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Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

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
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
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
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
An utterly absorbing visual and aural experience
7 Mar 16 / Bachtrack
Superb singing and breath-taking theatrical moments
7 Mar 16 / Independent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Strong performances
20 Oct 15 / The Stage
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
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
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
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
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.
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News & Articles

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
ENO must change but cuts are not the way
Mark Wigglesworth, the newly-departed music director of English National Opera, argues a full-time chorus makes company more efficient.
26 Mar 2016 / Telegraph
Mark Wigglesworth's resignation
Egos, feuds and the fresh crisis at English National Opera.
24 Mar 2016 / Telegraph
ENO: The situation looks bleak, but it need not be terminal
The shock resignation of music director Mark Wigglesworth – who opposed cost-cutting measures – sees ENO facing yet another crisis. The only way the company can survive is to embrace change.
24 Mar 2016 / The Guardian
ENO music director Mark Wigglesworth quits
Conductor says he will step down at end of current season as troubled company is ‘evolving into something I do not recognise.’
23 Mar 2016 / The Guardian