Guildhall School of Music & Drama - London
28 February 2024

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Maria Egiziaca

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

Have they awoken a sleeping beauty?
14 Nov 23 / London Unattached
Dominic Wheeler leads a mellow, solemn account of Maria egiziaca
13 Nov 23 / Classical Source
Sacred and profane in Guildhall School's Respighi double bill
10 Nov 23 / Bachtrack
La bella dormente nel bosco

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

Have they awoken a sleeping beauty?
14 Nov 23 / London Unattached
The RCM’s production of La bella dormente dug deeper into the drama
13 Nov 23 / Classical Source
Sacred and profane in Guildhall School's Respighi double bill
10 Nov 23 / Bachtrack
Savitri

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 2

Holst’s Sāvitri and Weir’s Blond Eckbert from the Guildhall School of Music
8 Jun 23 / Bachtrack
Rare Chamber Operas from Gustav Holst and Judith Weir at the Guildhall
7 Jun 23 / London Unattached
Blond Eckbert

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 2

Holst’s Sāvitri and Weir’s Blond Eckbert from the Guildhall School of Music
8 Jun 23 / Bachtrack
Rare Chamber Operas from Gustav Holst and Judith Weir at the Guildhall
7 Jun 23 / London Unattached
Dead Man Walking

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 1

Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking given a triumphant staging by Guildhall School
1 Mar 23 / Bachtrack
Le Portrait de Manon

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

A 1920s cinema serves effectively as the common setting in these three rare one-Act operas
16 Nov 22 / Classical Source
Picture perfect: a fine triple bill from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
15 Nov 22 / Bachtrack
To La Scala Picturehouse, for an intriguing triple bill at Guildhall School of Music and Drama
10 Nov 22 / Opera Today
Fête Galante

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

A 1920s cinema serves effectively as the common setting in these three rare one-Act operas
16 Nov 22 / Classical Source
Picture perfect: a fine triple bill from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
15 Nov 22 / Bachtrack
To La Scala Picturehouse, for an intriguing triple bill at Guildhall School of Music and Drama
10 Nov 22 / Opera Today
I due timidi

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

A 1920s cinema serves effectively as the common setting in these three rare one-Act operas
16 Nov 22 / Classical Source
Picture perfect: a fine triple bill from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
15 Nov 22 / Bachtrack
To La Scala Picturehouse, for an intriguing triple bill at Guildhall School of Music and Drama
10 Nov 22 / Opera Today
The Telephone

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

The Telephone leads to Miss Fortune for Guildhall School of Music and Drama
27 Mar 22 / Seen and Heard
Brilliantly-executed double bill
9 Mar 22 / The Arts Desk
The productions cleverly draw the teo works together in their shared manifestation of dehumanising capitalist forces
5 Mar 22 / Classical Source
Mixed performances in Menotti and Weir
3 Mar 22 / Opera Today
Miss Fortune

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

The Telephone leads to Miss Fortune for Guildhall School of Music and Drama
27 Mar 22 / Seen and Heard
Brilliantly-executed double bill
9 Mar 22 / The Arts Desk
The productions cleverly draw the teo works together in their shared manifestation of dehumanising capitalist forces
5 Mar 22 / Classical Source
Mixed performances in Menotti and Weir
3 Mar 22 / Opera Today
Cendrillon

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 1

Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon outshines Bizet at Guildhall School
3 Nov 21 / Bachtrack
Le Docteur Miracle

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 1

Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon outshines Bizet at Guildhall School
3 Nov 21 / Bachtrack
Zanetto

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

Imaginative and engaging
9 Nov 20 / Planet Hugill
Three Florentine women have their moment in this stylish showcase of future opera stars
8 Nov 20 / The Observer
Guildhall School’s Triple Bill is an impressive, if thought-provoking, socially distanced achievement
6 Nov 20 / Seen and Heard
Rita

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

Imaginative and engaging
9 Nov 20 / Planet Hugill
Three Florentine women have their moment in this stylish showcase of future opera stars
8 Nov 20 / The Observer
Guildhall School’s Triple Bill is an impressive, if thought-provoking, socially distanced achievement
6 Nov 20 / Seen and Heard
Il segreto di Susanna

