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Semiramide

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 7

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
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
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
Opera on an unforgivingly small scale
6 Nov 17 / The Guardian
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
5 Nov 17 / Classical Source
Great singing but little dramatic impact
5 Nov 17 / Telegraph
Lucia di Lammermoor

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 13

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
The original kitchen sink
5 Nov 17 / The Observer
This revival suggests that “lessons have been learnt”
5 Nov 17 / Express
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
A devastating revival of Katie Mitchell's Lucia di Lammermoor
2 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
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.
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
Verdi's 'unjustly neglected' early work
17 Oct 17 / Express
A beautiful and brilliant staging
17 Oct 17 / Independent
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
Terrific show
16 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
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 high expectations riding on the Royal Opera’s new La Bohème are happily met
17 Sep 17 / Express
The orchestra may throb, but the Royal Opera’s Bohème needs a bit of passion
17 Sep 17 / The Sunday Times
No boos for Richard Jones’s stylish new production of Puccini’s masterpiece
16 Sep 17 / The Observer
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
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
Richard Jones meets the challenge of replacing a classic production head on
12 Sep 17 / The Stage
'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.
Otello

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 46

Operatic history is made in London
6 Aug 17 / The New Criterion
Perhaps Kaufmann’s greatest strength might be that his presence never overwhelms this production
21 Jul 17 / A Younger Theatre
Kaufmann frente a Kunde como Otello en el Covent Garden
18 Jul 17 / Beckmesser
L'Otello hors-style de Jonas Kaufmann au Royal Opera House
13 Jul 17 / ResMusica
Abondance d'Otello ne nuit pas
12 Jul 17 / Forum Opéra
Un decepcionante Otello con Jonas Kaufmann en Londres
12 Jul 17 / Opera World (Spanish)
Moor is less
11 Jul 17 / The Critics' Circle
Con Rolex y sin mordente
7 Jul 17 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
El debut de Kaufmann como Otello
7 Jul 17 / Beckmesser
Keith Warner nails his colours firmly to the mast at the start of the Royal Opera House's new production of Otello
6 Jul 17 / Opera Journal
Voilà une prise de rôle que le public attendait avec une fébrilité bien excusable
6 Jul 17 / Anaclase
Leaving blood on the shirt
4 Jul 17 / parterre box
Jonas Kaufmann stars in this searing account of Verdi’s tender, passionate and violent opera
2 Jul 17 / Daily Mail
Le premier Otello triomphal de Jonas Kaufmann
1 Jul 17 / Diapason
Vocal performances to treasure despite Stygian gloom of Keith Warner’s Covent Garden Otello
30 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Jonas Kaufmann cements his legacy as one of history’s great Otellos
30 Jun 17 / OperaWire
Is the Jonas now too big a star to embody anything but himself?
29 Jun 17 / The Spectator
Et Cassio s'est converti en Otello
29 Jun 17 / Wanderer
As Otello, Jonas Kaufmann gave a wonderfully nuanced performance
28 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Il Otello di Jonas Kaufmann
28 Jun 17 / Operaclick (Ita)
Toute première fois
27 Jun 17 / Forum Opéra
Kaufmann's first Otello
26 Jun 17 / Opera Today
An underpowered Kaufmann is outshone by Iago
26 Jun 17 / The Observer
Otello à la Royal Opera House de Londres
26 Jun 17 / Opera Online
Jonas Kaufmanns Otello: Nur ein Seitensprung
25 Jun 17 / Merkur
At Covent Garden last week Kaufmann triumphed as the Moorish General at the time and place of his choice
25 Jun 17 / Express
Hamlet at Glyndebourne: ‘I felt as I was experiencing the play with fresh eyes and ears'
24 Jun 17 / Country Life
The evening’s most complete vocal performance came from Maria Agresta as Desdemona
24 Jun 17 / Opera News
Jonas Kaufmann’s Otello is conceived on a human scale, his sound wonderfully burnished and romantic
24 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Give me Moor, Moor, Moor! A triumphant Otello at the Royal Opera
24 Jun 17 / Metro
Es fehlt die Otello-Stimme
23 Jun 17 / BR-online
Opera is a powerful production with a hole at the centre
23 Jun 17 / Daily Mail
The hottest ticket this year
23 Jun 17 / Independent
Pappano's orchestra was electrically alive
23 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
All the best things emanated from the pit
23 Jun 17 / Classical Source
A bronze-toned lion of Venice: Kaufmann debuts as Otello at Covent Garden
23 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Musical standards aid Kaufmann's debut, if production raises questions
23 Jun 17 / Limelight
Apart from singing beautifully, Kaufmann gives a convincing portrayal of Otello
23 Jun 17 / Express
Kaufmann thrills in a dark, expressionistic staging
23 Jun 17 / The Guardian
Simply put, Kaufmann is the great Otello for this generation of opera lovers
23 Jun 17 / City A.M.
Tenor am Anschlag – Jonas Kaufmann singt „Otello“
23 Jun 17 / Die Welt
Esultate! Jonas Kaufmann debuts as Otello
22 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Jonas Kaufmann sings an 'Otello' for the ages
22 Jun 17 / New York Times
Jonas Kaufmann’s introverted portrayal is countered by macho performances from the Royal Opera orchestra and chorus
22 Jun 17 / The Times
An Otello to rank with the finest
22 Jun 17 / Evening Standard
Jonas Kaufmann's debut let down by a lame and ugly staging
22 Jun 17 / Telegraph
Otello: opera, identity politics and blacking-up
Opera companies now eschew the once traditional black makeup for the lead in Verdi’s masterpiece, but it remains a controversial issue that highlights the need to nurture more diverse talent.
Major cancellation for The Royal Opera’s new ‘Otello’
Ludovic Tézier has canceled the upcoming production of Verdi’s “Otello” at the Royal Opera House.
Cinema will save opera for a new generation
Streaming opera in the cinema could save it for a new generation, a Royal Opera House director has suggested, as he claims it is helping to weed out the "hammy" over-acting young audiences hate.
Turandot

