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La bohème

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 11

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
La Traviata

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 11

Bella interpretazione per Hrachuhi Bassenz, Violetta intensa
7 Jan 20 / Operaclick (Ita)
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.
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
Covent Garden does glorious justice to this fine work
12 Dec 19 / Express
Kunde, Jaho, and Pappano make Warner’s Otello at Covent Garden show what great opera is all about
12 Dec 19 / Seen and Heard
A production which mostly depends upon three starry performances for its success
11 Dec 19 / Music OMH
A production that underwhelms
11 Dec 19 / Broadway World
Three outstanding performances from production's Iago, Otello and Desdemona
11 Dec 19 / Independent
This ugly production lacks grandeur
11 Dec 19 / Telegraph
A strong cast in a lacklustre production
11 Dec 19 / The Stage
The ugly truth about Otello at the Royal Opera House
11 Dec 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
“Esultate!” Kunde's Otello impresses at Covent Garden
11 Dec 19 / Bachtrack
Antonio Pappano’s account of the score bristles and blisters excitingly
11 Dec 19 / Classical Source
Death in Venice

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

¡La muerte se divierte!
19 Dec 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
La decontestualizzazione di Death in Venice
4 Dec 19 / Le Salon Musical
Royal crush
3 Dec 19 / The Critics' Circle
Mark Padmore and Gerald Finley are otherworldly in Britten masterwork
2 Dec 19 / OperaWire
In a rich week of Britten, his glittering final opera overflows with feeling in David McVicar’s impressive new production
1 Dec 19 / The Observer
Handsome and revivable but I wasn't moved
28 Nov 19 / The Spectator
The new staging of Britten’s final opera is a sell out
27 Nov 19 / The Article
Death in Venice a disconcerting but beautiful opera
26 Nov 19 / Gay Times
Mark Padmore’s Aschenbach is a rather modern interpretation
25 Nov 19 / Classical Source
A fluent and fluid production
25 Nov 19 / Planet Hugill
Death in Venice comes home in style to the Royal Opera House
25 Nov 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
Mark Padmore regala un’interpretazione magistrale del ruolo del titolo
24 Nov 19 / Connessi all'Opera
There are no weak links
23 Nov 19 / Metro
Britten's opera dazzles and glows
23 Nov 19 / The Guardian
It's quite a show
23 Nov 19 / Broadway World
Great Britten: Death in Venice returns to Covent Garden in superb new staging
23 Nov 19 / Bachtrack
David McVicar’s A Death in Venice has no new insights into Britten’s valedictory opera
23 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
An hypnotic Death in Venice at the Royal Opera House
23 Nov 19 / Opera Today
Mort à Venise, Triomphe à Londres
23 Nov 19 / Olyrix
Mark Padmore reflects on Britten's Death in Venice
“At the start, one knows ‘bits’ of it,” says tenor Mark Padmore, somewhat wryly.
The Lost Thing

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 3

A versatile and hard-working cast
12 Dec 19 / The Stage
Opera/dance translation loses picture-book verve
11 Dec 19 / The Guardian
A hodgepodge of styles that never quite satisfies
11 Dec 19 / The Reviews Hub
Die Zauberflöte

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 11

La Flûte enchantée et colorée par David McVicar à Londres
21 Nov 19 / Olyrix
David McVicar’s tried and trusted production of Die Zauberflöte returns to Covent Garden
11 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
Die Zauberflöte brings mixed delights at the Royal Opera House
8 Nov 19 / Opera Today
Applausi calorosi vengono riservati a tutti gli interpreti
7 Nov 19 / Connessi all'Opera
The Magic Flute at Royal Opera House is a classy night out
6 Nov 19 / Londonist
David McVicar's crowdpleaser (back for the umpteenth time) still shines with its clarity of storytelling
6 Nov 19 / Broadway World
Revival director Bárbara Lluch and director David McVicar beautifully capture all the subtleties and complexities of this masterpiece
6 Nov 19 / The Upcoming
Magical Flute: McVicar's Zauberflöte returns to Covent Garden
6 Nov 19 / Bachtrack
Perfectly blends seriousness and comedy
5 Nov 19 / The Stage
Too many question marks left hanging in the air
5 Nov 19 / Classical Source
An ideal if imperfect Christmas prelude
4 Nov 19 / Independent
Don Pasquale

