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Faust

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 15

Gounod’s Parisian hell acquires unexpected resonance
22 Apr 19 / The Observer
The Royal Opera's Faust is a success once again
21 Apr 19 / Daily Mail
A devilishly entertaining treat
17 Apr 19 / The Article
This is a production well worth seeing
16 Apr 19 / Express
Despite late cast changes, Faust at Covent Garden triumphs against the odds
15 Apr 19 / Seen and Heard
McVicar's Faust returns to the ROH
15 Apr 19 / Opera Today
Faust de Gounod combat la mauvaise santé par la bonne humeur à Londres
15 Apr 19 / Olyrix
Led by Michael Fabiano and Erwin Schrott, this disheveled revival conjures no sympathy for its devils
14 Apr 19 / OperaWire
Schrott and Fabiano are devilishly good together
13 Apr 19 / The Guardian
Erwin Schrott revels in the role of the devilishly evil Mephistopheles
13 Apr 19 / Broadway World
A last minute replacement masterfully integrates into the show
13 Apr 19 / Independent
Plenty of pizzazz and a strong 11th-hour debut
13 Apr 19 / Telegraph
A fascinatingly vital production
13 Apr 19 / The Stage
This Faust remains a devilishly enthralling piece of theatre
13 Apr 19 / Classical Source
Faust finds salvation thanks to jump-in soprano at the Royal Opera
13 Apr 19 / Bachtrack
La Forza del Destino

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 31

Short of the three lead stars of its opening, the Royal Opera's La forza del destino remains a thrilling evening
19 Apr 19 / Bachtrack
The stars shine in Verdi's La forza del destino at Covent Garden despite a rather disappointing production
15 Apr 19 / Planet Hugill
This is Verdi on the big scale, and the Royal Opera House give Loy the biggest canvas to work with
11 Apr 19 / Opera Journal
Netrebko, Kaufmann et Tézier confirment leur triomphe dans La Force du destin sur grand écran
8 Apr 19 / Olyrix
Opera and Brexit in London
5 Apr 19 / The New Yorker
Christof Loy met La Forza del Destino in Londen
5 Apr 19 / Leidmotief
La Force du destin triomphe à Londres avec Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko et Ludovic Tézier
3 Apr 19 / Olyrix
A production to be remembered
3 Apr 19 / The Article
Old-fashioned singing from Netrebko and Eyvasov is a highlight of the Royal Opera’s La forza del destino
2 Apr 19 / Seen and Heard
Une distribution de rêve pour une superbe Forza del Destino à la Royal Opera House
2 Apr 19 / Opera Online
Netrebko and Kaufmann turn tricky Verdi into box-office gold
1 Apr 19 / The Observer
La Force du destin de Verdi à Covent Garden : le cast du siècle
30 Mar 19 / Diapason
Le retour de l'age d'or
26 Mar 19 / Forum Opéra
Misfortune cookies
26 Mar 19 / The Critics' Circle
Una Forza del destino stellare a Londra
25 Mar 19 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
Prima le voci!
25 Mar 19 / Opera Today
La Force du destin triomphe à Londres avec Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko et Ludovic Tézier
25 Mar 19 / Olyrix
Vertanes Push-up für das Royal Opera House
25 Mar 19 / Klassik Info
Vocal allure and car crash couture
24 Mar 19 / Londonist
Netrebko and Kaufmann both turned up on the first night and delivered—in spades
24 Mar 19 / Opera News
Zwei Stimme - eine Seele
24 Mar 19 / BR-online
Netrebko and Kaufmann is as good as opera gets
23 Mar 19 / New York Times
Guilt and obsession with opera's biggest stars
23 Mar 19 / The Guardian
The evening is as exhilarating as it is unstoppable
23 Mar 19 / Broadway World
Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann are in magnificent voice
23 Mar 19 / Telegraph
Singing and music making of the highest calibre
23 Mar 19 / The Jewish Chronicle
Anna Netrebko was the undoubted star of the evening
23 Mar 19 / Music OMH
Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann are on top form
23 Mar 19 / Independent
Generous voices, dramatic voids
23 Mar 19 / The Arts Desk
Kaufmann and Netrebko make a dream pairing in the Royal Opera’s La forza del destino
23 Mar 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
Outrageous fortune: A stellar opening night for La forza del destino at Covent Garden
23 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Tickets to Royal Opera House are being resold for up to £7,000
Tickets for Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino at the ROH — starring Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko — are being advertised with huge resale prices on the secondary ticketing website Viagogo.
Così fan tutte

