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Carmen

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Carmen entre Zefirelli y Kosky
20 Feb 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
A production that achieves what it sets out to do
20 Feb 18 / Express
Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden
16 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
A colossal bore
15 Feb 18 / The Spectator
Barrie Kosky’s innovations are always worth seeing, but this does not have the punch of other productions
14 Feb 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Barrie Kosky's Spanish steps
13 Feb 18 / The Critics' Circle
Performers enjoy a nightly workout in Barrie Kosky’s refreshing if flawed new Royal Opera production
12 Feb 18 / The Observer
A wake-up call met with boos and cheers
9 Feb 18 / Financial Times (via Google)
Barrie Kosky’s Carmen for the Royal Opera is a tedious affair
9 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
Barrie Kosky's Carmen at Covent Garden
9 Feb 18 / Opera Today
Carmen is monochrome and magnificent at Royal Opera House
9 Feb 18 / Londonist
Barrie Kosky’s radical, heartless, if sometimes brilliantly theatrical, staging of Bizet’s opera
8 Feb 18 / The Stage
Bizet meets Busby Berkeley
8 Feb 18 / The Guardian
It’s vaudeville filtered through a very Germanic theatre of the absurd
8 Feb 18 / Classical Source
Love it or hate it, this isn't just another Carmen
8 Feb 18 / Telegraph
Barrie Kosky puts fun and games centre-stage in Bizet's fierce romance
8 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
Anna Goryachova as Carmen deploys her mezzo voice like a weapon of war
8 Feb 18 / Independent
Tausche Troubadour gegen Carmen
8 Feb 18 / Deutschland Radio
Tosca

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Martina Serafin makes a creditable Tosca
19 Feb 18 / Classical Source
Jonathan Kent met Tosca in Londen
18 Feb 18 / Leidmotief
Joseph Calleja’s open-faced charisma and honeyed tones make this a memorable Tosca
9 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
Angela Gheorghiu is a sensation in the Royal Opera’s revival of Tosca
26 Jan 18 / Seen and Heard
Royal Opera’s Tosca is a sloppy affair
26 Jan 18 / The Spectator
An opera that reveals the glorious depth of Puccini’s music
23 Jan 18 / Express
Adrianne Pieczonka as the current Tosca is disappointing
23 Jan 18 / Independent
The Royal Opera’s bold first stab at Ulysses roundly beats a tame Tosca revival
21 Jan 18 / The Sunday Times
Tragic Tosca makes ravishing return to Royal Opera House
20 Jan 18 / Londonist
Adrianne Pieczonka delivers an excellent performance as Tosca
19 Jan 18 / Music OMH
Pieczonka, Calleja, Finley don’t quite mesh in revival of Jonathan Kent’s classic produciton
18 Jan 18 / OperaWire
Hints of subtlety in an opera by numbers
18 Jan 18 / Evening Standard
Tosca at Covent Garden with Calleja, Finley and Pieczonka: promise as yet unfulfilled
17 Jan 18 / Bachtrack
The magnificent sets cannot make up for the lack of passion in the acting and poor timing in this flaccid Puccini opera
17 Jan 18 / The Times
Adrianne Pieczonka is absolutely mesmerising in the title role
17 Jan 18 / Opera Today
This was Joseph Calleja’s night
17 Jan 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Solid vocal and dramatic standards mark the first of three casts in this Puccini revival
17 Jan 18 / The Stage
The ninth revival of Jonathan Kent's production stars Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi
17 Jan 18 / What's on Stage
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

