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Der Ring des Nibelungen

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Das Rheingold: Revival of Wagner's gripping opera is impressive and superbly nuanced
25 Sep 18 / Evening Standard
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
L'Ange de Nisida

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Highly enjoyable fun
27 Jul 18 / Express
There was not a single weak link among the soloists
25 Jul 18 / Music OMH
Recording angel
24 Jul 18 / The Critics' Circle
The world premiere of a mature Donizetti opera!
23 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
Important Donizetti premiere: splendidly performed L’Ange de Nisida
21 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Richly deserved revival of a Donizetti rarity
21 Jul 18 / Telegraph
Truthfully, L’Ange de Nisida is no masterpiece
20 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida shines at its belated world première
20 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Donizetti premiere delivered with passion and elan
20 Jul 18 / The Guardian
A Donizetti world premiere
20 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Falstaff

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 16

Un gran Falstaff en Londres
24 Jul 18 / Beckmesser
Sir Bryn Terfel amply fills the stage
18 Jul 18 / Express
Bryn Terfel is a magnificent Falstaff in a fine revival
15 Jul 18 / The Observer
This production is a scrumptious, musical meal that would fill even the colossal Sir John Falstaff himself to satiation
13 Jul 18 / A Younger Theatre
Bryn Terfel leads brilliant cast as theatre sparkles on the opera stage
12 Jul 18 / OperaWire
Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden
12 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Plodding and earthbound, despite Bryn Terfel
12 Jul 18 / Independent
Bryn Terfel breathes life into class-conscious classic
12 Jul 18 / Evening Standard
The two main male roles, Falstaff and Ford, are beautifully played and sung by Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside
12 Jul 18 / Express
Sir Bryn Terfel campe Falstaff à la Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
11 Jul 18 / Opera Online
A lavish production
10 Jul 18 / The Stage
A spritely summer revival of Falstaff at the ROH
10 Jul 18 / Opera Today
In every department Bryn Terfel is a winner: height, bulk, vocal flights, endlessly comic eyebrows and stares
10 Jul 18 / The Times
Go to Covent Garden and be reminded of Verdi’s genius; and see Terfel’s remarkable Falstaff
10 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Ultimately there is an infectious bonhomie about Carsen’s staging
9 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Despite an excellent cast, this production fails to scintillate
9 Jul 18 / Telegraph
Don Giovanni

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 11

An interesting – but unrealisable – interpretation
13 Jul 18 / The Spectator
The implication of the labyrinthine mansion of a set and swirling video projections is that there’s no reality her
3 Jul 18 / The Times
A thrilling ride
3 Jul 18 / The Stage
Video kills the opera star – or nearly – in this well-cast revival of Mozart's masterpiece
2 Jul 18 / What's on Stage
Holten’s Don Giovanni stimulates and, occasionally, transfixes at Covent Garden
2 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns to the Royal Opera in heavenly form
2 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
The cast are sensationally good in an assured revival
2 Jul 18 / Independent
There is something very Danish about this Don Giovanni
2 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Coming into focus
2 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
While Ildebrando d’Arcangelo shines, the audience doesn’t make Don Giovanni’s conquest list
1 Jul 18 / OperaWire
A glitzy visual experience, with some strong performances and vivid characterisations
1 Jul 18 / Classical Source
La bohème

