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20 April 2019

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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
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
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Performance schedule
Purcell
11 May to 2 Jun 2019
Britten
3 to 12 Jul 2019
Gluck
1 Oct to 19 Nov 2019
Offenbach
5 Oct to 28 Nov 2019
Birtwistle
18 Oct to 13 Nov 2019
Gilbert & Sullivan
28 Oct to 30 Nov 2019
Glass
15 to 29 Nov 2019
Bizet
29 Jan to 27 Feb 2020
Verdi
12 Feb to 6 Mar 2020
Puccini
26 Feb to 17 Apr 2020
Mozart
14 Mar to 18 Apr 2020
Dvorak
28 Mar to 15 Apr 2020

News & Articles

Daniel Kramer leaves ENO
A remarkable talent out of step with the English arts establishment.
18 Apr 2019 / Telegraph
A welcome return for Birtwistle as ENO focuses on Orpheus myth
The 19/20 season looks set to reinvigorate the opera company’s repertoire, and, while a strong showing of women directors and conductors is welcome, why no new commissions?
4 Apr 2019 / The Guardian
'Preserved in aspic': opera embarks on diversity drive
English National Opera reveals radical measures to transform shockingly white company.
28 Jan 2019 / The Guardian
ENO to give under-18s free Saturday night tickets
English National Opera announces ‘seismic’ initiative to lure next generation of customers.
18 Dec 2018 / The Guardian
English National Opera
As ENO marks 50 years at the Coliseum, is it time to move on?
5 Oct 2018 / Telegraph