Return in the round
6 Feb 18 / The Critics' Circle
The Royal Opera’s bold first stab at Ulysses roundly beats a tame Tosca revival
21 Jan 18 / The Sunday Times
More than ever, this was Ulysses’ show
19 Jan 18 / The Spectator
An outstanding performance by Roderick Williams as Ulysses
17 Jan 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Singers and orchestra revolve valiantly in Royal Opera’s Monteverdi in the round
15 Jan 18 / The Observer
John Fulljames’s production responds to the architecture of the Roundhouse
15 Jan 18 / Sunday Express
A production which would be an ideal introduction to Monteverdi
15 Jan 18 / Music OMH
A remarkable achievement, filling the Roundhouse with the sombre gravity of Monteverdi's drama
15 Jan 18 / Planet Hugill
A rewarding performance of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse by the ROH
13 Jan 18 / Seen and Heard
A pity that so much splendid singing was rather let down by a production which span on the spot and lost its way
13 Jan 18 / Opera Today
Sublime music-making in a flawed new production of Monteverdi's opera
12 Jan 18 / What's on Stage
John Fulljames’s new staging is a terrific production — three hours long, but unmissable
12 Jan 18 / The Times
Roderick Williams’s Ulysses takes the production’s variable sense of direction onto another plane and centres it
12 Jan 18 / Classical Source
Roderick Williams might have been born to sing the title role
12 Jan 18 / Independent
Monteverdi on a doughnut: A drab Return of Ulysses fails to thrill the Roundhouse
12 Jan 18 / Bachtrack
Musical drama trumps dodgy stagecraft
12 Jan 18 / The Arts Desk
Completely admirable but not quite lovable
12 Jan 18 / Telegraph
In-the-round Monteverdi doesn't hang together
12 Jan 18 / The Guardian
With an excellent cast and community involvement, John Fulljames’ staging hits the spot
12 Jan 18 / The Stage
Salome

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 20

Coming to a head
20 Jan 18 / The Critics' Circle
David McVicar’s thrilling production & Michael Volle’s violent presence make for impactful evening of opera
16 Jan 18 / OperaWire
Malin Bystrom as Salome is perfect
16 Jan 18 / Independent
David McVicar’s 2008 staging of Strauss’s Salome, in its third revival, still delivers a hefty punch
15 Jan 18 / Sunday Express
Blood, sex, violence & incest, but subtlety too
15 Jan 18 / Planet Hugill
A Swedish Salome casts her spell
15 Jan 18 / The Observer
Revived for the third time and is just as remarkable as ever
11 Jan 18 / Express
Malin Byström held nothing back in the terrifying final scene, vocally or dramatically
11 Jan 18 / Opera Today
You cannot tear your eyes away from what is, literally, a hell of a show
10 Jan 18 / Classical Source
An ugly, lovely, opera: Salome returns to Covent Garden
10 Jan 18 / Seen and Heard
Swedish soprano Malin Byström provided well-nuanced emotion with effortless power
10 Jan 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
The Beauty is the Beast: Malin Byström sings a chilling Salome
10 Jan 18 / Bachtrack
Malin Byström was making her house role debut as Salome, and it was an impressive one
10 Jan 18 / Music OMH
The emotional temperature is tepid when it should be scalding
10 Jan 18 / The Times
The Royal Opera's Salome still packs a punch
9 Jan 18 / Telegraph
Richard Strauss's operatic version of Oscar Wilde's play, strongly revived
9 Jan 18 / What's on Stage
An injection of fresh blood for chilling, gory Strauss
9 Jan 18 / The Guardian
Revival of David McVicar’s 10-year-old production that fails to deliver the musical goods
9 Jan 18 / The Stage
Insightful production reveals new subtleties
9 Jan 18 / Evening Standard
Compelling production returns, but with a patchy cast
9 Jan 18 / The Arts Desk
Pagliacci

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Elena Zilio leads the verismo thrills as Cav & Pag return to the Royal Opera
8 Jan 18 / Bachtrack
Verismo duo falls prey to verismo schtick
19 Dec 17 / OperaWire
Strong revival, balanced cast
18 Dec 17 / Planet Hugill
The most popular double bill in opera, fabulously sung in a triumphant revival
12 Dec 17 / What's on Stage
A top cast relishes Royal Opera’s gritty Italian double bill
11 Dec 17 / The Observer
Damiano Michieletto's Cav and Pag returns to Covent Garden
9 Dec 17 / Opera Today
Clever production effects aside, this was a fantastic performance of both operas
6 Dec 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Bryan Hymel takes the lead in both halves of this exceptional double bill
5 Dec 17 / The Stage
Herculean commitment from Bryan Hymel
5 Dec 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Compellingly sung operatic misery
5 Dec 17 / The Guardian
Towering performance by Hymel
5 Dec 17 / Independent
Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag at Covent Garden
4 Dec 17 / Bachtrack
Wonderfully revived, cast, sung and conducted
4 Dec 17 / Seen and Heard
A marvellous and gripping spectacle
4 Dec 17 / Telegraph
Cavalleria Rusticana