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Cosi fan tutte chamboule-tout au Royal Opera House de Londres
9 Mar 19 / Olyrix
Mozart's most controversial opera
6 Mar 19 / Express
With a new cast and conductor, the Royal Opera’s Così clicks into place
4 Mar 19 / The Observer
The Royal Opera’s Così fan tutte revival marred by ham-fisted conducting and production
4 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
Tutti fan così
4 Mar 19 / L'Ape musicale
A few ideas are perceptive, but most are pretentious guff
2 Mar 19 / Independent
A messy production bursts the Mozart opera’s figurative champagne bubbles
2 Mar 19 / OperaWire
An enjoyable evening and would be an excellent introduction to the opera
28 Feb 19 / Music OMH
Covent Garden’s Così fan tutte is one that is predominantly rescued by the singing and conducting
28 Feb 19 / Opera Today
The women steal the show
27 Feb 19 / Broadway World
Women make the greatest impact in battle of the sexes
27 Feb 19 / Evening Standard
A provocative and at times rewarding Così
27 Feb 19 / Classical Source
Talented cast deserves better
27 Feb 19 / The Guardian
There's no disguising it: duplicity and deceit as Così fan tutte returns to the Royal Opera
27 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
The Monstrous Child

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 9

It is gruesomely gruesome
4 Mar 19 / The Observer
Marta Fontanals-Simmons gave a fine performance as Hel
28 Feb 19 / Opera Today
A new opera in a new opera house is always an intriguing prospect
28 Feb 19 / Express
The opera feels very much like a narration with illustrations
26 Feb 19 / Music OMH
Gods, love and death in the underworld
23 Feb 19 / The Guardian
Norse stuff is cool
23 Feb 19 / Classical Source
An inventive staging
23 Feb 19 / The Stage
Norse hell in the depths of the Royal Opera House
23 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
Electronics crackle as the Aurora Orchestra bring Higgins’s patchwork soundworld to life
23 Feb 19 / Opera Now
Francesca Simon
How I turned The Monstrous Child into ‘Wagner for teens’
Kat'a Kabanova

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 23

Inghiottita dalla folla
4 Mar 19 / L'Ape musicale
Kát’a Kabanová delivers a truly joined-up performance
20 Feb 19 / Metro
Katia y cuando todo funciona bien
18 Feb 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Kát’a Kabanova at the Royal Opera House reminds us of what it is to be human
14 Feb 19 / New Statesman
A superb cast, led by Amanda Majeski, for the Royal Opera’s Katya Kabanova
12 Feb 19 / Seen and Heard
La La Land en kit
12 Feb 19 / Forum Opéra
In the hell of a small town
11 Feb 19 / Planet Hugill
An evening that no opera-lover should miss
10 Feb 19 / Daily Mail
Amanda Majeski makes an unforgettable debut in Richard Jones’s exemplary new production
10 Feb 19 / The Observer
Emergency exits
10 Feb 19 / The Critics' Circle
Katya Kabanova is not as good as it could be
9 Feb 19 / Express
A wonderfully acted adaptation of Janacek's breakneck tragedy
8 Feb 19 / Independent
The fire and fury of a tragic heroine
7 Feb 19 / Evening Standard
One of the greatest operatic experiences of my life
7 Feb 19 / The Spectator
Majeski’s Katya is strikingly sung and compelling
6 Feb 19 / The Times
Angry and compelling, and musically faultless
6 Feb 19 / The Guardian
Richard Jones on autopilot
6 Feb 19 / Classical Source
Amanda Majeski makes a stunning debut at Covent Garden in Richard Jones's new production of Kát’a Kabanová
6 Feb 19 / Opera Today
Two great Royal Opera debuts aren't enough to lift a Katya Kabanova lacking in drama
6 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
Lovingly conducted and finely sung
6 Feb 19 / Music OMH
A star turn worth celebrating from Amanda Majeski
6 Feb 19 / Telegraph
A profoundly committed performance
5 Feb 19 / The Stage
Ruthless focus in production and central performance, not quite so much from the pit
5 Feb 19 / The Arts Desk
Edward Gardner, interview
'Opera producers shouldn't fixate on trapping the under-30s'
The Queen of Spades

