Tristan & Isolde
July 28, 2016
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

[Rachel] Nicholls crowned things with a rapturous account of the Liebestod, bringing a sense of vibrancy to the vocal line and an intensity to her performance. An ensemble triumph, with strong individual performances combining into something remarkable.

Tristan & Isolde
July 17, 2016
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

Tristan was masterly. …a potent ensemble led by the British soprano Rachel Nicholls and the American tenor Bryan Register. With her gift for expressing emotion, and her ripe, strong voice, Nicholls is an ideal Isolde. Tristan & Isolde was alive and agile, […] steady, transparent, explosive.

Don Carlo
July 11, 2016
Alessandro Zummo, Plays To See

The most beautiful aspect of Don Carlo is its intimacy combined with a minimalist elegance. Ruxandra Donose gives a sensual and powerful performance thanks to a perfect control of her voice and a great stage presence. This production keeps you chained to your seat.

Oliver!
July 5, 2016
Sam Smith, Music OMH

Charlie Barnard proves a highly accomplished singer, actor and dancer. Keenlyside is a strong and entertaining mover, and throws himself completely into the part. With such a considerable list of merits, it may come as no surprise that the audience is still left wanting more.

La Fanciulla del West
July 5, 2016
Richard Hugill, Planet Hugill

The way Rutter and Decaro allowed Minnie and Dick’s romance to blossom was believable and charming. Rutter’s voice soared over the orchestra in a series of brilliant climaxes… We were really able to appreciate the gleaming beauty and flexibility of Rutter’s upper register. A strong revival of a fine production.

Don Carlo
June 27, 2016
Mark Ronan, markronan.com

The great auto-da-fé scene demands a spectacular staging, but Grange Park are up to the job. It is all hugely realistic. Yet this opera is replete with far more intimate scenes, and Ruxandra Donose delivered a beautifully stylish song of the veil.

Don Carlo
June 27, 2016
Louise Lewis, British Theatre Guide

Grange Park’s Don Carlo is an outstanding performance of a bleak and moving opera. Verdi’s masterpiece stands the test of time, heightened by Jo Davies’s gripping production. Delightfully, in this cast extraordinary acting ability and vocal power abounds. A powerful performance of an opera.

Don Carlo
June 27, 2016
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

Grange Park Opera fielded a cast which would have made many a big opera house proud. Tola looked every inch the upright, dignified queen: She has quite a vibrant voice, with a sense of attack and the ability to convey fragility. This was a wonderfully grand farewell to Northington Grange.

Don Carlo
June 24, 2016
Peter Reed, Classical Source

…probably the most ambitious [staging] Grange Park has mounted. Jo Davies and designer Leslie Travers have made their version seem positively monumental. Ruxandra Donose was magnificent as Eboli. A performance of this quality […] got so completely under my skin.

Don Carlo
June 22, 2016
Edward Bhesania, The Stage

Clive Bayley is compelling as King Philip – robust in voice but also physically insidious and domineering. Stefano Secco lacks for nothing in terms of heroism and stamina, displaying a brilliant, powerful instrument. Clear storytelling and a strong cast project a complex tale of family feuding and political unrest.

Don Carlo
June 21, 2016
Richard Fairman, Financial Times

How ambitious can a small opera company get? Stefano Secco made a searing Don Carlo, bringing welcome Italian style. Best of all was Ruxandra Donose, a compelling, fearless Eboli. The upshot is another sturdy Grange Park success. There is no sign the company will be leaving its ambition back in Hampshire.

Don Carlo
June 21, 2016
Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH

Gianluca Marcianò directed the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with his customary flair. Ruxandra Dunose was a powerful Eboli; Virginia Tola’s Elisabetta was a touching and vulnerable queen. This is an evening which makes a powerful impact.

Don Carlo
June 20, 2016
George Hall, The Guardian

Ruxandra Donose’s dynamism and flair create a glamorous, dangerous Eboli. [Clive Bayley is] in resplendent voice. This is a gripping evening that maximises the resources available to the company in a successful realisation of a piece that in theory ought to be well beyond its reach.

Don Carlo
June 19, 2016
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph

[Don Carlo] is an ambitious undertaking and it is greatly to Wasfi Kani’s credit that she pulls it off with such panache. Ruxandra Donose is nothing short of superb; Clive Bayley is also in tremendous voice. What a treat to hear this magnificent opera so generously honoured.

Oliver!
June 12, 2016
Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

You’re in for a treat. The show bursts into life the moment the Artful Dodger appears on the scene, rumbustiously played by Charlie Barnard. Wesley Kent-Hargreaves (…) has a voice of pristine choirboy purity that works beautifully. I was sitting up in bed singing it at 6.30am the next morning.

Oliver!
June 10, 2016
David Gillard, The Daily Mail

The stage is set for some barnstorming youthful exuberance (…) and you know that these splendidly drilled kids are going to steal the show. Designer Richard Kent provide an evocative and joyful tour of Dickensian London – I have no doubt that patrons will be asking for more of this terrific show.

La Fanciulla del West
June 9, 2016
Cara Chanteau, The Independent

Puccini declared it “the best opera I’ve ever written”. Grange Park’s La Fanciulla del West shows despite its shortcomings, why he might have thought so. With his clear-toned baritone and consistently excellent acting, Stephen Gadd shines as Sheriff Rance. Genuinely moving.

La Fanciulla del West
June 9, 2016
Curtis Rogers, Classical Source

Grange Park Opera’s production certainly strikes gold. Choreography in this production is alert and gripping; there is some fine singing – these make for a powerful, fine-toned chorus. [Puccini’s] work has all the psychological, moral, and even theological depth of the greatest works of theatre.

La Fanciulla del West
June 6, 2016
Sam Smith, Music OMH

Everything is presented so effectively that the production feels highly rounded and atmospheric. Among the plethora of excellent supporting performances Jihoon Kim as Ashby stands out. Stephen Barlow’s stirring conducting cuts to the heart of the passion and drama inherent in the music.

Oliver!
June 6, 2016
Jeremy Chapman, Musical Theatre Review

…well worth going the extra mile for. The extraordinary Jodie Jacobs has the audience in the palm of her hand. One of the highlights is the debut of Wesley Kent-Hargreaves: an excellent impression in the title role. Lional Bart’s enduring classic will always be hard to beat.