English National Opera - The Pilgrim's Progress Reviews
19 April 2021
Colin Judson (Lord Lechery), Chorus
Roland Wood (Pilgrim), Kitty Whately, Aoife O'Sullivan, Eleanor Dennis (Three Shining Ones)

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The Pilgrim's Progress

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 21

Comme un rituel
11 Dec 12 / Concertclassic.com
En route pour la Cité Céleste
27 Nov 12 / Altamusica
Absolutely théâtral?
20 Nov 12 / Forum Opéra
A hugely accomplished and sometimes brilliant show
19 Nov 12 / Musical Criticism
Only a partial success
17 Nov 12 / Telegraph
A jailhouse Pilgrim? It really rocks
13 Nov 12 / Daily Mail
Vaughan Williams can regard the Coli as a place of safe refuge
12 Nov 12 / Opera Britannia
ENO's take on Vaughan Williams is an operatic triumph
11 Nov 12 / Independent on Sunday
You either respond to this sound world or you don't
11 Nov 12 / The Observer
ENO's new production of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress is a musical triumph
9 Nov 12 / Londonist
Why Vaughan Williams' opera Pilgrim's Progress is a good (in every sense) piece
9 Nov 12 / Telegraph
The production was discreet, elegant, purposeful and full of surprises
7 Nov 12 / Classical Source
ENO’s Pilgrim progresses via death row
7 Nov 12 / Seen and Heard
The plaudits must go to conductor Martyn Brabbins and his wonderful brass
7 Nov 12 / Independent
This is exactly the sort of work ENO should be doing
7 Nov 12 / What's on Stage
A new production finally welcomes Vaughan Williams' opera home to the Celestial City
7 Nov 12 / The Arts Desk
The spiritual heart of the piece comes over powerfully
7 Nov 12 / The Stage
A 60 year wait is over
7 Nov 12 / The Huffington Post
This revival of Vaughan Williams’s opera is burdened by its preachy political imprisonment setting
7 Nov 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Martyn Brabbins clearly believes in the score's quality
7 Nov 12 / The Guardian
A quiet triumph
7 Nov 12 / Telegraph
The Pilgrim's Progress: Vaughan Williams's masterpiece returns
On the eve of its comeback performance at English National Opera, conductor Martyn Brabyns explains why it has taken more than 60 years to bring this opera back to the stage.
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Production details
Wood, Nelson, von Bergen, Robinson, Judson, Sprague, Richardson, Dennis, Whately, Murray, O'Sullivan
(c) Brabbins (d) Oida
Performance dates
5, 9, 16, 20, 22, 24, 28 November 2012
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