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27 June 2016

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Jenufa

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 4

ENO’s Jenůfa burns slowly
26 Jun 16 / Opera Britannia
Alden’s production has a remarkable coherence
25 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Janáček performed with slow-burning passion
25 Jun 16 / The Guardian
ENO revives one of its greatest successes to close a troubled season in triumph
25 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
Tristan und Isolde

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 20

On the rocks
21 Jun 16 / The Critics' Circle
English National Opera’s bold new staging of Tristan And Isolde may also be viewed as an art installation
19 Jun 16 / Express
Anish Kapoor ditches sculpture for opera
18 Jun 16 / Londonist
Stuart Skelton earns top laurels as Wagner's tortured hero
17 Jun 16 / Limelight
Edward Gardner’s conducting picks its way through the directorial minefield with impressive sureness and sympathy
17 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Stuart Skelton has given a world class Tristan in English National Opera’s new Tristan and Isolde
16 Jun 16 / The Jewish Chronicle
ENO’s Tristan falls short of greatness
16 Jun 16 / Oxford Student
'Tristan und Isolde,' from an unsettled English National Opera
15 Jun 16 / New York Times
The main stage designs by Anish Kapoor are boldly effective
15 Jun 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Anish Kapoor’s bold designs and lighting triumph
15 Jun 16 / Independent
All in all, this is a Tristan that deserves to be seen, still more to be heard
14 Jun 16 / Boulezian
Daniel Kramer’s Tristan and Isolde for ENO lacks quality and coherence despite a promising start
13 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
A fascinating, vexing riot of ideas
12 Jun 16 / The Observer
The most worrying aspect of the production has to be how few ideas Kramer brought to the table as director
12 Jun 16 / Opera Britannia
Transfigured night
11 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Musically fine but a confused and illogical staging
11 Jun 16 / The Guardian
Heroic tenor Stuart Skelton pulls focus in ambitious, hit-and-miss Wagner
11 Jun 16 / The Arts Desk
English National Opera's new artistic director scales one of the repertoire's greatest peaks
11 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
Anish Kapoor has not been madly inspired
11 Jun 16 / Telegraph
Brave and bold show is exactly what ENO needs
11 Jun 16 / Evening Standard
Can the notion of 'complete art work' save ENO, and opera itself?
Exploring how Richard Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde could potentially pave the way forward for ENO.
'He was antisemitic and I'm Jewish. Who cares?'
As his set designs for ENO’s Tristan and Isolde are unveiled, Anish Kapoor talks about the flak they’ve caused him, his new record-breaking slide – and how he got his own back on the Frenchman who sued him.
Rehearsal excerpt from ENO's new Tristan and Isolde
Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton perform the love duet from Tristan and Isolde.
Madama Butterfly

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 15

Overpowering orchestra, but some strikingly effective moments
24 May 16 / Evening Standard
Anthony Minghella’s production of Madame Butterfly for ENO is wearing well
23 May 16 / Opera Today
The opening scene of the late Anthony Minghella’s staging of Madam Butterfly is one that remains indelibly in the mind
22 May 16 / Express
The stage is a sea of visual brilliancy from the first scene to the last
20 May 16 / Opera Britannia
A visual feast
20 May 16 / Independent
ENO’s enjoyable Madama Butterfly poses a few problems
19 May 16 / Seen and Heard
One of ENO's truly great successes of recent years
19 May 16 / Express
An evening to remember
18 May 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Unforgettable
18 May 16 / The Stage
Minghella's production still looks good but the words are lost
18 May 16 / The Guardian
English National Opera revives Anthony Minghella's popular production
18 May 16 / What's on Stage
Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly at ENO
18 May 16 / Bachtrack
Anthony Minghella’s visually stunning production of Madam Butterfly is unashamedly cinematograhic in style
18 May 16 / Music OMH
Madame Butterfly takes wing At the ENO
18 May 16 / Londonist
Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly at ENO
17 May 16 / Bachtrack
Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Glenn Close and company do much to fill Lloyd Webber's half-empty vessel
5 Apr 16 / The Arts Desk
Glenn Close is still big, the production just got smaller
5 Apr 16 / The Hollywood Reporter
This enveloping score has never sounded richer
5 Apr 16 / The Stage
Glenn Close brings real attraction to Sunset Boulevard
5 Apr 16 / Mirror
Glenn Close is mesmerising as Norma Desmond
5 Apr 16 / British Theatre
Imperious Glenn Close gives show new lease of life
5 Apr 16 / The Guardian
Glenn Close’s triumphant performance makes you feel the shock of Sunset Boulevard as if for the first time
5 Apr 16 / Telegraph
Close wrings every ounce of pathos from the role
5 Apr 16 / The Sun
It's a return!
Glenn Close will star in Sunset Boulevard at English National Opera.
Akhnaten