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 22

Tchaïkovski hallucine La Dame de Pique en direct du Royal Opera House de Londres
25 Feb 19 / Olyrix
A less than regal Queen of Spades
30 Jan 19 / ConcertoNet (English)
Hermann et les heureux errements d'Herheim
29 Jan 19 / Forum Opéra
Tchaikovsky plays the hand Herheim gives him in the Royal Opera’s The Queen of Spades
25 Jan 19 / Seen and Heard
¿Chaicovsqui gay? ¡Pero qué va!
24 Jan 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Wonderful music can’t save a substandard production: Queen of Spades at ROH
23 Jan 19 / The Article
Perhaps a film manque
21 Jan 19 / Planet Hugill
The Royal Opera reshuffles The Queen of Spades, with mixed results
20 Jan 19 / The Sunday Times
A relentlessly heavy-handed concept can’t detract from the glorious music-making in Royal Opera’s The Queen of Spades
20 Jan 19 / The Observer
Well, I say "four stars" but that is a confusingly fudged assessment
18 Jan 19 / Express
Too many Tchaikovskys: The Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera House leaves you cold
17 Jan 19 / New Statesman
Uneven cast prey to overthought concept
16 Jan 19 / The Arts Desk
Herheim puts Tchaikovsky centre stage for stimulating frustration
15 Jan 19 / The Guardian
While there are excellent performances there are also horrors
15 Jan 19 / The Times
So dotty, the audience couldn't even bother to boo
15 Jan 19 / Telegraph
For Stefan Herheim, opera is clearly not a comfortable evening’s entertainment
15 Jan 19 / Music OMH
Stefan Herheim's production violates the art of the composer in an anti-lyrical and oversaturated mishmash
15 Jan 19 / Broadway World
At the end, the audience seemed stunned into submission
15 Jan 19 / Classical Source
Stefan Herheim’s staging of The Queen of Spades comes to Covent Garden
15 Jan 19 / Seen and Heard
Opera as life
15 Jan 19 / Opera Today
A tedious evening
15 Jan 19 / The Stage
A tale of many Tchaikovskys
15 Jan 19 / Bachtrack
La Traviata

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Otello usaba Rolex. Germont también
21 Feb 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Jaho, Castronovo and Domingo breathe new life into a 25th anniversary Royal Opera Traviata
1 Feb 19 / Seen and Heard
An Angel appears!
30 Jan 19 / ConcertoNet (English)
Blue is the new Violet: an outstanding Traviata début
26 Jan 19 / Bachtrack
Domingo’s dramatic impact as Giorgio Germont reaches boiling point alongside Ermonela Jaho’s distraught Violetta
25 Jan 19 / The Times
Ermonela Jaho is an emotively powerful Violetta in ROH's La traviata
23 Jan 19 / Opera Today
Jaho is at the height of her powers
20 Jan 19 / The Sunday Times
Jaho’s mix of defiance, fragility and savage honesty builds to an overwhelming finale
20 Jan 19 / The Observer
An impressive trio of leads
19 Jan 19 / Classical Source
Richard Eyre's 1994 production just seems to get better and better
18 Jan 19 / Express
Stars align to enable this Royal Opera Traviata revival succeed like few others
17 Jan 19 / Seen and Heard
Engaging revival
16 Jan 19 / The Stage
Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata
16 Jan 19 / Bachtrack
Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata
15 Jan 19 / Bachtrack
Hansel und Gretel

