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22 January 2020

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Orphée

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

Orpheus at ENO: house of the dead
6 Dec 19 / Opera Now
Orpheus in London: Four Orpheus operas at the English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Orphée at English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / Express
There’s some gorgeous singing and playing
23 Nov 19 / Metro
Classic Cocteau film gets trademark treatment from Philip Glass
21 Nov 19 / Morning Star Online
Once again, the ENO turn out to be great advocates for the operas of Philip Glass
21 Nov 19 / Opera Journal
An intriguing, surreal conclusion to ENO’s Orpheus quartet
20 Nov 19 / The Article
It really is a feast for the ears and eyes. And enthralling drama.
19 Nov 19 / Classical Source
This is as opera noir it gets
19 Nov 19 / Opera Today
Disquieting and beautifully done
18 Nov 19 / The Guardian
Glass’s Cocteau adaptation may be marshmallowy, but this ENO production is good and sharp
18 Nov 19 / Telegraph
ENO’s production and performance of Glass’s Orphée has a vitality that almost throbs
18 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
The cast is well stocked with ENO regulars
18 Nov 19 / Music OMH
The Mask of Orpheus

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Orpheus at ENO: house of the dead
6 Dec 19 / Opera Now
Orpheus in London: Four Orpheus operas at the English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
This opera by the British composer Harrison Birtwistle is a complete mess - but a rather brilliant mess
3 Nov 19 / Express
Fontanals-Simmons and Hoare are standouts in ENO’s The Mask of Orpheus though orchestra gets glitterball
31 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Birtwistle's The Mask of Orpheus is anything but simple
31 Oct 19 / Opera Journal
Birtwistle’s Mask of Orpheus submerged by high camp spectacle
23 Oct 19 / The Article
ENO reinvents Birtwhistle’s Mask of Orpheus with clowns, latex and oodles of camp
22 Oct 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
Daniel Kramer's camp carnival defuses any focus in Birtwistle's bruising score
22 Oct 19 / The Arts Desk
Not for the first time, alas, ENO has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory
22 Oct 19 / Opera Today
A mysterious spectacle which pushes unusual emotional buttons
21 Oct 19 / Music OMH
Travesty of a production is nothing to laugh about
21 Oct 19 / The Guardian
For the average audience, this is a physical and mental ordeal
21 Oct 19 / Telegraph
Orphée aux Enfers

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Orpheus at ENO: house of the dead
6 Dec 19 / Opera Now
Orpheus in London: Four Orpheus operas at the English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Orphée aux Enfers, Offenbach version british à l'English National Opera
16 Nov 19 / Olyrix
To hell with it
16 Oct 19 / The Critics' Circle
Emma Rice’s #MeToo ENO Orpheus in the Underworld is bleached of all its inherent charm
14 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
A humourless hike to Hades
14 Oct 19 / Opera Today
The company has assembled a good ensemble of old pros and new blood, with interesting results
7 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Balloons for tutus and jarring tragedy
7 Oct 19 / The Guardian
Emma Rice’s misjudged production
7 Oct 19 / The Stage
Emma Rice's lively new production somewhat misses the point of Offenbach
7 Oct 19 / Planet Hugill
Lucia Lucas: Making UK operatic debut at the ENO
Lucia Lucas has entered into the history books by becoming the first transgender singer to perform with the English National Opera in London.
Orfeo ed Euridice

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 15

Orpheus at ENO: house of the dead
6 Dec 19 / Opera Now
Orpheus in London: Four Orpheus operas at the English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
To hell with it
16 Oct 19 / The Critics' Circle
Extraordinary colours and choreography in Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice
9 Oct 19 / The Article
Wayne McGregor’s ENO debut is all about the dance
7 Oct 19 / The Observer
Wayne McGregor's stylish take on Gluck's Orpheus, with Alice Coote in the title role, opens ENO's new season
7 Oct 19 / Planet Hugill
Gluck has got the ENO's Orpheus season off to a good start
5 Oct 19 / Express
A visually distinctive Orpheus and Eurydice from English National Opera
3 Oct 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
The cheerleaders flooding the auditorium in fawning support roared with support
3 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Wayne McGregor provides a striking staging
3 Oct 19 / The Guardian
Wayne McGregor’s reach-me-down choreography is an intrusive presence on stage
3 Oct 19 / Independent
Pellucid music and two heart-tugging leads let down by anodyne choreography
3 Oct 19 / Telegraph
Much to admire in ENOs staging of Orpheus and Eurydice
3 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Wayne McGregor's dance-opera opens ENO's 2019-20 season
3 Oct 19 / Opera Today
Wayne McGregor’s visually striking production
3 Oct 19 / The Stage
The Mikado

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Looks fresher than it feels
6 Nov 19 / The Stage
Jonathan Miller’s The Mikado returns once more to ENO but is showing its age
5 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
Noye's Fludde

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 7

A charming, heartfelt new production of Noye's Fludde that shows off Britten's skill in writing for children
11 Jul 19 / The Spectator
All aboard
9 Jul 19 / The Critics' Circle
Floods theatre with colour and a nervous moose
8 Jul 19 / The Guardian
A rousing, colourful production
7 Jul 19 / The Observer
An engaging production of Noye’s Fludde offers considerably more than the sum of its parts
6 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Two-by-two in Stratford East: Britten's Noye's Fludde on location
5 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
Lucky Stratford East to have such resources, talent and ambition in its midst
5 Jul 19 / Metro
Hansel und Gretel

