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Carmen

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

This revival of Calixto Bieito’s production is suitably lusty and enticing
29 May 15 / A Younger Theatre
David McVicar's Glyndebourne Carmen faces off against Calixto Bieito's at ENO - and a clear winner emerges
28 May 15 / The Spectator
The energy and insight of Richard Armstrong’s conducting carries all before it in this revival
27 May 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Above all, Bieito’s mastery of his craft as director and storyteller comes through
26 May 15 / Boulezian
Opera round-up: La Traviata and Carmen
24 May 15 / Express
Dystopic vision of Carmen, brought to life by vibrantly gripping performances
23 May 15 / Opera Today
Bieto’s unflinching take on Bizet’s ever-green masterpiece deserves a top-notch cast
23 May 15 / Music OMH
Lithuanian mezzo Justina Gringyte offers a star performance in the title role
22 May 15 / The Stage
An atmosphere filled with dust and testosterone
22 May 15 / Bachtrack
The production’s strength is its directness
22 May 15 / Classical Source
Strong revival of Bieito's tough and intelligent production
22 May 15 / The Guardian
ENO's first revival of Spanish director Calixto Bieito's richly flavoured production
22 May 15 / What's on Stage
A strong show, let down only by patchy vocal casting
22 May 15 / Opera Britannia
The Pirates of Penzance

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 17

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
‘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
Leigh’s love and reverence for this piece is clear: but, it needs a bit more rough-handling
12 May 15 / Opera Today
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
It's a bore
11 May 15 / What's on Stage
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.
Between Worlds

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 16

The lack of drama in the action came as a great disappointment
22 Apr 15 / Express
The dangers of transforming 9/11 into stylised art
21 Apr 15 / The Conversation
Tansy Davies and Nick Drake’s 9/11 opera is daunting, difficult and simply told
20 Apr 15 / The Observer
Tansy Davies brings Twin Towers catastrophe to the stage
16 Apr 15 / Seen and Heard
Tansy Davies's 9/11 opera is deeply moving, yet needs to bridge more than worlds
16 Apr 15 / The Arts Desk
More about healing than destruction
16 Apr 15 / Music OMH
ENO deserves credit for supporting and performing the work
15 Apr 15 / Opera Today
Caught between life and death
15 Apr 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
The composer Tansy Davies takes on a sensitive subject with lyric-theater opera, with Deborah Warner directing
15 Apr 15 / New York Times
Tansy Davies’s 9/11 opera is a tasteless orgy of tedious breast-beating
14 Apr 15 / Financial Times
The score leaves a muted impression
14 Apr 15 / The Stage
A wonderful, haunting and profoundly moving piece of work
14 Apr 15 / Opera Britannia
The power of love
14 Apr 15 / Bachtrack
The psychological truth of this inexorable drama comes across with awesome power
13 Apr 15 / Independent
Deborah Warner’s direction matches the restraint of the music
13 Apr 15 / Classical Source
Nothing like as affecting as it ought to be
13 Apr 15 / The Guardian
How can you make an opera about 9/11?
Opera has always thrived on grandiose spectacle, but are the events at the World Trade Center a tragedy too far? The team behind ENO’s new work Between Worlds talk about dramatising this day.
‘I don’t think a 9/11 opera could have been done earlier’
Composer Tansy Davies on writing a 9/11 opera, playing in rock bands, and the joys of circuit training.
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'
Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, it is a life-affirming piece.
Sweeney Todd

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 14

A tasty theatrical treat…
7 Apr 15 / Gay Times
Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson star in Sondheim’s opera-cum-musical
3 Apr 15 / Financial Times
Razor sharp
3 Apr 15 / Bachtrack
Emma Thompson offers 'unbridled joy as Mrs Lovett' in Sondheim's classic
2 Apr 15 / What's on Stage
Emma Thompson returns to London stage after 25 years in absurdly deluxe ENO production
2 Apr 15 / Independent
A production that earns its keep in the opera house but never overwhelms the musical
2 Apr 15 / The Stage
This production, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, is an intoxicating treat
2 Apr 15 / Evening Standard
A whacking great banquet
2 Apr 15 / Telegraph
Presented with such simultaneously operatically faithful yet theatrical combustible energy.
2 Apr 15 / London Theatre Guide
Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in razor-sharp thriller
2 Apr 15 / The Guardian
Ban this filth
2 Apr 15 / Londonist
Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson looked like they were having a grisly ball
2 Apr 15 / Wales Online
Blunt and bloody
1 Apr 15 / The Spectator
It's meaty indeed!
1 Apr 15 / Daily Mail
The Indian Queen