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

Don Pasquale o ¿qué hacemos con el tío?
8 Nov 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
A muted take on an old comedy
31 Oct 19 / New Statesman
Sterk spel redt Don Pasquale in Londen
30 Oct 19 / Place de l'Opera
Il Don Pasquale dolcemaro di Damiano Michieletto
29 Oct 19 / Le Salon Musical
Olga Peretyatko steals Don Pasquale’s money and the show in Michieletto’s new Covent Garden production
26 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
The cast, led by the magnificent Bryn Terfel in the title role, all do their jobs wonderfully
24 Oct 19 / Express
The Royal Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece is a musical delight
23 Oct 19 / The Article
Everything revolves around Bryn Terfel’s tremendous, tragicomic Don Pasquale
20 Oct 19 / The Observer
Distractingly dreamy, yet rescued by its performances
20 Oct 19 / Independent
Musically, the evening is in the deft hands of Evelino Pidò
19 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Don Pasquale à Londres : lumières, caméra, action!
19 Oct 19 / Olyrix
Sir Bryn Terfel’s Don Pasquale was masterful
18 Oct 19 / Music OMH
Donizetti's Don Pasquale packs a psychological punch at the ROH
17 Oct 19 / Opera Today
On the pull
16 Oct 19 / The Critics' Circle
Bryn Terfel softens Donizetti's hard edges
16 Oct 19 / The Guardian
You won’t see anything funnier in an opera house
16 Oct 19 / The Times
Bryn Terfel is a delight in Don Pasquale at the Royal Opera House
16 Oct 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
Don Pasquale falls flat in Michieletto’s cruel comedy at Covent Garden
16 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Admirable musical performances but an effortful new Don Pasquale production at Covent Garden
16 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Zauberland

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 4

The Zauberland of the title is the singer’s dreamworld of memory, desire, war and, above all, loss
23 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Second-guessing Schumann
20 Oct 19 / The Observer
Little magic in Zauberland at the ROH's Linbury Theatre
19 Oct 19 / Opera Today
Less than the sum of its parts
17 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Werther

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Werther: de Kraus a Flórez
9 Oct 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The rigour and detail is genuinely awe inspiring
27 Sep 19 / A Younger Theatre
Il pubblico riconosce il valore dell’esecuzione riservando calorosi applausi a Flórez e Leonard
26 Sep 19 / Connessi all'Opera
Goethe’s tragic hero Werther — a musical treat at the Royal Opera
25 Sep 19 / The Article
A satisfying evening, certainly
23 Sep 19 / Planet Hugill
Isabel Leonard was perfect as Charlotte
22 Sep 19 / Express
The new season has opened with two productions of differing quality
22 Sep 19 / Independent
Thanks to Juan Diego Flórez and Edward Gardner Covent Garden’s rare Werther revival should not be missed
21 Sep 19 / Seen and Heard
Juan Diego Flórez hugely moving as obsessive romantic
19 Sep 19 / The Guardian
Juan Diego Flórez lights up an otherwise staid evening
19 Sep 19 / Telegraph
Royal Opera House season opens with worthwhile Werther and Don Giovanni
19 Sep 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
Flórez’s voice is not large enough for a role on the Verdi or Puccini spectrum
19 Sep 19 / Classical Source
A thought-provoking ROH revival of Massenet’s Werther
19 Sep 19 / Opera Today
Massenet the arch-romantic: Werther returns to Covent Garden
19 Sep 19 / Bachtrack
Agrippina

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 17

Kosky esalta l‘incredibile modernità dell’Agrippina di Handel
8 Oct 19 / La Scena Musicale (French)
Quand Haendel pétille
7 Oct 19 / Forum Opéra
Joyce DiDonato, come Agrippina, è una vera e propria forza della natura
6 Oct 19 / Connessi all'Opera
A must for Handel lovers- but an expensive one
5 Oct 19 / London News Online
Triomphe pour Joyce DiDonato avec Lucy Crowe
5 Oct 19 / Olyrix
Joyce DiDonato seduces you within the first 10 minutes
3 Oct 19 / The Spectator
Glorious musicality in Handel’s Agrippina succumbs to a frenetic Royal Opera production
2 Oct 19 / The Article
Mommie dearest
1 Oct 19 / The Critics' Circle
Joyce DiDonato’s stop-at-nothing empress leads a top ensemble cast in Barrie Kosky’s enthralling Agrippina
29 Sep 19 / The Observer
The American soprano Joyce DiDonato is outstanding in the title role
29 Sep 19 / Express
A showcase for vocal and dramatic virtuosity of which Kosky’s cast take wicked advantage
28 Sep 19 / Independent
Over-acted and over-sung, with gratuitous yelps, whimpers, and irritating pauses from the singers for good measure
25 Sep 19 / Classical Source
The singing is what really makes the evening
25 Sep 19 / Broadway World
DiDonato formidable as power-hungry empress
25 Sep 19 / The Guardian
Virtuosity from DiDonato but Kosky’s Agrippina is puzzling and contradictory
25 Sep 19 / Seen and Heard
Barrie Kosky brings farce and frolics to the ROH
25 Sep 19 / Opera Today
Political power games in Kosky's Agrippina at Covent Garden
25 Sep 19 / Bachtrack
The Intelligence Park