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

The Royal Opera's mediocre 'family-friendly' production of Hansel and Gretel proves that opera isn't child's play
23 Dec 18 / Daily Mail
Nuanced performances counter the sweetness in a festive favourite
23 Dec 18 / The Observer
A thoughtful adaptation enjoyable by the whole family
21 Dec 18 / Express
¡Niños, a la ópera!
20 Dec 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Magic for the family but not as Grimm as it should be
19 Dec 18 / Evening Standard
Now brush your teeth
18 Dec 18 / The Critics' Circle
Gerhard Siegel is the star as the witch
17 Dec 18 / The Sunday Times
The Royal Opera’s Vvacuous production strips Hänsel und Gretel of its magic
17 Dec 18 / Seen and Heard
Not a ground-breaking production but it is enjoyable, well sung and very beautiful
16 Dec 18 / Music OMH
A classic fairytale executed with style: Hänsel und Gretel at the Royal Opera
15 Dec 18 / Bachtrack
A new Hänsel und Gretel at the Royal Opera House
15 Dec 18 / Opera Today
This new staging is assertively feel-good and child-friendly
15 Dec 18 / Classical Source
Director Antony McDonald allows his imagination free rein
15 Dec 18 / Independent
Humperdinck's gingerbread-scoffing opera for kids gets a stylish, wintry new staging
15 Dec 18 / Time Out
Crumbs of quality stop minds from wandering
15 Dec 18 / The Times
An oddly lame and tame production of Humperdinck’s masterpiece
15 Dec 18 / Telegraph
Family-friendly but magic is missing
15 Dec 18 / The Guardian
Three top voices and vivacious conducting aren't enough to set fairytale juices flowing
14 Dec 18 / The Arts Desk
A magical staging
14 Dec 18 / The Stage
Carmen

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 15

Cabaret Carmen à Londres
19 Dec 18 / Olyrix
Gaëlle Arquez is an ideal, sexy Carmen
10 Dec 18 / The Observer
Stairway to Carmen
9 Dec 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Clownish production leaves us cold
8 Dec 18 / Metro
Bravo for Kosky’s full-on Bizet
7 Dec 18 / Camden New Journal
Kosky’s Carmen is still the smartest show in town – and the most fun
6 Dec 18 / The Spectator
Gaëlle Arquez excels as Carmen
6 Dec 18 / Classical Source
Broadway meets the bullring in this uneasy mix of conventional theatricality and post-drama
6 Dec 18 / Evening Standard
First revival of Barrie Kosky's Carmen at the ROH
5 Dec 18 / Opera Today
The performance is conducted with great precision and verve by the Canadian Keri-Lynn Wilson
5 Dec 18 / Express
Dance is at its core, and it’s done brilliantly
4 Dec 18 / Independent
All the cast must play second fiddle to Kosky’s master plan
4 Dec 18 / The Times
Slicker, but still a mountain to climb
3 Dec 18 / Bachtrack
Kosky’s thought-provoking Royal Opera Carmen returns to Covent Garden
3 Dec 18 / Seen and Heard
A melting pot of scenic homages to musicals, movies and music videos
2 Dec 18 / Broadway World
Simon Boccanegra

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

Spanish baritone Carlos Alvarez is magnificent in the title role
13 Dec 18 / Express
Pirates of London
11 Dec 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
A dark masterpiece whose subject matter creates a dramatic brew
29 Nov 18 / Independent
This Boccanegra is not what you'd expect from UK's best-funded opera company
22 Nov 18 / The Spectator
A very strong cast and a perfect first night for this new run
21 Nov 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Powerful opera piece performed with great potency
21 Nov 18 / Express
The fizz has fizzled out of the melodrama in this concert, which is in its seventh revival at the Royal Opera
20 Nov 18 / The Times
Moshinsky's Simon Boccanegra returns to Covent Garden
19 Nov 18 / Opera Today
Boccanegra Brexit
17 Nov 18 / Olyrix
Political intrigues at the Royal Opera as Simon Boccanegra returns
17 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
Carlos Álvarez’s Doge has grandeur and stentorian power in Moshinsky’s Royal Opera Boccanegra
17 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
Carlos Álvarez’s Doge outgrows rusty production in token revival
17 Nov 18 / OperaWire
Much of that emotional terrain is brought to light by Hrachuhi Bassenz's Amelia
17 Nov 18 / Broadway World
Excellent singing and a strong moral core
16 Nov 18 / Telegraph
A timely revival of Verdi's political music-drama
16 Nov 18 / The Arts Desk
Carlos Álvarez dazzles in Verdi's dark epic
16 Nov 18 / The Guardian
Elegant Verdi opera falters as grand set miniaturises singers
16 Nov 18 / Evening Standard
At the centre of the cast is Carlos Álvarez’s Simon
16 Nov 18 / Classical Source
An outstanding performance from Carlos Alvarez
16 Nov 18 / The Stage
Der Ring des Nibelungen

