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Production reviews (16)

10 Sep 2022 - 24 Mar 2023
La traviata, VerdiOpera: Staged,  
Northern Ireland Opera Northern Ireland Opera  | Performances (4)
Giorgio Germont
17 September 2022www.theguardian.comFiona Maddocks
NI Opera’s excellent new Verdi production went straight to the heart
As the streets cleared and Belfast returned to normal after the King’s visit on Tuesday, some who had sung at the memorial service in St Anne’s Cathedral had other pressing duties: a performance of Verdi’s La Traviata at the city’s Grand Opera House, the second night of a new production by Cameron Menzies, conducted by Rebecca Lang, with the Ulster Orchestra in the pit. Northern Irel...
19 Jun 2021 - 24 Mar 2023
La Bohème, PucciniOpera: Staged,  
Royal Opera House  | Performances (8)
21 June Millington
La bohème at Royal Opera House review: a potent, unsentimental but Covid-struck staging
The students’ horseplay in the final act involves the daubing of multi-mammary graffiti on the walls of the garret. That and the stark lighting make for an alienating backdrop when the dying Mimi is helped in. Yet the staging ultimately achieves poignancy in its own terms when the casting of deep shadows almost obscures the graffiti, highlighting the pallor of Mimi’s face into the ba...
24 June 2021bachtrack.comKevin W Ng
Pared-down Puccini: The Royal Opera's La bohème gains new urgency
As the famously flirty coquette, Danielle de Niese steals the show with her antics in Café Momus, drunkenly climbing on tables and flashing her panties. While de Niese may not be the most vocally glamorous Musetta, she nicely charts the character’s development from outrageous party girl to concerned friend. Her post-breakup walk offstage at the end of Act 3 is particularly memorable ...
24 June 2021www.culturewhisper.comSéamus Rea
La Bohème, Royal Opera House 2021 review
On stage, the revival director, Dan Dooner, had to keep his principal singers safe, both in rehearsal and in performance, by reducing contact to a minimum – just the occasional arm around the shoulders or brief embrace between Mimi and Rodolfo.Act One, in which Mimi and Rodolfo meet and fall in love, and Act Four, when Mimi returns to die in Rodolfo’s arms, are the most successful in...
20 Mar 2017 - 24 Mar 2023
Madama Butterfly, PucciniOpera: NA,  
Royal Opera House  | Performances (18)
Il principe Yamadori
28 March 2017bachtrack.comMark Pullinger
Broken wings: Ermonela Jaho a devastating Madama Butterfly at Covent Garden
Elizabeth DeShong, making her Royal Opera debut, was a terrific Suzuki, her ripe, plum-toned mezzo fabulously dark in its lowest register. She turned on Carlo Bosi's wheedling marriage-broker with real venom and the Flower Duet with Jaho was beyond sublime.In the minor roles, Yuriy Yurchuk was a stately Yamadori – the prince offering Cio-Cio San a way out – and Jeremy White reprised ...
16 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2023
La traviata, VerdiOpera: NA,  
Royal Opera House  | Performances (13)
Il barone Douphol
26 June 2017www.ayoungertheatre.comJESSICA HANDSCOMB
Bakanova is undeniably the star of the show. Her voice, pure and clean, dips and rises above the orchestra. She exudes a simmering balance of gentility and intensity, weakness and strength. Her dramatization of Violetta is as brilliant and vibrant as her voice, and the emotion she injects into her arias, particularly Amami, Alfredo and the haunting Addio, del passato, is palpable. Ay...
15 Oct 2016 - 24 Mar 2023
Les contes d'Hoffmann, OffenbachOpera: NA,  
Royal Opera House  | Performances (12)
08 November 2016www.whatsonstage.comAuthorMark Valencia
Review: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Royal Opera House)
A stagey child of the 80s would drool at the prospect of designs by William Dudley, costumes by Maria Björnson, lighting by David Hersey and choreography by Eleanor Fazan. And the dream team doesn't disappoint, with a vast, versatile split-level set that accommodates intimate exchanges and near-CGI crowd scenes involving the admirable Royal Opera Chorus with equal panache.Most of the...
19 Jun 2016 - 24 Mar 2023
Werther, MassenetOpera: NA,  
Royal Opera House  | Performances (6)
19 July 2016bachtrack.comDavid Karlin
Grigolo and DiDonato light up the Royal Opera's Werther
rigolo's tenor has an appealing combination of clarity, openness and warmth. There's never any doubt that a phrase will be well turned with any high notes hit cleanly. Technically, Grigolo is highly impressive when it's time for the pianissimi or fine dynamic control. His matinée idol looks make him thoroughly credible as the youthful poet, and if I'm going to nit pick, the one imper...
16 Jan 2016 - 24 Mar 2023
La traviata, VerdiOpera: NA,  
Royal Opera House  | Performances (13)
Il barone Douphol
26 January 2016londonist.comFRANCO MILAZZO
La Traviata Is The Cathartic Opera You're Looking For: Review
The Royal Opera House’s latest revival of Richard Eyre’s version sees three different casts used during its run. The initial trio of Venera Gimadieva (Violetta), Samuel Sakker (Alfredo) and Luca Salsi (Germont) all pass muster on a difficult opening night: the original Alfredo Saimir Pirgu came down with a throat infection and was replaced on the day by the Australian tenor. Sakker, ...
9 Jan 2016 - 24 Mar 2023
Tosca, PucciniOpera: NA,  
Royal Opera House  | Performances (10)
Cesare Angelotti
12 January Takahashi
Tosca at the Royal Opera House
Uzbekistani tenor Mavlyanov made his Royal Opera debut tonight as Cavaradossi with no obvious show of nerves: his first aria Recondita Armonia was cool and composed, and his E lucevan le stelle in the final chapter displayed an impressive balance of tender warmth and burning passion. However, Frontali’s interpretation of the menacing Scarpia fell flat as the choral and orchestral for...