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Akhnaten

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 11

One of the best things ENO has done for ages
20 Feb 19 / Express
ENO’s Akhnaten a mesmerising revival of Philip Glass opera
14 Feb 19 / Gay Times
The casting of this production is superb
14 Feb 19 / Opera Today
Phelim McDermott’s production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten makes a welcome return to the Coliseum
13 Feb 19 / Classical Source
Philip Glass’s flight into Egypt is a slow, sensuous and glittering opera
13 Feb 19 / Evening Standard
Glass's pharaoh casts his spell once more
13 Feb 19 / The Guardian
Fabulously beautiful staging of a decidedly pretentious opera
13 Feb 19 / Telegraph
ENO’s triumphant Akhnaten revival shrouds audiences in minimalism and provides balm
13 Feb 19 / Seen and Heard
A visually extraordinary staging
13 Feb 19 / The Stage
Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO
13 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
A meditation on the distant past
13 Feb 19 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Behold, the naked Pharaoh: singing Philip Glass's Akhnaten
You need more than a good voice to sing the countertenor role of the sun-worshipping Egyptian leader. But it’s changed Anthony Roth Costanzo's life
War Requiem

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

A thoughtful production by ENO's artistic director Daniel Kramer
13 Dec 18 / Express
Sobre héroes y tumbas
3 Dec 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Kramer’s vision and Tilmans’s unforgettable photography create a powerful War Requiem
21 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
Inspiration eludes Kramer in Britten's War Requiem at English National Opera
20 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
Staging Britten's War Requiem
20 Nov 18 / Opera Today
This tale of suffering and the struggle to understand the reason for it was superb
20 Nov 18 / Independent
Staging Britten's choral masterpiece brings uncertain rewards
20 Nov 18 / The Guardian
A mesmerising performance
20 Nov 18 / Londonist
Staging the unstageable, Daniel Kramer and ENO's striking version of Britten's large-scale concert work
19 Nov 18 / Planet Hugill
ENO's attempt to turn Britten's choral masterpiece into an opera had all the subtlety of a fifth-form school play
19 Nov 18 / Telegraph
Daniel Kramer directs an unforgettable staging
18 Nov 18 / The Stage
For all the staging’s moments of visual grandeur, it is sympathetic to the music
17 Nov 18 / Classical Source
La bohème

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

ENO’s Bohème is the safe option, the show you take your granny to
6 Dec 18 / The Spectator
This staging of La Bohème bids a warm welcome to opera newbies
6 Dec 18 / A Younger Theatre
A stylish La bohème
2 Dec 18 / The Sunday Times
This delightful production of La Bohème is the alternative Christmas show you need
2 Dec 18 / The Reviews Hub
Jonathan Miller's La bohème returns to the Coliseum
30 Nov 18 / Opera Today
La Bohème brings a biting Paris winter to life on the London stage
30 Nov 18 / Londonist
A wonderful evening under the baton of Alexander Joel
28 Nov 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw soars in revival of ENO's Bohème
28 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
ENO on top form for welcome resurrection of Miller’s popular La bohème
28 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
Surefire revival touches the heights
28 Nov 18 / The Guardian
Its restraint combines humour, well-defined characterisations and a slow release of emotional tension
28 Nov 18 / Classical Source
Authoritative staging of a masterpiece that continues to surprise
28 Nov 18 / Telegraph
Porgy and Bess

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Del gheto al cielo con los maestros cantores de Charleston
15 Nov 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
A vital and sweeping ‘Porgy and Bess’ debuts in London
29 Oct 18 / New York Times
ENO’s production restores the majestic brilliance of the full score
21 Oct 18 / The Reviews Hub
Full of good things
15 Oct 18 / Planet Hugill
Fine ENO cast but as Catfish Row comes to the Coliseum perhaps Porgy and Bess is too ‘traditional’
15 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
With John Wilson, Gershwin's music is the winner at ENO's Porgy and Bess
13 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
You can almost hear the heat
13 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Some first-night caution aside, this will shape up to be one of the company’s signature productions
13 Oct 18 / Classical Source
The chorus are like the best gospel choir you’ve ever heard
13 Oct 18 / The Times
Knock-out choruses but a hollow core
13 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Lucia di Lammermoor

