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31 January 2015

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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
ENO’s first opera for children is both beautiful and baffling
15 Dec 14 / Financial Times
Unfocused but pacy opera for kids
15 Dec 14 / The Guardian
Not even a farting penguin can save it
13 Dec 14 / Telegraph
Children’s opera proves seriously entertaining
13 Dec 14 / Londonist
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
A Martian, a Spitfire and a flatulent penguin are the unlikely ingredients for The Way Back Home
13 Dec 14 / The Arts Desk
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
'I have rarely felt so bored by an opera'
27 Nov 14 / Express
Adams and Sellars have created a series of interesting tableaux
26 Nov 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
The brilliance of Adams’ score does ultimately shine through
26 Nov 14 / Music OMH
Mary senza azione
25 Nov 14 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
ENO’s world stage premiere of John Adams’ new passion oratorio suggests it is better suited to the concert hall
25 Nov 14 / The Stage
An impressive and inventive visual experience with an incredible score that digs deep
25 Nov 14 / A Younger Theatre
Dancers add fire to John Adams's masterly oratorio
25 Nov 14 / Classical-music.com
The conducting is superb, the playing and singing fabulously intense – and the principal soloists remarkable
24 Nov 14 / The Guardian
A Passion for our times: Adams' The Gospel According To The Other Mary premières at ENO
24 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
Patricia Bardon embodied this modern Mary with committed singing and convincing movement
24 Nov 14 / Opera Britannia
Mary senza azione
24 Nov 14 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
Everyone will have a point-of-view about The Gospel According to the Other Mary – from inspiring to indifferent
24 Nov 14 / Classical Source
Stage version of Adams’ gospel oratorio laudable but disconcerting
24 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
Grace and pain stunningly interwoven in Adams' rich score and Sellars' luminous staging
24 Nov 14 / The Arts Desk
Fully staged, John Adams’ work is a heart-wrenching experience
24 Nov 14 / Financial Times
Like El Niño before it, John Adams's new opera is really a staged concert piece - but it's a fine one
24 Nov 14 / What's on Stage
John Adams's new oratorio appears priggish at first but rises to a shattering climax
23 Nov 14 / Telegraph
John Adams' triumphant update of the Passion of the Christ
23 Nov 14 / Independent
Adams, Sellars bring 'Passion' into present in opera's first full staging
23 Nov 14 / Reuters
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?
La bohème

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

The evening was marked by strong characterisation across the board and an excellent ensemble dynamic
17 Nov 14 / Music OMH
La Bohème wows with 1930s makeover
14 Nov 14 / Londonist
Opera round-up: Mozart's Idomeneo, La Boheme and Donizetti's Les Martyrs
9 Nov 14 / Express
This timeless and poignant opera is superbly conducted
5 Nov 14 / Classical Source
There was a good sense of ensemble between the singers
4 Nov 14 / Boulezian
This third revival is not the most warmly emotional of them
3 Nov 14 / Financial Times
Well balanced and finely paced Bohème from cash-strapped ENO
1 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
The production is sincere and grittily evocative
1 Nov 14 / Opera Britannia
ENO has served up many of the classiest Mimìs
31 Oct 14 / The Arts Desk
Angel Blue is a draw vocally
31 Oct 14 / The Stage
Buoyant, with a Rodolfo to treasure
31 Oct 14 / The Guardian
Puccini's ever-popular opera of doomed young love returns to ENO
31 Oct 14 / What's on Stage
Miller’s vibrant and acutely observed direction breathes bustling, noisy life into every scene
31 Oct 14 / Official London Theatre
Spotlight on soprano Angel Blue
Meet the smoky-voiced rising star on a mission to bring opera to the masses.
Le nozze di Figaro