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Elena Zilio leads the verismo thrills as Cav & Pag return to the Royal Opera
8 Jan 18 / Bachtrack
Verismo duo falls prey to verismo schtick
19 Dec 17 / OperaWire
Strong revival, balanced cast
18 Dec 17 / Planet Hugill
The most popular double bill in opera, fabulously sung in a triumphant revival
12 Dec 17 / What's on Stage
A top cast relishes Royal Opera’s gritty Italian double bill
11 Dec 17 / The Observer
Damiano Michieletto's Cav and Pag returns to Covent Garden
9 Dec 17 / Opera Today
Clever production effects aside, this was a fantastic performance of both operas
6 Dec 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Bryan Hymel takes the lead in both halves of this exceptional double bill
5 Dec 17 / The Stage
Herculean commitment from Bryan Hymel
5 Dec 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Compellingly sung operatic misery
5 Dec 17 / The Guardian
Towering performance by Hymel
5 Dec 17 / Independent
A marvellous and gripping spectacle
4 Dec 17 / Telegraph
Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag at Covent Garden
4 Dec 17 / Bachtrack
Wonderfully revived, cast, sung and conducted
4 Dec 17 / Seen and Heard
Rigoletto

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 15

It is the overall strength of the cast that makes this revival of Rigoletto quite special
25 Dec 17 / Music OMH
A very strong revival
24 Dec 17 / Classical Source
Violence, corruption and charisma
22 Dec 17 / The Guardian
The sell-by day looks passed for this revival
21 Dec 17 / Independent
A performance of huge power and pathos
20 Dec 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
After a racy opening, it’s all downhill for this limp revival of David McVicar’s Verdi staging
18 Dec 17 / The Times
A rather disconcerting performance of David McVicar’s 2001 production of Rigoletto
18 Dec 17 / Opera Today
Alexander Joel conducts a well-balanced revival of the Royal Opera’s Rigoletto
18 Dec 17 / Seen and Heard
Dmitri Platanias shines bright in unsatisfactory affair
17 Dec 17 / OperaWire
Covent Garden's ever-popular production of Verdi's tragedy returns
17 Dec 17 / What's on Stage
Having seen David McVicar’s controversial production of Verdi’s Rigoletto three times now, its darkness increasingly appeals to me
16 Dec 17 / Express
Not the ideal end to Covent Garden's operatic year
16 Dec 17 / Telegraph
Dimitri Platanias stands out in a mixed Covent Garden Rigoletto
16 Dec 17 / Bachtrack
A sturdy production of Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House
16 Dec 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
At its umpteenth revival David McVicar’s show feels uneven and unfocused
16 Dec 17 / The Stage
Sabina Puertolas
Opera singer praised by audience despite having only three hours to rehearse at the Royal Opera House for the role of Gilda in Rigoletto.
Royal Opera House tenor rejects 'in your face' sexual violence
Michael Fabiano, who plays the Duke of Mantua in David McVicar’s production, admitted he had “issues” with the show, arguing even opera set 500 years ago can be adapted to suit modern society.
Semiramide

