PRESS AND REVIEWS

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EUGENE ONEGIN

★★★★ Observer                                        Energy and zest
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★★★★ The Times             
Intense
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★★★★ The Stage
Excellent 
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★★★★ Plays To See
A triumph 
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★★★★ Theatre Bubble
A resounding success
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★★★★ Reviews Hub
Modern, relatable (and, actually, inspiring) 
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WhatsOnStage
Pathos, depth and truth 
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The Guardian
Absorbing 
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Evening Standard
An honesty rarely seen in the opera house
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THE MAGIC FLUTE

★★★★ Independent
Several excellent modern savvy jokes too good to give away
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★★★★ WhatsOnStage
This bold realisation of The Magic Flute tops the lot
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Evening Standard
Inventive, piquant and sometimes exquisite
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The Stage
Utterly joyous
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Broadway World                                                Stripping back the complexities of operas while losing none of the joy 
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LA VOIX HUMAINE

★★★★ Evening Standard
Pathos and bathos are held in perfect balance
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★★★★ Broadway World
An artistic triumph
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British Theatre Guide
Only OperaUpClose’s second foray into twentieth century opera, La Voix Humaine is another jewel in its crown 
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The Stage
A roller coaster of emotions in just 50 minutes
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CARMEN
 

★★★★ Evening Standard
Brutally convincing 
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★★★★ The Independent
This production with a truly disturbing climax is genuinely thought-provoking 
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★★★★ The Observer
Touchingly vigorous musical standards 
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★★★★ 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 
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★★★★ City AM
Pioneering…Exhilarating…Gutwrenching
…Spectacular
 
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★★★★ Sunday Express
The stripped down staging brings out the raw passion of the opera 
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★★★★ The Stage
Makes a powerfully direct impact no opera house can match 
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★★★★ WhatsOnStage
The company's radical new Carmen is its strongest work to date: intelligently conceived, resourcefully designed and extraordinarily well sung 
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★★★★ The Upcoming
Revitalises the operatic genre by removing the language barrier
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★★★★★ Frantastic View
Exquisite...Breathtaking...Compulsive viewing 
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Broadway World
Amongst the best this award-winning company have presented over the last five years 
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LA TRAVIATA
 

★★★★ The Guardian
Compelling... Striking music theatre of considerable integrity and force 
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★★★★ Evening Standard
As much emotional truth as in any production
I have seen 
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★★★★ The Stage
Expertly done and finely performed… hits all the right notes in this excellent revival 
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★★★★ WhatsOnStage
The whole thing looks terrific… Norton-Hale’s cunning English libretto allows the story to unfold convincingly with just five soloists 
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★★★★ Bachtrack
Beautiful… a fascinating and illuminating listen
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★★★★ Fringe Opera
Arresting tenderness
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THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

★★★★ The Independent
Inspirational
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★★★★ Evening Standard
For once the laughter doesn't rely on surtitles
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★★★★ Time Out
Terrific fun
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★★★★★ Fringe Opera
Moments of sublime music which really knock you back
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THE BLANK CANVAS


WINNER of the 2015 OFF WEST END AWARD for Best Opera

★★★★ The Guardian
Evocative and unsettling 
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DIDO & AENEAS / YOUNG WIFE

★★★★ The Guardian
Carried off with brilliance 
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★★★★ The Observer
A Tour de Force 
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UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

★★★★ The Independent
Intelligent direction... heroic piano accompaniment... talented young cast 
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★★★★ Fringe Opera
Side-splittingly funny, vivacious 
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Time Out
Great character acting... much to enjoy. 
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WhatsOnStage
Clever and Relevant 
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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 
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★★★★ The Telegraph
A little gem... the whole thing fizzes from start to finish as a piece of unpretentious fun 
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★★★★ Time Out
Crammed full of clever comic detail and fizzes with vitality 
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★★★★ Islington Gazette
A joy to behold… Confidently glamorous, effortlessly stylish and expertly delivered, this production is a potent potion 
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LA FANCIULLA
DEL WEST

★★★★ Time Out
Excellent throughout 
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Evening Standard
Bold and bizarre as ever 
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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
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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

The Guardian
Plucky and purposeful... a farcical romp
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The Stage
Hilarious

WhatsOnStage
Witty and fluent 
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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 fun 
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LA BOHÈME
 

WINNER of the 2011 OLIVIER AWARD for Best Opera Production

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

★★★★ The Times
Madly Brilliant
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★★★★ The Guardian
A Masterstroke
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★★★★ Evening Standard
Puccini without a safety net 
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★★★★ WhatsOnStage
Opera with the gloves off 
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★★★★ Metro

★★★★ Sunday Express

★★★★ Daily Express

New York Times
a huge artistic success