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 7

The wit of the plot doesn’t emerge emphatically enough
4 Oct 19 / Classical Source
For all of its cleverness, Barry’s The Intelligence Park leaves one unsatisfied
30 Sep 19 / Seen and Heard
Dizzying Gerald Barry
29 Sep 19 / The Observer
The cast give their all
28 Sep 19 / Opera Today
Brilliantly played but Barry's opera still bewilders
27 Sep 19 / The Guardian
A farrago of frivolities
27 Sep 19 / Independent
Absurd, unpleasant and wonderfully pertinent: Gerald Barry's The Intelligence Park
27 Sep 19 / Bachtrack
Don Giovanni

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 14

A fascinating Don Giovanni that will delight jaded palettes, and well worth seeing
2 Oct 19 / London News Online
Unfortunately Don Giovanni just isn’t for me
27 Sep 19 / A Younger Theatre
Un Don Giovanni multimediale e distraente
24 Sep 19 / Le Salon Musical
The new season has opened with two productions of differing quality
22 Sep 19 / Independent
A psychosexual comic fantasy drama and this revival is more convincing than its previous outings
21 Sep 19 / Express
Royal Opera House season opens with worthwhile Werther and Don Giovanni
19 Sep 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
A rather tired Don Giovanni opens the Royal Opera’s new season
19 Sep 19 / Seen and Heard
Highway to Hell: Holten's production of Don Giovanni returns to Covent Garden
19 Sep 19 / Bachtrack
Al termine le ovazioni del pubblico accolgono Erwin Schrott
19 Sep 19 / Connessi all'Opera
The singers are only partially successful in achieving a real Mozartean alacrity
18 Sep 19 / Classical Source
A dazzling, visually-thrilling and intellectually stimulating interpretation of a classic opera
18 Sep 19 / The Upcoming
Raunchy romp Don Giovanni rocks Royal Opera House
18 Sep 19 / Londonist
An unforgettable performance by Erwin Schrott
18 Sep 19 / The Stage
A rather tired Don Giovanni opens the Royal Opera’s new season
18 Sep 19 / Seen and Heard
La fille du régiment

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Ah mes amis, quel jour de fête!
17 Jul 19 / Forum Opéra
Una Fille du Régiment a diciotto “Do”
16 Jul 19 / Le Salon Musical
Javier Camarena as Tonio is a very engaging presence
13 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Miranda Richardson gives thunderous performance
13 Jul 19 / Independent
Lighter than a macaron and every bit as deliciously Gallic
13 Jul 19 / Broadway World
French soprano Sabine Devieilhe seems to find feisty adolescence a neat fit
13 Jul 19 / Opera Today
Pour ma voix quel destin!
12 Jul 19 / Olyrix
Love and slapstick come together on the battlefields
11 Jul 19 / Evening Standard
An ebullient, fanciful layer cake abound in vocal splendor
11 Jul 19 / OperaWire
Laurent Pelly’s production of La fille du regiment remains a triumph
11 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Devieilhe, Camarena, Spagnoli: a dream team for La Fille du régiment at the Royal Opera
10 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
La star della serata è senza ombra di dubbio il tenore messicano Javier Camarena
10 Jul 19 / Connessi all'Opera
Le nozze di Figaro

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Le Nozze perfette di Gardiner e McVicar
16 Jul 19 / Le Salon Musical
Who on earth imagined that Christian Gerhaher would be suitable for the part of Figaro?
9 Jul 19 / Music OMH
David McVicar's sumptuous production still seems as fresh as ever,
8 Jul 19 / Express
Frisson and conviction to Mozart's comic opera
5 Jul 19 / Evening Standard
Zippy Mozart for the #metoo era with gender swap
3 Jul 19 / The Guardian
Each element of the production is remarkable
3 Jul 19 / The Upcoming
Gardiner runs Mozart ragged in The Royal Opera's Figaro
3 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
A lively and imaginative revival
2 Jul 19 / The Stage
Much to fascinate and celebrate in the Royal Opera’s Figaro at Covent Garden
2 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
McVicar's production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro returns to the Royal Opera House
2 Jul 19 / Opera Today
It soon became clear that the evening would turn around Joélle Harvey’s tireless, beautifully sung and acted Susanna
2 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Lively detail and strong character
1 Jul 19 / Planet Hugill
The Marriage of Figaro returns to Royal Opera House with a twist
Male choice of Kangmin Justin Kim for role of Cherubino is a first in opera house’s history.
Carmen

