Tosca
June 21, 2017
Ashutosh Khandekar, Opera Now

The opening of a brand new opera house is not an insignificant event, so trust Wasfi Kani, the dynamic CEO to choose (albeit inadvertently) a day of the utmost national importance – the UK’s 8 June General Election – to inaugurate her company’s new home, the Theatre in the Woods at West Horsley Place.

Tosca
June 20, 2017
Louise Lewis, British Theatre Guide

This is Calleja’s first Cavaradossi and he doesn’t hold back. There is an outpouring of aural passion. The stage is decked with majestic sets. A beautiful lighting design (David Plater) illuminates Peter Relton’s (Director) enjoyable production.

Tosca
June 18, 2017
David Mellor, Mail on Sunday ★★★★

Grange Park’s stunning new opera house provides a fitting setting for Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja’s honeyed tones in Tosca. Director Peter Relton presents the drama vividly. I am sure Puccini, a consummate man of the theatre, would have approved.

Tosca
June 15, 2017
David Truslove, Classical Source

Hats off to Wasfi Kani and Grange Park Opera for delivering a 700-seat house based on La Scala, in just under a year, although it is not yet complete – the undeniable achievement of transforming the boggy woodland at West Horsley Place.

Tosca
June 14, 2017
Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH

Joseph Calleja… felt that he could ‘just sing’ – and that was pretty much what he did, producing stentorian tone and plenty of Italianate warmth… Roland Wood sang mellifluously as Scarpia. You are sure to be enchanted by this magical place with its idyllic grounds.

Tosca
June 13, 2017
Michael Church, The Independent

Wasfi Kani has worked a miracle while Michael Chance’s gamble has not paid off. She’s starting with a safe bet: Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi in a workmanlike if unremarkable production of Tosca directed by Peter Relton…

Tosca
June 13, 2017
Richard Fairman, Financial Times ★★★★

The new opera house opens with an impressive production of Puccini’s work. After little over a year, Grange Park Opera has a new theatre in the grounds of West Horsley Place just outside London. It is a remarkable achievement.

Tosca
June 13, 2017
Barry Millington, Evening Standard

It took Wagner, supported by wealthy patrons from King Ludwig II down, a quarter of a century to build the theatre he needed. He should have consulted Wasfi Kani, the fundraising supremo de nos jours, who has succeeded in setting up a theatre capable of mounting opera in just 11 months.

Tosca
June 13, 2017
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian ★★★★

Grange Park Opera settles into its new home with a stirring Tosca. Opera offers everything, they say. Never before has it featured such an exquisite incongruity as Jonathan Dimbleby, in black tie, hurrying on stage at 10.01pm with a scrap of paper bearing the exit poll results…

Tosca
June 12, 2017
George Smart, Town & Country

The opera house introduces its faithful supporters to its new home with a performance of Puccini’s potboiler. Standing ovations usually come at the end of a night at the opera. Yet Wasfi Kani, Grange Park’s chief executive, founder and driving force, bucked that trend by taking a bow at the beginning…

Tosca
June 12, 2017
Richard Morrison, The Times ★★★★

In E lucevan le stelle and elsewhere, Joseph Calleja crafted some wonderfully honeyed nuances and looked the part of the stroppy painter, too. However, the main news, is that the theatre has excellent sightlines and clear, supportive acoustics. Its potential is enormous.

Tosca
June 9, 2017
Mark Valencia, Whats On Stage ★★★★

Heroes of the evening were Francis O’Connor, creator of some evocative sets, and David Plater, whose spectacular lighting lent a sheen of class. Gianluca Marciano and the superb BBC Concert Orchestra delivered an account of Puccini’s score that was as balefully eloquent as you’ll hear anywhere.

Tosca
June 9, 2017
George Hall, The Stage

It’s in the evening’s star turn – the appearance of international tenor Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi – that the performance really heats up. On magnificent vocal form, he suggests the painter’s devil-may-care impulsiveness and makes something unforgettable out of his last-act aria.

Tosca
June 9, 2017
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph

If the country were run by people with Wasfi Kani’s force of personality, it wouldn’t be in the pickle it is today… [Calleja] sang here with all the buzzing vibrancy, ease and warmth that are his trademarks – some imaginatively coloured moments in “E lucevan le stelle” were the evening’s brightest vocal spot.

Tosca
June 9, 2017
David Karlin, Bachtrack

Calleja’s performance was so confident, so open, so natural that one could only wonder why he hasn’t tackled the role before. The sheer warmth of the voice and the easy swell of his phrasing couldn’t fail to seduce, and there was power to burn in the big dramatic highs.