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Midsummer may seem an odd time for a pantomime, but this production really works
21 Jun 19 / Express
ENO take fairytale opera and fly with it
19 Jun 19 / The Guardian
An enchanting Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Theatre
19 Jun 19 / Opera Today
ENO and the Open Air Theatre join forces for a lip-smacking Hansel and Gretel
19 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
A magical evening at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
19 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Dido and Aeneas

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Dido for generation Z
19 May 19 / The Observer
A fuzzy update of Purcell’s opera for a younger audience
16 May 19 / The Stage
Purcell's Queen comes over all Bridget Jones in incoherent staging
16 May 19 / The Guardian
Purcell's opera renamed and relocated by ENO and the Unicorn Theatre
16 May 19 / Bachtrack
Opera's Dido
From Queen of Carthage to single mum in Bermondsey.
Paul Bunyan

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A very up-market pantomime
17 May 19 / Express
ENO’s Paul Bunyan is a magnificent, hugely entertaining evening
16 May 19 / Seen and Heard
The cast is extremely strong
12 May 19 / Music OMH
Paul Bunyan is a strange hybrid of a piece
11 May 19 / Classical Source
Singing animals, heroic lumberjacks, pure melody and riotous entertainment in ENO's Paul Bunyan
11 May 19 / Bachtrack
Jack the Ripper

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Vocally it’s an operatic perfect storm
6 Apr 19 / Metro
ENO’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel gets lost in the Whitechapel maze
6 Apr 19 / Seen and Heard
ENO's Jack the Ripper needs to decide if it wants to be a gore-fest or social history
4 Apr 19 / The Spectator
A new opera tells the stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims
2 Apr 19 / The Economist
A crucial corrective that fails to match its ambition
2 Apr 19 / Independent
An impressive achievement
2 Apr 19 / Evening Standard
The casting of this production is absolutely first rate and redeems a production which splinters too often
2 Apr 19 / Opera Today
Iain Bell's new opera for ENO
2 Apr 19 / Bachtrack
An important addition to the operatic repertoire
1 Apr 19 / Classical Source
Draining the life out of a full-blooded story
1 Apr 19 / Telegraph
Murder victims refuse to come to life
1 Apr 19 / The Guardian
A limited achievement
1 Apr 19 / The Stage
The opera bringing dignity back to Jack the Ripper's victims
In The Women of Whitechapel, it is not the serial killer who’s the star, but three generations of formidable ENO singing talent evoking colourful lives in the slum streets he stalked.
Die Zauberflöte

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

McBurney has turned a great Mozart opera into something even greater
23 Mar 19 / Express
A Magic Flute for our times
20 Mar 19 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
ENO’s production of The Magic Flute feels like a surprisingly contemporary and immersive experience
19 Mar 19 / Gay Times
Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO
19 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Fine singing is the best feature of ENO’s Magic Flute revival
18 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
A strong cast in a highly engaging revival of Mozart's The Magic Flute from Simon McBurney, ENO & Complicité
18 Mar 19 / Planet Hugill
Simon McBurney’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute is quite the Gesamtkunstwerk
16 Mar 19 / Classical Source
Extraordinary revival conjures bond between performers and audience
16 Mar 19 / Independent
Akhnaten

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

In terms of musical and singing performances it was right on the mark
14 Mar 19 / Opera Journal
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
Die Lustige Witwe

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 14

ENO have had the courage to bring the tale up to date in glorious fashion
13 Mar 19 / Express
What a messy widow
13 Mar 19 / Daily Mail
Sarah Tynan’s star turn in The Merry Widow lifts a panto-style production let down by smutty jokes
11 Mar 19 / The Observer
A Widow without allure
6 Mar 19 / The Article
Vienna goes to Broadway for ENO's Merry Widow
5 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
The Merry Widow is a glorious and coarse love story
5 Mar 19 / Londonist
Piss poor
4 Mar 19 / The Critics' Circle
Glamorous, gaudy romcom with subversive spirit
4 Mar 19 / The Guardian
Topical ENO production that brings the house down
4 Mar 19 / Independent
Dancing beavers give ENO’s new The Merry Widow ooh la la!
4 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
A sparkling Merry Widow at ENO
4 Mar 19 / Opera Today
A sparkling new production which brings an element of farce to the comedy, but seems not yet quite in focus
4 Mar 19 / Planet Hugill
With this Merry Widow ENO has a potential hit on its hands
3 Mar 19 / Classical Source
It is in the orchestra pit that the real star of Max Webster’s new take on The Merry Widow resides
3 Mar 19 / The Reviews Hub
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
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News & Articles

The jury's out on ENO's bold Orpheus-fest
It was brave of English National Opera to schedule four operas about Orpheus this autumn. The outcome has been decidedly mixed reviews.
11 Nov 2019 / The Observer
ENO names Annilese Miskimmon as new artistic director
ENO has announced the Belfast-born director will replace Daniel Kramer in 2020, with a remit to broaden opera’s audience.
9 Oct 2019 / The Guardian
Lucia Lucas: Making UK operatic debut at the ENO
Lucia Lucas has entered into the history books by becoming the first transgender singer to perform with the English National Opera in London.
6 Oct 2019 / BBC News
English National Opera is changing its free-seat policy
Chorus of rage as ENO gives critics’ coveted extra tickets to young bloggers.
8 Sep 2019 / The Observer
English National Opera announces new Harewood Artists
English National Opera (ENO) has announced that Claire Barnett-Jones and John Findon are to become ENO Harewood Artists.
10 Aug 2019 / Opera Now