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Jenufa

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 21

Una Jenůfa pasiva y martirizada
19 Oct 21 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The wind cries Mary
16 Oct 21 / Leidmotief
Rencontre au sommet entre Asmik et Karita
15 Oct 21 / Forum Opéra
With remarkable performances from Mattila and Grigorian, musically there is no weak link in Royal Opera’s new Jenůfa
13 Oct 21 / Seen and Heard
Al termine applausi incalzanti e qualche standing ovation da parte di una sala gremita
11 Oct 21 / Connessi all'Opera
Intense and redemptive
11 Oct 21 / Planet Hugill
A dismal story transformed into a spectacular opera experience
6 Oct 21 / Brinkwire
An eighteen month delay but worth the wait for Jenůfa at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
4 Oct 21 / Opera Online (English)
Janáček’s rapturous masterpiece and a top cast withstand the Royal Opera’s rigid new production
3 Oct 21 / The Observer
Claus Guth’s masterful staging is here in triumph
3 Oct 21 / Classical Source
A taut and intensive new production from Claus Guth in London
2 Oct 21 / OperaWire
Claus Guth’s phenomenal Jenůfa showcases Asmik Grigorian’s remarkable Covent Garden debut
2 Oct 21 / Seen and Heard
After decades, a welcome return of Jenůfa to Covent Garden
1 Oct 21 / Music OMH
Mattila is formidable in new Janaček staging
30 Sep 21 / The Guardian
Asmik Grigorian carries the force of Greek myth in this flawless staging
30 Sep 21 / iNews
The orchestra under Henrik Nanasi’s direction plays a blinder
30 Sep 21 / Independent
Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian’s Covent Garden debut was eagerly anticipated - and she delivered
30 Sep 21 / Evening Standard
Mattila and Grigorian excel in the Claus Guth’s new production of Jenůfa at Covent Garden
30 Sep 21 / Opera Today
Accomplished performances
30 Sep 21 / The Stage
After 20 years, Jenůfa makes a triumphant return to Covent Garden
30 Sep 21 / Bachtrack
In London sind die Nächte wild
30 Sep 21 / BR-online
Rigoletto

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 18

The Royal Opera’s new Rigoletto has the casting is just right
12 Oct 21 / The Critics' Circle
See it while it’s still hot
30 Sep 21 / The Spectator
Lisette Oropesa è senza ombra di dubbio il pezzo forte del cast
21 Sep 21 / Connessi all'Opera
First new production of Rigoletto in twenty years at the Royal Opera House
20 Sep 21 / Opera Online (English)
One grisly moment aside, Oliver Mears’s first ROH production feels like a straightforward Rigoletto made to last
19 Sep 21 / The Observer
Antonio Pappano, Lisette Oropesa and Carlos Alvarez lead insightful New production
18 Sep 21 / OperaWire
A brilliant new production underlines just how relevant the opera is in today's world
18 Sep 21 / Broadway World
Rigoletto se burla del Covid
17 Sep 21 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Great new production of ‘Rigoletto’ reopens the Royal Opera
15 Sep 21 / The Article
Oropesa is a matchless Gilda in powerful new take on Verdi’s tragedy
15 Sep 21 / The Guardian
A wickedly effective new production
15 Sep 21 / iNews
Orchestra and chorus pass with flying colours, but tradition weighs heavy elsewhere
15 Sep 21 / The Arts Desk
Time will tell if Oliver Mears’s new Rigoletto for the Royal Opera will reveal more
15 Sep 21 / Seen and Heard
A triumphant full reopening of the Royal Opera House
15 Sep 21 / Classical Source
A strangely timeless, but nonetheless comfortingly familiar Rigoletto from The Royal Opera
15 Sep 21 / Music OMH
A superb drama of darkness and light
15 Sep 21 / Opera Today
Oliver Mears’ first production for the Royal Opera succeeds by taking Rigoletto seriously
15 Sep 21 / The Stage
A striking Rigoletto opens Oliver Mears' account at The Royal Opera
15 Sep 21 / Bachtrack
Die Zauberflöte