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 17

Two exquisite productions at English National Opera
16 Mar 15 / Opera Today
An enthralling evening's entertainment
11 Mar 15 / Express
The Indian Queen is visually passionate and stylish and remarkably beautiful at times
6 Mar 15 / A Younger Theatre
Exactly what the ENO should be doing
4 Mar 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Had we been treated to a concert of Purcell’s music, that would have been all well and good
3 Mar 15 / Boulezian
A very long and frankly at times tedious evening
2 Mar 15 / Opera Britannia
Peter Sellars' reconstruction of Purcell's The Indian Queen at ENO
2 Mar 15 / Bachtrack
Peter Sellars spins unfinished Purcell into a Mayan extravaganza that delights and irks
2 Mar 15 / The Observer
Peter Sellars transforms Purcell's 'semi-opera' into a full-blown Lenten ritual of penitence
28 Feb 15 / Classical-music.com
Peter Sellars' production presents an ever-resonant social commentary
28 Feb 15 / Evening Standard
Sellars is not to everyone’s taste
28 Feb 15 / Music OMH
If you are expecting or hoping to see a performance of Purcell and Dryden’s final collaboration, forget it
28 Feb 15 / Classical Source
Lucy Crowe’s singing brings Purcell into focus
28 Feb 15 / The Guardian
Peter Sellars's unique take on Purcell's 'semi-opera' features a moving story and music of gorgeous beauty
28 Feb 15 / Telegraph
Sellars’ highly idiosyncratic revamp of Purcell’s 1695 semi-opera makes for a distinctly long evening
28 Feb 15 / The Stage
Musical strengths of Purcell’s Indian Queen marred by baleful, self-indulgent production
28 Feb 15 / Seen and Heard
An evening in musical triumph
28 Feb 15 / Independent
As 'The Indian Queen' opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?
As Purcell's 'The Indian Queen' opens, Jessica Duchen meets the man on a mission to save an opera company in crisis.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 22

Two exquisite productions at English National Opera
16 Mar 15 / Opera Today
Avec tous les éléments évoqués, il contribue à un excellent spectacle
28 Feb 15 / Anaclase
Despite certain reservations, this was a Meistersinger to be reckoned with
24 Feb 15 / Boulezian
This production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is fast-paced and charming
20 Feb 15 / A Younger Theatre
Richard Jones’s glorious production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg arrived at London’s Coliseum
15 Feb 15 / Express
The Mastersingers at English National Opera wins all the prizes
14 Feb 15 / Express
“The Mastersingers of Nuremberg,” by the English National Opera, uses a light touch in its staging
11 Feb 15 / New York Times
A world-class ensemble production
11 Feb 15 / Independent
This is a Meistersinger of huge power, wit and emotion
11 Feb 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
At a time of considerable uncertainty for the company, English National Opera stages a world-class Wagner production
10 Feb 15 / The Stage
ENO’s staging of Wagner’s comedy brings every character to life
10 Feb 15 / Financial Times
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is a splendid company achievement
10 Feb 15 / Evening Standard
Richard Jones revisits his 2010 WNO triumph in a majestic restaging for English National Opera
9 Feb 15 / What's on Stage
Sharp focus, humour and inspiration
9 Feb 15 / The Guardian
This hugely entertaining staging of Wagner's comedy explodes with joy
9 Feb 15 / Telegraph
Outstanding account of Wagner's comedy, in a performance theatrically vital, lyrical and poetic
9 Feb 15 / Planet Hugill
One of Jones’s most perceptive and affectionate productions
9 Feb 15 / Classical Source
WNO's Die Meistersinger transposed to The Mastersingers by ENO
9 Feb 15 / The Arts Desk
Richard Jones’ production is big, bright and beautiful
9 Feb 15 / Music OMH
Perfect production builds on brilliant opera at the Coliseum
9 Feb 15 / Londonist
Act II looks like a cheap touring version of Jack and the Beanstalk
9 Feb 15 / Opera Britannia
Iain Paterson and Edward Gardner lead a top quality rendering of Wagner's Meistersinger for ENO
9 Feb 15 / Bachtrack
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
Wagner was a great musical radical because, while he saw the necessity of change, he also wanted to retain the best of what had gone before.
ENO's Mastersinger's frontcloth of famous German artists
The frontcloth to ENO’s new production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg features a collage of 103 of the most famous cultural figures from the German-speaking world. How many can you name?
Iain Paterson
'I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs's advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it'
La Traviata