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 11

A dramatic and musically triumphant mad scene is a highlight of ENO’s Lucia revival
12 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
Madness is at the heart of David Alden's production, the only way out for a Lucia controlled equally by brother and lover
5 Nov 18 / Planet Hugill
We are fortunate to have Sarah Tynan as a superbly well-nuanced and grippingly effective Lucia
31 Oct 18 / Planet Hugill
Amid the gothic horror of ENO’s staging Sarah Tynan is a superb Lucia
30 Oct 18 / The Times
English National Opera revives Lucia di Lammermoor in chilling style
29 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
English National Opera have hit pure gold in their third outing of the season
29 Oct 18 / Express
English National Opera revives Lucia di Lammermoor in chilling style
27 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
David Alden's fine Lucia returns to ENO
27 Oct 18 / Opera Today
There is blood, there is thunder, there is incest, sacrifice, death and madness
27 Oct 18 / OperaWire
A superbly cogent piece of theatre
27 Oct 18 / The Guardian
A blazing revival of a masterpiece
27 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Salome

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 20

The musical pleasures were supplemented by some good singing and dramatic performances
18 Oct 18 / Opera Journal
Losing heads in London
17 Oct 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
A radically feminist version of the story
12 Oct 18 / Express
If you’re used to installation art, you’ll take to it more readily
9 Oct 18 / The Critics' Circle
Blood and guts meet street dance and a kinky Santa in a provocative production of Strauss’s opera
7 Oct 18 / The Observer
ENO’s cast deserved better than this incompetent, incoherent production of Salome
5 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
There will be blood in English National Opera’s Salome
4 Oct 18 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Once-banned opera Salome is back on the London stage
2 Oct 18 / Londonist
Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera
2 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
English National Opera's production is psychologically acute but dramaturgically flawed
2 Oct 18 / Evening Standard
Visually arresting, but decidedly peculiar
1 Oct 18 / The Stage
A cold-hearted, half-baked conceptual riff on an opera that should leave you shattered
1 Oct 18 / The Times
Vividly theatrical, lyrically sung, but....
1 Oct 18 / Planet Hugill
ENO's Salome both intrigues and bewilders
1 Oct 18 / Opera Today
Petals, porn and dead ponies give Strauss a feminist reboot
1 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Inertia kills strong stage pictures, decent singing and a bejewelled orchestra
30 Sep 18 / The Arts Desk
The excellent cast captures the audience from the start
30 Sep 18 / The Upcoming
Headless horses with floral innards in theatre of the absurd
30 Sep 18 / Independent
Big on gesture but short on enlightenment
30 Sep 18 / Classical Source
A baffling, feminine interpretation of Strauss
30 Sep 18 / Telegraph
Heady stuff: Salome, a bloody and brutal heroine for our age?
Strauss’s opera, with its necrophilia, nudity and sheer nastiness is - and always was - a huge challenge for singers. Can a new production coming to ENO emphasise its ‘mythic and feminine’ elements?
Paul Bunyan

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Where the opera fails is in its story-telling
13 Sep 18 / Express
Britten’s facility and efficacy for appropriating musical styles is on constant display
6 Sep 18 / Classical Source
New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's
5 Sep 18 / Bachtrack
Jamie Manton’s wonderfully alive staging of Paul Bunyan for ENO
5 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
Embrace the chaos and there’s fun to be had
5 Sep 18 / The Times
Britten's first opera is still a joyful spectacle of youthful exuberance
5 Sep 18 / Telegraph
The Turn of the Screw