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 13

An engaging young Papageno and fine international cast, David McVicar's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte is in fine health at Covent Garden
27 Sep 21 / Planet Hugill
Zauberflöte lacks mysticism and magic
11 May 13 / Seen and Heard
This Die Zauberflöte may be fielding its ‘Cast B’, but it’s an ‘A’ team even so
6 May 13 / What's on Stage
The Royal Opera honours Sir Colin Davis with The Magic Flute
1 May 13 / Musical Criticism
With such a cast, McVicar's Flute really is Magic
25 Apr 13 / Express
A very strongly cast and thoroughly enjoyable revival.
23 Apr 13 / Opera Britannia
Is there a more crowd-pleasing opera than The Magic Flute?
23 Apr 13 / Telegraph
A fitting operatic memorial to Sir Colin Davis
20 Apr 13 / Seen and Heard
The highest accolades go to Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night
19 Apr 13 / Music OMH
Though musically strong and often visually arresting it is not quite a coherent whole
18 Apr 13 / Classical Source
Altogether, it’s a fine revival
18 Apr 13 / What's on Stage
It’s comic, grand and glittering, with great performances all round
18 Apr 13 / Londonist
Swift and energetic
18 Apr 13 / The Guardian
Die Zauberflöte

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Tenth revival of David McVicar’s The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera House
21 Sep 21 / Opera Online (English)
Two casts battle it out at The Royal Opera’s Magic Flute
20 Sep 21 / Music OMH
Excellent singing as the Royal Opera revives a rather tired production of Die Zauberflöte
19 Sep 21 / Seen and Heard
Sir David McVicar’s stagings of this opera of Mozart’s and of Le nozze di Figaro have become Covent Garden classics
19 Sep 21 / Classical Source
David McVicar's staging of The Magic Flute revived at the Royal Opera House
18 Sep 21 / Bachtrack
Covent Garden reprend, en forme musicale et lyrique avec La Flûte enchantée
18 Sep 21 / Olyrix
Don Giovanni

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A Mozart revival at the Royal Opera is more than welcome
14 Jul 21 / Music OMH
The Royal Opera’s Don rings a bell
11 Jul 21 / The Observer
Wonderfully sung and conducted Don Giovanni revival restores opera properly to Covent Garden
10 Jul 21 / Seen and Heard
The Royal Opera House raises the bar yet again with this performance of Don Giovanni
9 Jul 21 / A Younger Theatre
Dramatic darkness and vocal delights
8 Jul 21 / Opera Today
More dramma than giocoso: Kasper Holten's Don Giovanni returns to Covent Garden
7 Jul 21 / Bachtrack
La bohème

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Anna Princeva stars as a convincing Mimì in a Covid-adjusted La bohème revival at Covent Garden
27 Jun 21 / Seen and Heard
Covid, schmovid… The Royal Opera is back despite continuing restrictions
26 Jun 21 / Music OMH
Pared-down Puccini: The Royal Opera's La bohème gains new urgency
25 Jun 21 / Bachtrack
A potent, unsentimental but Covid-struck staging
22 Jun 21 / Evening Standard
Retooling ‘La Bohème’ for pandemic performances
Opera has been forced to forgo its love of packed stages, large orchestras and sold-out crowds, for now.
Danielle de Niese sang through pain of miscarriage
De Niese reveals she was in hospital hours before acclaimed performance in La Bohème at Royal Opera House.
La clemenza di Tito

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 15

¡Clemenza salerosa!
25 Jun 21 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
An opera with plenty of political machination
5 Jun 21 / The House
Audiences return to Covent Garden for Richard Jones’s new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito
24 May 21 / Seen and Heard
Ancient Rome crackles with emotion and nylon in Richard Jones’s rigorous new Mozart staging
23 May 21 / The Observer
Nicole Chevalier è una Vitellia dalle tinte estreme
23 May 21 / Connessi all'Opera
It didn’t really work
22 May 21 / The Article
A new La clemenza di Tito from Richard Jones at the ROH
21 May 21 / Opera Today
Royal Opera House returns with La Clemenza di Tito
20 May 21 / Express
Delight to be back, but modern-dress production fails to convince
19 May 21 / The Guardian
A problematic production saved by brilliant performances
19 May 21 / iNews
Un regreso eufórico
19 May 21 / ezanime
A missed opportunity in Covent Garden
19 May 21 / Telegraph
Mozart's hard-to-pace, musically masterful coronation opera has the right team
19 May 21 / The Arts Desk
Broadly persuasive but underwhelming
19 May 21 / The Stage
Royal Opera back in front of a live audience with political scheming... and football
19 May 21 / Bachtrack
Die sieben Todsunden

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Wit and style over sleaze
18 Apr 21 / The Observer
Modern morality tales mesh uneasily
13 Apr 21 / The Arts Desk
A queasy bittersweet double bill
13 Apr 21 / iNews
Imaginative and timely double bill
13 Apr 21 / The Guardian
Weill away your time with the Royal Opera’s thought-provoking The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel
13 Apr 21 / Seen and Heard
The Royal Opera's young artists excel in a Weill-Brecht double bill
13 Apr 21 / Bachtrack
Mahagonny Songspiel

