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Kat'a Kabanova

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 20

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'
La Traviata

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 13

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
The Queen of Spades

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 21

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
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
Siegfried: A fantastic tale, an outstanding cast
1 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
Siegfried: Both Stefan Vinke and Nina Stemme sing at the top of their game
1 Oct 18 / Music OMH
Das Rheingold: The Royal Opera’s Ring cycle revival gets off to a virtually flawless start
1 Oct 18 / The Sunday Times
Das Rheingold/Die Walküre: The orchestra of the Royal Opera under Antonio Pappano gives a thrilling performance
1 Oct 18 / Express
Das Rheingold/Die Walküre: Keith Warner’s Royal Opera Ring cycle is back and newly pertinent – and blazing with star performances
30 Sep 18 / The Observer
Die Walküre: Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton deliver the best singing of the evening
29 Sep 18 / Music OMH
Das Rheingold/Die Walküre: Antonio Pappano whips the music into a frenzy
29 Sep 18 / Opera Now
Die Walküre: The Royal Opera's Die Walküre is so strongly cast
28 Sep 18 / What's on Stage
Das Rheingold/Die Walküre: A Ring high on chutzpah but low on coherence
28 Sep 18 / Telegraph
Die Walküre: Skelton and Anger set the scene for Stemme in Covent Garden's superb Walküre
28 Sep 18 / Bachtrack
Die Walküre: Eloquent and energetic
28 Sep 18 / Financial Times (via Google)
Die Walküre: It’s the second revival of Keith Warner’s production, but still there were glitches
28 Sep 18 / The Times
Das Rheingold/Die Walküre: Die Walküre, including direction which repeatedly contradicts the libretto
28 Sep 18 / Independent
Die Walküre: Moments of searing power in an unfocused evening
28 Sep 18 / The Guardian
Die Walküre: Feel the tectonic plates shift in enthralling production of Wagner's Ring
27 Sep 18 / Evening Standard
Das Rheingold: Antonio Pappano’s conducting is smooth, full and balanced
27 Sep 18 / Music OMH
Das Rheingold: Episode one of Der Ring des Nibelungen opens the new season at Covent Garden
26 Sep 18 / What's on Stage
Das Rheingold: The assault on Valhalla begins
26 Sep 18 / Bachtrack
Das Rheingold: Bursting with detail
26 Sep 18 / Financial Times (via Google)
Das Rheingold: The Royal Opera’s latest Ring begins with some fine singing, but the show is low on emotional heat
26 Sep 18 / The Times
Das Rheingold: Thrilling start to Warner's steampunk surreal Ring
26 Sep 18 / The Guardian
Das Rheingold: Revival of Wagner's gripping opera is impressive and superbly nuanced
25 Sep 18 / Evening Standard
'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
Simon Boccanegra

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 12

At the centre of the cast is Carlos Álvarez’s Simon
16 Nov 18 / Classical Source
On the whole this production fell flat dramatically
23 Jul 13 / Musical Criticism
Simone ad una voce
9 Jul 13 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Thomas Hampson sings with apparently effortless grace and power
6 Jul 13 / Express
A charmed revival, and a night in operatic heaven
4 Jul 13 / What's on Stage
Traditional Simon Boccanegra with lush, plush staging
1 Jul 13 / Seen and Heard
Antonio Pappano conducts with his trademark combination of passion, sensitivity and attention to detail
30 Jun 13 / Music OMH
A marvellous evening
29 Jun 13 / Classical Source
Anyone who loves Verdian singing and electrifying drama should book now
29 Jun 13 / Opera Britannia
An uneven evening, rarely rising to the heights demanded by one of Verdi’s greatest creations
29 Jun 13 / The Stage
Faultlessly conducted
29 Jun 13 / The Guardian
Good vocal debuts, timeless revival classic, but hello, director?
28 Jun 13 / The Arts Desk
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
Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida shines at its belated world première
20 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
A Donizetti world premiere
20 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Truthfully, L’Ange de Nisida is no masterpiece
20 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Donizetti premiere delivered with passion and elan
20 Jul 18 / The Guardian
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
The two main male roles, Falstaff and Ford, are beautifully played and sung by Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside
12 Jul 18 / Express
Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden
12 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Bryn Terfel breathes life into class-conscious classic
12 Jul 18 / Evening Standard
Bryn Terfel leads brilliant cast as theatre sparkles on the opera stage
12 Jul 18 / OperaWire
Plodding and earthbound, despite Bryn Terfel
12 Jul 18 / Independent
Sir Bryn Terfel campe Falstaff à la Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
11 Jul 18 / Opera Online
A spritely summer revival of Falstaff at the ROH
10 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Go to Covent Garden and be reminded of Verdi’s genius; and see Terfel’s remarkable Falstaff
10 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
A lavish production
10 Jul 18 / The Stage
In every department Bryn Terfel is a winner: height, bulk, vocal flights, endlessly comic eyebrows and stares
10 Jul 18 / The Times
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
The cast are sensationally good in an assured revival
2 Jul 18 / Independent
Coming into focus
2 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns to the Royal Opera in heavenly form
2 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
There is something very Danish about this Don Giovanni
2 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Holten’s Don Giovanni stimulates and, occasionally, transfixes at Covent Garden
2 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
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
Faites-nous rêver!
19 Jun 18 / Forum Opéra
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.
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Performance schedule
Janacek
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

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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
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