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

Imaginative and engaging
9 Nov 20 / Planet Hugill
Three Florentine women have their moment in this stylish showcase of future opera stars
8 Nov 20 / The Observer
Guildhall School’s Triple Bill is an impressive, if thought-provoking, socially distanced achievement
6 Nov 20 / Seen and Heard
The Angel Esmerelda

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

Paterson’s compositional voice is assured and lyrical
2 Mar 20 / The Observer
The entire company did the work and the venture proud
28 Feb 20 / Classical Source
Paterson’s score feels fresh, innovative and immensely skilful
28 Feb 20 / Music OMH
La fedeltà premiata

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

A truly delightful evening presenting a Haydn opera that deserves to be heard a lot more frequently
10 Nov 19 / Music OMH
Alice Farnham conducts a performance that teems with enthusiasm and energy
7 Nov 19 / Classical Source
Haydn's La fedeltà premiata impresses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
6 Nov 19 / Opera Today
Venus and Adonis

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 1

A neatly contrasting pair exploring the psychology and politics of romantic love
5 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Aminta e Fillide

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 1

A neatly contrasting pair exploring the psychology and politics of romantic love
5 Jun 19 / Classical Source
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 2

“Lord what fools these mortals be”: Britten's Dream haunts the Guildhall School
5 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
For magic, humour and charm this is an unforgettable Dream
1 Mar 19 / Classical Source
Così fan tutte

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 2

Carefully chosen singers are the highlight of GSMD’s Così
10 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
There is almost too much talent to be spotted in this Così fan tutte from the Guildhall School of Music
7 Nov 18 / Classical Source
The Long Christmas Dinner

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

Two operatic dining experiences excellently portrayed at the Guildhall School
11 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
An evening of substantial, not to mention delightful, contrasts
8 Jun 18 / Music OMH
A culinary coupling
6 Jun 18 / Opera Today
A double-bill of Paul Hindemith and Lennox Berkeley
6 Jun 18 / Classical Source
A Dinner Engagement

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

Two operatic dining experiences excellently portrayed at the Guildhall School
11 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
An evening of substantial, not to mention delightful, contrasts
8 Jun 18 / Music OMH
A culinary coupling
6 Jun 18 / Opera Today
A double-bill of Paul Hindemith and Lennox Berkeley
6 Jun 18 / Classical Source
4.48 Psychosis

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 9

A return trip to this highly worthwhile opera will undoubtedly enable more to be discovered within it
1 May 18 / Music OMH
A strong revival of the Royal Opera's production of Philip Venables' powerful opera
30 Apr 18 / Planet Hugill
The bleak brilliance of Philip Venables’s opera 4.48 Psychosis hits home
29 Apr 18 / The Observer
Sarah Kane's last play is adapted for opera and loses none of its power to intrigue and upset
28 Apr 18 / City A.M.
There is genuine musico-theatrical imagination
27 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
A first revival for the Royal Opera's 2016 opera derived from Sarah Kane's final play
26 Apr 18 / What's on Stage
Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis is simply the most recent, and perhaps most graphic, example of psychological opera
26 Apr 18 / Opera Today
Venables’s opera makes Kane’s rage and despair musically eloquent and emotionally fulfilling
26 Apr 18 / The Times
Extraordinarily accomplished
26 Apr 18 / The Stage
Dialogues des Carmelites

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 5

Much to admire in the Guildhall’s Dialogues des Carmélites
12 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
Excellent lighting combines with simple yet effective staging to create an exceptionally moving finale
1 Mar 18 / Music OMH
Disappointing Dialogues des Carmélites at Guildhall School
28 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Spiritual transcendence and transfiguration
28 Feb 18 / Opera Today
An unmissable production
28 Feb 18 / Classical Source
The Consul

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

The original kitchen sink
5 Nov 17 / The Observer
The standout performance comes from Michelle Alexander as Magda
2 Nov 17 / Music OMH
Menotti's fiercely topical The Consul delivers an emotional protest at Guildhall School
1 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
Menotti's clunky opera resists Guildhall's best efforts
1 Nov 17 / The Guardian
Radamisto

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

Imaginative re-invention of the first version of Handel's opera seria
12 Jun 17 / Planet Hugill
Sensitive negotiations: Handel's Radamisto, Guildhall
9 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
To set an opera in a museum is not an entirely original idea
8 Jun 17 / Music OMH
A stimulating interpretation of one of Handel’s most vivid and memorable opera
7 Jun 17 / Classical Source
The Tale of Januarie