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Wit and style over sleaze
18 Apr 21 / The Observer
Modern morality tales mesh uneasily
13 Apr 21 / The Arts Desk
A queasy bittersweet double bill
13 Apr 21 / iNews
Weill away your time with the Royal Opera’s thought-provoking The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel
13 Apr 21 / Seen and Heard
The Royal Opera's young artists excel in a Weill-Brecht double bill
13 Apr 21 / Bachtrack
Ariodante

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Handel’s Ariodante makes a captivating return to Covent Garden
29 Nov 20 / The Observer
A lockdown’s worth of intensity
25 Nov 20 / iNews
Excellent cast crowns The Royal Opera's Ariodante in concert
24 Nov 20 / Bachtrack
Paula Murrihy dazzles in Handel's dark drama
23 Nov 20 / The Guardian
Accomplished ensemble tries its best to cross the footlights in livestream-only Handel
23 Nov 20 / The Arts Desk
This was a truly lovely performance. A smashing ‘night out’
23 Nov 20 / Opera Today
Una buona esecuzione grazie a un cast ben assortito
23 Nov 20 / Connessi all'Opera
Handel's opera returns to Covent Garden after over 280 years with a terrific international cast
23 Nov 20 / Planet Hugill
Musical splendours in a wonderful performance of Handel’s Ariodante livestreamed from the Royal Opera House
22 Nov 20 / Seen and Heard
New Dark Age

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Un art en mutation
19 Nov 20 / Forum Opéra
A new opera that deserves more than one outing
30 Oct 20 / The Spectator
One must commend Covent Garden for committing its main stage, in these difficult times, to an out-and-out experimental programme
28 Oct 20 / Independent
A New Dark Age from three female composers is the Royal Opera’s requiem for the world we have lost in 2020
28 Oct 20 / Seen and Heard
Evening dedicated to female composers that felt like a space-filler
27 Oct 20 / iNews
Royal Opera's A New Dark Age is a powerful cantata for our time
27 Oct 20 / Bachtrack
Gewagte Mischungen in der Oper
27 Oct 20 / FAZ
Isolation meditations
26 Oct 20 / The Guardian
4/4

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A tasty four-course meal
22 Oct 20 / The Stage
A stripped-back return and a surprising reminder of what opera can do
20 Oct 20 / iNews
A live audience returns to Covent Garden, but those watching at home get the better deal
20 Oct 20 / Bachtrack
The Royal Opera’s 4/4 is a real cabinet of musical curiosities
20 Oct 20 / Seen and Heard
A powerhouse of a programme from the Royal Opera
19 Oct 20 / The Guardian
Desire, loss and lunacy in four surprising acts
19 Oct 20 / The Arts Desk
Fidelio

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 21

Lise Davidsen’s Fidelio is a treat
2 Aug 20 / The Reviews Hub
Lise Davidsen’s compellingly expressive singing doesn’t entirely rescue Tobias Kratzer’s Fidelio
28 Jul 20 / Seen and Heard
Delirios de grandeza, mediocridad y algo de talento
6 Apr 20 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Lise Davidsen was an overwhelmingly thrilling Leonore from start to finish
2 Apr 20 / Opera Now
«Fidelio» und die Krise: Wer rettet Florestan jetzt aus diesem Labyrinth?
27 Mar 20 / Neue Zürcher Zeitung
The playing was absolutely incandescent
13 Mar 20 / Music OMH
The new production at Covent Garden of Beethoven's only opera leavers a curious impression
12 Mar 20 / Express
Lise Davidsen, astre au zénith dans le Fidelio de Beethoven
10 Mar 20 / Diapason
Marzelline ou l'amour de l'humanité
10 Mar 20 / Wanderer
In chains and feeling below par, star attraction Jonas Kaufmann was eclipsed by the soaring power of Lise Davidsen
9 Mar 20 / The Observer
Musical peaks
9 Mar 20 / Planet Hugill
In scary times, opera has the power to cut through and set us free
7 Mar 20 / Evening Standard
Monumental Lise Davidsen dominates controversial production starring sick but solid Jonas Kaufmann
6 Mar 20 / OperaWire
Al termine della recita, applausi calorosi da una sala gremita per tutti gli interpreti
4 Mar 20 / Connessi all'Opera
Lise Davidsen is magnificent in the Royal Opera’s new Fidelio
4 Mar 20 / The Article
As they say in football, it’s a game of two halves
3 Mar 20 / Independent
An original take on Beethoven’s opera
3 Mar 20 / The Stage
Davidsen approaches greatness in uneven production
3 Mar 20 / The Guardian
Fitfully vivid singing in a dramatic void
3 Mar 20 / The Arts Desk
Incoherence mars ambitious interpretation of Beethoven’s only opera
3 Mar 20 / Morning Star Online
Leonore no.1: Lise Davidsen leads a revolutionary Fidelio at Covent Garden
3 Mar 20 / Bachtrack
Lise Davidsen on learning to handle the high life
Hailed as one of the greatest voices of her generation, the Norwegian soprano is taking on Beethoven’s freedom-loving heroine at Covent Garden. She talks about family, friends and facing her fears.
Royal Opera House sparks outrage over tickets for Fidelio
The Royal Opera House has sparked outrage after selling most of the tickets to its biggest show of 2020 - Fidelio starring Jonas Kaufmann - before they go on sale to the public.
Die Zauberflöte