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 22

Il ritorno di Semiramide
13 Dec 17 / L'Ape musicale
A semi-serious Semiramide
13 Dec 17 / Connessi all'Opera
Joyce DiDonato est Sémiramis à la Royal Opera House de Londres
4 Dec 17 / Opera Online
Melodrama y megadrama
3 Dec 17 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
DiDonato is superb in Semiramide at Covent Garden
1 Dec 17 / Opera Today
David Alden's production brings out the magnificence of music
30 Nov 17 / Express
Baal canto
28 Nov 17 / The Critics' Circle
Show-stopping and gripping with a superb music production
26 Nov 17 / Express
La Semiramide de Joyce DiDonato éblouit le public londonien
25 Nov 17 / Diapason
Rossini’s Semiramide a Joyce DiDonato to behold
25 Nov 17 / Metro
Stunning music, but a problematic plot
24 Nov 17 / Independent
Rossini sounds sublime in Alden's eccentric staging
22 Nov 17 / The Guardian
Dans l'air du temps
22 Nov 17 / Forum Opéra
It’s the singing that really matters
22 Nov 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Antonio Pappano in the orchestra pit and the superb cast of singers made it a musical treat
22 Nov 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Rare Rossini at Covent Garden, with Joyce DiDonato on imperious form
21 Nov 17 / What's on Stage
Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano resuscitate the uxoricidal Assyrian ruler
21 Nov 17 / The Arts Desk
Regal Joyce DiDonato and gifted Daniela Barcellona triumph in Royal Opera’s Semiramide
21 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
A production to change hearts and minds
21 Nov 17 / Telegraph
Stupendous singer triumphs in baffling modern Babylon
21 Nov 17 / Evening Standard
Stellar singing reigns supreme in Rossini’s Babylonian mishmash
21 Nov 17 / The Times
Joyce DiDonato leads the vocal pyrotechnics in a dazzling Semiramide at the Royal Opera
20 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
Lucia di Lammermoor

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 16

Donizetti version gore
5 Dec 17 / Forum Opéra
Rapiti in estasi
5 Dec 17 / L'Ape musicale
Apoteosis de Lisette Oropesa en Londres
22 Nov 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
Katie Mitchell's staging is spooky
16 Nov 17 / Independent
Tremendous revival of Katie Mitchell's Lucia at the ROH
10 Nov 17 / Opera Today
This revival suggests that “lessons have been learnt”
5 Nov 17 / Express
The original kitchen sink
5 Nov 17 / The Observer
A devastating revival of Katie Mitchell's Lucia di Lammermoor
2 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
An extraordinary Covent Garden Lucia from Oropesa, Castronovo, Maltman and Mariotti
2 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
A real gem in the tragic opera repertoire
2 Nov 17 / Express
Bloody and convincing
1 Nov 17 / The Guardian
This revival has a new Lucia, and how!
1 Nov 17 / Classical Source
Lisette Oropesa is a revelation as Lucia
1 Nov 17 / Evening Standard
This timely production goes against the grain as Lucia ends her life knowing she has gained some agency over it
1 Nov 17 / The Times
Lisette Oropesa triumphs in Katie Mitchell’s cinematic, split-screen staging
1 Nov 17 / The Stage
Katie Mitchell's feminist take on Donizetti's tragic opera returns in its first revival
1 Nov 17 / What's on Stage
Q & A: soprano Lisette Oropesa
On her ROH Debut, Met Opera return and social media.
La Tragédie de Carmen

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 11

Carmen y el Destripador
21 Nov 17 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Bizet's masterpiece with a twist
12 Nov 17 / Express
A tongue-in-cheek revival of a radical reimagining of Bizet
11 Nov 17 / The Stage
The production and its values leave something to be desired
7 Nov 17 / Music OMH
Bizet’s score is given an almost jazzy spin
7 Nov 17 / Independent
Opera on an unforgivingly small scale
6 Nov 17 / The Guardian
Tragedy undermined
6 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
It will take more than a surprising drum roll to overcome this show’s biggest drawback, emotional distance
6 Nov 17 / The Times
The Royal Opera's young artists in Peter Brook's reduction of Bizet's opera
6 Nov 17 / What's on Stage
Great singing but little dramatic impact
5 Nov 17 / Telegraph
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
5 Nov 17 / Classical Source
Les Vêpres siciliennes

