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Adriana Lecouvreur

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 11

A marvellous production with its telling details of the theatrical milieu in early eighteenth century Paris
15 Feb 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Angela Gheorghiu took star billing but Brian Jagde stole the show in a sumptuous Royal Opera revival
13 Feb 17 / The Observer
In a competition for the most bizarre operatic death, Adriana Lecouvreur would be a strong contender
12 Feb 17 / Express
Gheorghiu returns to thrill in Cilea's tragedy
9 Feb 17 / The Guardian
Angela Gheorghiu marks her 25th season at Covent Garden with a return to Cilea's tragedy
9 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
Angela Gheorghiu sings exquisitely in Cilea’s opera of love, jealousy and revenge
9 Feb 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
A long evening that flashed by
9 Feb 17 / Classical Source
The Royal Opera revives David McVicar’s production of Adriana Lecouvreur
9 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
Angela Gheorghiu should be wonderful here, but she isn't
9 Feb 17 / Telegraph
Gerald Finley's exquisite melancholy suffuses Covent Garden's Adriana Lecouvreur
9 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
Singing of rare subtlety
8 Feb 17 / The Stage
Angela Gheorghiu celebrates 25 years with the Royal Opera House
The legendary soprano – sometimes known just as much for her behaviour as her peerless voice – is set to celebrate 150 performances with the opera house that made her a star.
Il Trovatore

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Il Trovatore declinato dal regista David Bosch è stato riproposto più volte sul palcoscenico londinese
15 Feb 17 / Operaclick (Ita)
Le Trouvère à la Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
9 Feb 17 / Opera Online
The Royal Opera’s Il trovatore rewards listening to rather than watching
4 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
Anita Rachvelishvili takes the honours in Covent Garden's Il trovatore
2 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
Affaires de famille
1 Feb 17 / Forum Opéra
Verdi's dark drama returns to Covent Garden with a fourth cast, and they excel
30 Jan 17 / What's on Stage
Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili is a thrilling Azucena
11 Dec 16 / Express
Farnes’s conducting and Rachvelishvili’s Azucena make this revival worthwhile
10 Dec 16 / Seen and Heard
By the end, this is a production that is solid without enticing much else
8 Dec 16 / A Younger Theatre
A rapid return for Covent Garden's 2016 staging of Verdi's popular opera
7 Dec 16 / What's on Stage
Comic strip Trovatore a damp squib at the Royal Opera
6 Dec 16 / Bachtrack
Dispiriting Verdi revival lacks focus
6 Dec 16 / The Guardian
visually attractive
6 Dec 16 / The Stage
Where is the swagger, where the bravado?
6 Dec 16 / Telegraph
Der Rosenkavalier

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

Au revoir Mme Fleming
25 Jan 17 / toutelaculture.com
Tristes adieux
17 Jan 17 / Forum Opéra
El caballero de las putas
12 Jan 17 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Has the subtlety of a howitzer
5 Jan 17 / The Spectator
Your money or your love
27 Dec 16 / The Critics' Circle
A return to Robert Carsen's new production to hear two very different singers as the Marschallin and Octavian
26 Dec 16 / Planet Hugill
Amber and gold from a second Marschallin and Octavian
24 Dec 16 / The Arts Desk
Renée Fleming bids farewell to the UK stage in Robert Carsen's new production
22 Dec 16 / What's on Stage
Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier is not an easy opera to produce
22 Dec 16 / Express
Renée Fleming was an elegant and beautifully nuanced Marschallin
21 Dec 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Fleming's farewell to London
20 Dec 16 / Opera Today
Handsome production is a springboard to new ideas
20 Dec 16 / Evening Standard
Not as romantic as usual
20 Dec 16 / The Stage
Robert Carsen’s felicitous production sails triumphantly past inherent problems in the work
20 Dec 16 / Independent
The Royal Opera’s new Der Rosenkavalier: rather a missed opportunity
19 Dec 16 / Seen and Heard
Big guns and young lovers overcome stage obstacles
19 Dec 16 / The Guardian
Stop all the clocks: Renée Fleming's valedictory Marschallin at the Royal Opera
19 Dec 16 / Bachtrack
This long, virtuosic score came across with incomparable style
19 Dec 16 / Classical Source
This glamorous Rosenkavalier is a much-needed hit for Covent Garden
19 Dec 16 / Telegraph
La Traviata