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 14

A minimalist approach rejuvenates this opera classic
21 Feb 15 / Express
Elizabeth Zharoff is superb as Violetta
20 Feb 15 / A Younger Theatre
Terrific Traviata at ENO
17 Feb 15 / Morning Star Online
Compelling and intellectually engaging Traviata at ENO
12 Feb 15 / Seen and Heard
Elizabeth Zharoff gives everything we could ever hope for at the end
12 Feb 15 / Music OMH
Peter Konwitschny's revival of La Traviata is a 'fiercely intelligent, gripping show'
12 Feb 15 / Evening Standard
A swift return for Peter Konwitschny's red curtain production of Verdi's opera
11 Feb 15 / What's on Stage
Konwitschny's view of the opera is stripped down, anti-romantic and not a little dystopic
11 Feb 15 / Opera Today
A pared-down take on Verdi’s tragedy with an outstanding cast
11 Feb 15 / Financial Times
Elizabeth Zharoff is a delight from start to finish
11 Feb 15 / Independent
As Violetta, Elizabeth Zharoff was entirely convincing
11 Feb 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Lightning fails to strike twice in ENO revival of Konwitschny’s production
11 Feb 15 / Bachtrack
Pared down to its essence, Konwitschny’s modern-day Verdi is detailed and sensitive
11 Feb 15 / The Guardian
Musical standards are high
10 Feb 15 / Opera Britannia
The Way Back Home

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

The short performance is slick and packed with fun effects and humour
26 Dec 14 / A Younger Theatre
Delightfully designed and illustrated, this is almost a children's book in itself
19 Dec 14 / Express
Unfocused but pacy opera for kids
15 Dec 14 / The Guardian
ENO’s first opera for children is both beautiful and baffling
15 Dec 14 / Financial Times
Children’s opera proves seriously entertaining
13 Dec 14 / Londonist
A Martian, a Spitfire and a flatulent penguin are the unlikely ingredients for The Way Back Home
13 Dec 14 / The Arts Desk
Not even a farting penguin can save it
13 Dec 14 / Telegraph
Opera for children can be profound
13 Dec 14 / Independent
The designs by Vicki Mortimer and Molly Einchcomb are an utter joy
13 Dec 14 / What's on Stage
It’s the core content that lets the performance down
13 Dec 14 / The Upcoming
Jeffers opera shows the way forward
The ENO's first ever children's opera, an adaptation of Oliver Jeffers best-selling picture book, The Way Back Home, opens on Thursday at London's Young Vic.
The Gospel According to the Other Mary

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 21

A mesmerising aural world
30 Nov 14 / The Observer
Contemporary opera throws aside modish minimalism and delivers as satisfying evening as the great classics
30 Nov 14 / Express
ENO star revealed to be US street dancer
Rave reviews for unknown performer Banks-Artiste who steals the show in the opera The Gospel According to the Other Mary.
Director Peter Sellars
Shocking again in new Adams opera.
Peter Sellars: ‘The United States is coming close to censorship’
Will The Gospel According to the Other Mary, his modern Passion inspired by censorship, poverty and slave labour, cause a new storm?
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Gilbert & Sullivan
9 May to 4 Jul 2015
Bizet
20 May to 14 Jun 2015
Tchaikovsky
6 to 30 Jun 2015
Shostakovich
26 Sep to 20 Oct 2015
Rossini
28 Sep to 30 Oct 2015
Puccini
16 Oct to 10 Nov 2015
Verdi
9 Nov to 4 Dec 2015
Gilbert & Sullivan
21 Nov to 6 Dec 2015
Mozart
5 Feb to 3 Mar 2016
Bellini
17 Feb to 11 Mar 2016
Glass
4 to 18 Mar 2016
Puccini
16 May to 7 Jul 2016
Wagner
9 Jun to 9 Jul 2016
Janacek
23 Jun to 8 Jul 2016

News & Articles

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.
22 May 2015 / Slipped Disc
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.
15 May 2015 / What's on Stage
English National Opera gets RPS award boost
Company currently in special funding measures wins opera and music theatre category at prestigious awards for ‘consistently outstanding work’.
6 May 2015 / The Guardian
Smaller is beautiful
Even if the 2015-16 season’s focus and concentration are the direct result of financial body-blows, this could be a year to remember for the right reasons at the Coliseum.
23 Apr 2015 / The Guardian
English National Opera's 2015/16 season
England's ENO hopes opera favorites will revive its fortunes.
23 Apr 2015 / Reuters