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 15

Reprise affadie
14 Nov 17 / Forum Opéra
A feast for the senses
3 Nov 17 / A Younger Theatre
Das Royal Opera House präsentiert eine opulente, herausragend gut besetzte Produktion
26 Oct 17 / Oper Aktuell
A mad roller-coaster lasting for four hours
23 Oct 17 / Express
At Covent Garden a rarity that’s great in parts
22 Oct 17 / The Observer
Verdi is revisited to spectacular effect
18 Oct 17 / Evening Standard
A beautiful and brilliant staging
17 Oct 17 / Independent
Verdi's 'unjustly neglected' early work
17 Oct 17 / Express
Terrific show
16 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
An electrifying night at the Opéra
16 Oct 17 / The Guardian
This heady production captures the queasy energy of Verdi’s music and the brooding claustrophobia of the scenario
16 Oct 17 / The Times
Deconstruction and re-invention on an epic scale
14 Oct 17 / Classical Source
Full-blooded Verdi, and never mind the accents
14 Oct 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Verdi's grand opera in its original French version returns to Covent Garden
14 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Herheim’s lavish Vêpres siciliennes returns to Covent Garden in triumphant style
13 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Die Zauberflöte

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 10

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
Julia Jones directs the Royal Opera in an extraordinary Die Zauberflöte
15 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
Roderick Williams’ charming birdcatcher leads a spirited revival of The Magic Flute at Covent Garden
15 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Timelessly elegant
14 Sep 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
David McVicar's visually exquisite Enlightenment production returns in its sixth revival
14 Sep 17 / What's on Stage
An evening of both intelligence and geniality
13 Sep 17 / Classical Source
La bohème

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 22

Richard Jones’s production is uncontroversial yet fresh and visually exciting
17 Oct 17 / Australian Book Review
Renouveau réussi
19 Sep 17 / Forum Opéra
Leaving you an emotional wreck
18 Sep 17 / Planet Hugill
The orchestra may throb, but the Royal Opera’s Bohème needs a bit of passion
17 Sep 17 / The Sunday Times
THE high expectations riding on the Royal Opera’s new La Bohème are happily met
17 Sep 17 / Express
No boos for Richard Jones’s stylish new production of Puccini’s masterpiece
16 Sep 17 / The Observer
A spare, unsentimental reading
13 Sep 17 / Evening Standard
The path of caution
13 Sep 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
'Tell me what traditional means'
Richard Jones put Rhinemaidens in fat suits, breathed life into Turnage’s Anna Nicole – now he is directing Covent Garden’s first new production of La Bohème for four decades.
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Performance schedule
Puccini
11 Sep 2017 to 20 Jul 2018
Puccini
15 Jan to 3 Mar 2018
Bizet
6 Feb to 16 Mar 2018
Janacek
7 to 24 Mar 2018
Verdi
25 Mar to 10 Apr 2018
Turnage
27 Mar to 7 Apr 2018
Shostakovich
12 to 27 Apr 2018
Benjamin
10 to 26 May 2018
Wagner
7 Jun to 1 Jul 2018
Mozart
29 Jun to 17 Jul 2018
Verdi
7 to 21 Jul 2018
Donizetti
18 to 21 Jul 2018
Wagner
24 Sep to 2 Nov 2018

News & Articles

Royal Opera House tenor rejects 'in your face' sexual violence
Michael Fabiano, who plays the Duke of Mantua in David McVicar’s production, admitted he had “issues” with the show, arguing even opera set 500 years ago can be adapted to suit modern society.
4 Jan 2018 / Telegraph
Royal Opera House in Covent Garden evacuated
Hundreds of audience members were evacuated from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on Thursday evening after police received reports of a suspicious package.
22 Dec 2017 / Evening Standard
'Tell me what traditional means'
Richard Jones put Rhinemaidens in fat suits, breathed life into Turnage’s Anna Nicole – now he is directing Covent Garden’s first new production of La Bohème for four decades.
9 Sep 2017 / The Guardian
Oliver Mears takes a big leap to the Royal Opera
The 38-year-old jumps from the Northern Ireland Opera to an institution that has more than two and a half centuries of tradition.
6 Sep 2017 / New York Times
Proms performances to return to Covent Garden
Fancy a cheap night at the Royal Opera House? Take your seat on the floor.
6 Sep 2017 / Telegraph