUpClose: Rachel Grunwald

BlogUpClose:
Rachel Grunwald

How to be a flourish winner: Fay Wrixon & Spyros Syrmos

How to be a flourish winner:
Fay Wrixon & Spyros Syrmos

This is not a love story By Robin Norton-Hale

This is not a love story
By Robin Norton-Hale

Carmen In Design

Carmen
In Design

 

JUNE 2015

PerformerUpClose: Lawrence Olsworth-Peter 

PerformerUpClose:
Lawrence Olsworth-Peter 

Robin Norton-Hale La Traviata

Robin Norton-Hale
La Traviata

Louisa Tee La Traviata

Louisa Tee
La Traviata

‘At 14 I saw Tosca and cried and cried’ - Robin Norton-Hale

‘At 14 I saw Tosca and cried and cried’ - Robin Norton-Hale

 

MAY 2015

La Traviata In Design

La Traviata
In Design

Performerupclose Alison Holford

Performerupclose
Alison Holford

 

APRIL 2015

Carmen In Rehearsals

Carmen
In Rehearsals

DirectorUpClose: Ashley Pearson

DirectorUpClose:
Ashley Pearson

 

MARCH 2015

LA TRAVIATA IN DESIGN

LA TRAVIATA
IN DESIGN

Is opera still relevant?  

Is opera still relevant?
 

The future of arts funding - live webchat

The future of arts funding - live webchat

FEBRUARY 2015

PerformerUpClose: Louisa Tee

PerformerUpClose:
Louisa Tee

 

JANUARY 2015

What's behind the trend of opera outside opera house?

What's behind the trend of opera outside opera house?

 

2014

oPERAuPcLOSE lEAVE kiNG'S hEAD tHEATRE

oPERAuPcLOSE lEAVE
kiNG'S hEAD tHEATRE

cOMMENT ON arts companies paying a living wage

cOMMENT ON arts companies
paying a living wage

Robin Norton-Hale talks about how we got started

Robin Norton-Hale talks about how we got started

OperaUpClose leave for fresh challenges

OperaUpClose leave for
fresh challenges

Flora McIntosh April 2014

Flora McIntosh
April 2014

we need to move beyond the clichés about 'elitist' opera

we need to move beyond the clichés about 'elitist' opera

Philip Lee July 2014

Philip Lee
July 2014

Una Reynolds February 2014

Una Reynolds
February 2014

2013 

In defence of small-scale opera

In defence of
small-scale opera

Our Singers Need The Whole Package

Our Singers Need
The Whole Package

Prudence Sanders September 2013

Prudence Sanders
September 2013

Becca Marriot May 2013

Becca Marriot
May 2013

2012

Flourish: the search for modern-day Puccini

Flourish: the search for modern-day Puccini

 

2011

Q&A with Don Giovanni creative team

Q&A with Don Giovanni creative team

Puccini in a pub triumphs at Olivier Awards

Puccini in a pub triumphs at Olivier Awards

some musical theatre is still on song

some musical theatre is still on song

Bohemians get up close  

Bohemians get up close
 

Jazz Version of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea

Jazz Version of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea

Take your seats for jazzed-up Monteverdi

Take your seats for
jazzed-up Monteverdi

AN opera conquest: don giovanni chases new audiences

AN opera conquest: don giovanni chases new audiences

2010

OperaUpClose move into the King's Head Theatre

OperaUpClose move into the King's Head Theatre

Brief Encounter With Robin Norton-Hale

Brief Encounter With
Robin Norton-Hale

Q&A with La Boheme creative team

Q&A with La Boheme
creative team

miller and lumley back opera at the king's head

miller and lumley back opera at the king's head

Is opera dead?  

Is opera dead?
 

2009

Now that really is bohemian  

Now that really is bohemian
 

Puccini in the pub  

Puccini in the pub