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 29

Catch La Bohème before the run ends - it's a treat
2 Jul 18 / Express
Musetta is gloriously played with great humour by Danielle de Niese
30 Jun 18 / Express
A deeply disappointing La bohème at the Royal Opera House
19 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
Faites-nous rêver!
19 Jun 18 / Forum Opéra
La Bohème at the Royal Opera: a simple tragedy, heart-rendingly told
18 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Matthew Polenzani, Maria Agresta and company trapped in camp direction
18 Jun 18 / OperaWire
Vocally, this La bohème is a triumph
18 Jun 18 / Opera Today
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
All in all, a very promising start to Richard Jones’ new production of an old favourite
13 Sep 17 / Express
There is much to admire in Richard Jones’s new La bohème for the Royal Opera
13 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
Richard Jones' new La bohème opens ROH season
13 Sep 17 / Opera Today
Richard Jones's new production of Puccini's opera may yet become a classic
13 Sep 17 / What's on Stage
Efficient but antiseptic production generates passion only in the pit
13 Sep 17 / The Guardian
Spectacle and sentiment not yet in focus
13 Sep 17 / The Arts Desk
A spare, unsentimental reading
13 Sep 17 / Evening Standard
The path of caution
13 Sep 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
With fitful focus on the stage, the evening needed the superb playing and Antonio Pappano’s inspired conducting to hold everything together
13 Sep 17 / Classical Source
Con regie de Puccini
13 Sep 17 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
No moonlight, no magic: Richard Jones directs a vanilla Bohème for the Royal Opera
13 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
The musical dynamics of Antonio Pappano’s conducting allowed Puccini’s score to express itself in every note
13 Sep 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Covent Garden's new season of opera gets off to a flying start
13 Sep 17 / Telegraph
A startlingly new production
13 Sep 17 / Independent
A routine production is redeemed by vibrant singing and a passionate orchestra under Antonio Pappano’s peerless direction
13 Sep 17 / The Times
Richard Jones meets the challenge of replacing a classic production head on
12 Sep 17 / The Stage
Audience member saves Royal Opera's La bohème
When Atalla Ayan developed vocal difficulties, Charles Castronovo stepped in to sing across from his wife Ekaterina Siurina, who starred in La bohème.
'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.
Lohengrin

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 21

Lohengrin à Londres, pour amateurs de décibels
21 Jun 18 / ResMusica
Lohengrin, énigme insoluble
21 Jun 18 / Forum Opéra
Le retour du cygne
21 Jun 18 / Altamusica
Wenn der Schwan zum Adler wird
20 Jun 18 / FAZ
David Alden’s new Lohengrin for the Royal Opera reflects turbulence of 20th-century history
19 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
One-sword wonder
19 Jun 18 / The Critics' Circle
German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt is a dominant presence as Lohengrin
18 Jun 18 / Express
Andris Nelsons leads a performance of zeal and authority, chorus and orchestra at their vigorous best
18 Jun 18 / The Observer
All-consuming evening of Wagnerian power
16 Jun 18 / Express
Wagner's middle-period epic receives its first Covent Garden production since 1977
15 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
Compared to the shaky setting, the performance of the singers of the opening night is a solid one
15 Jun 18 / A Younger Theatre
No room for a hero
14 Jun 18 / The Spectator
Opening night of this new production under the baton of Andris Nelsons was musical perfection
13 Jun 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Alden’s production ultimately proved conventional, all too conventional
12 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Christine Goerke shines among solid cast as half-awoken myths stay in the (wartime) trenches of reality
10 Jun 18 / OperaWire
Klaus Florian Vogt compelling in sharp Mitteleurope update
9 Jun 18 / The Guardian
David Alden’s new production is shot through with 20th century overtones
9 Jun 18 / Independent
Luckily the musical offering is outstanding
9 Jun 18 / Classical Source
Jennifer Davis steps up and a star is born
9 Jun 18 / Telegraph
Strong performances in a sombre new staging
9 Jun 18 / The Stage
Swan cruise: Nelsons navigates a musically impressive Lohengrin at Covent Garden
9 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Lessons in Love and Violence

