Nominated for RPS award for Best New Production
One of the The Telegraph Top 5 Opera Productions of the Year
Nominated for the What’sOnStage Best New Production
This is an absolutely wonderful evening…exemplary productions, crisply designed and lucidly directed.
Rupert Christiansen The Telegraph
The collector’s item here is the midpoint Suor Angelica, the convent tragedy whose wimpled heroines can seem a bit daft in our post-religious age. Nodding to those grim Magdalene laundries in Ireland, Oliver Platt’s staging offers no Catholic compassion: the senior nuns are pitiless; the younger ones crumpled balls of energy, beautifully and individually characterised…Not so much tugging the heartstrings as ripping them out one by one…The opera reaches a tremendous climax…and a defiantly unsentimental conclusion.
Neil Fisher The Times
A magnificent company achievement…Oliver Platt’s superficially straightforward direction of the piece is in truth humanistic and political. This is a convent where nuns are brutal, novices are naïve schoolgirls and the name of God is weaponised to keep the inmates in check. Platt’s brave finale contains no redemption, only an end to suffering.
Mark Valencia What’sOnStage
Planet Hugill, Opera Britannia
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