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Performer: British Youth Opera

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The Enchanted Island a rich and strange Baroque confection

Timothy Edlin (Caliban) and Frances Gregory (Sycorax) © Robert Workman
Rather than compiling a Top Ten of Baroque Hits, The Enchanted Island amounts to much more than a gallimaufry of choice gobbets, seasoned with French galenterie.
****1
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Impressive Rake’s Progress from British Youth Opera

Pedro Ometto (Trulove), Samantha Clarke (Anne) and Frederick Jones (Tom Rakewell) © Robert Workman
Fine performances from a confident cast brought some terrific singing as well as depth of characterisation in Stravinsky’s only full-length opera.
****1
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Eccentric circles: a youthful take from BYO

British Youth Opera revives a forgotten operatic entertainment from the 1960s with flair and professionalism.
****1
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Soaring straight into our hearts

Jonathan Dove's joyous old-fashioned fairytale, magically realised in a very stylish production including some wonderfully original puppetry, is a fabulous talent showcase from British Youth Opera - and fun for all the family. 
****1
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Fall in love all over again: Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage with British Youth Opera

The Secret Marriage has been a hit from its earliest days. At its 1792 première in Vienna, King Leopold II was so delighted by the performance that he ordered the whole company to repair to his mansion, be treated to a magnificent dinner, “and then play the entire opera through again, immediately”.
****1
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British Youth Opera takes on a New World in Britten's Paul Bunyan

Wit is the ruling spirit of British Youth Opera’s delectable production of Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden’s operetta Paul Bunyan, directed by Will Kerley.
***11
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