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14 August 2018

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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
Not enough spookiness at ghostly chamber opera that hints at child abuse
29 Jun 18 / Ham&High
A spook in the park that’s beautiful listening
29 Jun 18 / A Younger Theatre
Toby Purser conducts with authority and sensitivity
28 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Knocking it out the (Regent's) Park
28 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
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
The singing is superb and one sensed that every member of the capacity audience was spellbound if not spooked
27 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Britten's opera chills the spine as darkness falls
26 Jun 18 / The Guardian
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
Le nozze di Figaro

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 9

An unusually strong cast makes up for muddy staging
6 Apr 18 / Independent
A reasonably safe, crowd-pleasing production enhanced by engaging performances
4 Apr 18 / The Stage
This is exactly what the English National Opera should be doing
4 Apr 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
ENO stimulates with revival of Mozart’s The Marriago of Figaro
2 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
A very humane comedy
2 Apr 18 / Planet Hugill
Lust and labyrinths
2 Apr 18 / Bachtrack
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
Kramer's production ultimately seemed a little too eager, too desperate to please
19 Mar 18 / Opera Today
Decadence and camp debauchery in a Verdi partyland
19 Mar 18 / The Guardian
Daniel Kramer’s La traviata for English National Opera disappoints
19 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
The key performers are dangerously exposed
19 Mar 18 / The Times
ENO's disappointing new production of Verdi's popular crowd-puller
19 Mar 18 / What's on Stage
By and large this is a cack-handed production
19 Mar 18 / Independent
There was no scandal here, just conventional operatic melodrama
18 Mar 18 / Telegraph
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
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
Bright-eyed and comic
6 Mar 18 / Financial Times (via Google)
ENO’s excellent company performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
6 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
A return to the world of sleep and dreams
5 Mar 18 / Planet Hugill
Why did ENO bother to revive Robert Carsen’s limp Britten staging?
5 Mar 18 / The Times
A faithful version of the play with added humour
3 Mar 18 / Express
You can't see the forest for the very stylish trees
3 Mar 18 / Evening Standard
Carsen's classic staging makes a welcome return
3 Mar 18 / The Guardian
Robert Carsen's A Midsummer Night's Dream returns to ENO
3 Mar 18 / Opera Today
The perfect winter warmer, Robert Carsen's ageless production returns to ENO
3 Mar 18 / What's on Stage
The latest revival of Robert Carsen’s production confirms its theatrical brilliance
3 Mar 18 / The Stage
With sigh-inducing simplicity, Carsen’s production covers Shakespeare’s big themes
3 Mar 18 / Classical Source
The perfect antidote to a cold winter's evening
3 Mar 18 / Telegraph
Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream
3 Mar 18 / Bachtrack

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 15

Un bain d’humour britannique
6 Mar 18 / ConcertoNet (French)
Fairy bad
23 Feb 18 / The Critics' Circle
Here is staging and performance deserving the full support of the Arts Council
21 Feb 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A bring-the-whole-family production
20 Feb 18 / Express
An opera with a cast that is pretty close to perfect
19 Feb 18 / Express
The production feels very fresh at the moment and it needs to stay that way
16 Feb 18 / Music OMH
Director Cal McCrystal never knows when to stop, diverting too much attention from the music and lyrics
15 Feb 18 / The Times
ENO rendition of Gilbert & Sullivan opera is a second-class show
15 Feb 18 / Evening Standard
A colourful, exuberant riot
15 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
The first two acts are nowhere near funny enough
15 Feb 18 / Independent
The new Gilbert and Sullivan offering from English National Opera is sheer bliss
15 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
Could prove just the big hit that ENO needs
15 Feb 18 / Telegraph
The staging is particularly arresting visually
15 Feb 18 / Classical Source
House of Lords satire bursts with frothy exuberance
15 Feb 18 / The Guardian
Cal McCrystal’s new production relishes the topsy-turvy world where peris consort with peri-wigs
15 Feb 18 / Opera Today

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 13

Perfectly thought-through and immaculately staged
12 Feb 18 / Express
A persistent meditative state
9 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
A masterclass in suggestion and imagination
8 Feb 18 / The Guardian
This choral work raises us from the cares of life to something etherea
7 Feb 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A largely new cast and conductor bring something very special to this seminal work
6 Feb 18 / Opera Today
Toby Spence is the perfect Gandhi
6 Feb 18 / Independent
When the Glass feels half full
5 Feb 18 / Telegraph
The images and icons that the Improbable team create with the simplest materials are astonishing
5 Feb 18 / The Times
Remarkable, thought-provoking Satyagraha from ENO
5 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
Toby Spence brings off the potent force of Gandhi’s non-violent personality patiently and skilfully
3 Feb 18 / Classical Source
Phelim McDermott’s staging of Philip Glass’ Gandhi opera once again provides an unforgettable experience
3 Feb 18 / The Stage
Philip Glass's Gandhi opera is revived by English National Opera for the third time
3 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
As mesmerising as ever
3 Feb 18 / Financial Times (via Google)