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Akhnaten y la gimnasia rítmica
14 Mar 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
A sumptuous new production
13 Mar 16 / Express
Glass has proved to be good box-office for ENO
13 Mar 16 / Opera News
Remarkable staging of Glass’s remarkable Akhnaten by ENO
12 Mar 16 / Seen and Heard
Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten has been revived at English National Opera after more than 30 years
10 Mar 16 / Country Life
Marvellous singing from Anthony Roth Costanzo in the counter-tenor role of Akhnaten
9 Mar 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A lot of hot air
9 Mar 16 / Telegraph
ENO's Akhnaten is a truly improbable success
9 Mar 16 / Express
Hypnotic vision with flashes of weird wonder... and lots of camp
8 Mar 16 / Evening Standard
An utterly absorbing visual and aural experience
7 Mar 16 / Bachtrack
Superb singing and breath-taking theatrical moments
7 Mar 16 / Independent
A gloriously coloured eye-catching affair
7 Mar 16 / The Guardian
Thirty years after staging its UK premiere, ENO returns to Philip Glass's Pharaoh opera
7 Mar 16 / What's on Stage
ENO’s new production of Philip Glass’ opera is musically and visually mesmerising
7 Mar 16 / The Stage
There is no more totally involving work on the London stage at the moment
7 Mar 16 / Classical Source
The ENO chorus provided muscular and emotive singing, together with some busy stage work
7 Mar 16 / Music OMH
The house was packed and excitement palpable on opening night
6 Mar 16 / Opera Britannia
Akhnaten is a glowing success
6 Mar 16 / A Younger Theatre
Behind the scenes of Philip Glass's Akhnaten at ENO - in pictures
English National Opera this week opens a new production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, his 1983 opera about the ancient Egyptian pharaoh.
Opera's radical pharaoh returns to ENO
A new production of Philip Glass's opera about the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Akhnaten, is being staged at English National Opera.
Norma

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 23

Musically, this Norma is a resounding triumph
27 Feb 16 / Opera News
Storming Norma fights to save a dud
26 Feb 16 / Daily Mail
ENO's staggering Norma is a vindication of this questionable art form
25 Feb 16 / The Spectator
Marjorie Owens' Norma renders these performances unmissable
24 Feb 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Bad Gauls
23 Feb 16 / The Critics' Circle
Overall the production lacked dramatic conviction
22 Feb 16 / Gloucestershire Echo
A fine druid double act and Handel with added bits
22 Feb 16 / The Guardian
This formidable performance of Norma by the English National Opera is a resounding success
21 Feb 16 / Plays to See
Sister act meets druids in ENO's first ever Norma
20 Feb 16 / Londonist
If the staging has its share of weaknesses, the evening’s musical credentials are stronger
20 Feb 16 / Music OMH
A spare, well-conceived production, made compelling by the quality of the singers and orchestral playing
20 Feb 16 / The Stage
Worth watching simply for the performances of the two leading ladies
20 Feb 16 / A Younger Theatre
A four-star performance of a two-star production of a three-star opera
20 Feb 16 / Express
ENO’s updated Norma is sung well but dull and depressing
20 Feb 16 / Seen and Heard
Marjorie Owens has a voice that soars from nought to eighty with a dazzling amplitude and unchanging beauty
19 Feb 16 / What's on Stage
Notable first performance of Bellini's opera by ENO
19 Feb 16 / Opera Today
A Norma that reveals ENO's identity crisis
19 Feb 16 / Telegraph
Fine singing foiled by posturing and period cliche
19 Feb 16 / The Guardian
Here’s trouble in the woods
19 Feb 16 / Evening Standard
Sparkling Bellini: ENO tackles its first Norma
19 Feb 16 / Bachtrack
Sadly, Alden’s reliance on old tricks obscures and blunts his interesting central idea
19 Feb 16 / Opera Britannia
Bellini's classic remade as a brilliant parable of economic colonialism
19 Feb 16 / Independent
Marjorie Owens is every inch the tragic heroine
19 Feb 16 / Classical Source
A druid with attitude – how Bellini's Norma cast a spell on me
George Hall, translator of ENO’s first ever production of the Bellini opera, faced many linguistic challenges in his quest for clarity.
Die Zauberflöte

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 17

McBurney worries over character and detail at the expense of the big picture
18 Feb 16 / The Critics' Circle
If you haven't seen it before, Simon McBurney's Flute will seem truly magical
17 Feb 16 / Express
Lucy Crowe shines as a golden-toned and rapturous Pamina
14 Feb 16 / Express
Life-enhancing achievement
12 Feb 16 / The Spectator
Mozart epic is treated to a masterclass of invention
10 Feb 16 / Evening Standard
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
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
Miller’s Mikado continues to pull in the crowds for ENO
25 Nov 15 / Seen and Heard
Camp, ebullient, and effortlessly stylish, it is back in its 14th revival
25 Nov 15 / Opera Britannia
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
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
'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.
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Performance schedule
Puccini
16 May to 7 Jul 2016
Wagner
9 Jun to 9 Jul 2016
Janacek
23 Jun to 8 Jul 2016
Mozart
30 Sep to 26 Oct 2016
Puccini
3 Oct to 3 Dec 2016
Bizet
19 Oct to 2 Dec 2016
Berg
9 to 17 Nov 2016
Verdi
2 to 28 Feb 2017
Gilbert & Sullivan
9 Feb to 25 Mar 2017
Wigglesworth
27 Feb to 14 Mar 2017
Handel
15 to 24 Mar 2017
Gilbert & Sullivan
25 May 2017
Schnyder
1 Jun 2017
Elgar
1 to 2 Jul 2017

News & Articles

ENO's Kramer links demise of arts education to US violence
English National Opera’s US-born artistic director affirmed the importance of access to the arts at all levels and set out vision for the troubled company.
15 Jun 2016 / The Guardian
‘I’ve never run an opera house. Isn’t that exciting?’
Appointing Daniel Kramer as artistic director of English National Opera feels like the last gasp for a company drowning in a sea of troubles.
5 Jun 2016 / The Guardian
ENO unveils plans for sex, silence and Hollywood stars
English National Opera has unveiled its masterplan to secure its future: more musicals, a tour to Blackpool, and “sex, sex, and more sex”.
6 May 2016 / Telegraph
ENO announces its 2016/17 season
English National Opera's new artistic director promises to heal the 'trauma.'
6 May 2016 / The Guardian
ENO appoints Daniel Kramer as new artistic director
Daniel Kramer, a British-American, is to take up the role at ENO, nearly a year after his predecessor John Berry walked out after 20 years amid questions over his management.
30 Apr 2016 / Telegraph