Royal Festival Hall, London - London
30 March 2017

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Der Freischütz

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 5

Bang on target
21 Jun 16 / The Critics' Circle
Mark Elder brought all his considerable theatrical experience to bear on the score
9 Jun 16 / Classical Source
The OAE’s 30th anniversary Der Freischütz hits the bullseye
9 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
The OAE celebrates in style with Weber’s Der Freischütz
9 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
A thoroughly well-prepared and enjoyable account of the score, rousingly delivered
9 Jun 16 / Opera Britannia
Die Zauberflöte

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 6

Fairytale Flute
17 May 16 / The Critics' Circle
A joyous evening that through innovative means did much to capture the essential spirit of The Magic Flute as a fairytale
13 May 16 / Music OMH
A charming realisation of the opera
12 May 16 / Classical Source
Fischer conducts it with infectious joy
12 May 16 / The Guardian
Leather and velvet: the Budapest Festival Orchestra's Magic Flute at the Royal Festival Hall
12 May 16 / Bachtrack
Iván Fischer’s conception of Die Zauberflöte: a quixotic mishmash of ideas
12 May 16 / Seen and Heard
Jenufa

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 9

Czech Philharmonic embellishes Jenůfa with its golden Viennese sound
25 Apr 16 / Seen and Heard
Karita Mattila marked a significant milestone in her life last week
24 Apr 16 / Express
Adriana Kohútková sang the title role with much finesse
21 Apr 16 / Opera Britannia
Karita Mattila put in the evening’s strongest performance
21 Apr 16 / Music OMH
Formidable Mattila is devastating as the Kostelnička
20 Apr 16 / The Guardian
Music of surpassing beauty
20 Apr 16 / Independent
Mattila debuts as the Kostelnicka in Jenufa
20 Apr 16 / Classical Source
A crazily lavish, almost unbearably moving performance of Jenůfa
20 Apr 16 / Telegraph
Mattila delivers powerful Kostelnička in Czech Phil's Jenůfa
20 Apr 16 / Bachtrack
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 7

Dutoit’s pacing was finely calibrated to ratchet up the tension
3 Feb 15 / Music OMH
The RPO and Dutoit presented the imagistic score with precision
2 Feb 15 / Opera Today
A tremendous account of Bartok’s unique opera
29 Jan 15 / Opera Britannia
Last-minute substitutes deliver the goods in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle
29 Jan 15 / Seen and Heard
Far more than a fairy tale
29 Jan 15 / Bachtrack
A fine performance, with Judith and Bluebeard hovering between character and archetype
29 Jan 15 / Classical Source
Bartók’s portrait of marital failure chillingly realised
29 Jan 15 / The Guardian
Pelléas et Mélisande

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 10

Salonen and a brilliant solo line-up triumph with Debussy's opera
4 Dec 14 / Independent
A more perfect combination of singers would be hard to find
2 Dec 14 / Music OMH
An extraordinary performance of an extraordinary work
2 Dec 14 / Boulezian
Salonen’s Pelléas et Mélisande an extraordinary performance and musical triumph
1 Dec 14 / Seen and Heard
A stirring concert performance of Debussy’s opera
1 Dec 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
One of Salonen’s finest achievements
29 Nov 14 / The Guardian
This Pelléas et Mélisande reminded just how inexhaustible and satisfying a work it is
29 Nov 14 / Classical Source
An unforgettable Pelléas et Mélisande at the Southbank
29 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
This Pelléas held great transparency
29 Nov 14 / Telegraph
The orchestra was the opera’s true protagonist
29 Nov 14 / Opera Britannia
La Damnation de Faust

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 2

Faust performance overshadowed by memories of Sir Colin
3 May 13 / Seen and Heard
The real star of the evening was the RPO itself
3 May 13 / Music OMH
Der Fliegende Holländer

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 11

An extraordinary performance
23 Dec 12 / The Observer
Zurich Opera deliver a superbly energised and paradoxically joyous rendition of Wagner's tragedy
20 Dec 12 / The Guardian
Thrilling Dutchman from Terfel and Zurich Opera
19 Dec 12 / Music OMH
Bryn Terfel and Anja Kampe were both in torrentially magnificent voice
18 Dec 12 / Telegraph
As a vehicle for Terfel’s Dutchman, the performance more than delivered
18 Dec 12 / Evening Standard
Bryn Terfel’s Dutchman was a towering achievement that at times threatened to blow the roof off the Royal Festival Hall
18 Dec 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Bryn Terfel by no means the only treasure on board top Swiss ship
17 Dec 12 / The Arts Desk
On this occasion, we heard Terfel justify the whole performance
17 Dec 12 / Classical Iconoclast
A passionately refined performance by the orchestra and thrilling singing
17 Dec 12 / What's on Stage
Enter the Dutchman – in the towering, implacable form of Bryn Terfel – and enter the drama
17 Dec 12 / Edward Seckerson
A thrilling evening
17 Dec 12 / Classical Source
Il Prigioniero

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 3

Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero burns with a fierce, hard flame
2 Feb 12 / Telegraph
All credit to those at the Philharmonia who made this memorable concert possible
31 Jan 12 / Opera Britannia
Dallapiccola’s one-act opera is finally revealed as a masterpiece
30 Jan 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
The History of Dr Johann Faustus

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 4

A costly and bizarre mish-mash of mysticism and doggerel
23 Nov 09 / Telegraph
The performance was undoubtedly well prepared
23 Nov 09 / The Guardian
Demanding, but insanely pleasurable
21 Nov 09 / Opera Britannia
Schnittke's oeuvre is of hugely variable quality
21 Nov 09 / Financial Times (via Google)
Wozzeck

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 4

A truly exhilarating, if emotionally draining, experience
14 Oct 09 / Seen and Heard
Simon Keenlyside delivered a stirring performance in the title role
11 Oct 09 / Music OMH
A powerful and cathartic concert performance of Berg’s expressionistic masterpiece
11 Oct 09 / Telegraph
Salonen seemed as always completely unflappable and totally in command
10 Oct 09 / Opera Britannia
Agrippina

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 4

In the role of Agrippina, Vesselina Kasarova was incomparable
21 May 09 / Classical Source
Flawed - although the best of it was superb
21 May 09 / The Guardian
As Agrippina, Vesselina Kasarova riveted attention at her every appearance
19 May 09 / Musical Pointers
The main strength of this performance was the playing of Orchestra La Scintilla
19 May 09 / Financial Times (via Google)
La Vita Nuova

Royal Festival Hall, London


No. of reviews: 8

If Martynov’s piece is an opera, it is only so in the first act
22 Feb 09 / Musical Pointers
Dire, every single second of it
21 Feb 09 / The Guardian
Vladimir Martynov’s Vita nuova promised much and delivered next to nothing
21 Feb 09 / Financial Times (via Google)
Russian musicians will tell you that Martynov’s music is guaranteed to divide opinion
21 Feb 09 / Seen and Heard
LPO fails to save deplorable twaddle
21 Feb 09 / Telegraph
So much effort; so little point
20 Feb 09 / The Times
Auf Moderne folgt Tradition
20 Feb 09 / Wiener Zeitung
The pull of the inferno seemed irresistible
20 Feb 09 / Independent
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