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 11

The Magic Flute – our house to your house
21 Jun 20 / The Reviews Hub
Siobhan Stagg gave a glorious performance as Pamina
17 Oct 17 / Australian Book Review
Roderick Williams is irresistibly impressive as Papagano
7 Oct 17 / Morning Star Online
Radiant and eternal
25 Sep 17 / Opera Today
It still packs its punch
19 Sep 17 / Independent
The cast includes some class acts
18 Sep 17 / Music OMH
Roderick Williams’ charming birdcatcher leads a spirited revival of The Magic Flute at Covent Garden
15 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Julia Jones directs the Royal Opera in an extraordinary Die Zauberflöte
15 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
David McVicar's visually exquisite Enlightenment production returns in its sixth revival
14 Sep 17 / What's on Stage
Timelessly elegant
14 Sep 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
An evening of both intelligence and geniality
13 Sep 17 / Classical Source
Susanna

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Jette Parker Young Artists take centre-stage in Susanna at the Royal Opera House
23 Mar 20 / Opera Online (English)
UnHandelian star quality from Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha saves this endurance test
17 Mar 20 / The Arts Desk
Susanna finally returns to Covent Garden
16 Mar 20 / The Observer
Young artists shine in cluttered Handel staging
9 Mar 20 / The Guardian
A thought-provoking production of rare Handel is a mixed affair
9 Mar 20 / OperaWire
Handel’s Susanna returns to Covent Garden after 271 years in an enjoyable staging
7 Mar 20 / Seen and Heard
JPYA make a decent fist of Handel's Susanna in the Linbury Theatre
7 Mar 20 / Bachtrack
La Traviata

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Aleksandra Kurzak impresses in latest Covent Garden Traviata revival
16 Mar 20 / Bachtrack
Bella interpretazione per Hrachuhi Bassenz, Violetta intensa
7 Jan 20 / Operaclick (Italian)
Conductor, Daniel Oren time-beats as far away from the visceral intensity of Georg Solti as it's possible to imagine in La Traviata
29 Dec 19 / Daily Mail
Hrachuhi Bassenz powers through with solid support from Simon Keenlyside, Liparet Avetisyan, and Richard Eyre’s reliable production
25 Dec 19 / OperaWire
Can it really be 25 years since this production first graced the stage of the Royal Opera House?
21 Dec 19 / Classical Source
The power of this performance is testament to the longevity of the Royal Opera’s La traviata
20 Dec 19 / Seen and Heard
“Libiam!” Raising a glass to 25 years of Covent Garden's glorious Traviata
20 Dec 19 / Bachtrack
Una produzione che, per il momento, non ne vuole sapere di andare in pensione
20 Dec 19 / Connessi all'Opera
Beautiful voices are not enough
19 Dec 19 / The Stage
This much revived production deserves many plaudits, not least here for a show-stealing performance by Bassenz
19 Dec 19 / Morning Star Online
"If it's not broke, don't fix it!"
19 Dec 19 / Broadway World
Bassenz’s triumphant Violetta in Eyre’s timeless production
19 Dec 19 / Opera Today
‘It’s got everything’
Director Richard Eyre explains why his take on Verdi’s story of heartache and betrayal is still thrilling Covent Garden after a quarter of a century.
Alice's Adventures Under Ground

