The Royal Opera - The Minotaur Reviews
4 June 2020
Christine Rice (Ariadne)
Chorus
Elizabeth Meister (Ker)
Johan Reuter (Theseus)
John Tomlinson (Minotaur)

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The Minotaur

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 15

John Tomlinson marks his 35th anniversary at Covent Garden with a towering, title performance
27 Jan 13 / Telegraph
Harrison Birtwistle's opera The Minotaur has all the terrifying power of Greek tragedy
23 Jan 13 / Telegraph
This production is an operatic blood bath
22 Jan 13 / Spear's
The slowly unfolding drama never lets go
21 Jan 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
John Tomlinson sings the title role with a deep understanding of the ragged dignity that is at the centre of the work
21 Jan 13 / What's on Stage
The Minotaur returned, with mostly the same cast and greater clarity and force
20 Jan 13 / The Observer
Orchestra, chorus, conductor, principals, all came together for this revival to produce something really special
20 Jan 13 / Musical Criticism
Musically the opera is dazzling and should survive as one of the great modern scores
19 Jan 13 / Classical Source
Monstrous Sir John celebrates 35 years in opera
19 Jan 13 / Seen and Heard
Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur comes a small step closer to repertory status
19 Jan 13 / Opera Britannia
Revival of Birtwistle's 2008 take on the classic myth proves it is a keeper
19 Jan 13 / The Arts Desk
An outstanding achievement from all concerned
19 Jan 13 / The Stage
When the company gets new opera right, it does so in style
19 Jan 13 / The Guardian
Harrison Birtwistle's gory version of The Minotaur leaves Rupert Christiansen cold
19 Jan 13 / Telegraph
Great show, shame about the libretto
18 Jan 13 / Independent
Understudying: the waiting game
Don't feel sorry for understudy Richard Scott. Waiting, listening, and watching in the wings every night means he gets to know and love the best of contemporary opera.
Production details
Cast
Rice, Reuter, Tomlinson, Meister, Watts, Oke, Gaspar, Livingston, Gringyte, Laing, Towers, Gaspar
(c) Wigglesworth (d) Langridge
Performance dates
17, 21, 24, 26, 28 January 2013
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