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 26

Hand-picked for the roles, the cast is simply superb
14 Jun 18 / Opera Journal
Siete lecciones para siete teatros en noventa minutos
5 Jun 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Lessons in Love and Violence is a compelling new opera
1 Jun 18 / National Business Review
A powerful and thought-provoking study in the complexity of human relations
28 May 18 / Planet Hugill
George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence is in no way a masterpiece
24 May 18 / The Spectator
Pale and uninteresting
24 May 18 / The Critics' Circle
Lovely and never violent
22 May 18 / parterre box
An outstanding cast unveil a towering masterpiece
17 May 18 / Seen and Heard
Création mondiale de Lessons in Love and Violence à la Royal Opera House
16 May 18 / Opera Online
Die Oper flieht vor der Aktualität, auch dort wo sie sich aufdrängt
15 May 18 / Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Botschaft aus dem königlichen Schlafgemach
15 May 18 / FAZ
Powerful musical utterances but perplexing dramatic motivations
14 May 18 / Opera Today
Martin Crimp’s libretto is anodyne, over-intellectualised and often boring, while Katie Mitchell’s staging is bland and bizarre
12 May 18 / The Times
A potent and beautiful account of Edward II's downfall
12 May 18 / Telegraph
In terms of pure music, Lessons of Love and Violence is arguably a more rewarding creation than Written on Skin
12 May 18 / Classical Source
Katie Mitchell directs Martin Crimp and George Benjamin’s searing take on the story of Edward II
12 May 18 / Time Out
La nouvelle leçon de musique et de théâtre de George Benjamin et Martin Crimp
12 May 18 / Diapason
Masterly score captures cruelty of royal court
12 May 18 / Evening Standard
A few more lessons needed for Lessons In Love And Violence
12 May 18 / Metro
George Benjamin’s modern-day retelling of Edward II’s demise is a bleak, lustrous opera that places a gay love story it its centre
12 May 18 / The Guardian
A Rolls Royce production that could use a few tunes
12 May 18 / Independent
A long-awaited new opera is a raucous beauty
12 May 18 / New York Times
Icy beauty and dramatic tension
12 May 18 / Bachtrack
Savage elegance never quite glows red-hot
12 May 18 / The Arts Desk
Musically brilliant, dramatically inert?
12 May 18 / Classical Iconoclast
George Benjamin’s new work on the subject of Edward II once again shows his operatic mastery
11 May 18 / The Stage
Can George Benjamin strike gold twice?
George Benjamin's opera Written on Skin was instantly declared a modern masterpiece – can he follow its success with Lessons in Love and Violence?
Katie Mitchell on ROH's brutal new opera
Her last production contained cannibalism and was staggeringly successful. Could Lessons in Love and Violence top it? We sit in on rehearsals as the revered director grapples with some bedside lamps.
Opera’s perfectionist tries to follow his masterpiece
George Benjamin, the painstaking composer of the acclaimed opera “Written on Skin,” prepares for the premiere of his “Lessons in Love and Violence.”
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 16

A relief to find a production which does full justice to the mercurial variety and caustic scherzo which is Shostakovich's opera
30 Apr 18 / Planet Hugill
Glorious singing, sensational music and great acting
25 Apr 18 / Express
A celebration of composer Shostakovich’s genius
23 Apr 18 / Express
The Covent Garden crew is on top form with Shostakovich’s only ‘grand’ opera
22 Apr 18 / The Sunday Times
Unmissable Shostakovich
22 Apr 18 / The Observer
Superb revival of Shostakovich's mercurial opera
18 Apr 18 / Telegraph
As Katerina, Eva-Maria Westbroek delivered a dramatic and vocally secure performance
18 Apr 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Eva-Maria Westbroek’s performance in this vivid revival keeps you rooting for her to the very end
17 Apr 18 / The Guardian
The Royal Opera scintillates in Shostakovich’s raw Lady Macbeth
16 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
This masterpiece is still magnificent
14 Apr 18 / Independent
LONDON No muddle, just music: Pappano delivers an exceptional Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
14 Apr 18 / Bachtrack
Eva-Maria Westbroek is a knockout in this revival of Shostakovich’s opera
14 Apr 18 / Financial Times (via Google)
Exuberant, stylised production of Shostakovich's opera features an outstanding performance from Brandon Jovanovich
14 Apr 18 / The Stage
As Katerina, Eva-Maria Westbroek is a triumph
14 Apr 18 / Classical Source
The Royal Opera's first revival in 12 years of Shostakovich's darkly violent opera
14 Apr 18 / What's on Stage
So poisonously funny that Stalin banned it
14 Apr 18 / The Times
Macbeth