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 20

The most striking thing about the entire production is the set
4 Aug 17 / A Younger Theatre
Los dos repartos de “Turandot” en el Covent Garden
18 Jul 17 / Beckmesser
Andrei Serban’s Oriental staging of Turandot is now in its 16th revival and still packing in the audiences
16 Jul 17 / Express
Roberto Alagna is an obsessive if imposingly rich-toned Calaf
16 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Lise Lindstrom was sensational as the fair Miss Frigidaire of the title
15 Jul 17 / The Observer
Lendemain qui chante
13 Jul 17 / Forum Opéra
Lise Lindstrom is magisterial as the tortured ice queen
13 Jul 17 / What's on Stage
Christine Goerke’s portrayal of the eponymous anti-heroin is truly terrifying
13 Jul 17 / Spear's
Turandot à Londres, toujours un très grand spectacle!
12 Jul 17 / ResMusica
Trente trois ans mais pas une ride
11 Jul 17 / Forum Opéra
Una “Turandot” brutal en el Covent Garden
11 Jul 17 / Beckmesser
Alagna leads wonderful cast in the 16th revival of Andrei Serban’s Covent Garden Turandot
10 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Il fasto orientale di Turandot
9 Jul 17 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
Spectacular riddles: Serban's Turandot returns to Covent Garden
9 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
Goerke, with her full and richly hued soprano is exceptional as the icy Turandot
9 Jul 17 / Music OMH
Fairytale spectacle
9 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Hibla Gerzmava, as the slave-girl Liu, steals the show
7 Jul 17 / Independent
Solid and capably performed revival of Andrei Serban’s 34-year-old production
7 Jul 17 / The Stage
A masterclass in theatrical claustrophobia
7 Jul 17 / The Times
This perplexing but much-loved opera is starting to look a bit tired for its sixteenth revival
6 Jul 17 / Evening Standard
ROH to stream ‘Turandot’ on YouTube & BP Big Screens
The live stream will be shown on the Royal Opera’s website and on Youtube and will be available for a further 30 days after the live stream.
Mitridate, re di Ponto

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 17

Fondamentale per il successo dell'opera è tuttavia Michael Spyres
19 Jul 17 / Operaclick (Ita)
Un Mozart que promete…
17 Jul 17 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Spyres et Crowe au sommet
16 Jul 17 / Forum Opéra
Les chanteurs savent faire vivre ces attributs inhabituels avec une élégance plus que convaincante
7 Jul 17 / Anaclase
Virtuosity galore, in a vivid, primary coloured spectacle
3 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
Singing is of a dazzling order
2 Jul 17 / Express
A top cast dolls up for Mozart’s Mitridate
1 Jul 17 / The Observer
Modish production
1 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Spyres and Crowe take the vocal honours at Covent Garden's Mitridate
1 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
Rousset and Royal Opera dazzle with Mozart’s Mitridate
29 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Spectacular Mozart fireworks in sweet-wrapper costumes
29 Jun 17 / The Guardian
A new generation of star singers in Covent Garden's venerable 1991 production
28 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Lucy Crowe, as Ismene, brings down the house with a soprano artistry beyond compare
28 Jun 17 / Independent
As a vehicle for glorious singing this was a delight
28 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Albina Shagimuratova is glorious in the role of the King’s fiancée Aspasia, but Lucy Crowe is even better as Ismene
28 Jun 17 / Express
Albina Shagimuratova and Lucy Crowe offered the vocal high-points of this first-night performance
28 Jun 17 / Classical Source
La Traviata