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

John Findon sings Januarie for all of the performances and proves magnificent in the role
14 Mar 17 / Music OMH
Director Martin Lloyd-Evans brings out the tale’s bawdiness and romance
6 Mar 17 / Express
Martin Lloyd-Evans’s staging is vigorous and direct
3 Mar 17 / Classical Source
New opera crosses Carry On with Chaucer
1 Mar 17 / The Guardian
Mavra

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 7

The Guildhall has shown typical enterprise in programming
8 Nov 16 / Boulezian
The opera looked a treat
7 Nov 16 / Planet Hugill
Enterprising Russian opera double-bill from Guildhall School of Music
5 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
The production is extremely slick, dynamic and amusing
3 Nov 16 / Music OMH
A strong Russian double-bill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
3 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
Young women on the verge of full female awareness are the theme of GSMD’s double-bill of Russian opera
2 Nov 16 / Classical Source
A Russian double bill from the GSMD
2 Nov 16 / Opera Today
Iolanta

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 7

The Guildhall has shown typical enterprise in programming
8 Nov 16 / Boulezian
Tchaikovsky's last opera in a lyrically passionate performance
7 Nov 16 / Planet Hugill
Enterprising Russian opera double-bill from Guildhall School of Music
5 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
As Iolanta, Joanna Marie Skillett puts in a stunning performance
3 Nov 16 / Music OMH
A strong Russian double-bill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
3 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
Young women on the verge of full female awareness are the theme of GSMD’s double-bill of Russian opera
2 Nov 16 / Classical Source
A Russian double bill from the GSMD
2 Nov 16 / Opera Today
Ariane

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

Rare repertoire indeed
6 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Despite excellent, spirited performances Martinů opera double bill fails to resonate
4 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Delivering operatic rarities with such wit and panache
3 Jun 16 / Opera Today
A surrealist Minotaur and devils in tutus: Ariane and Alexandre bis at Guildhall
2 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Alexandre Bis

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

Rare repertoire indeed
6 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Despite excellent, spirited performances Martinů opera double bill fails to resonate
4 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Delivering operatic rarities with such wit and panache
3 Jun 16 / Opera Today
A surrealist Minotaur and devils in tutus: Ariane and Alexandre bis at Guildhall
2 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
The Rape of Lucretia

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 5

An outstanding Rape of Lucretia at the Guildhall
2 Mar 16 / Seen and Heard
A dark but fascinating work
28 Feb 16 / Express
Survivor's guilt
26 Feb 16 / Bachtrack
An atmospheric staging
25 Feb 16 / Music OMH
The GSMD fielded an impressive first cast
25 Feb 16 / Classical Source
Le donne curiose

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 7

Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose is so good-natured as to be almost insipid
12 Nov 15 / The Spectator
Delightful revival of Wolf-Ferrari's first comic hit
9 Nov 15 / Planet Hugill
Youthful charm and a witty production keep Wolf-Ferrari's prolix comedy afloat
6 Nov 15 / The Arts Desk
Stephen Barlow judged this production perfectly
6 Nov 15 / Opera Today
Enjoyable but Wolf-Ferrari's Venetian tale is garrulous
5 Nov 15 / The Guardian
Le donne curiose could go down like a lead balloon, but here it rises to seemingly limitless heights
5 Nov 15 / Music OMH
Situation comedy, Italian style
5 Nov 15 / Bachtrack
The Cunning Peasant

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 4

Dvořák comes to Wessex in lively Guildhall production of The Cunning Peasant
13 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
An enjoyable opportunity to encounter Dvořák’s sixth opera
11 Nov 14 / Boulezian
The Cunning Peasant’s charms lie in its string of sophisticated songs and dances
7 Nov 14 / The Arts Desk
Dvořák’s ‘flimsy’ opera transplanted to Hardy’s Wessex
6 Nov 14 / The Guardian
San Giovanni Battista

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


No. of reviews: 3

These productions also demonstrate the imagination regularly displayed by London’s conservatoires
18 Jun 14 / Classical Source
Guildhall School triumphs in Arne and Stradella operas
14 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
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