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 20

El teatro, casi todo en el foso
11 Apr 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Spellbinding: Anna Netrebko and Željko Lučić in Verdi's Macbeth (Royal Opera House Live Cinema)
9 Apr 18 / Planet Hugill
La voce della Netrebko è un gioiello meraviglioso in questo momento
4 Apr 18 / Opera secondo me
Russian superstar Anna Netrebko doesn’t disappoint, with a blazing Lady Macbeth
2 Apr 18 / The Observer
Covent Garden has a truly formidable Lady Macbeth in Netrebko
1 Apr 18 / The Sunday Times
Anna Netrebko entre deux voix
30 Mar 18 / Forum Opéra
Avec Anna Netrebko, Macbeth sans éclats au Royal Opera House
30 Mar 18 / ResMusica
A production that is dramatically strong, and musically something exceptional
29 Mar 18 / Music OMH
Musically formidable revival of Verdi's opera
28 Mar 18 / The Guardian
With a fantastic cast, this is absolutely not to be missed
28 Mar 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Netrebko, Lučić and Pappano make Royal Opera’s Macbeth revival memorable
28 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
At last, a great achievement at the Royal Opera
28 Mar 18 / The Spectator
A fine revival encompassing some world-class performances
27 Mar 18 / Classical Source
Netrebko and Lučić in Macbeth: a Covent Garden masterclass in operatic villainy
27 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
Anna Netrebko is frighteningly mesmerising as Lady Macbeth
27 Mar 18 / The Times
Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth is born to sing the role
27 Mar 18 / Independent
Russian diva Anna Netrebko returns to Covent Garden as the monstrous Lady M.
27 Mar 18 / What's on Stage
Netrebko rules at the ROH in revival of Phyllida Lloyd's Macbeth
27 Mar 18 / Opera Today
Anna Netrebko is full of fire and fury in this revival of Verdi's opera
27 Mar 18 / Telegraph
Anna Netrebko and Zeljko Lucic shine in unsatisfactory production
27 Mar 18 / OperaWire
Coraline

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 16

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera captures the spooky essence of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline
9 Apr 18 / The Observer
Girl, next door
7 Apr 18 / parterre box
Turnage’s effective score is designed to generate its own unique experience
5 Apr 18 / Music OMH
The music for Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline is unexpectedly subdued
5 Apr 18 / The Spectator
Bright as a button but a bit too goody two shoes
4 Apr 18 / Evening Standard
Mark-Anthony Turnage brings Neil Gaiman's story to life
3 Apr 18 / Independent
Button for punishment
3 Apr 18 / The Critics' Circle
Turnage’s new opera for children skilfully avoids condescension
2 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
Entertaining but not entrancing: Royal Opera ventures into fantasy with Turnage's Coraline
31 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
This new opera for children splutters like a damp firework
31 Mar 18 / Telegraph
Creepy adaptation of Neil Gaiman's tale will turn kids on to opera
31 Mar 18 / The Guardian
A missed opportunity to marry Turnage’s fascinating music with stage-design of dark visual interest
31 Mar 18 / Classical Source
Overall, the product does not do what the advertising package says
31 Mar 18 / Broadway World
For a young audience the music wasn’t user-friendly, but they were clearly gripped by the narrative that they knew in advance
31 Mar 18 / The Times
Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel becomes an opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage
31 Mar 18 / What's on Stage
Neil Gaiman's cult novella reimagined as a darkly funny chamber opera
31 Mar 18 / Time Out
Turning a ghoulish children’s book Into a grand opera
Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” has been transformed into an opera in London, with music by Mark-Anthony Turnage. It goes to some genuinely disturbing places.
From the House of the Dead

