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Le nozze di Figaro

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Un divertissement qui vaut le détour
12 Apr 20 / Opera Online
An inventive and well-sung production
1 Apr 20 / The Stage
An entertaining and worthwhile The Marriage of Figaro at the London Coliseum
23 Mar 20 / Opera Online (English)
Comedy with knobs on
18 Mar 20 / Bachtrack
Sexual desire drives the new Figaro at English National Opera
17 Mar 20 / The Article
Energised attitudes, lower-level humanism
17 Mar 20 / The Arts Desk
Superb singing in hilarious staging
16 Mar 20 / The Guardian
ENO’s new Marriage of Figaro is a real tonic in these uncertain times
16 Mar 20 / Seen and Heard
A new, blank-canvas Figaro at English National Opera
16 Mar 20 / Opera Today
Madama Butterfly

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Natalya Romaniw reigns supreme in Madam Butterfly at the London Coliseum
23 Mar 20 / Opera Online (English)
Natalya Romaniw in gloriously impressive in the title role
4 Mar 20 / Express
Pulling the heart strings: Madam Butterfly returns to ENO
3 Mar 20 / Bachtrack
Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw triumphs in the title role
2 Mar 20 / The Observer
A wonderful role debut for Natalya Romaniw in ENO's revival of Minghella's Madama Butterfly
28 Feb 20 / Opera Today
Luisa Miller

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

ENO’s wonderful singers compensate for a disordered modern dress Luisa Miller
22 Feb 20 / Seen and Heard
Neglected work brought back to passionate life
18 Feb 20 / Evening Standard
ENO no-no
18 Feb 20 / The Critics' Circle
A passion for patriarchy
17 Feb 20 / The Observer
Alexander Joel directed a well-paced and lively account of the score
17 Feb 20 / Classical Source
An emphasis on the psychological paid dividends in the performances
17 Feb 20 / Opera Today
A missed opportunity
16 Feb 20 / Express
An uneven production but hardly one that warranted the boos that greeted the production team.
16 Feb 20 / Music OMH
English National Opera kicks 2020 off with a turkey
14 Feb 20 / Independent
A treat for the ears, if not the eyes
14 Feb 20 / The Guardian
Fantastic singing, but no wonder the production was booed
14 Feb 20 / Telegraph
Love, intrigue… and black paint-play
14 Feb 20 / Bachtrack
Carmen

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Calixto Bieito’s direct and disturbing Carmen is now in its second revival
11 Feb 20 / Classical Source
Strength of ensemble in the casting is a defining factor of this ENO Carmen revival
10 Feb 20 / Seen and Heard
Carmen à l’English National Opera, Almodóvar ​dans la langue de j’expire
10 Feb 20 / Olyrix
This production embraces its new potential with vigour
7 Feb 20 / A Younger Theatre
On the positive side, Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyté played the title role in delightfully seductive style
6 Feb 20 / Express
Empty hunger: Bieito’s Carmen returns to ENO
4 Feb 20 / Bachtrack
Bieito's Carmen returns to English National Opera
31 Jan 20 / Opera Today
Underpowered revival of a bold production
31 Jan 20 / The Stage
Orphée

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

Orpheus at ENO: house of the dead
6 Dec 19 / Opera Now
Orpheus in London: Four Orpheus operas at the English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Orphée at English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / Express
There’s some gorgeous singing and playing
23 Nov 19 / Metro
Classic Cocteau film gets trademark treatment from Philip Glass
21 Nov 19 / Morning Star Online
Once again, the ENO turn out to be great advocates for the operas of Philip Glass
21 Nov 19 / Opera Journal
An intriguing, surreal conclusion to ENO’s Orpheus quartet
20 Nov 19 / The Article
It really is a feast for the ears and eyes. And enthralling drama.
19 Nov 19 / Classical Source
This is as opera noir it gets
19 Nov 19 / Opera Today
Disquieting and beautifully done
18 Nov 19 / The Guardian
Glass’s Cocteau adaptation may be marshmallowy, but this ENO production is good and sharp
18 Nov 19 / Telegraph
ENO’s production and performance of Glass’s Orphée has a vitality that almost throbs
18 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
The cast is well stocked with ENO regulars
18 Nov 19 / Music OMH
The Mask of Orpheus