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 13

Joyce El-Khoury, in her Royal Opera debut, is ideal for the part
22 Jan 17 / Express
Joyce El-Khoury, making her Royal Opera debut, really grows as Violetta over the course of the evening
22 Jan 17 / Music OMH
Richard Eyre's glorious production continues to draw hugely appreciative audiences at Covent Garden
21 Jan 17 / Express
Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury more than stands up to the role of Violetta
19 Jan 17 / The Upcoming
Sensitivity and skill
19 Jan 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Covent Garden sees new cast perform Verdi’s La Traviata with mixed results
18 Jan 17 / Seen and Heard
Joyce El-Khoury commands the stage with radiant authority
18 Jan 17 / Independent
The return of Richard Eyre's beloved production of Verdi's most popular opera
18 Jan 17 / What's on Stage
Joyce El-Khoury holds the tale together as Violetta
18 Jan 17 / Broadway World
Imperfect but enjoyable
18 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
Sensitive, subtle and still the best around
18 Jan 17 / Telegraph
Solid, but cautious
18 Jan 17 / The Stage
Drama and subtle insights
18 Jan 17 / The Guardian
Written on Skin

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 16

Barbara Hannigan is thrilling as the sexually defiant Agnes
22 Jan 17 / Express
Great singing, extraordinary music, very odd opera
19 Jan 17 / Express
A modern classic
17 Jan 17 / Music OMH
A contemporary operatic masterpiece
17 Jan 17 / Evening Standard
The music glistens
17 Jan 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Written on Skin might have been named Etched in Blood; it is chillingly refined and brutal
16 Jan 17 / Opera Today
Hannigan is spellbinding in parable of beauty and violence
16 Jan 17 / The Guardian
Concentrated intensity
16 Jan 17 / Planet Hugill
Benjamin at Covent Garden: an historical and unmissable performance
16 Jan 17 / Seen and Heard
George Benjamin creates a dazzling clash of the medieval and modern
16 Jan 17 / Independent
A 21st-century operatic masterpiece
15 Jan 17 / Classical Source
Benjamin’s inventive score beautifully illuminates the action
15 Jan 17 / The Upcoming
Written on Skin is one of the operatic masterpieces of our time
15 Jan 17 / Telegraph
A grisly love triangle: Written on Skin returns to Covent Garden
15 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's admired 2013 opera returns in Katie Mitchell's production
15 Jan 17 / What's on Stage
A modern masterpiece
15 Jan 17 / The Stage
Written on Skin
Composer George Benjamin and performer Christopher Purves explain how a new opera is brought to life.
The Nose

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 22

Kosky delivers an energetic staging that matches Shostakovich's musically eclectic score
5 Jan 17 / Opera Journal
¡Joder con la nariz!
14 Nov 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Aventures nasales à Londres
5 Nov 16 / ConcertoNet (French)
Rhinal tap
1 Nov 16 / The Critics' Circle
Kosky crams in a mass of fast-moving, choreographed chaos
31 Oct 16 / Express
A terrifically good nose job
27 Oct 16 / The Spectator
Two hours of absurdity with no interval, but it hooks you
26 Oct 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Two hours of Monty Python on acid
25 Oct 16 / Planet Hugill
Shostakovich's satirical comic opera reaches the Covent Garden stage for the first time
25 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
Se il Naso balla il tip tap
25 Oct 16 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
A production that begs to be experienced
24 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Barrie Kosky brings madcap mayhem to The Nose at Covent Garden
23 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
Nikolai Gogol’s logic-defying tale of a runaway nose is magnificent in its extravagant absurdity
23 Oct 16 / Opera Today
The loss of a nose is no laughing matter
23 Oct 16 / The Observer
the sheer insistence and excessive nature of Kosky’s staging is its greatest weakness
22 Oct 16 / Classical Source
Vaudeville. Nasality. Shostakovich. Kosky.
22 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Panto season has arrived early
22 Oct 16 / Broadway World
The Royal Opera give it their best shot, but Shostakovich's Nose lacks heart
22 Oct 16 / Telegraph
Tap dancing noses herald another triumph for Australian Opera director Barrie Kosky
22 Oct 16 / Limelight
Barrie Kosky brings madcap mayhem to The Nose at Covent Garden
22 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
Virtuosic staging smells like teen spirit
22 Oct 16 / The Guardian
An exuberant, riotous show with a racy, cacophonous score
21 Oct 16 / Evening Standard
Barry Kosky
A kangaroo with a nose for opera.
The whiff of scandal surrounding Shostakovich’s Nose
With its cast of 80, a new English version of Shostakovich’s satirical opera The Nose is set to bring mayhem to Covent Garden, as its translator David Pountney explains.
Manon Lescaut