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 41

Full cycle: Wagner’s ever-vibrant genius trumps an unimaginative production
18 Nov 18 / OperaWire
Die Walküre: A poetic Walküre with a towering performance from Stuart Skelton
5 Nov 18 / Planet Hugill
Die Walküre: Choc frontal
30 Oct 18 / Concertclassic.com
Die Walküre: John Lundgren’s Conflicted Wotan is the Highlight of Keith Warner’s Die Walküre
30 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
Full cycle: Fifteen hours of glorious music
12 Oct 18 / Express
Full cycle: If there's one performance to take away from this cycle it'd be Stefan Vinke's Siegfried
11 Oct 18 / The Spectator
Siegfried/Götterdämmerung: Wagner’s Ring ended on a high
7 Oct 18 / The Observer
Full cycle: Burning woman
6 Oct 18 / parterre box
Full cycle: Musically this was a scorcher
3 Oct 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Götterdämmerung: In the beginning there was darkness. At the end, obfuscation
3 Oct 18 / What's on Stage
Götterdämmerung: Milling’s powerful Hagen drives a dramatic Royal Opera Götterdämmerung
3 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
Siegfried: Magnificent but elusive
3 Oct 18 / Opera Today
Götterdämmerung: The final conflagration was stunning
3 Oct 18 / Music OMH
Götterdämmerung: Apocalypse wows in formidable Ring cycle
3 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Siegfried/Götterdämmerung: The Royal Opera's Ring cycle finds a new gear
3 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Siegfried/Götterdämmerung: Dramatic detail gives greater force to the music
2 Oct 18 / Evening Standard
Das Rheingold: Freia tonight
2 Oct 18 / The Critics' Circle
Siegfried: Blunt hero is hard to like in a cluttered production
2 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Siegfried: Something's clicked, big time, with this third instalment of the ROH Ring
1 Oct 18 / What's on Stage
'It's the Ben Hur of opera!'
One man's experience of riding the Ring rollercoaster. The bass singing Fafner in the Royal Opera House’s Ring Cycle tells audiences: go to the loo first.
Nina Stemme
Meeting the greatest Wagnerian soprano of her age.
Antonio Pappano on the Ring and his successor
When Pappano completes what may be his last performances of Wagner’s monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen in November, he will have been the Royal Opera’s music director for more than 16 years
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Performance schedule
Gounod
11 Apr to 6 May 2019
Britten
23 Apr to 10 May 2019
Giordano
20 May to 9 Jun 2019
Puccini
27 May to 20 Jun 2019
Mussorgsky
19 Jun to 3 Jul 2019
Bizet
22 Jun to 20 Jul 2019
Mozart
29 Jun to 21 Jul 2019
Donizetti
8 to 20 Jul 2019

News & Articles

Royal Opera House loses appeal over viola player's hearing
The Royal Opera House has lost its appeal over the life-changing hearing damage caused to a viola player at a rehearsal of Wagner's Die Walkure.
18 Apr 2019 / BBC News
Tickets to Royal Opera House are being resold for up to £7,000
Tickets for Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino at the ROH — starring Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko — are being advertised with huge resale prices on the secondary ticketing website Viagogo.
5 Feb 2019 / Evening Standard
That old thing
Remembering Covent Garden's revivals of historic 1950s productions.
31 Dec 2018 / Planet Hugill
Does opera hate women?
Royal Opera House to join the #MeToo era as it challenges misogyny on stage by asking: 'Does opera hate women?'
26 Dec 2018 / Telegraph
Antonio Pappano: Why the maestro isn’t bowing out yet
Covent Garden’s charismatic conductor talks about another term as music director of the Royal Opera House, and the challenge of Brexit.
5 Nov 2018 / The Observer