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15 December 2018

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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
A mesmerising performance
20 Nov 18 / Londonist
This tale of suffering and the struggle to understand the reason for it was superb
20 Nov 18 / Independent
Inspiration eludes Kramer in Britten's War Requiem at English National Opera
20 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
Staging Britten's choral masterpiece brings uncertain rewards
20 Nov 18 / The Guardian
Staging Britten's War Requiem
20 Nov 18 / Opera Today
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
Staging the unstageable, Daniel Kramer and ENO's striking version of Britten's large-scale concert work
19 Nov 18 / Planet Hugill
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
This delightful production of La Bohème is the alternative Christmas show you need
2 Dec 18 / The Reviews Hub
A stylish La bohème
2 Dec 18 / The Sunday Times
La Bohème brings a biting Paris winter to life on the London stage
30 Nov 18 / Londonist
Jonathan Miller's La bohème returns to the Coliseum
30 Nov 18 / Opera Today
Authoritative staging of a masterpiece that continues to surprise
28 Nov 18 / Telegraph
Surefire revival touches the heights
28 Nov 18 / The Guardian
A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw soars in revival of ENO's Bohème
28 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
Its restraint combines humour, well-defined characterisations and a slow release of emotional tension
28 Nov 18 / Classical Source
ENO on top form for welcome resurrection of Miller’s popular La bohème
28 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
A wonderful evening under the baton of Alexander Joel
28 Nov 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
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
Fine ENO cast but as Catfish Row comes to the Coliseum perhaps Porgy and Bess is too ‘traditional’
15 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
Full of good things
15 Oct 18 / Planet Hugill
You can almost hear the heat
13 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Knock-out choruses but a hollow core
13 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Some first-night caution aside, this will shape up to be one of the company’s signature productions
13 Oct 18 / Classical Source
With John Wilson, Gershwin's music is the winner at ENO's Porgy and Bess
13 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
The chorus are like the best gospel choir you’ve ever heard
13 Oct 18 / The Times
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 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
29 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
A superbly cogent piece of theatre
27 Oct 18 / The Guardian
David Alden's fine Lucia returns to ENO
27 Oct 18 / Opera Today
A blazing revival of a masterpiece
27 Oct 18 / Telegraph
There is blood, there is thunder, there is incest, sacrifice, death and madness
27 Oct 18 / OperaWire
English National Opera revives Lucia di Lammermoor in chilling style
27 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
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
English National Opera's production is psychologically acute but dramaturgically flawed
2 Oct 18 / Evening Standard
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
ENO's Salome both intrigues and bewilders
1 Oct 18 / Opera Today
A cold-hearted, half-baked conceptual riff on an opera that should leave you shattered
1 Oct 18 / The Times
Petals, porn and dead ponies give Strauss a feminist reboot
1 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Vividly theatrical, lyrically sung, but....
1 Oct 18 / Planet Hugill
Visually arresting, but decidedly peculiar
1 Oct 18 / The Stage
Inertia kills strong stage pictures, decent singing and a bejewelled orchestra
30 Sep 18 / The Arts Desk
Big on gesture but short on enlightenment
30 Sep 18 / Classical Source
The excellent cast captures the audience from the start
30 Sep 18 / The Upcoming
A baffling, feminine interpretation of Strauss
30 Sep 18 / Telegraph
Headless horses with floral innards in theatre of the absurd
30 Sep 18 / Independent
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
Embrace the chaos and there’s fun to be had
5 Sep 18 / The Times
New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's
5 Sep 18 / Bachtrack
Britten's first opera is still a joyful spectacle of youthful exuberance
5 Sep 18 / Telegraph
Jamie Manton’s wonderfully alive staging of Paul Bunyan for ENO
5 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
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
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
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
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
By and large this is a cack-handed production
19 Mar 18 / Independent
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
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
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
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
Iolanthe

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
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As ENO marks 50 years at the Coliseum, is it time to move on?
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ENO bans food and drink
English National Opera bans food and drink after audience members smuggle vodka in water bottles.
1 Oct 2018 / Evening Standard
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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.
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