A trio of operas for new year

PERFORMANCE: William Dazeley as Don Giovanni. PIC: Robert Workman
PERFORMANCE: William Dazeley as Don Giovanni. PIC: Robert Workman
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LEEDS-based Opera North brings its productions of Madama Butterfly, Un ballo in maschera and Don Giovanni to the venue as part of its Fatal Passions series between January 19 and March 24.

The first, by Giacomo Puccini, tells the story of Cio-Cio-San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry Pinkerton, an American naval officer. The second, by Giuseppe Verdi, involves “a tragic love triangle and ultimately, a lethal vendetta”. And the final show, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, depicts a seducer who “resorts to despicable violence until his infatuated conquests and vengeful victims join forces in a bid for justice”.

24 May 2018......   Windrush child Lorenzo Hoyte who came to Beeston in Leeds in the 1960s  was unable to attend his mother or his brothers funerals because he is not classed as a British citizen and canot get a passport to travel abroad. he was also unable to travel to the Moscow Olympics in 1980 or the Los Angeles games in 1984 to see his sister Josyln Hoyte-Smith compete in the women's 4x400m relay.'Mt Hoyte, 61, now of Wrenthoprpe, Wakefield, works as a welder At Hopkins Catering Equipment in Pudsey. 'Lorenzo with his brothers Barbados passport he came into the country with as a child. Picture Tony Johnson.

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