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Una interesante reposición
4 Nov 14 / Beckmesser
Jamie Martin’s achievement in mitigating the worst excesses of Shaw’s production stands worthy of proper recognition
28 Oct 14 / Boulezian
Figaro revival mitigates worst excesses of Shaw’s original production
27 Oct 14 / Seen and Heard
Fiona Shaw produces excellent theatre dovetailing beautifully with Mozart’s music
22 Oct 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A fabulous Figaro from Fiona Shaw for English National Opera
21 Oct 14 / Bachtrack
An evening that was, if far from perfect, capable of both insight and beauty
20 Oct 14 / Opera Britannia
First among equals are David Stout and Mary Bevan as Figaro and Susanna
20 Oct 14 / Music OMH
ENO’s The Marriage Of Figaro is a total delight
19 Oct 14 / Londonist
A gutsy, unstylish crowd-pleaser, buzzing gamely on without much heart or focus
18 Oct 14 / The Stage
Fiona Shaw’s revival struggles to hit the right note
18 Oct 14 / The Guardian
Fiona Shaw's hilarious yet deeply considered account of Mozart's masterpiece returns
18 Oct 14 / What's on Stage
To take Figaro and set it on a giant revolve is a gesture as wilful as it is elegant
17 Oct 14 / The Arts Desk
La fanciulla del West

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 19

Demasiados errores en “La Fanciulla del West”
4 Nov 14 / Beckmesser
That´s my girl!
14 Oct 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
That´s my girl!
13 Oct 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
ENO’s The Girl of the Golden West is irresistibly seductive
9 Oct 14 / The Spectator
The ENO deserve to score a big hit with this new Richard Jones production of Fanciulla
8 Oct 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
The evening’s highs far outweigh the lows
6 Oct 14 / Music OMH
ENO takes a verismo approach to Puccini’s Wild West opera
6 Oct 14 / Financial Times
Puccini's Less Known Western Opera Opens at the ENO
5 Oct 14 / The Huffington Post
A great cowboy story
5 Oct 14 / Express
An exciting debut in the pit and another on stage set the seal on ENO’s terrific new Girl of the Golden West
5 Oct 14 / The Observer
Keri-Lynn Wilson (in her UK debut) had the measure of Puccini’s finest score
4 Oct 14 / Classical Source
ENO’s La Fanciulla fails to evoke Wild West
4 Oct 14 / Seen and Heard
Puccini's gold rush western returns to ENO after a 50-year absence
4 Oct 14 / What's on Stage
Richard Jones's simple, sincere approach to Puccini's masterpiece is a winning formula 5 out of 5 stars03 Oct 2014 | Comment
4 Oct 14 / Telegraph
Opera's Spaghetti Western: Puccini's Girl of the Golden West at ENO
4 Oct 14 / Bachtrack
The detailed portrayal of the mining community is compelling
4 Oct 14 / The Guardian
There’s little here that would rock the steadily progressive Met
4 Oct 14 / The Arts Desk
ENO wins a significant success with Richard Jones’ sincere new staging
4 Oct 14 / The Stage
Jones’ concept is a traditional and literal one
4 Oct 14 / Opera Britannia
Otello

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 19

El corazón de las tinieblas
27 Oct 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
ENO’s season starts off well with new Otello
24 Sep 14 / Seen and Heard
ENO’s new Otello sidesteps an old problem
21 Sep 14 / The Observer
A cursed marriage
21 Sep 14 / Londonist
The Bard's magnificent Verdi makeover
18 Sep 14 / Express
A dour, efficient Otello that misses greatness
18 Sep 14 / The Stage
Stuart Skelton gave us a superb Otello, vocally secure, filled with emotional anxiety
17 Sep 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Edward Gardner gets ENO's new season off to a thrilling start
17 Sep 14 / The Opera Critic
A flawless production from David Alden
16 Sep 14 / Independent
Is Anna Nicole’s absurd life worth our while? Not as much as Otello’s
16 Sep 14 / The Spectator
The staging is compelling theatre
16 Sep 14 / Evening Standard
From one great operatic storm to another
15 Sep 14 / The Arts Desk
ENO’s staging was impressive in many ways but ultimately unmoving
15 Sep 14 / Telegraph
The Lion of Venice fails to roar as English National Opera's new season opens
15 Sep 14 / What's on Stage
A visceral Otello at ENO
15 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
Musically magnificent but there's an emotional vacuum at the heart of ENO's new production
15 Sep 14 / The Guardian
Tentative rather than definitive
15 Sep 14 / Music OMH
Edward Gardner at his best
15 Sep 14 / Classical Source
One of the most tautly directed shows at ENO for some time
15 Sep 14 / Opera Britannia
Stuart Skelton: rising to the challenge of Otello
As the tenor Stuart Skelton braces himself to play the Moor, he tells why he refuses to black up for the part.
Verdi’s Otello: a role to approach with caution
Described as a ‘voice killer’, it is one of the most demanding parts in opera. Tenor Stuart Skelton explains why he is now ready to take it on.
Xerxes

