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Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
London

With John Wilson, Gershwin's music is the winner at ENO's Porgy and Bess

By , 11 October 2018
****1
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Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

By , 28 September 2018
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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Genevieve Girling
London

New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's

By , 03 September 2018
*****
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Daniel Alexander Sidhom (Miles) © Johan Persson
London

Knocking it out the (Regent's) Park: ENO's The Turn of the Screw

By , 25 June 2018
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Lucy Hall (Galatea) © Dani Harvey
London

#Handel@ENO: Acis and Galatea for the social media age

By , 11 June 2018
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Lucy Crowe (Countess Almaviva) © Alastair Muir
London

Lust and labyrinths: The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera

By , 29 March 2018
****1
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Claudia Boyle (Violetta) © Catherine Ashmore
London

More croce than delizia: Daniel Kramer’s new Traviata offers entertainment but little heart

By , 16 March 2018
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Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
London

Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream

By , 01 March 2018
****1
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ENO Chorus © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL
London

A colourful, exuberant riot: Iolanthe at English National Opera

By , 13 February 2018
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Toby Spence (Gandhi), ENO chorus © Donald Cooper
London

A persistent meditative state: Glass' Satyagraha at English National Opera

By , 07 February 2018
***11
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Sasha Cooke (Marnie) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of Winston Graham's novel

By , 18 November 2017
***11
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Morgan Pearse (Figaro) © Robbie Jack
London

A razor sharp Barber of Seville revived at English National Opera

By , 05 October 2017
****1
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Latonia Moore (Aida) © Tristram Kenton
London

Billowing silk and blue hair: Phelim McDermott creates an evocative Aida for ENO

By , 28 September 2017
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Simone Young © Reto Klar
London

English National Opera presents a fervent Gerontius at the Southbank Centre

By , 01 July 2017
****1
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Lawrence Brownlee (Charlie Parker) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

A moving tribute in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

By , 09 June 2017
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Sarah Tynan (Partenope) © Donald Cooper
London

Partenope at ENO: pleasant enough but little more

By , 15 March 2017
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Timothy Robinson (Camillo) and Iain Paterson (Leontes) © Johan Persson
London

“A sad tale’s best for winter”: Wigglesworth's Shakespeare full of eloquent clarity at the Coliseum

By , 27 February 2017
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Ashley Riches (The Pirate King) and Andrew Shore (Major General Stanley) © Tom Bowles
London

Petticoated pirate romp: The Pirates of Penzance at ENO

By , 09 February 2017
***11
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Nicholas Pallesen (Rigoletto) and Nicholas Folwell (Monterone) © Alastair Muir
London

Miller's Rigoletto makes a flawed return to English National Opera

By , 02 February 2017
***11
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James Morris (Dr. Schön), Brenda Rae (Lulu) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Dramatic intensity, risk of sensory overload: ENO's Lulu

By , 09 November 2016
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Robert McPherson (Nadir), Claudia Boyle (Leïla) and Jacques Imbrailo (Zurga) © Robbie Jack
London

Slow to ignite: tepid revival of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at ENO

By , 19 October 2016
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Keri Alkema (Tosca) and Craig Colclough (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

A mixed Tosca from English National Opera

By , 03 October 2016
***11
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Nicholas Crawley (Masetto) and Mary Bevan (Zerlina) © Robert Workman
London

Strong in concept, strong in casting: Richard Jones' Don Giovanni at ENO

By , 30 September 2016
****1
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Peter Hoare (Laca) and Laura Wilde (Jenůfa) © Donald Cooper
London

Janáček's score, Alden's direction and Wigglesworth's conducting make a searing Jenůfa at ENO

By , 23 June 2016
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Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Heidi Melton (Isolde) © Catherine Ashmore | ENO
London

Transfigured night: Tristan and Isolde at ENO

By , 09 June 2016
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Rena Harms (Cio-Cio San) and Sorrow © Tom Bowles
London

Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly at ENO

By , 16 May 2016
***11
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Glass' Akhnaten at ENO: an utterly absorbing visual and aural experience

By , 04 March 2016
*****
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Marjorie Owens (Norma) © Alastair Muir | ENO
London