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Ekaterina Bakanova is undeniably the star of the show
30 Jun 17 / A Younger Theatre
Corinne Winters triumphs in Verdi’s heart wrenching masterwork
29 Jun 17 / OperaWire
Inconsistent vocals mediated by strong conducting
26 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova stands out as a stunning Violetta
16 Jun 17 / The Upcoming
Ekaterina Bakanova a touchingly fragile Violetta in Covent Garden Traviata
15 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Joyce El-Khoury, in her Royal Opera debut, is ideal for the part
22 Jan 17 / Express
Joyce El-Khoury, making her Royal Opera debut, really grows as Violetta over the course of the evening
22 Jan 17 / Music OMH
Richard Eyre's glorious production continues to draw hugely appreciative audiences at Covent Garden
21 Jan 17 / Express
Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury more than stands up to the role of Violetta
19 Jan 17 / The Upcoming
Sensitivity and skill
19 Jan 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Joyce El-Khoury holds the tale together as Violetta
18 Jan 17 / Broadway World
Imperfect but enjoyable
18 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
Sensitive, subtle and still the best around
18 Jan 17 / Telegraph
Solid, but cautious
18 Jan 17 / The Stage
Drama and subtle insights
18 Jan 17 / The Guardian
Covent Garden sees new cast perform Verdi’s La Traviata with mixed results
18 Jan 17 / Seen and Heard
Joyce El-Khoury commands the stage with radiant authority
18 Jan 17 / Independent
The return of Richard Eyre's beloved production of Verdi's most popular opera
18 Jan 17 / What's on Stage
L'elisir d'amore

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Ivan Magrì è stato la star della serata
18 Jun 17 / OperaeOpera
It is a joy to revisit Laurence Pelly’s 2007 take on Donizetti’s masterpiece L’Elisir d’Amore
5 Jun 17 / Express
South African soprano Pretty Yende lit up the 1950s-set production with beaming smiles and agile singing
31 May 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Genuinely special
31 May 17 / The Stage
A real feel-good elixir that send all the audience home with a big smile on their faces
30 May 17 / Express
It remains a winning formula
30 May 17 / Independent
The Royal Opera should hold on to the South African soprano Pretty Yende — she shows she has everything in Donizetti’s bel canto comedy
30 May 17 / The Times
Joyeuse reprise
30 May 17 / Forum Opéra
At the centre of the performance is Liparit Avetisyan’s touching Nemorino
29 May 17 / Classical Source
Giant haystacks: Pelly's sunny L'elisir d'amore romps back to Covent Garden
29 May 17 / Bachtrack
Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan are the stars of the future in the Royal Opera’s L’Elisir d’Amore
29 May 17 / Seen and Heard
Laurent Pelly's joyous staging of Donizetti's opera returns in a star-making revival
29 May 17 / What's on Stage
Royal Opera House cast and audience evacuated
Cast members and theatre-goers were evacuated from the Royal Opera House in London after a fire alarm went off mid-performance.
Don Carlo

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 18

Un beau travail d'équipe
1 Jun 17 / Forum Opéra
Bryan Hymel, in his role debut, is an ardent-toned and febrile Carlos
21 May 17 / Express
It still looks spectacular
20 May 17 / The Observer
A taut, compelling account of Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House
18 May 17 / The Spectator
The standard of the singing an acting make this a production well worth seeing
17 May 17 / Express
The evening’s tours de force come from Ekaterina Semenchuk
17 May 17 / Independent
Not quite a vintage revival but much to enjoy
17 May 17 / Planet Hugill
Verdi's opera of love and politics returns in Nicholas Hytner's production
17 May 17 / What's on Stage
Tutti colori di Don Carlo
17 May 17 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
No flames in this revival, but that lets you concentrate on the extraordinary music of Verdi’s anticlerical masterpiece
16 May 17 / The Times
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11 Sep 2017 to 20 Jul 2018
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30 Oct to 27 Nov 2017
Rossini
19 Nov to 16 Dec 2017
Mascagni
29 Nov 2017 to 13 Jan 2018
Leoncavallo
29 Nov 2017 to 13 Jan 2018
Verdi
14 Dec 2017 to 16 Jan 2018
Strauss, R
8 to 30 Jan 2018
Monteverdi
10 to 21 Jan 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

'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
World emoji day
Royal Opera House tells stories in emojis. Could this be the first time opera and emojis have gone together?
18 Jul 2017 / Evening Standard
ROH to stream ‘Turandot’ on YouTube & BP Big Screens
The live stream will be shown on the Royal Opera’s website and on Youtube and will be available for a further 30 days after the live stream.
8 Jul 2017 / OperaWire