English National Opera - London
11 February 2016

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Die Zauberflöte

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

English National Opera’s outreach to a younger and wider audience is well served by Simon McBurney’s production
10 Feb 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Mozart epic is treated to a masterclass of invention
10 Feb 16 / Evening Standard
Imaginative and beguiling
9 Feb 16 / The Stage
McBurney’s The Magic Flute may not constitute a vintage staging, but it is very warming and involving
9 Feb 16 / Music OMH
ENO’s Magic Flute lacks depth despite superb ensemble work
9 Feb 16 / Seen and Heard
The strongest reasons to enthuse were musical
9 Feb 16 / Boulezian
An incandescent Magic Flute from Mark Wigglesworth at ENO
9 Feb 16 / Bachtrack
As imaginative as the staging is, the real achievement of the evening lay in its music
9 Feb 16 / Opera Britannia
McBurney returns even more brilliant than before
8 Feb 16 / Independent
An enchanting production and an example of progressive theatre making
8 Feb 16 / A Younger Theatre
Simon McBurney's Complicite Mozart returns to English National Opera in a joyous revival
8 Feb 16 / What's on Stage
Happy return of an exhilaratingly inventive production
8 Feb 16 / The Guardian
The Force is with it
7 Feb 16 / Telegraph
The Mikado

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Jonathan Miller`s production of The Mikado at the English National Opera is the best pantomime in town
10 Dec 15 / Express
Jonathan Miller’s much loved staging of The Mikado is as pristine as ever
30 Nov 15 / Express
With this Mikado, the company must be laughing all the way to the bank
27 Nov 15 / Music OMH
Is Jonathan Miller's Mikado still worth seeing?
26 Nov 15 / Londonist
Camp, ebullient, and effortlessly stylish, it is back in its 14th revival
25 Nov 15 / Opera Britannia
Miller’s Mikado continues to pull in the crowds for ENO
25 Nov 15 / Seen and Heard
Still delivers the goods
24 Nov 15 / The Stage
Feels as fresh as paint
24 Nov 15 / The Guardian
Jonathan Miller’s stylish, spirited Mikado revived once again at ENO
23 Nov 15 / Bachtrack
English National Opera's riotous production hits the funny bone once again
23 Nov 15 / What's on Stage
La Forza del Destino

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 17

Zona nacional
23 Nov 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Calixto Bieito estrena una nova producció de 'La forza del destino' ambientada en la Guerra Civil
19 Nov 15 / El cronista errant
When the curtain rises on a Calixto Bieito production you instinctively brace
19 Nov 15 / New Statesman
Bieito presents many arresting moments but they are not connected by a sustained dramatic thread
16 Nov 15 / Opera Today
Despite high musical values Calixto Bieito does not feel The Force at the London Coliseum
14 Nov 15 / Seen and Heard
The Force of Destiny is a triumph but could be better
14 Nov 15 / Express
That Force of Destiny isn’t a great evening is the fault of Verdi not ENO
12 Nov 15 / The Spectator
A new star shines in English National Opera's sombre staging of La forza del destino
11 Nov 15 / What's on Stage
Indisputably powerful
11 Nov 15 / Telegraph
The dark power of the staging provides a vehicle for some outstanding singing
11 Nov 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Despite its excess of emotion, Calixto Bieito’s production lacks warmth
11 Nov 15 / Financial Times
Hard-hitting and tremendously powerful
11 Nov 15 / Evening Standard
No one is spared in Bieito’s bleak vision of Verdi
11 Nov 15 / The Guardian
Guernica’s destiny
11 Nov 15 / The Critics' Circle
Despite some strong performances and creditable vocal delivery, this was often an unfulfilling evening
11 Nov 15 / Opera Britannia
This Force of Destiny is a force to be reckoned with
11 Nov 15 / Classical Source
Barbed wire and gruel: cold comfort in ENO’s Force of Destiny
10 Nov 15 / Bachtrack
'My operatic world beyond Carmen'
The Israeli mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham is in London for her debut at English National Opera, appearing in a new production of Verdi's The Force of Destiny, but the world knows her best as Bizet's Carmen.
Calixto Bieito
Opera director on the inspiration behind his bloody new take on Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny' for English National Opera.
La bohème