Sparkling Bellini: ENO tackles its first Norma

By , 17 February 2016
****1
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Peter Coleman-Wright (Papageno) © ENO | Robbie Jack
London

An incandescent Magic Flute from Mark Wigglesworth at ENO

By , 05 February 2016
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Mary Bevan (Yum-Yum) and Anthony Gregory (Nanki-Poo) © ENO | Tristram Kenton
London

Jonathan Miller’s stylish, spirited Mikado revived once again at ENO

By , 21 November 2015
***11
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Calixto Bieito's production of The Force of Destiny © Robert Workman
London

Barbed wire and gruel: cold comfort in ENO’s Force of Destiny

By , 09 November 2015
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Corinne Winters (Mimì) and Zach Borichevsky (Rodolfo) © Tristram Kenton | ENO
London

A heroine on heroin: ENO’s cold Bohème lacks heart

By , 16 October 2015
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Andrew Shore (Dr Bartolo) and Barnaby Rea (Don Basilio) © Mike Hoban | ENO
London

Shore’s Bartolo shines in a Barber as frothy as Figaro’s shaving foam at ENO

By , 28 September 2015
***11
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Patricia Racette (Katerina) © Clive Barda
London

A Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at ENO to hit you between the eyes

By , 26 September 2015
*****
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Peter Hoare (Hermann) and Felicity Palmer (The Countess) © Donald Cooper
London

Carte blanche: A muddled Queen of Spades from David Alden at ENO

By , 06 June 2015
***11
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Justina Gringyte (Carmen) © Alastair Muir
London

An atmosphere filled with dust and testosterone: Bieito’s Carmen returns to ENO

By , 20 May 2015
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Andrew Shore (Major-General Stanley) © Tristram Kenton | ENO
London

That sinking feeling: ENO’s Pirates of Penzance scuppered at the Coliseum

By , 09 May 2015
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Rhian Lois, Philip Rhodes, Eric Greene, Clare Presland and William Morgan © Hugo Glendinning
London

The power of love: Between Worlds at the Barbican

By , 11 April 2015
*****
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Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel © Tristram Kenton
London

Razor sharp: Sweeney Todd at English National Opera

By , 31 March 2015
****1
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Maritxell Carrero © Richard Hubert Smith | ENO
London

Peter Sellars' reconstruction of Purcell's The Indian Queen at ENO

By , 26 February 2015
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Elizabeth Zharoff (Violetta) © Donald Cooper | ENO
London

La traviata: Lightning fails to strike twice in ENO revival of Konwitschny’s production

By , 09 February 2015
***11
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Rachel Nicholls (Eva) and Iain Paterson (Hans Sachs) © Catherine Ashmore | ENO
London

Iain Paterson and Edward Gardner lead a top quality rendering of Wagner's Meistersinger for ENO

By , 07 February 2015
*****
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© Richard Hubert Smith
London

A Passion for our times: Adams' The Gospel According To The Other Mary premières at ENO

By , 21 November 2014
****1
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David Butt Philip (Rodolfo) and Angel Blue (Mimì) © Thomas Bowles
London

Jonathan Miller's La bohème returns to ENO

By , 29 October 2014
***11
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David Stout (Figaro) © Robbie Jack
London

A fabulous Figaro from Fiona Shaw for English National Opera

By , 16 October 2014
****1
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Susan Bullock as Minnie © Robert Workman
London

Opera's Spaghetti Western: Puccini's Girl of the Golden West at ENO

By , 02 October 2014
****1
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Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Francis Loney
London

"One that lov'd not wisely but too well": a visceral Otello at ENO

By , 13 September 2014
****1
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Sophie Bevan (Leïla) © Mike Hoban | ENO
London

Musical grit mars a pearl of a production

By , 16 June 2014
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Michael Spyres (Cellini) and Paula Murrihy (Ascanio) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Terry Gilliam strikes gold for ENO with a riotous Benvenuto Cellini

By , 05 June 2014
*****
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Kate Valentine (Fiordiligi) and Christine Rice (Dorabella) © Mike Hoban
London

"All ladies are like that": Così at the Carnival

By , 16 May 2014
***11
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