English National Opera - Doctor Dee Reviews
19 April 2021
Damon Albarn, Steven Page, John Hilton, Melanie Pappenheim
Christopher Robson, Clemmie Sveaas, Paul Hilton
Paul Hilton, Melanie Pappenheim, Christopher Robson
Rebecca Sutherland
Paul Hilton, Anna Dennis

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Doctor Dee

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 17

A gorgeous visual feast which begins and ends with free-flying ravens
9 Jul 12 / TNT Magazine
A rather exciting experience in the opera house
9 Jul 12 / Musical Pointers
While often baffling, Dr Dee proves oddly gripping
5 Jul 12 / What's on Stage
There was a dazzling variety in the styles of musicianship displayed on stage and in the pit
3 Jul 12 / Opera Britannia
Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris's Dr Dee has some exquisite moments
1 Jul 12 / Independent on Sunday
An operatic celebration of England that's as intelligent as it is entertaining
30 Jun 12 / The Arts Desk
Insipid, uninspired, boring and a sham
30 Jun 12 / Seen and Heard
England's opera spectaculars
29 Jun 12 / Wall Street Journal
Dr Dee the opera is, for the most part, little more than the indifferent collection of songs at its core
29 Jun 12 / Classical Source
A weirdly beautiful and original fantasia
28 Jun 12 / Telegraph
A lavish, hugely imaginative and energetic staging
28 Jun 12 / The Guardian
Is it really an opera? Could it be done without Albarn?
28 Jun 12 / Evening Standard
Damon Albarn cooks up a weird and wonderful feast for eye and ear with Dr Dee
28 Jun 12 / Daily Mail
At best, this is ultimately a very pretty piece of musical theatre; at worst, a pretentious vanity project
28 Jun 12 / Londonist
A thing unto itself
28 Jun 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Musically, the evening centres on Albarn himself
28 Jun 12 / The Stage
Albarn's divisive tale of an Elizabethan mathematician just doesn't add up
27 Jun 12 / Independent
Angels, magic and the birth of modern science
As Damon Albarn's opera Dr Dee opens in London, Carole Jahme wonders why Dee has been written out of the history of science.
Damon Albarn interview: the magic and mystery of Dr Dee
Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris have let the subject of their opera Dr Dee - part of London 2012 Festival - become an obsession, says Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate.
Production details
Dennis, Robson, Pappenheim, Page, Hilton, Couper, Sveaas, Sutherland
(c) Higgins (d) Norris
Performance dates
25, 26, 28, 29 June, 4, 6, 7(m), 7 July 2012
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