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 23

Sur qui compter pour sauver la soirée?
1 Apr 18 / Anaclase
Krzysztof Warlikowski retrouve Janacek avec bonheur
29 Mar 18 / Forum Opéra
Après Chéreau, La Maison des Morts de Janáček inspire Warlikowski
29 Mar 18 / ResMusica
Janácek en la cárcel de Foucault
20 Mar 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Dead loss
20 Mar 18 / The Critics' Circle
Strong performances all round
19 Mar 18 / Sunday Express
Un De la maison des morts qui fascine plus qu’il n’emporte à la Royal Opera House
14 Mar 18 / Opera Online
A great orchestral performance of a gorgeous score
14 Mar 18 / We left at the interval...
A great disappointment
14 Mar 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
It has been worth the wait for Warlikowski
13 Mar 18 / Boulezian
Hard hitting, yet transcendent
12 Mar 18 / Planet Hugill
Royal Opera’s take on Janáček’s brutal work dazzles
12 Mar 18 / The Observer
Prison drama locks up its singers
11 Mar 18 / OperaWire
The music for this piece is brilliantly powerful, but the plot is a real problem
10 Mar 18 / Express
This production falls well short of the staging which this astounding work deserves
10 Mar 18 / Classical Source
Formidable performances humanise Janáček's vision of hell
9 Mar 18 / The Guardian
Krzysztof Warlikowski’s staging is outstanding in visualising the brutality of prison life
9 Mar 18 / The Stage
The last opera by Janáček and a first for the Royal Opera
9 Mar 18 / What's on Stage
Janáček's prison oddity prompts hot tears
9 Mar 18 / The Arts Desk
An impressive but chilly staging of Janáček's final masterpiece
9 Mar 18 / Telegraph
A nightmare piled upon a nightmare
9 Mar 18 / Evening Standard
The director doesn’t understand the first principle of his craft - that less is more
9 Mar 18 / Independent
An oppressive, living hell
9 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
From the House of the Dead shines a light into darkness
Janáček’s final opera is peopled with aggressive and unpleasant characters, but the beauty of its music speaks powerfully of the need for empathy and understanding, says the conductor of a new production.
Carmen

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 20

Musicological melange: Barrie Kosky's production of Carmen at the Royal Opera
12 Mar 18 / Planet Hugill
Anna Goryachova beguilingly stares down the camera for Royal Opera’s Carmen in cinemas
12 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
A production that achieves what it sets out to do
20 Feb 18 / Express
Carmen entre Zefirelli y Kosky
20 Feb 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
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
Carmen is monochrome and magnificent at Royal Opera House
9 Feb 18 / Londonist
A wake-up call met with boos and cheers
9 Feb 18 / Financial Times (via Google)
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24 Sep to 2 Nov 2018
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15 Nov to 10 Dec 2018
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27 Nov to 22 Dec 2018
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11 to 29 Dec 2018
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13 Jan to 1 Feb 2019
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14 to 31 Jan 2019
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4 to 26 Feb 2019
Mozart
25 Feb to 16 Mar 2019
Verdi
21 Mar to 22 Apr 2019
Gounod
8 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

The Royal Opera House opens up
Architects Stanton Williams have carved out new spaces in the Covent Garden building – adding access, views and a reborn Linbury theatre.
19 Sep 2018 / The Guardian
'Royal' title is off-putting to the public
The inclusion of “Royal” in the name of the Royal Opera House is “off-putting” to the general public, its chief executive has claimed, ahead of unveiling a project to “open up” the building.
17 Sep 2018 / Telegraph
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
16 Sep 2018 / The Sunday Times
Audience member saves Royal Opera's La bohème
When Atalla Ayan developed vocal difficulties, Charles Castronovo stepped in to sing across from his wife Ekaterina Siurina, who starred in La bohème.
24 Jul 2018 / Evening Standard
Royal Opera House to let everyone in on the act
The multi-million-pound refurbishment of the Royal Opera House will have a “Tate Modern” effect on the world of ballet and opera, according to its chief executive.
2 Jun 2018 / Evening Standard

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