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Cavalleria Rusticana /

I pagliacci

Mascagni / Leoncavallo


“Musically rewarding, and an atmospheric production”

The Independent

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


Boris Godunov


Brighton Festival / Dome

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


Danton’s Death
UK première

Von Einem

Brighton Festival / Dome

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

The Independent


The Enchantress
UK première


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





“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


Count Ory



“An evening of delightful entertainment”

The Stage


The Rake’s Progress


Gardner Centre

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


Lost in the Stars
UK professional première


Gardner Centre

Alliance & Leicester Award for best Brighton Festival event.

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

Evening Standard



Paris version


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.”
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