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Intelligent, cogent and, as the sky darkened, properly spooky
2 Jul 18 / The Observer
A brilliantly creepy Turn Of The Screw
30 Jun 18 / Metro
A spook in the park that’s beautiful listening
29 Jun 18 / A Younger Theatre
Not enough spookiness at ghostly chamber opera that hints at child abuse
29 Jun 18 / Ham&High
Knocking it out the (Regent's) Park
28 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Toby Purser conducts with authority and sensitivity
28 Jun 18 / Classical Source
The singing is superb and one sensed that every member of the capacity audience was spellbound if not spooked
27 Jun 18 / Opera Today
A chillingly convincing revival of Britten's ghostly opera
27 Jun 18 / Telegraph
A stunning reimagination of Britten's ghost opera
27 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
An atmospheric but not especially scary open air outing
26 Jun 18 / Time Out
Britten’s score becomes increasingly suggestive of evil forces insidiously whittling away the sanity of trusting innocents
26 Jun 18 / The Times
Britten's opera chills the spine as darkness falls
26 Jun 18 / The Guardian
Le nozze di Figaro

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

An unusually strong cast makes up for muddy staging
6 Apr 18 / Independent
This is exactly what the English National Opera should be doing
4 Apr 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A reasonably safe, crowd-pleasing production enhanced by engaging performances
4 Apr 18 / The Stage
A very humane comedy
2 Apr 18 / Planet Hugill
Lust and labyrinths
2 Apr 18 / Bachtrack
ENO stimulates with revival of Mozart’s The Marriago of Figaro
2 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
A revival that shows many more strengths than weaknesses
1 Apr 18 / Music OMH
Fiona Shaw's The Marriage of Figaro returns to the London Coliseum
31 Mar 18 / Opera Today
This Figaro stands well and there is much to relish and enjoy
31 Mar 18 / Classical Source
La Traviata

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

The kink’s english
3 Apr 18 / parterre box
Essential story gets rather lost
26 Mar 18 / Express
A worthy production debut from Daniel Kramer’s team now that he has his feet under the table
21 Mar 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
More croce than delizia: Daniel Kramer’s new Traviata offers entertainment but little heart
20 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
The key performers are dangerously exposed
19 Mar 18 / The Times
Kramer's production ultimately seemed a little too eager, too desperate to please
19 Mar 18 / Opera Today
Daniel Kramer’s La traviata for English National Opera disappoints
19 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
By and large this is a cack-handed production
19 Mar 18 / Independent
Decadence and camp debauchery in a Verdi partyland
19 Mar 18 / The Guardian
ENO's disappointing new production of Verdi's popular crowd-puller
19 Mar 18 / What's on Stage
Daniel Kramer digs a grave for musical-theatre possibilities
18 Mar 18 / The Arts Desk
This Traviata is similarly jinxed
18 Mar 18 / Classical Source
There was no scandal here, just conventional operatic melodrama
18 Mar 18 / Telegraph
A Midsummer Night's Dream

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 17

Summer lovin’
20 Mar 18 / The Critics' Circle
A double helping of Titania, Bottom and friends
12 Mar 18 / The Observer
Notwithstanding the colourful costumes, this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has inert, unimaginative and superficial staging
11 Mar 18 / Daily Mail
The result brings joy to the heart
7 Mar 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
ENO’s excellent company performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
6 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
Bright-eyed and comic
6 Mar 18 / Financial Times (via Google)
Why did ENO bother to revive Robert Carsen’s limp Britten staging?
5 Mar 18 / The Times
A return to the world of sleep and dreams
5 Mar 18 / Planet Hugill
The perfect winter warmer, Robert Carsen's ageless production returns to ENO
3 Mar 18 / What's on Stage
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English National Opera reveals radical measures to transform shockingly white company.
28 Jan 2019 / The Guardian
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1 Oct 2018 / Evening Standard
ENO was the Quentin Tarantino of opera powerhouses-what happened?
With the white elephant venue of the Coliseum and falling audiences, a crisis is looming. It’s time for a mission rethink.
30 Jun 2018 / The Guardian