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Drug-fuelled La bohème is not the fix ENO needs
14 Nov 15 / Seen and Heard
Benedict Andrews' Bohème is a misunderstanding of young people in love
6 Nov 15 / Limelight
More dissatisfying still is the mis-match between musical and dramatic registers
2 Nov 15 / Opera Today
Colder and more brutal than its predecessor and completely devoid of romance
26 Oct 15 / Opera Britannia
One long search for a chemical hit
25 Oct 15 / Express
La Bohème offers an enjoyable evening and is also a great production for those who may be new to opera
23 Oct 15 / A Younger Theatre
Apart from one appalling lapse of good taste, this new production of Puccini's great tear-jerker is really rather good
22 Oct 15 / Express
With a cold production, and Amanda Holden’s rather too pretentiously modern translation, this was a disappointment
21 Oct 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Why this heroine should stay off the heroin
20 Oct 15 / Evening Standard
These bohemians are off their heads
20 Oct 15 / The Guardian
Puccini’s opera is set under the harsh light of modern life
20 Oct 15 / Financial Times
Strong performances
20 Oct 15 / The Stage
Smack my Puccini up
19 Oct 15 / Londonist
A heroine on heroin: ENO’s cold Bohème lacks heart
19 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
Almost all of the characters come across as too strong and hence soulless
19 Oct 15 / Music OMH
English National Opera disappoints with its new production of Puccini's romance
18 Oct 15 / What's on Stage
Infantile, unengaging, unmoving
18 Oct 15 / Telegraph
Modern and rootless, generic urban rather than Parisian
17 Oct 15 / Classical Source
Rhian Lois - from the valleys to the heights
English National Opera's latest Musetta muses on her career.
Mimi shoots up heroin in new ENO production of La boheme
English National Opera says having Mimi take heroin in La Boheme is 'an appropriate theatrical metaphor'.
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Ismailova entre los hombres
21 Oct 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Five stars for Wigglesworth and the orchestra, four stars for the singers, three stars for the production
6 Oct 15 / Express
For Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk must have seemed proof of the theatrical superstition of the curse of Macbeth
4 Oct 15 / Express
Una calorosa accoglienza alla Racette e a Wigglesworth
2 Oct 15 / Operaclick (Ita)
A hugely successful opening
30 Sep 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Searing music drama from soprano, director and conductor for ENO's new era
30 Sep 15 / The Arts Desk
Tradition meets modernity at start of English National Opera season
29 Sep 15 / Londonist
A Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at ENO to hit you between the eyes
29 Sep 15 / Bachtrack
Effectively combining theatrical prowess with vocal professionalism
29 Sep 15 / A Younger Theatre
This production is a triumphant debut for Mark Wigglesworth
29 Sep 15 / Evening Standard
Fine orchestral playing under Wigglesworth in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth
29 Sep 15 / Seen and Heard
Grandly expansive
29 Sep 15 / The Stage
Mark Wigglesworth’s first production as Music Director of ENO is a resounding triumph
29 Sep 15 / Music OMH
Crudely split both in atmosphere and time
29 Sep 15 / Independent
A musically powerful achievement
28 Sep 15 / Telegraph
English National Opera launches its season with Shostakovich's operatic shocker
28 Sep 15 / What's on Stage
ENO’s new music director Mark Wigglesworth has conjured a triumph in the company’s staging of Shostakovich’s extreme opera
28 Sep 15 / Classical Source
Magnificent descent to self-destruction
28 Sep 15 / The Guardian
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and the muddle surrounding the opera
Shostakovich has been as misunderstood as his great opera was. It’s time to stop viewing both the man and his works through the lens of Stalinism.
Il barbiere di Siviglia

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 11

This revival should keep a smile on ENO's face
6 Oct 15 / Opera Today
Jonathan Miller’s immaculately staged The Barber of Seville returns for its twelfth revival
4 Oct 15 / Express
The staging cheerfully celebrates the opera’s absurd and glorious triviality
2 Oct 15 / Evening Standard
This is still a very effective Barber
1 Oct 15 / A Younger Theatre
Jonathan Miller’s ENO Barber as invigorating as ever
1 Oct 15 / Seen and Heard
The standout performance comes from Andrew Shore as Doctor Bartolo
1 Oct 15 / Music OMH
Andrew Shore’s outstanding performance and brilliant comic timing as Dr. Bartolo make this a winner
30 Sep 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Shore’s Bartolo shines in a Barber as frothy as Figaro’s shaving foam at ENO
30 Sep 15 / Bachtrack
Miller's clever staging endures
30 Sep 15 / The Guardian
This classic show is starting to look tired
30 Sep 15 / The Stage
Jonathan Miller's sure-footed production of Rossini's comedy returns to ENO
30 Sep 15 / What's on Stage
The Queen of Spades

