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31 August 2016

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Tristan und Isolde

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 21

A la ENO no le gana nadie en inteligencia
13 Jul 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
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
Edward Gardner’s conducting picks its way through the directorial minefield with impressive sureness and sympathy
17 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Stuart Skelton earns top laurels as Wagner's tortured hero
17 Jun 16 / Limelight
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
Anish Kapoor’s bold designs and lighting triumph
15 Jun 16 / Independent
'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
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
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
A fascinating, vexing riot of ideas
12 Jun 16 / The Observer
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
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
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.
Jenufa

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 14

ENO has long championed the works of the Czech composer Leos Janacek, and with good reason
3 Jul 16 / Express
This is exactly what the ENO should be doing
29 Jun 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A blistering revival of David Alden’s 2006 production of Janáček’s Jenůfa
29 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Jenufa is a resounding triumph
28 Jun 16 / A Younger Theatre
Cleverly unleashing the power of Janacek
28 Jun 16 / Telegraph
A brilliantly effective production
28 Jun 16 / Independent
Triumph marks turning of seasons
28 Jun 16 / Evening Standard
Janáček's score, Alden's direction and Wigglesworth's conducting make a searing Jenůfa at ENO
27 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Jenufa returns to the London Coliseum
27 Jun 16 / Planet Hugill
ENO’s Jenůfa presents human tragedy that is out of the ordinary
27 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
ENO’s Jenůfa burns slowly
26 Jun 16 / Opera Britannia
ENO revives one of its greatest successes to close a troubled season in triumph
25 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
Alden’s production has a remarkable coherence
25 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Janáček performed with slow-burning passion
25 Jun 16 / The Guardian
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
One of ENO's truly great successes of recent years
19 May 16 / Express
ENO’s enjoyable Madama Butterfly poses a few problems
19 May 16 / Seen and Heard
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
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
17 May 16 / Bachtrack
Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

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
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
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)
Glass has proved to be good box-office for ENO
13 Mar 16 / Opera News
A sumptuous new production
13 Mar 16 / Express
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
ENO's Akhnaten is a truly improbable success
9 Mar 16 / Express
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
Hypnotic vision with flashes of weird wonder... and lots of camp
8 Mar 16 / Evening Standard
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
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
Akhnaten is a glowing success
6 Mar 16 / A Younger Theatre
The house was packed and excitement palpable on opening night
6 Mar 16 / Opera Britannia
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Happy return of an exhilaratingly inventive production
8 Feb 16 / The Guardian
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
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
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Performance schedule
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
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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
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.
10 Jun 2016 / Independent
'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.
8 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
Rehearsal excerpt from ENO's new Tristan and Isolde
Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton perform the love duet from Tristan and Isolde.
26 May 2016 / The Guardian