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 12

I didn’t see Jonathan Kent’s Manon Lescaut first time round, and won’t mind not seeing it again
1 Dec 16 / The Spectator
No composer killed off his sopranos with more style than Puccini
29 Nov 16 / Express
Despite the tumultuous score this staging seems essentially cold at heart
28 Nov 16 / Express
Royal Opera’s Manon Lescaut benefits from Pappano’s masterly conducting
25 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
Hard hitting staging, musically mixed
24 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
An evening during which the music-making far outweighs the staging
24 Nov 16 / Classical Source
The last act sparks into a proper Puccini high-voltage death scene
24 Nov 16 / Independent
Breathtaking orchestral playing
24 Nov 16 / The Stage
Emotional power and a luminous central performance
24 Nov 16 / The Guardian
This Manon Lescaut is one of Covent Garden's most gratuitously ugly and aggressively nasty productions ever
24 Nov 16 / Telegraph
Sondra Radvanovsky dominates the first revival of Jonathan Kent's 2014 production
24 Nov 16 / What's on Stage
Sondra Radvanovsky gets inside the role of Manon
24 Nov 16 / Evening Standard
Les Contes d'Hoffmann

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 17

A noble flop
1 Dec 16 / The Spectator
Covent Garden’s revived Tales of Hoffman plods along despite excellent singing
22 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
The score simply sounded suffocated
22 Nov 16 / Boulezian
Goodbye to all that
15 Nov 16 / The Critics' Circle
Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo richly deserved the applause in the title role
14 Nov 16 / Express
Les contes d’Hoffmann à la Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
12 Nov 16 / Opera Online
Derniers feux d'une production légendaire
10 Nov 16 / Forum Opéra
A final outing for the Royal Opera's lavish but fusty Tales of Hoffmann
9 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
This revival of John Schlesinger’s 1980 production gives preference to tradition over authenticity
9 Nov 16 / Classical Source
Les Contes d’Hoffmann is gorgeous enough to take your mind off Trump
9 Nov 16 / Telegraph
Grigòlo and Hampson make a striking pairing
9 Nov 16 / The Guardian
A grandiose affair
9 Nov 16 / A Younger Theatre
This beautifully prepared staging brings out the timeless attraction of Hoffmann’s magic and Offenbach’s genius
9 Nov 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Final revival of Schlesinger’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann indicates time is ripe for a new production
9 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
Lacks clarity
9 Nov 16 / The Stage
A final revival for the Royal Opera's venerable staging of Offenbach's grand opera
9 Nov 16 / What's on Stage
One could perhaps wish for more varied dynamics from Vittorio Grigòlo’s Hoffmann
9 Nov 16 / Independent
Oreste

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 10

An intriguing vehicle for today’s new talent
21 Nov 16 / The Observer
Director Gerard Jones has done no favours to the singers or Handel with a bloodspattered cartoon like production
20 Nov 16 / Express
Oreste is an opera by Handel that is rarely seen, and for a logical reason: it is hardly an opera at all
17 Nov 16 / Express
Oreste is an opera of opposites
11 Nov 16 / A Younger Theatre
Strong singing, if not fine-tuned to Handel, and playing at odds with hollow production
11 Nov 16 / The Arts Desk
A comic-strip bloodbath
11 Nov 16 / Opera Today
Gerard Jones’s work stimulates and provokes just as opera should
10 Nov 16 / Classical Source
Compelling and revolting; whether it serves Handel is another matter
10 Nov 16 / The Guardian
The Royal Opera's young artists are put through the wringer in a misguided Handel production
10 Nov 16 / What's on Stage
A Handel-Mad Max mash-up
10 Nov 16 / Independent
Così fan tutte