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Cartas mal jugadas
17 Jul 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Buena interpretación musical
7 Jul 15 / Beckmesser
ENO’s production undermines virtues of The Queen of Spades
20 Jun 15 / Seen and Heard
For all the hype around the strength and quality of ENO’s work, this production fails to excite
12 Jun 15 / A Younger Theatre
David Alden's brilliant new production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece
12 Jun 15 / Independent
I wanted to grab David Alden’s production by the neck and shake out its silly clutter
11 Jun 15 / The Spectator
A brash, empty production
11 Jun 15 / Music OMH
All in all a terrific musical performance
10 Jun 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
There are many dramatic and musical treats that merit taking a gamble on a ticket
9 Jun 15 / Opera Today
ENO’s production of Tchaikovsky’s opera is a musical tour de force
9 Jun 15 / Financial Times
First rate performances in a vivid, thrilling production
9 Jun 15 / The Stage
This new production of Tchaikovsky’s opera is at times enlightening, gratuitous, mesmerising and touching
9 Jun 15 / Evening Standard
Edward Gardner ends his tenure at ENO with Tchaikovsky's tuneful chiller
8 Jun 15 / What's on Stage
A curate’s egg of an evening
8 Jun 15 / Opera Britannia
Gardner exerts dramatic grip in ENO swansong
8 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Carte blanche: A muddled Queen of Spades from David Alden at ENO
8 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
This production is Edward Gardner’s last as ENO music director, and musically it is a triumph
8 Jun 15 / Classical Source
A superb performance of Tchaikovsky's subtlest work was let down by Alden's rubbishy production
8 Jun 15 / Telegraph
The Pirates of Penzance

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Agradable y convencional: Mike Leigh en Penzance
15 Jul 15 / Miami Clásica
ENO’s Pirates of Penzance reflects a more innocent age
23 May 15 / Seen and Heard
Mike Leigh’s conventional production of The Pirates of Penzance highlighted its enduring wit
18 May 15 / The Observer
The production does not quite capture Gilbert’s anarchic quality
17 May 15 / Express
How is The Pirates of Penzance funny?
14 May 15 / The Spectator
Mike Leigh’s Mikado is an audience pleaser
14 May 15 / Seen and Heard
This production will be a keeper
13 May 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Leigh’s love and reverence for this piece is clear: but, it needs a bit more rough-handling
12 May 15 / Opera Today
‘Pirates of Penzance’ gives lift to English National Opera
12 May 15 / New York Times
The result on this occasion feels just a little disappointing
12 May 15 / Music OMH
A clear and unequivocal success for ENO
12 May 15 / The Stage
A comfortably English production from Mike Leigh
12 May 15 / Financial Times
It should succeed in bringing the beleaguered ENO a measure of box office respite
12 May 15 / Opera Britannia
It's a bore
11 May 15 / What's on Stage
A tasteful, classy affair and an enjoyable evening at the London Coliseum
11 May 15 / Classical Source
Jolly good - but a crowd-puller?
11 May 15 / Telegraph
That sinking feeling: ENO’s Pirates of Penzance scuppered at the Coliseum
11 May 15 / Bachtrack
The comic business is deftly done, and the cast is a good one
11 May 15 / The Guardian
Pirates beats Met to steal cinema record for live opera
Tuesday’s live broadcast from English National Opera of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance has just blown a big hole in the opera streaming business.
Will Mike Leigh's Pirates save the ENO?
The legendary director's new production got a muted critical reception but is a much-needed popular success.
Mike Leigh talks The Pirates of Penzance
Renowned film maker, director and Gilbert & Sullivan aficionado Mike Leigh is making his opera directing debut with his new production of sparkling comic masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance.
Carmen

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 17

Sensationalist Carmen on minimalist set from ENO
4 Jul 15 / Seen and Heard
Calixto Bieito met Carmen in Londen
3 Jul 15 / Leidmotief
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Mozart
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Glass
4 to 18 Mar 2016
Lloyd Webber
1 Apr to 7 May 2016
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16 May to 7 Jul 2016
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23 Jun to 8 Jul 2016

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English National Opera singers to be balloted over strike
Equity is to ballot the English National Opera's chorus over strike action in a row over job and pay cuts.
9 Feb 2016 / BBC News
ENO's big guns sing out against planned budget cuts
Grandees from the world of classical music have called on the board of the beleaguered English National Opera to reconsider plans to cut the number of permanent musicians and reduce performances.
8 Feb 2016 / Independent
ENO announces recipients of Charles Mackerras fellowship
Conductors Toby Purser and Matthew Waldren have been appointed as joint recipients of the English National Opera Charles Mackerras fellowship.
27 Jan 2016 / Classical Music Magazine
How I would save ENO from ruin
As English National Opera fights for survival, Rupert Christiansen explains what he would do to rescue the embattled company.
11 Jan 2016 / Telegraph
ENO's woes: opera company begins new year in offstage turmoil
Chorus contract renegotiations and limited productions are not doomsday scenario, says management, but a way to help company remodel and grow.
4 Jan 2016 / The Guardian