Blackheath Halls Opera
Oliver Platt’s fluid in-the-round production, placed in and around a children’s playground, with climbing frames suggesting wooded hills and gorges, made the most of those famously festive set peices…poor Max’s dilemma came across loud and clear…with the bright idea of having Samiel represented by a shoal of whispering children.
Christopher Webber Opera Magazine
Oliver Platt frames the whole with the children…and – masterly – uses them, en masse, as devilish hunter Samiel, creeping menacingly through the Wolf Glen…if you want to find a reason why opera matters, get down to Blackheath and see how it engages, enraptures and entertains not only the amateur forces of all abilities, but also a warmly generous audience.
Nick Breckenfield Classical Source