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The Pirates of Penzance

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

A pacy and well defined performance of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s marvellous score
19 Feb 17 / Express
A pleasant but uneven revival of Mike Leigh’s 2015 production
17 Feb 17 / A Younger Theatre
What a pleasure to welcome back Mike Leigh’s Pirates
15 Feb 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Petticoated pirate romp
14 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
This production’s basic difficulty was compounded by some poor directorial choices
14 Feb 17 / Music OMH
Precise patter aplenty in Mike Leigh revival
13 Feb 17 / The Guardian
English National Opera and cast impress in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance
13 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
Mike Leigh's reverential production of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera returns
11 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
Fun for all
11 Feb 17 / Classical Source
Its first revival is even better thanks partly to an inspired cast
11 Feb 17 / Express
A charming Pirates of Penzance revival at ENO
11 Feb 17 / Opera Today
ENO's The Pirates of Penzance makes for bright, light entertainment
11 Feb 17 / Telegraph
Rigoletto

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Jonathan Miller’s 1982 “mafioso” Rigoletto made a triumphant return to the Coliseum last week
12 Feb 17 / Express
This superb production well matches the tragedy that unfolds
8 Feb 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Jonathan Miller's production is ageing elegantly
7 Feb 17 / Evening Standard
Jonathan Miller’s Rigoletto comes round again at ENO
6 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
Miller's Rigoletto makes a flawed return to English National Opera
6 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
ENO returns to Jonathan Miller’s classic production
6 Feb 17 / The Observer
ENO should have left Jonathan Miller's Rigoletto on the shelf
4 Feb 17 / Telegraph
An unexceptional revival
4 Feb 17 / The Stage
ENO pumps up the volume on Verdi's violent tragedy
4 Feb 17 / The Guardian
Jonathan Miller's indestructible production of Verdi's revenge opera returns to ENO
4 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
The hairs rise as they should on the nape of the neck
4 Feb 17 / Independent
Welcome back to Little Italy in 1950s’ New York
4 Feb 17 / Classical Source
Lulu

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 17

A work of enormous allure – and repulsiveness
18 Nov 16 / The Spectator
La femme 100 têtes
18 Nov 16 / Forum Opéra
A tremendous company achievement
18 Nov 16 / Evening Standard
Mark Wigglesworth's conducting proved to be the unifying force for all its tones and styles
17 Nov 16 / Opera Journal
The one outstanding feature of the production was the American soprano Brenda Rae in the title role
17 Nov 16 / Express
Kentridge’s Production of Lulu Another Triumph for English National Opera
17 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
This first night performance was an A-team success under the wonderfully incisive baton of Mark Wigglesworth
16 Nov 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Enter, cry, die
15 Nov 16 / The Critics' Circle
The great South African artist William Kentridge has directed a dazzling production of Berg’s landmark opera Lulu
14 Nov 16 / Express
ENO's Lulu is a superb staging of a difficult modern masterpiece
11 Nov 16 / Telegraph
Kentridge makes Berg's opera a serious visual feast
11 Nov 16 / The Guardian
Dramatic intensity, risk of sensory overload
11 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
ENO scores a company triumph with Berg's picaresque opera
11 Nov 16 / What's on Stage
ENO on superb form
11 Nov 16 / The Stage
Sara Connolly is compelling as Lulu’s admirer
11 Nov 16 / Independent
The production as a whole gets right to the centre of this heartless masterpiece
11 Nov 16 / Classical Source
As a piece of musical theatre you won't find better this year
11 Nov 16 / Broadway World
Les pêcheurs de perles

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

Carmen it is not
1 Nov 16 / Boulezian
This is one of ENO’s finest productions
26 Oct 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Claudia Boyle produces a beautiful sound as Leïla
24 Oct 16 / Music OMH
ENO’s theatrical Les pêcheurs de perles is exposed to the elements
23 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
A night of nonsense with some great tunes: ENO grants a second revival to Bizet's opera
22 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
The real star of the show remains the production
22 Oct 16 / Opera Today
ENO can and should do better
20 Oct 16 / Broadway World
A night of nonsense with some great tunes
20 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
Promising, if not persuasive
20 Oct 16 / The Stage
Penny Woolcock’s subtly developing production is a real feather in ENO’s cap
20 Oct 16 / Classical Source
ENO's Pearl Fishers is a welcome revival of a grand, gorgeous production
20 Oct 16 / Telegraph
Slow to ignite: tepid revival of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at ENO
20 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Reheated orientalism does ENO no favours
20 Oct 16 / The Guardian
Tosca

