Jenufa
July 10, 2017
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian ★★★★★

It hadn’t been my intention to return to West Horsley…. But word of an extraordinary cast, led by Natalya Romaniw, tormented yet gentle in the title role, with Susan Bullock, raw, unsparing and impassioned singing her first Kostelnicka, made the trip imperative.

Jenufa
June 25, 2017
David Mellor, Mail on Sunday ★★★★★

Grange Park Opera comes of age with this brilliantly cast Jenufa, starring Natalya Romaniw, a soprano of world-class potential. Susan Bullock shows there is no apparent end to her talent, with a completely convincing performance as the grief-stricken stepmother.

Jenufa
June 25, 2017
Mark Ronan

This was a very strong cast that performed and sang superbly. The BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of William Lacey gave bite to Janáček’s remarkable music… its harrowing power found expression most strikingly in Natalya Romaniw’s fine performance of the title role.

Jenufa
June 24, 2017
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill ★★★★★

A remarkable ensemble: Janacek’s Jenufa at Grange Park Opera’s new home… Natalya Romaniw combined a vibrancy of tone with the right lyricism to ensure that Jenufa was a real character in her own right, yet with a voice which soared over the orchestra.

Jenufa
June 21, 2017
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph ★★★★

Superb performances do Janáček’s masterpiece proud… Still under 30, Romaniw confirmed her reputation as our most promising dramatic soprano in a touchingly acted and beautifully sung incarnation of the title-role that never lapsed into sentimentality.

Jenufa
June 20, 2017
Amanda Holloway, The Critics

GPO attracted a superb cast: Susan Bullock as a formidable Kostelnicka, Peter Hoare and Nicky Spence as warring half-brothers Laca and Steva, and Natalya Romaniw as an engaging Jenůfa. The BBC Concert Orchestra gave the appealing score as much love and attention as if it were a concert piece.

Jenufa
June 20, 2017
Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper ★★★★

With a tangible sense of excitement, the first ever audiences have clambered in with high expectations, but few will have imagined just how big a treat they were in for. Janáček’s Jenufa is a piece on exactly the right scale for this debut season.

Jenufa
June 20, 2017
George Hall, The Stage ★★★★

The whole show rises to greatness in the searing final act due to exceptional individual performances in the main roles plus a growing sense of overall conviction. Worthwhile revival of Katie Mitchell’s production enlivened by shining performances .

Jenufa
June 20, 2017
Claire Seymour, Opera Today

A heart-rending Jenufa at Grange Park Opera. There was astonishing warmth in Romaniw’s portrayal of the hesitant peasant girl and a true sense of feeling – the fullness of Jenufa’s desires and hopes, the veracity of her fears and doubts… Jenufa presents some powerfully penetrating psychological portraits.

Jenufa
June 19, 2017
Mark Valencia, What's on Stage ★★★★

You’ll never have heard an all-British cast sing this of all operas so wonderfully, and in the original Czech too… The miracle of Janáček’s orchestration was beautifully realised by the BBC Concert Orchestra under William Lacey…

Jenufa
June 19, 2017
Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH

The realism of these stark settings contrasting with the inherent nobility of most of the characters, a nobility which infuses the music with throbbing passion and which is finely evoked here [by] Natalya Romaniw’s Jenufa and Susan Bullock’s Kostelnicka.

Jenufa
June 16, 2017
Valeria Vescina, Seen and Heard International

A perceptive reading of Janácek’s libretto and music, and the care put into conveying it through every element of the production render it compelling. The BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by William Lacey, fulfils superbly…

Jenufa
June 16, 2017
Neil Fisher, The Times ★★★★

Natalya Romaniw sings with such richness that a heroine who can be a bit of a glumbucket shines brightly. These are big voices that happily soar into the company’s theatre (it’s another thumbs up from for the vibrant acoustic of the “Theatre in the Woods”)

Jenufa
June 15, 2017
Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack ★★★★

Natalya Romaniw leads an emotionally gripping Jenufa for Grange Park Opera. [Romaniw’s] voice really made its mark from the second act, brimming with tenderness and maternal warmth. Susan Bullock… fearless at the top, her voice soared over the orchestra… [she] was a tour de force.

Jenufa
June 14, 2017
Hannah Nepil, Financial Times ★★★★

The best piece of casting is Natalya Romaniw as Jenufa. Hers is the finest, fullest voice of the evening, surpassed only by her acting ability. Bolstered by the spirited BBC Concert Orchestra under William Lacey, she fleshes out the meek and mild Jenufa.

Jenufa
June 12, 2017
Peter Reed, Classical Source ★★★★

[Susan] Bullock is a magnificent singer-actress who can expand a role without ever exaggerating it. Her portrayal explains why the Kostelnička is such an inflexible, intimidating figure… Natalya Romaniw, making her debut as Jenůfa, is beautifully cast as a young woman larger in spirit, and infinitely more vulnerable…