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Barrie Kosky’s ‘Carmen’ is all style with no substance
8 Jul 19 / OperaWire
Barrie Kosky’s daring, confrontational and spectacular staging, is almost worth fighting a bull for
1 Jul 19 / The Observer
This second revival has visual strength, imaginative flair and an intoxicating energy
26 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Anaïk Morel gives us a heroine of two halves
26 Jun 19 / Broadway World
Kosky’s Carmen revival at Covent Garden is a triumph of style over substance
26 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
Carmen minus charisma: a limp revival of Kosky's production at Covent Garden
26 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Tosca

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 14

The Royal Opera House’s revival of Jonathan Kent’s production excites without taking any risks
5 Jul 19 / Varsity
Gheorghiu and Grigolo’s interpretations are threadbare in this worn-out revival
18 Jun 19 / OperaWire
Bryn Terfel’s terrifying Scarpia is the main draw in the Royal Opera’s latest Tosca
3 Jun 19 / The Observer
Bryn Terfel was magnificent as Scarpia
31 May 19 / Express
Tosca proves that monoliths aren't just for Sci-Fi
30 May 19 / Londonist
Successo per Grigolo come Cavaradossi
30 May 19 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
À Londres, une Tosca en équilibre instable, dominée par Vittorio Grigolo
30 May 19 / toutelaculture.com
Kristine Opolais moves with the grace of a ballerina, her Tosca every inch the superstar of the Roman stage
29 May 19 / Broadway World
Kristine Opolais in the titular role has the right combination of melodrama and steeliness
29 May 19 / The Upcoming
Alexander Joel has a sure sense of the music’s weight and is a nimble accompanist
29 May 19 / Classical Source
Grigòlo, Opolais and Terfel feature in the Royal Opera’s ‘Blood and Thunder’ revival of Tosca
29 May 19 / Seen and Heard
“Ecco un artista!”: melodrama aplenty in ROH Tosca revival
29 May 19 / Bachtrack
Terfel Triomphal avec Tosca à Londres
29 May 19 / Olyrix
The Royal Opera House’s terrific production of Tosca hits all the right notes
29 May 19 / The Article
Boris Godunov

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Bryn Terfel is currently, magnificently, singing the title role in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov
1 Jul 19 / The Observer
A magnificent revival of Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera
26 Jun 19 / The Article
Un Ur-Boris perfetto
25 Jun 19 / Le Salon Musical
Bryn Terfel, nel ruolo del titolo, dà vita ad un personaggio complesso e credibile
23 Jun 19 / Operaclick (Ita)
A memorable Boris Godunov at Covent Garden
22 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
Bryn Terfel is a more tragic than melodramatic Boris
21 Jun 19 / Classical Source
The coronation and tragedy of Boris revived at Covent Garden
21 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
A magnificent and quintessentially Russian rendering
21 Jun 19 / Independent
Terfel’s wild-eyed ruler provides a well-timed study of leadership
21 Jun 19 / Evening Standard
Richard Jones's Boris Godunov returns to Covent Garden
21 Jun 19 / Opera Today
The Diary of one who has Disappeared

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 8

A fruitfully open-ended staging of The Diary of One who Disappeared
11 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
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Matthew Feargrieve convicted of assault on Ulrich Engler at Royal Opera House.
17 Dec 2019 / The Guardian
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.
24 Oct 2019 / Daily Mail
Should Domingo still perform at Covent Garden?
The Royal Opera must surely follow New York’s Met and abandon bookings with star tenor Placido Domingo while he faces sexual harassment allegations.
26 Sep 2019 / The Guardian
Vittorio Grigolo axed from Royal Opera House for ‘on-stage grope’
Italian opera singer Vittorio Grigolo, 42, was at the centre of an investigation after being reported for allegedly grabbing a female member of the chorus.
24 Sep 2019 / The Sun
Royal Opera to tour Japan in 2019
Vittorio Grigòlo, Gregory Kunde to star in Royal Opera’s 2019 Japan tour.
7 Jun 2019 / OperaWire