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 15

Alice’s Adventures Underground is wonderfully framed
14 Feb 20 / A Younger Theatre
In the pit, honours go to conductor Thomas Adès and The Royal Opera’s Orchestra
11 Feb 20 / Classical Source
For an hour’s giddy, family-friendly entertainment, it’s bliss
11 Feb 20 / The Critics' Circle
Gerald Barry brilliantly makes Lewis Carroll his own
10 Feb 20 / The Observer
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass as an opera is glorious
9 Feb 20 / Express
An unconventional rollercoaster ride of frenetic energy, madcap humour and increasingly unlikely classical music
9 Feb 20 / The Reviews Hub
Even crazier than the books
8 Feb 20 / Bachtrack
Gerald Barry’s kaleidoscopic Alice’s Adventures pushes musical boundaries at Covent Garden
7 Feb 20 / Seen and Heard
This bold, accessible and entertaining production will delight anyone who heeds the call to follow the White Rabbit
6 Feb 20 / Broadway World
A fine cast sent on a cacophonous helter-skelter ride to nowhere
6 Feb 20 / Telegraph
Alice's Adventures Underground is opera for the entire family
6 Feb 20 / Londonist
Deserves to become a modern classic
6 Feb 20 / The Stage
Just under an hour’s worth of unrelenting, unbridled madness
6 Feb 20 / The Upcoming
Brilliant in every surreal detail
6 Feb 20 / The Guardian
Alice aux pays des merveilles revisitée au Royal Opera House
6 Feb 20 / Olyrix
La bohème

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 12

La Bohème s’installe chaudement au Royal Opera House
7 Feb 20 / Olyrix
Royal Opera’s revival of La bohème sees Puccini emerge triumphant at Covent Garden
22 Jan 20 / Seen and Heard
Richard Jones’s snowy 2017 La bohème is settling in at Covent Garden
20 Jan 20 / The Observer
Beautiful, impactful and musically wonderful
19 Jan 20 / The Reviews Hub
L’intima Bohème firmata Jones inaugura il 2020 alla ROH
16 Jan 20 / Le Salon Musical
La Bohème à Londres, la fumée de mille cheminées
16 Jan 20 / Olyrix
Finely cast revival
14 Jan 20 / The Stage
Exuberant and persuasive revival performed with elan
14 Jan 20 / The Guardian
Richard Jones' La bohème returns to Covent Garden
13 Jan 20 / Opera Today
A well-balanced cast bring a sense of enjoyment to Richard Jones' highly theatrical production
13 Jan 20 / Planet Hugill
Garifullina's Musetta the highlight of Covent Garden's Bohème
13 Jan 20 / Bachtrack
In through one ear, out the other
12 Jan 20 / Telegraph
Otello

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 15

Keith Warner’s 2017 Otello returns to London’s Royal Opera House
26 Dec 19 / The Opera Critic
A strong cast for Verdi’s take on Shakespeare’s Otello
18 Dec 19 / The Article
Nel ruolo del titolo si impone uno strepitoso Gregory Kunde
16 Dec 19 / Connessi all'Opera
Verdi repressed in reductive production with disappointing turns from Kunde, Alvarez and Jaho
16 Dec 19 / OperaWire
Superb singing defies Warner’s uneven production
13 Dec 19 / Opera Today
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Verdi
13 Sep 2021 to 13 Mar 2022
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26 Oct to 17 Nov 2021
Verdi
16 to 30 Nov 2021
Puccini
5 Dec 2021 to 22 Feb 2022
Various
10 Dec 2021 to 3 Jan 2022
Verdi
20 Dec 2021 to 23 Jan 2022
Mozart
9 to 27 Jan 2022
Handel
31 Jan to 16 Feb 2022
Vivaldi
4 to 12 Feb 2022
Britten
17 to 31 Mar 2022
Verdi
1 to 18 Apr 2022
Wagner
19 Apr to 14 May 2022
Donizetti
3 to 20 May 2022
Stravinsky
12 to 28 May 2022
Schönberg
12 to 28 May 2022
Saint-Saens
26 May to 19 Jun 2022
Puccini
14 Jun to 6 Jul 2022
Coult
23 Jun 2022
Mozart
25 Jun to 9 Jul 2022
Mascagni
5 to 20 Jul 2022
Leoncavallo
5 to 20 Jul 2022
Bowler
5 to 11 Jul 2022
Verdi
12 to 24 Jul 2022
Verdi
19 to 22 Jul 2022

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Royal Opera House to re-evaluate repertoire
The Royal Opera House has announced that it will review its repertoire to reflect the new cultural sensibilities.
26 Oct 2021 / OperaWire
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The Royal Opera House has announced a Young ROH scheme, which will provide 30,000 subsidized tickets for people aged 16-25.
21 Aug 2021 / OperaWire
Royal Opera House to announce cinema program this September
The Royal Opera House has announced that it will be returning to 2,000 screens around the world for the 2021-22 season, and will announce details in September.
4 Aug 2021 / OperaWire