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 22

Covent Garden’s new Così fan tutte fails to offer fresh insights
19 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
The principals were uniformly excellent, vocally and in terms of characterisation
6 Oct 16 / The Jewish Chronicle
Overworked
4 Oct 16 / The Critics' Circle
Fruity tutte
2 Oct 16 / Daily Mail
Semyon Bychkov, gives a well-balanced though leisurely account of the score
2 Oct 16 / Express
Stylish designs undermined by elderly tempi
29 Sep 16 / The Spectator
This replacement for Jonathan Miller’s gloriously effective production of Così was a disappointment
28 Sep 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Jeux de l’amour et mauvaises règles
27 Sep 16 / Forum Opéra
At last: something at the Royal Opera to replace Jonathan Miller’s slapstick onslaught on Così fan tutte
27 Sep 16 / Boulezian
Such a gratuitous change in settings is pure directorial self-indulgence
27 Sep 16 / Express
Cosi fan tutte à Londres : ainsi font les Anglais
26 Sep 16 / Opera Online
There is an excess of everything, and a lot more besides, in Jan Philipp Gloger’s new staging of Così fan tutte
26 Sep 16 / The Guardian
Gloger’s Così is simply too clever for its own good
26 Sep 16 / Opera Today
Lack of coherence between music and production in Covent Garden’s Così fan tutte
26 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
A production where music and direction can fit together seamlessly
26 Sep 16 / Music OMH
Well sung but charmless: the Royal Opera's new Così fan tutte
24 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Impressive ensemble cast focus on the wider questions
24 Sep 16 / The Guardian
A fussy new production, lethargically conducted, is saved by its fine young cast
24 Sep 16 / What's on Stage
A genuine if underfocused inquiry into the nature of love
24 Sep 16 / Independent
Semyon Bychkov’s conducting is notably understated and often slow
24 Sep 16 / Classical Source
This Così fan tutte is an enthralling lesson in Mozart
24 Sep 16 / Telegraph
A potent and unsettling production that makes a point
24 Sep 16 / Evening Standard
Cosi fan Tutte: Mozart's school for lovers
Misogynistic? Dramatically unconvincing? Not at all. The key to understanding the universal truths of Mozart’s opera lie in these very contrivances, writes the director of a new Covent Garden production.
A Man of Good Hope

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 3

We are left with a bitter taste in the mouth as we experience the most poignant of endings
17 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Considerable riches on offer in this vivid musical-opera cross-breed
17 Oct 16 / Evening Standard
Hard-hitting yet inspiring
15 Oct 16 / The Stage
Il barbiere di Siviglia

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Réjouissante reprise
12 Oct 16 / Forum Opéra
A very long evening at the Royal Opera House
22 Sep 16 / The Spectator
Henrik Nánási finds an affinity with Rossini’s score, applying texture and detail to its mesmerising beauty and bubbly charm
20 Sep 16 / Music OMH
An animatedly dynamic production full of fun, smiles and laughter
19 Sep 16 / A Younger Theatre
Good singing in Rossini’s Il barbiere but orchestral contribution was below par
16 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
Rossini's best-loved opera survives a patchy Covent Garden revival
16 Sep 16 / What's on Stage
The acting and singing make it pulsatingly real
16 Sep 16 / Independent
A soufflé that fails to rise: Rossini’s Barber falls flat at Covent Garden
15 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Colourful, witty and enhanced by some truly sparkling debuts
15 Sep 16 / Broadway World
Terrific performances make Rossini revival sparkle
15 Sep 16 / The Guardian
Mexican tenor Javier Camarena confirmed his reputation as opera's new superstar
15 Sep 16 / Express
The Leiser & Caurier staging of Barber of Seville comes up freshly minted in this revival
14 Sep 16 / Classical Source
Norma

