PRESS AND REVIEWS

CARMEN
 

★★★★ Evening Standard
Brutally convincingFull Review Here

★★★★ The Independent
This production with a truly disturbing climax is genuinely thought-provoking. Full Review Here

★★★★ The Observer
Touchingly vigorous musical standards. Full Review Here

★★★★ Time Out
Harry Blake’s reduced score (played by pianist Berrak Dyer’s talented quartet) is perfect for this small venue, making the drama more intimate and allowing the ensemble singing to shine in its parts. Full Review Here

★★★★ City AM
Pioneering…Exhilarating…Gutwrenching
…Spectacular
.
Full Review Here (Page 23)

★★★★ Sunday Express
The stripped down staging brings out the raw passion of the opera. Full Review Here

★★★★ The Stage
Makes a powerfully direct impact no opera house can match. Full Review Here

★★★★ WhatsOnStage
The company's radical new Carmen is its strongest work to date: intelligently conceived, resourcefully designed and extraordinarily well sung. Full Review Here

★★★★ The Upcoming
Revitalises the operatic genre by removing the language barrier. Full Review Here

★★★★★ Frantastic View
Exquisite...Breathtaking...Compulsive viewing. Full Review Here

Broadway World
Amongst the best this award-winning company have presented over the last five years. Full Review Here

LA TRAVIATA
 

★★★★ The Guardian
Compelling... Striking music theatre of considerable integrity and force. Full Review Here

★★★★ Evening Standard
As much emotional truth as in any production I have seenFull Review Here

★★★★ The Stage
Expertly done and finely performed… hits all the right notes in this excellent revivalFull Review Here

★★★★ WhatsOnStage
The whole thing looks terrific… Norton-Hale’s cunning English libretto allows the story to unfold convincingly with just five soloists. Full Review Here

★★★★ Bachtrack
Beautiful… a fascinating and illuminating listen. Full Review Here

★★★★ Fringe Opera
Arresting tenderness Full Review Here
 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

★★★★ The Independent
Inspirational Full Review Here

★★★★ Evening Standard
For once the laughter doesn't rely on surtitles Full Review Here

★★★★ Time Out
Terrific Fun Full Review Here

★★★★★ Fringe Opera
Moments of sublime music which really knock you back Full Review Here

THE BLANK CANVAS

★★★★ The Guardian
Evocative and unsettling Full Review Here

WINNER Best Opera 2015 Off West End Awards

DIDO & AENEAS / YOUNG WIFE

★★★★ The Guardian
Carried off with brilliance Full Review Here

★★★★ The Observer
A Tour de Force Full Review Here

UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

★★★★ The Independent
Intelligent direction... heroic piano accompaniment... talented young cast Full Review Here

★★★★ Fringe Opera
Side-splittingly funny, vivacious Full Review Here

Time Out
Great character acting... much to enjoy Full Review Here

WhatsOnStage
Clever and Relevant Full Review Here

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

★★★★ Evening Standard
OperaUpClose is the brand leader… It all fits, and the cast goes at it with gusto… Making comic opera funny? It’s a handy trick Full Review Here

★★★★ The Telegraph
A little gem... the whole thing fizzes from start to finish as a piece of unpretentious fun Full Review Here

★★★★ Time Out
Crammed full of clever comic detail and fizzes with vitality Full Review Here

★★★★ Islington Gazette
A joy to behold… Confidently glamorous, effortlessly stylish and expertly delivered, this production is a potent potion Full Review Here
 

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

★★★★ Time Out
Excellent throughout Full Review Here

Evening Standard
Bold and bizarre as ever Full Review Here
 

DON GIOVANNI
 

★★★★ The Guardian
What is exceptional about Robin Norton-Hale's Soho theatre staging for OperaUpClose is the level of imaginative skill with which the transfer is managed Full Review Here
 

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

The Guardian
Plucky and purposeful... a farcical romp Full Review Here

The Stage
Hilarious

WhatsOnStage
Witty and fluent Full Review Here

The Metro
Real Comic Swagger

The Independent
Norton-Hale's translation skids between centuries, raising a metaphorical little finger one moment, and its middle finger the next... Cosy, goofy funFull Review Here

LA BOHÈME
 

★★★★ The Times
Madly Brilliant

★★★★ The Guardian
A Masterstroke Full Review Here

★★★★ Evening Standard
Puccini without a safety net Full Review Here

★★★★ WhatsOnStage
Opera with the gloves off Full Review Here

★★★★ Metro

★★★★ Sunday Express

★★★★ Daily Express

a huge artistic success
New York Times

WINNER of the 2011 OLIVIER AWARD for Best Opera Production

WINNER of the 2011 WHATSONSTAGE.com AWARD for Best Off West-End Production