Royal Academy Opera - London
18 September 2020

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Chérubin

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Anthony Legge conducted a thrusting and energetic account of the score
17 Mar 20 / Classical Source
Massenet’s Chérubin charms at Royal Academy Opera
16 Mar 20 / Opera Today
An entirely delightful way to spend an evening, two hours away from the doom & gloom swirling around us
16 Mar 20 / Planet Hugill
Die Zauberflöte

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 1

An absorbing and enjoyable evening
18 Nov 19 / Classical Source
The Cunning Little Vixen

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A life-affirming Vixen at the Royal Academy of Music
28 May 19 / Opera Today
Iolanta

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Much to savour in the Royal Academy’s Tchaikovsky and Ravel double bill
25 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
New perceptions: a Royal Academy Opera double bill
22 Mar 19 / Opera Today
Emotion and mayhem: a golden double bill from Royal Academy Opera
21 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Tchaikovsky’s final opera Iolanta continues to linger on the fringes of the repertoire
20 Mar 19 / Classical Source
L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Much to savour in the Royal Academy’s Tchaikovsky and Ravel double bill
25 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
A slightly unlikely but highly satisfying double bill, with superbly engaging performance
25 Mar 19 / Planet Hugill
New perceptions: a Royal Academy Opera double bill
22 Mar 19 / Opera Today
Emotion and mayhem: a golden double bill from Royal Academy Opera
21 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
A winner choice for college opera
20 Mar 19 / Classical Source
Semele

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Royal Academy's Semele offers 'endless pleasures'
17 Nov 18 / Opera Today
By Jove! A terrific Semele at the Royal Academy of Music
16 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
Olivia Fuchs' production of Semele falls back on some basic dramaturgical clichés
16 Nov 18 / Classical Source
The ‘endless pleasure’ of Semele brought to life at the Royal Academy of Music
16 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
Flight

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Lively and very funny, Jonathan Dove's opera opens the Royal Academy of Music's new theatre
26 Mar 18 / Planet Hugill
Jonathan Dove’s terrific airport opera opened an exciting new space
19 Mar 18 / The Observer
Jonathan Dove’s well-travelled airport comedy receives a fizzing, funny staging with passages of perfectly choreographed farce
14 Mar 18 / The Times
Dove's Flight takes off superbly to launch Royal Academy's new theatre
14 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
Don Giovanni

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Gareth Hancock and the Royal Academy of Music Opera give Don Giovanni a "Day of the Dead" makeover
24 Nov 17 / Evening Standard
The Threepenny Opera

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 3

A sardonic tirade
20 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Walter Sutcliffe directs a visually striking production
19 Jun 17 / Classical Source
A sardonic tirade: Royal Academy tackles The Threepenny Opera
17 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Orphée aux Enfers

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Riotous journey to the Underworld
6 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
Alcina

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Three cheers once again to a Royal Academy Opera performance of the highest order
1 Nov 16 / Boulezian
Alcina’s enchanted island relocates to S&M club in RAM’s compelling production
30 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
A wonderfully audacious production of Handel’s Alcina
26 Oct 16 / Classical Source
May Night

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Gareth Hancock tackles Rimsky-Korsakov’s inimitable score with verve
13 Mar 16 / Express
A very good choice for Royal Academy Opera
11 Mar 16 / Opera Today
Royal Academy Opera shines in a Rimsky-Korsakov rarity
10 Mar 16 / Seen and Heard
A rite of spring: Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night
10 Mar 16 / Bachtrack
Le nozze di Figaro

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 4

The young singers show considerable promise
9 Nov 15 / Express
Janet Suzman’s Marriage of Figaro for Royal Academy Opera is full of divine and sexy detail
6 Nov 15 / The Spectator
A marriage of youth and experience: Mozart's Figaro in Hackney
3 Nov 15 / Bachtrack
Royal Academy present outstanding Figaro set in Cuba
2 Nov 15 / Seen and Heard
The Rake's Progress

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Fine staging and performance of The Rake’s Progress
21 Mar 15 / Seen and Heard
Blue lips and beards
20 Mar 15 / Bachtrack
The Royal Academy’s Rake’s Progress wins hands down in the war against idle pleasures
19 Mar 15 / The Spectator
Suor Angelica

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Two-thirds of Puccini’s triptych made for yet another excellent evening at the Royal Academy of Music
25 Nov 14 / Boulezian
Academy’s young singers impress in Puccini operas
24 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
The Royal Academy of Music’s Puccini double bill presents the saddest and the funniest of the composer’s one-acters
23 Nov 14 / Express
Puccini is in safe hands at the Royal Academy
23 Nov 14 / The Observer
A well-directed, high quality ensemble performance which didn’t quite hit the vocal heights
19 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
Gianni Schicchi

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Two-thirds of Puccini’s triptych made for yet another excellent evening at the Royal Academy of Music
25 Nov 14 / Boulezian
Academy’s young singers impress in Puccini operas
24 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
The Royal Academy of Music’s Puccini double bill presents the saddest and the funniest of the composer’s one-acters
23 Nov 14 / Express
Puccini is in safe hands at the Royal Academy
23 Nov 14 / The Observer
Haobin Wang entertains as Gianni Schicchi at Royal Academy
19 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
The Rape of Lucretia

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Britten’s blank postcard from Belsen
25 May 14 / Bachtrack
Ariodante

Royal Academy Opera


London Handel Festival


No. of reviews: 1

On the whole this production cohered as another, highly creditable, venture
22 Mar 14 / Classical Source
The Lighthouse

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 2

All three singers made an overwhelming impact
19 May 13 / Classical Source
Not the most obvious of pairings
19 May 13 / Seen and Heard
Dido and Aeneas

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Ramster kept to simple, rather baroque formality in the Purcell
19 May 13 / Classical Source
Not the most obvious of pairings
19 May 13 / Seen and Heard
Eugene Onegin

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Reason over passion
27 Mar 13 / The Spectator
Romantic glow to Royal Academy’s Onegin
16 Mar 13 / Seen and Heard
La vera costanza

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Trevor Pinnock led a gripping account of the score
28 Nov 12 / Boulezian
The first cast was strong as you could wish
28 Nov 12 / Musical Pointers
Pinnock Makes convincing case for Haydn’s La vera constanza
22 Nov 12 / Seen and Heard
Mansfield Park

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Mansfield Park suffered from the impossibility for sopranos to get their words across inhigh register
20 May 12 / Musical Pointers
Die Zauberflöte

Royal Academy Opera


No. of reviews: 3

One of the principal joys of visiting Royal Academy Opera is to witness young singers at the beginning of their careers
19 Mar 12 / Boulezian
Not one for the children...
17 Mar 12 / Musical Pointers
Barlow’s staging sustains an exclusively high level of light-hearted, cynical send-up
14 Mar 12 / Classical Source
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