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 24

Alex Ollé met Norma in Londen
2 Oct 16 / Leidmotief
ROH al cinema: Norma inaugura la stagione 2016/2017
2 Oct 16 / Operaclick (Ita)
Verve, passion and intense drama at the cinema from Royal Opera’s Norma
28 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
La chance sourit aux audacieuses
25 Sep 16 / Forum Opéra
Première Norma triomphale pour Sonya Yoncheva
24 Sep 16 / Diapason
Botafumeiro para Irminsul
23 Sep 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Anything goes in Alex Ollé’s spectacular if uneven new staging of Bellini’s tragedy
18 Sep 16 / The Observer
Sonya Yoncheva est Norma à la Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
16 Sep 16 / Opera Online
Yoncheva made a consistent and almost entirely successful attempt at assuming the manifold difficulties of the title role
16 Sep 16 / Opera News
Orchestra is the star in Covent Garden’s misconceived production of Norma
16 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
Sonya Yoncheva triumphs as Bellini's heroine in a muddled new production
15 Sep 16 / What's on Stage
Sonya Yoncheva is sensational in Royal Opera’s triumphant new Norma
15 Sep 16 / The Spectator
The singing and the orchestra were fantastic
15 Sep 16 / Express
There’s some fine singing and playing on offer, if you can extricate yourself from the stranglehold of crucifixes
14 Sep 16 / Opera Today
Kruzifixe und Hüpfball
14 Sep 16 / Deutschland Radio
Striking but perverse update for Bellini's druid priestess
14 Sep 16 / The Guardian
Sonya Yoncheva could become one of the most commanding Normas of our time
14 Sep 16 / Telegraph
So many crucifixes...
14 Sep 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Vocally Yoncheva is in superb voice and has the stamina for the role
14 Sep 16 / Music OMH
The work takes wing gloriously at the close
14 Sep 16 / Independent
Sonya Yoncheva commands the stage in Bellini’s classic
13 Sep 16 / Evening Standard
Sonya Yoncheva is remarkable
13 Sep 16 / The Stage
The Bulgarian Sonya Yoncheva, singing the role for the first time, triumphed
13 Sep 16 / Classical Source
Burning like fire: Sonya Yoncheva's Norma scorches Covent Garden
13 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Sonya Yoncheva's first time Norma wows London audiences
Phenomenal Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva dives into the immensely demanding title role for the first time, following in the footsteps of legends like Callas and Sutherland, who owned Norma in the 20th centur
Antonio Pappano on why Norma is opera's most challenging role
On September 12, Bellini's Norma, one of the greatest operas in the repertoire, comes to Covent Garden after an absence of nearly 30 years.
Why Norma is an operatic masterpiece
The Royal Opera House is putting on Bellini's tragedy for the first time in 30 years. Ivan Hewett talks to Music Director Antonio Pappano about what makes it great (and how hard it is to sing).
Why La Fura’s Norma is playing with fire at Covent Garden
With its chilling nods to druidic practices, Islamic State and hardline Catholicism, La Fura dels Baus’s new production of Bellini’s Norma packs a political punch – but how will it fare with the purists?
Star soprano comes to aid of Royal Opera House - again
Sonya Yoncheva, a Bulgarian soprano, will take on the role of Norma after Anna Netrebko pulled out of the production last week.
Anna Netrebko withdraws from Royal Opera's Norma
Setback for company after Russian star pulls out of production saying her voice has ‘evolved in a different direction’.
Stimme verändert - Netrebkos überraschende Absage
Der Covent Garden Opera ist spektakulär ein Star abhandengekommen: Der russische Starsopran mag nun doch zum Saisonauftakt keinen Bellini mehr singen. Des einen Absage ist des anderen Glück.
Anna Netrebko withdraws from Norma at Covent Garden
Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from the opening of the Royal Opera House season in London, and they haven’t found a replacement. It’s a major setback for the company.
Il Trovatore

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

Dos Trovadores diversos y un abuso intolerable
19 Jul 16 / Beckmesser
Un Trovador en el Covent Garden por debajo de lo esperado
13 Jul 16 / Opera World (Spanish)
Equation à moitié résolue
13 Jul 16 / Forum Opéra
Verdi’s troublesome Trovatore gets a Bösch job
11 Jul 16 / The Guardian
It is a brave director who takes on Il Trovatore
10 Jul 16 / Express
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Performance schedule
Verdi
16 Jan to 4 Jul 2017
Cilea
7 Feb to 2 Mar 2017
Wagner
11 to 31 Mar 2017
Puccini
23 Mar to 25 Apr 2017
Adès
24 Apr to 8 May 2017
Verdi
12 to 29 May 2017
Donizetti
27 May to 22 Jun 2017
Verdi
21 Jun to 15 Jul 2017
Mozart
26 Jun to 7 Jul 2017
Puccini
5 to 16 Jul 2017
Tchaikowsky
19 to 20 Jul 2017

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Kasper Holten: 'Regrets? I’ve had a few...'
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10 Feb 2017 / Telegraph
Royal Opera to premiere new work by George Benjamin
The British composer, whose Written on Skin is one of the most acclaimed operas of our times, is collaborating with Martin Crimp again for a work that will debut in London in May 2018.
1 Feb 2017 / The Guardian
Oliver Mears to be Royal Opera House's director of opera
The 37-year-old has led Northern Ireland Opera for the past six years; Antonio Pappano hails his ‘genuine passion for the art form’.
13 Sep 2016 / The Guardian
ROH announces Friday Rush ticket scheme
The Royal Opera House has replaced its day ticket scheme with Friday Rush tickets.
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