Royal College of Music - London
21 October 2017

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Les Mamelles de Tiresias

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 2

Two short stage-works at either end of the French comic spectrum
5 Jul 17 / Classical Source
A French double-bill at the Royal College of Music
1 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Une Education Manquée

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 2

Two short stage-works at either end of the French comic spectrum
5 Jul 17 / Classical Source
A French double-bill at the Royal College of Music
1 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Les Fêtes d'Hébé

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 10

This ambitious production offered visual and aural enjoyment
10 Apr 17 / Opera Today
Rameau’s music is beautiful and plangent at times but his mythological subject matter is not involving
9 Apr 17 / Express
Rameau wanted to charm and delight, and this succeeds
8 Apr 17 / The Guardian
Les Fêtes d'Hébé is an unconvincing, unexceptional opéra-ballet
8 Apr 17 / Telegraph
Lebrun’s rather basic choreography proves curate’s-eggish
8 Apr 17 / Independent
Jonathan Williams is one of the top Rameau experts in the country – and it showed
8 Apr 17 / Valeria Vescina
A for effort, but mixed achievement for an ambitious Les fêtes d'Hébé
7 Apr 17 / Bachtrack
This charming production erfectly captured the élan of the original
7 Apr 17 / The Times
Performances of Rameau's operas remain scarce, especially in the UK
7 Apr 17 / Classical Source
A production of Rameau’s opera that was a pleasing example of European co-operation
7 Apr 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé: making a song and dance about it
It’s taken almost 300 years for the French composer’s genre-crossing opéra-ballet to come to the UK, with a Royal College of Music staging opening tomorrow. Why the wait?
La finta giardiniera

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 3

Fehr has created a beguiling comic caper
6 Dec 16 / Opera Today
Ensemble was tight throughout
6 Dec 16 / Boulezian
Michael Rosewell conducted with meticulous control
6 Dec 16 / Classical Source
Hansel und Gretel

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 3

Myriddin Wannell’s designs featuring video cartoons of dismembered and tortured dolls are gruesome indeed
17 Jul 16 / Express
Outstanding, definitive Hänsel und Gretel at RCM worth seeing twice
7 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Out of all the deprivation and greed, the four main roles made their mark
7 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Ariodante

Royal College of Music


London Handel Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Worth attending purely to hear British players under Laurence Cummings’ direction
18 Mar 16 / Opera Britannia
Laurence Cummings urged the proceedings onwards at a brisk lick
15 Mar 16 / Opera Today
Well-sung but badly directed
14 Mar 16 / Independent
Katie Coventry easily secured the fireworks of Ariodante's part
10 Mar 16 / Classical Source
Ariodante at the RCM: in which technique is not enough
10 Mar 16 / Bachtrack
Die Fledermaus

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 2

Cast B was thoroughly well rehearsed and completely at ease with their characters
27 Nov 15 / Classical Source
Peaches and Cream: A frothy Fledermaus at the Royal College of Music
26 Nov 15 / Bachtrack
Albert Herring

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 3

A very wicked village
7 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Strikingly imaginative version of this modern classic
6 Jul 15 / Planet Hugill
Nick Pritchard’s Albert easily presided over the whole evening
4 Jul 15 / Classical Source
Adriano in Siria

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 7

Entertaining, absorbing and much more than a scholar’s pet
23 Apr 15 / The Spectator
Dramatic revival
20 Apr 15 / Planet Hugill
A worthy revival of J.C. Bach's Adriano in Siria by Classical Opera
18 Apr 15 / Bachtrack
An assured account of JC Bach’s forgotten work
17 Apr 15 / The Guardian
As Adriano, mezzo-soprano Rowan Hellier was appropriately restless and headstrong
17 Apr 15 / Opera Today
The music itself is hardly a forgotten gem
17 Apr 15 / Classical Source
The ‘London’ Bach opera was last performed 250 years ago
16 Apr 15 / Independent
Giove in Argo

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 8

A lost Handel opera proves a revelation
30 Mar 15 / The Observer
An evening of sheer delight
29 Mar 15 / Express
Lost in the woods
27 Mar 15 / Bachtrack
Opera compiled from Handel’s earlier arias returns to the London stage for the first time in 276 years
27 Mar 15 / The Stage
The most exciting revelation of all was the singing of Russian, soprano, Galina Averina
27 Mar 15 / Opera Britannia
An outstanding cast brings plenty of charisma to this sexy, unsettling piece of music theatre
26 Mar 15 / The Guardian
The first modern-day performance of a little-known Handel opera
25 Mar 15 / What's on Stage
Cummings and his ensemble amply demonstrated its musical quality and dramatic viability
25 Mar 15 / Classical Source
Die Zauberflöte

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 1

Singing is in fine voice at the Royal College of Music, to judge from its Magic Flute
27 Nov 14 / Classical Source
Arianna in Creta

Royal College of Music


London Handel Festival


No. of reviews: 5

A wonderful evening featuring young soloists garnered from the Royal College’s International Opera School
17 Mar 14 / Opera Britannia
The opera reminded us why it is often neglected but the heroic arias are among Handel’s best
8 Mar 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
This production makes a strong case for its revival
6 Mar 14 / The Stage
All lovers of Baroque opera should see this Handelian rarity
5 Mar 14 / Classical Source
This opera's characters and drama are far from convincing, but it was beautifully performed
5 Mar 14 / The Guardian
La Vie Parisienne

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 1

If operetta floats your boat, this production is worth catching
28 Jun 13 / Classical Source
L'incoronazione di Poppea

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 2

Monteverdi’s shabby little shocker in high places is a sitting duck for radical rethinking
4 Dec 12 / Classical Source
Monteverdi masterpiece with Lulu-like heroine
30 Nov 12 / Seen and Heard
Le nozze di Figaro

Royal College of Music


No. of reviews: 2

A ‘traditional’ Le Nozze di Figaro
3 Jul 12 / Seen and Heard
This is a Figaro that presses all the right buttons
2 Jul 12 / Classical Source
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Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé: making a song and dance about it
It’s taken almost 300 years for the French composer’s genre-crossing opéra-ballet to come to the UK, with a Royal College of Music staging opening tomorrow. Why the wait?
5 Apr 2017 / The Guardian