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Orpheus at ENO: house of the dead
6 Dec 19 / Opera Now
Orpheus in London: Four Orpheus operas at the English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
This opera by the British composer Harrison Birtwistle is a complete mess - but a rather brilliant mess
3 Nov 19 / Express
Fontanals-Simmons and Hoare are standouts in ENO’s The Mask of Orpheus though orchestra gets glitterball
31 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Birtwistle's The Mask of Orpheus is anything but simple
31 Oct 19 / Opera Journal
Birtwistle’s Mask of Orpheus submerged by high camp spectacle
23 Oct 19 / The Article
ENO reinvents Birtwhistle’s Mask of Orpheus with clowns, latex and oodles of camp
22 Oct 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
Daniel Kramer's camp carnival defuses any focus in Birtwistle's bruising score
22 Oct 19 / The Arts Desk
Not for the first time, alas, ENO has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory
22 Oct 19 / Opera Today
A mysterious spectacle which pushes unusual emotional buttons
21 Oct 19 / Music OMH
Travesty of a production is nothing to laugh about
21 Oct 19 / The Guardian
For the average audience, this is a physical and mental ordeal
21 Oct 19 / Telegraph
Orphée aux Enfers

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Orpheus at ENO: house of the dead
6 Dec 19 / Opera Now
Orpheus in London: Four Orpheus operas at the English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Orphée aux Enfers, Offenbach version british à l'English National Opera
16 Nov 19 / Olyrix
To hell with it
16 Oct 19 / The Critics' Circle
Emma Rice’s #MeToo ENO Orpheus in the Underworld is bleached of all its inherent charm
14 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
A humourless hike to Hades
14 Oct 19 / Opera Today
The company has assembled a good ensemble of old pros and new blood, with interesting results
7 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Balloons for tutus and jarring tragedy
7 Oct 19 / The Guardian
Emma Rice’s misjudged production
7 Oct 19 / The Stage
Emma Rice's lively new production somewhat misses the point of Offenbach
7 Oct 19 / Planet Hugill
Lucia Lucas: Making UK operatic debut at the ENO
Lucia Lucas has entered into the history books by becoming the first transgender singer to perform with the English National Opera in London.
Orfeo ed Euridice

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 15

Orpheus at ENO: house of the dead
6 Dec 19 / Opera Now
Orpheus in London: Four Orpheus operas at the English National Opera
27 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
To hell with it
16 Oct 19 / The Critics' Circle
Extraordinary colours and choreography in Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice
9 Oct 19 / The Article
Wayne McGregor’s ENO debut is all about the dance
7 Oct 19 / The Observer
Wayne McGregor's stylish take on Gluck's Orpheus, with Alice Coote in the title role, opens ENO's new season
7 Oct 19 / Planet Hugill
Gluck has got the ENO's Orpheus season off to a good start
5 Oct 19 / Express
A visually distinctive Orpheus and Eurydice from English National Opera
3 Oct 19 / Financial Times (via Google)
The cheerleaders flooding the auditorium in fawning support roared with support
3 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Wayne McGregor provides a striking staging
3 Oct 19 / The Guardian
Wayne McGregor’s reach-me-down choreography is an intrusive presence on stage
3 Oct 19 / Independent
Pellucid music and two heart-tugging leads let down by anodyne choreography
3 Oct 19 / Telegraph
Much to admire in ENOs staging of Orpheus and Eurydice
3 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Wayne McGregor's dance-opera opens ENO's 2019-20 season
3 Oct 19 / Opera Today
Wayne McGregor’s visually striking production
3 Oct 19 / The Stage
The Mikado

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Looks fresher than it feels
6 Nov 19 / The Stage
Jonathan Miller’s The Mikado returns once more to ENO but is showing its age
5 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
Noye's Fludde

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 7

A charming, heartfelt new production of Noye's Fludde that shows off Britten's skill in writing for children
11 Jul 19 / The Spectator
All aboard
9 Jul 19 / The Critics' Circle
Floods theatre with colour and a nervous moose
8 Jul 19 / The Guardian
A rousing, colourful production
7 Jul 19 / The Observer
An engaging production of Noye’s Fludde offers considerably more than the sum of its parts
6 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Two-by-two in Stratford East: Britten's Noye's Fludde on location
5 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
Lucky Stratford East to have such resources, talent and ambition in its midst
5 Jul 19 / Metro
Hansel und Gretel