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 14

ENO could do far worse than ask Hofstetter back in such repertoire
23 Sep 14 / Boulezian
Hytner’s brilliant concept has stood the test of time
22 Sep 14 / Music OMH
Handel opera will transport you to Georgian Britain
19 Sep 14 / Londonist
Handel's baroque opera with a minimalist presentation
18 Sep 14 / The Huffington Post
Astonishing comedy, glorious fun
18 Sep 14 / Express
It's 30 years old, but ENO's Xerxes remains the benchmark for Handel
17 Sep 14 / Telegraph
Hytner’s staging remains fresh and fluid
17 Sep 14 / The Guardian
Terrific singing from a cast led by the wonderful Alice Coote as Xerxes
17 Sep 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Nicholas Hytner's ageless production of Handel's delicious comic opera returns in a strongly-cast revival
17 Sep 14 / What's on Stage
Alice Coote makes her role debut as Xerxes, singing with customary brilliance
17 Sep 14 / The Stage
Xerxes comes up as fresh as ever in Michael Walling’s faithful re-mounting
17 Sep 14 / Classical Source
Award winning Xerxes possesses wit and charm
17 Sep 14 / Seen and Heard
Revival shows how much of a handle Nicholas Hytner's had on Handel
16 Sep 14 / Independent
The show that brought Handel back into fashion when it premiered in 1985
16 Sep 14 / The Arts Desk
Les pêcheurs de perles

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Londra - English National Opera: Les pêcheurs de perles
10 Jul 14 / Operaclick (Ita)
Proof that 'there's more to Bizet than gypsy girls and bullfighters'
3 Jul 14 / Express
The Pearl Fishers set in a modern Sri Lanka shanty town still exerts its exotic charm
22 Jun 14 / Express
The director, Penny Woolcock, unwittingly emphasises the pure hokum of Bizet's opera
21 Jun 14 / Telegraph
An enjoyable evening, despite the rather silly plot and starchy text
20 Jun 14 / Classical Source
Too much sangfroid, too little passion in Pearl Fishers
20 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
ENO revives Penny Woolcock's modern-day production of Bizet's exotic romance
18 Jun 14 / What's on Stage
A young cast struggle to bring Bizet's cardboard characters to life
18 Jun 14 / The Guardian
Despite Woolcock’s revised staging, Bizet is still shackled by unidiomatic performances
17 Jun 14 / Bachtrack
Così fan tutte

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Opera is the new circus
9 Jul 14 / Independent
Cositeando en Coney Island
4 Jun 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Phelim McDermott's staging of Così fan tutte is great fun, from beginning to the end
4 Jun 14 / Musical Criticism
Wigglesworth is an excellent musician; Mozart, however, is very clearly not his thing
1 Jun 14 / Boulezian
Overall, the production is entertaining, but there is nothing here to rock the boat
27 May 14 / Music OMH
Vulgarised Così fan tutte does Mozart no favours
26 May 14 / Seen and Heard
"All ladies are like that": Così at the Carnival
25 May 14 / Bachtrack
Phelim McDermott's fairground delights soon wear thin
25 May 14 / The Observer
Cosi fan tutte in a fairground
Rather than feeling constrained by the essential silliness of Cosi fan Tutte's plot, it liberated the imagination of director Phelim McDermott and his designer Tom Pye.
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News & Articles

Can the English National Opera be saved?
ENO is in crisis. There must be a strong case now for dissolving the entire organisation.
31 Jan 2015 / Telegraph
Executive director of ENO resigns
Henriette Götz, executive director of English National Opera, has resigned from the company. The news comes just days after chairman Martyn Rose announced he was standing down.
31 Jan 2015 / Classic FM
Trying times for English National Opera
Britain's second opera company is having a bad week, after its departing chairman accused the artistic director of losing £10 million.
28 Jan 2015 / What's on Stage
English National Opera denies £10 million loss
English National Opera denied claims that £10 million had been lost under artistic director John Berry and said it was on course to balance the books this year.
27 Jan 2015 / Evening Standard
A bitter feud at the top of the English National Opera
ENO's outgoing chairman Martyn Rose demands artistic director John Berry be sacked.
26 Jan 2015 / Independent