Review: Opera North’s Little Greats
Leeds Grand Theatre
“I thought for one dreadful moment it was all going to be in English,” one listener whispered. It was the opening moment of I Pagliacci and Opera North’s season of Little Greats. But he needn’t have worried. It was a stroke of genius – to begin the play within a play with Tonio (Richard Burkhard) singing in English, with impeccably clear diction, and then go straight into the original Italian for the rest of the action.