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 22

Hitch free
29 Nov 17 / The Critics' Circle
Création mondiale de Marnie au London Coliseum
24 Nov 17 / Opera Online
Marnie, création mondiale de Nico Muhly à l'ENO
23 Nov 17 / ResMusica
This production by Broadway veteran Michael Mayer, making his first entry into opera, is outstanding
22 Nov 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of Winston Graham's novel
21 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
Well-intentioned remake falls short of Hitchcock’s thriller
21 Nov 17 / Evening Standard
A psychological maze at English National Opera
21 Nov 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Nico Muhly’s Marnie for ENO returns to England and loses the plot
21 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Where Marnie is an unqualified triumph is in its direction and sets
21 Nov 17 / Opera Today
A new large-scale opera from ENO in a distinguished staging by Michael Mayer
21 Nov 17 / What's on Stage
Muhly's operatic thriller sounds great but lacks the twists and turns of Hitchcock's iconic film version
21 Nov 17 / Time Out
An uneasy and uneven transition to the stage
21 Nov 17 / Independent
Elina Makropoulos chez Hitchcock
21 Nov 17 / Forum Opéra
If you've seen Hitchcock's Marnie then this ENO adaptation will only disappoint you
20 Nov 17 / Telegraph
Nico Muhly’s new opera is an outstanding achievement and a major success for its composer and ENO
20 Nov 17 / The Stage
Marnie’s music-generating potential is undeniable, but Muhly hasn’t quite distilled her tragedy and detachment
20 Nov 17 / Classical Source
Nico Muhly's 'Marnie' brings Hitchcock into the 21st century
20 Nov 17 / New York Times
Despite some fine singing, Nico Muhly’s new opera about a troubled kleptomaniac is turgid and untheatrical
20 Nov 17 / The Times
Nico Muhly's psycho thriller sounds beautiful but fails to thrill
20 Nov 17 / The Guardian
Disappointingly, it lacks the necessary engagement and thrill to make it a classic
20 Nov 17 / Broadway World
Hyped new opera doesn’t hit the heights
20 Nov 17 / The Arts Desk
Grand dramatic sweep and an elusive heroine
20 Nov 17 / Planet Hugill

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 13

Under baroque specialist Christian Curnyn, the orchestra of ENO plays Rodelinda’s sublime score to perfection
5 Nov 17 / Express
Richard Jones' Rodelinda given a strong revival by ENO
3 Nov 17 / The Opera Critic
A terrific performance under the baton of Christian Curnyn, deservedly cheered by the audience
1 Nov 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Rebecca Evans’s impassioned voice of many colours perfectly suits Rodelinda’s wide-ranging music
31 Oct 17 / The Times
Rebecca Evans as Rodelinda delivers her solos with consummate control
31 Oct 17 / Independent
One of those evenings at the opera which sends everyone away smiling
31 Oct 17 / Express
Musical triumph beset by problematic staging
30 Oct 17 / Seen and Heard
Richard Jones's Rodelinda returns to ENO
30 Oct 17 / Opera Today
The production might be designed for those who dislike Handel opera, but the performances are astonishing
30 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
Top-notch cast embrace dark vision of Handel
28 Oct 17 / The Guardian
A remarkably inventive, often dark yet entertaining staging
28 Oct 17 / Classical Source
A Rodelinda to be applauded warmly
28 Oct 17 / Telegraph
ENO revives Richard Jones's 2014 production with an outstanding cast
28 Oct 17 / What's on Stage

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 18

Neuproduktion von Verdis Aida an der English National Opera
30 Oct 17 / Oper Aktuell
Variable evening but delivers the goods musically
9 Oct 17 / Express
A bonkers Aida at the ENO
5 Oct 17 / The Spectator
Verdi’s Aida has always been seen as one of the grandest of grand operas
4 Oct 17 / Express
This was very much Aida's evening
4 Oct 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Verdi vies with Cirque du Soleil in a silky but Improbable ENO Aida
4 Oct 17 / Seen and Heard
Aida opens the season at ENO
3 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Strong singing and stage spectacle
2 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
a musical and visual spectacle
2 Oct 17 / The Stage
Fine singing, shame about the hats
1 Oct 17 / The Observer
Scrims, somersaults and a singing serviette in Phelim McDermott's new Aida for ENO
30 Sep 17 / What's on Stage
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News & Articles

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
Fresh crisis at English National Opera as key figure quits
Producing director Terri-Jayne Griffin to leave, with others claiming ENO ‘lacks ambition’.
20 Jun 2018 / The Guardian
Opera chiefs extend ‘elitist’ ban on drinks
English National Opera has bowed to criticism of its decision to ban those watching musicals from taking in food or drink and has now widened the policy to all audience members.
12 May 2018 / The Times
Risk and revivals – ENO's new season gets the balance right
Martyn Brabbins and Daniel Kramer’s English National Opera programme is a wise blend of mainstream and leftfield, with Iain Bell a safe pair of hands for the Jack the Ripper opera.
2 May 2018 / The Guardian
Wow factor: ENO boss Daniel Kramer
Daniel Kramer on running the ENO, recovering from a breakdown and giving audiences 'the party of the century.'
16 Mar 2018 / Evening Standard

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