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Midsummer may seem an odd time for a pantomime, but this production really works
21 Jun 19 / Express
ENO take fairytale opera and fly with it
19 Jun 19 / The Guardian
An enchanting Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Theatre
19 Jun 19 / Opera Today
ENO and the Open Air Theatre join forces for a lip-smacking Hansel and Gretel
19 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
A magical evening at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
19 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Dido and Aeneas

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Dido for generation Z
19 May 19 / The Observer
A fuzzy update of Purcell’s opera for a younger audience
16 May 19 / The Stage
Purcell's Queen comes over all Bridget Jones in incoherent staging
16 May 19 / The Guardian
Purcell's opera renamed and relocated by ENO and the Unicorn Theatre
16 May 19 / Bachtrack
Opera's Dido
From Queen of Carthage to single mum in Bermondsey.
Paul Bunyan

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A very up-market pantomime
17 May 19 / Express
ENO’s Paul Bunyan is a magnificent, hugely entertaining evening
16 May 19 / Seen and Heard
The cast is extremely strong
12 May 19 / Music OMH
Paul Bunyan is a strange hybrid of a piece
11 May 19 / Classical Source
Singing animals, heroic lumberjacks, pure melody and riotous entertainment in ENO's Paul Bunyan
11 May 19 / Bachtrack
Jack the Ripper

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Vocally it’s an operatic perfect storm
6 Apr 19 / Metro
ENO’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel gets lost in the Whitechapel maze
6 Apr 19 / Seen and Heard
ENO's Jack the Ripper needs to decide if it wants to be a gore-fest or social history
4 Apr 19 / The Spectator
A new opera tells the stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims
2 Apr 19 / The Economist
A crucial corrective that fails to match its ambition
2 Apr 19 / Independent
An impressive achievement
2 Apr 19 / Evening Standard
The casting of this production is absolutely first rate and redeems a production which splinters too often
2 Apr 19 / Opera Today
Iain Bell's new opera for ENO
2 Apr 19 / Bachtrack
An important addition to the operatic repertoire
1 Apr 19 / Classical Source
Draining the life out of a full-blooded story
1 Apr 19 / Telegraph
Murder victims refuse to come to life
1 Apr 19 / The Guardian
A limited achievement
1 Apr 19 / The Stage
The opera bringing dignity back to Jack the Ripper's victims
In The Women of Whitechapel, it is not the serial killer who’s the star, but three generations of formidable ENO singing talent evoking colourful lives in the slum streets he stalked.
Die Zauberflöte

English National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

McBurney has turned a great Mozart opera into something even greater
23 Mar 19 / Express
A Magic Flute for our times
20 Mar 19 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
ENO’s production of The Magic Flute feels like a surprisingly contemporary and immersive experience
19 Mar 19 / Gay Times
Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO
19 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Fine singing is the best feature of ENO’s Magic Flute revival
18 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
A strong cast in a highly engaging revival of Mozart's The Magic Flute from Simon McBurney, ENO & Complicité
18 Mar 19 / Planet Hugill
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Alexandra Palace to host first drive-in opera performances
English National Opera (ENO) has announced plans to stage a series of drive-in opera performances at Alexandra Palace, in what is thought to be a world first.
25 Apr 2020 / Independent
English National Opera to open 2020-21 season with 'Hairspray'
In a letter the company sent to artists and agents, ENO announced that it will show the musical for 10 weeks.
4 Apr 2020 / OperaWire
The jury's out on ENO's bold Orpheus-fest
It was brave of English National Opera to schedule four operas about Orpheus this autumn. The outcome has been decidedly mixed reviews.
11 Nov 2019 / The Observer
ENO names Annilese Miskimmon as new artistic director
ENO has announced the Belfast-born director will replace Daniel Kramer in 2020, with a remit to broaden opera’s audience.
9 Oct 2019 / The Guardian
Lucia Lucas: Making UK operatic debut at the ENO
Lucia Lucas has entered into the history books by becoming the first transgender singer to perform with the English National Opera in London.
6 Oct 2019 / BBC News