'For sheer fun, this is the best Figaro you will ever see'
'It's classic Shaw ...clever, symbolic, funny'
'Intelligent and buzzing with energy'
'Peter McKintosh’s turntable set ...generates a wonderfully
'A magnificent no-jokes-barred free translation of the libretto by Jeremy Sams'
'Iain Paterson presented a Figaro of irresistible verve
and musical elegance'
'Guthrie is classy and beautiful'
'Kathryn Rudge’s Cherubino – chaotically sexy,
charismatic, totally compelling'
'Roland Wood was in excellently villainous comic form'
'Sunny, bouncy conducting from Paul Daniel'
AN OLIVIER-NOMINATED DIRECTOR
One of today’s finest actresses, Fiona Shaw made her opera directing debut at ENO in 2008 with what the Daily Telegraph called an ‘exquisitely staged and emotionally involving’ production of Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea. Her equally acclaimed 2010 production of Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers for ENO was later nominated for an Olivier Award. Her recent National Theatre appearance as the outrageous Lady Gay Spanker in Dion Boucicault’s London Assurance was hailed by the Telegraph as ‘blissful’ and ‘a sublime comic creation’. She now brings her comic mastery to bear on Mozart’s equally blissful and sublime creation.
REVIEWS FOR ENO’S ELEGY FOR YOUNG LOVERS, 2010
‘The beauty of Shaw’s approach is its intimacy, musicality and truthfulness.’
‘A terrifically full-on staging... funny and deeply poignant.’
‘Fiona Shaw’s realisation is a triumph.’
A CONDUCTOR IN DEMAND
One of the UK’s most experienced operatic conductors, Paul Daniel served as Music Director of both Opera Factory (1987–90) and Opera North (1990–97) before his eight-year stint as Music Director of ENO (1997–2005). He has conducted performances at the New York Metropolitan Opera and in Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva and Aix-en-Provence, as well as taking charge of the Last Night of the Proms in 2005. Since leaving ENO, he has returned to conduct acclaimed productions of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Lucrezia Borgia.
‘It’s Paul Daniel’s fervent conducting that gives the show its torrid energy.’
The Times on ENO’s Lucia di Lammermoor, 2008
‘Finely conducted by Paul Daniel.’
The Guardian on ENO’s Lucrezia Borgia, 2010
A COUNTESS IN DEMAND
Scottish soprano Kate Valentine made her ENO debut in 2008 as Cathleen in Fiona Shaw’s staging of Riders to the Sea and has since returned to sing First Lady in The Magic Flute, Elisabeth Zimmer in Elegy for Young Lovers and Helena in 2011’s new A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has previously sung Mozart’s Countess for Glyndebourne on Tour and Scottish Opera, where she not only attracted rave reviews for her ‘radiant timbre’ (Sunday Times) and ‘poise and dignity’ (Daily Telegraph) but also took advantage of her backstage access to film a six-part YouTube documentary, Furtive Figaro, on her iPhone.
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