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1999

Cavalleria Rusticana /

I pagliacci

Mascagni / Leoncavallo

tour


“Musically rewarding, and an atmospheric production”

The Independent

“Beautiful singing in an altogether dramatic and moving performance.” Opera

1998

Boris Godunov

Musorgsky

Brighton Festival / Dome


UK première of Shostakovich orchestration:
John Tomlinson’s first Boris sung in Russian.

1997

Danton’s Death
UK première

Von Einem

Brighton Festival / Dome


 “A bold undertaking, one cannot praise it enough.”

The Independent

1996

The Enchantress
UK première

Tchaikovsky

Brighton Dome/ Snape Maltings


“This production showed up strengths in the opera one never dared believe were there: Act 4 was transformed on stage into a climax of wild melodramatic power.” Opera

“David Angus draws playing of great passion from the orchestra.”

The Guardian

1995

Euryanthe

Weber

tour


“A meticulously well conceived, quality production - effects of striking simplicity with evocative minimalist sets, haloes of light and silhouette. Chorus work distinguished by superb clarity and verve.”

The Stage

1995

Count Ory

Rossini

tour


“An evening of delightful entertainment”

The Stage

1992

The Rake’s Progress

Stravinsky

Gardner Centre


“A Rake with plenty of high-tech fizz. A pro-am opera triumph.” Telegraph

1991

Lost in the Stars
UK professional première

Weill

Gardner Centre


Alliance & Leicester Award for best Brighton Festival event.

“Top drawer Weill, in a brilliant set by Spyros Coscinas”

Evening Standard

1990

Tannhäuser

Paris version

Wagner

Brighton Dome



Cav and Pag Boris Godunov 2 Dantons Death The Enchantress

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Count Ory Lost in the Stars The Rake's Progress Tannhauser Euryanthe

“This enterprising company has pitted itself against one of the mightiest hurdles in the repertory and scored a thundering success. More than that, Keith Warner’s staging stands head and shoulders over almost all other British Wagner productions of recent years.” Opera.

“Brighton's Tannhäuser is a miracle. The unfolding of the music and the fine accompanying of much impressive singing added up to an authentically cumulative Wagnerian thrill. The eroticism is brilliantly suggested.”
The Guardian.

“Quite outstanding, the best Wagner in the country this season and the best Tannhäuser I have seen since Wieland Wagner’s Bayreuth production in the early 1960s. Lionel Friend’s conducting of the lavish score was magnificent, as was the orchestra. Lionel Friend made the religious music tell impressively while the Venusberg was both brilliant and gorgeous. The chorus were disciplined and exciting and helped Lionel Friend build up to an overwhelming culmination at the end, something that was magically moving. NSO achieved something remarkable by any standards.”
Wagner News


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