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

It may not be a perfect production but there is much to admire
27 Oct 16 / Classical Source
More than any other Puccini opera, Tosca is a rollercoaster from start to finish
16 Oct 16 / Express
It was not a vintage night for solo singing
8 Oct 16 / Opera Today
The three central performances are exceptionally strong
7 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Puccini is the absolute master of the tear-jerker opera
6 Oct 16 / Express
Puccini restaging has powerful performances but a little more subtlety wouldn't go amiss
6 Oct 16 / Evening Standard
Handsome, traditional, revivable - the show is everything it should be
5 Oct 16 / Broadway World
This is a Tosca well worth catching
5 Oct 16 / Independent
A mixed Tosca from English National Opera
5 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
ENO's latest revival of Tosca is all right for a Monday night
5 Oct 16 / Telegraph
A wonderful staging compellingly performed
5 Oct 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A fine revival of ENO’s 2010 Tosca, featuring Craig Colclough's memorable, menacing Scarpia
4 Oct 16 / The Stage
Don Giovanni

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 21

Knave of trumps
11 Oct 16 / The Critics' Circle
A brutal new Don Giovanni turns heads at ENO
10 Oct 16 / The Observer
English National Opera has scored a hit in Richard Jones’s new staging of Don Giovanni
9 Oct 16 / Express
Richard Jones's production for English National Opera makes for a pretty depressing evening
9 Oct 16 / Daily Mail
Richard Jones opte pour une atmosphère sombre de film noir
6 Oct 16 / Opera Online
Bears only a passing resemblance to Mozart's opera
6 Oct 16 / The Spectator
Richard Jones has latched on to the timeless theme of Don Giovanni
5 Oct 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
What a frustrating show
5 Oct 16 / A Younger Theatre
Strong in concept, strong in casting: Richard Jones' Don Giovanni at ENO
4 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Richard Jones dispenses with ambiguity and proposes some radical, subversive ‘clarifications’
4 Oct 16 / Opera Today
This latest Don Giovanni is updated yet outdated
4 Oct 16 / Londonist
Musically, we were on strong ground
4 Oct 16 / Boulezian
It’s all about sex
4 Oct 16 / Independent
The ENO rises triumphantly to this perennially challenging opera
4 Oct 16 / Evening Standard
Mozartian Hollywood noir
3 Oct 16 / Planet Hugill
Musically authoritative, theatrically fascinating
3 Oct 16 / The Stage
English National Opera's shortened season opens with a new Don Giovanni from Richard Jones
3 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
Sharp-edged and sharply etched
2 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
This is a striking, if ultimately unsatisfying, Don Giovanni
2 Oct 16 / Telegraph
Richard Jones moves from Mozart with touches of brilliance and BDSM
2 Oct 16 / The Guardian
Compared with ENO’s last two productions of Don Giovanni, this new one from Richard Jones is a sober affair
1 Oct 16 / Classical Source
How to seduce without sleaze
Can Christopher Purves make Mozart’s Don Giovanni a palatable character, a role he will play for ENO?
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
'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
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
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
Janáček's score, Alden's direction and Wigglesworth's conducting make a searing Jenůfa at ENO
27 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
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
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15 to 24 Mar 2017
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News & Articles

ENO plucks casting director from Scotland
English National Opera has appointed Michelle Williams as Head of Casting from 6 March 2017.
12 Jan 2017 / Slipped Disc
Daniel Kramer
The new artistic director of the English National Opera talks failures, his mid-life crisis and ambitions for a bright future at the Coliseum.
21 Dec 2016 / Evening Standard
English National Opera reports 75% capacity for 2015/16
English National Opera ended the 2015/16 financial year with a surplus of £308,000, the company’s annual review has revealed.
20 Dec 2016 / Opera Now
Fury as ENO casts Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe in Carousel
ENO has risked the wrath of its core fans after announcing it is to stage a new version of Carousel starring Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins, as it bids to expand its audiences to lovers of musicals.
26 Nov 2016 / Telegraph
Marvellous Miller
A celebration of Jonathan Miller's contribution to ENO, included excerpts from many of his productions, as well as filmed inserts from an interview with Miller himself.
19 Nov 2016 / Independent