This world premiere production created by ENO’s composer-in-residence Ryan Wigglesworth is directed by actor Rory Kinnear – but does it appeal to the critics?
The Stage: ★★★ “From many points of view this is an admirable evening, but it seems that the play has once again eluded the operatic medium.”
The Guardian: ★★★ “It’s all very accomplished, but really an opera has to be something more than just setting a play to music.”
Bachtrack: ★★★★ “The clarity of the storytelling – in the staging, the vocal and orchestral writing – is impressive and it’s a work I immediately wanted to see again, which is always encouraging for a new opera.”
The Times: ★★★ “an admirably crafted score, if you like unremitting old-fashioned atonality done with an orchestral flourish.”
Broadway World: ★★★★ “Between Kinnear’s unerring direction, Vicki Mortimer’s efficient designs and a superb cast, this classy show is everything that ENO is and should be about – a celebration of British talent at its best.”
Evening Standard: ★★★★ “Rory Kinnear shows imagination and stagecraft as he directs Ryan Wigglesworth’s immensely accomplished first opera”
British Theatre Guide: ” Sophie Bevan is radiant as Hermione; naturally buoyant and charming as the Queen, she retains just the right level of pride and self control in the face of Leontes’ impassioned accusations.”
The Telegraph: ★★ “The clunkiness is only emphasised by a ponderous production directed by Rory Kinnear and a surprisingly cumbersome set by the usually impeccable Vicki Mortimer.”
Time Out: ★★★★ “It’s a splendid operatic debut, the ambiguous and muted ending clearly a fault with the Bard and not the composer.”
Culture Whisper: ★★★★ ” Rory Kinnear, making his debut as a director, comes with his own impressive backstory in theatre, film and television roles, in which his intellect and humanity have always shone through.”
The FT: ★★★ “Rory Kinnear’s production, his first, is clear-headed and solid”
London Box Office: ★★★ “Go with less expectations and you’ll certainly have a good evening of fleet footed, if unremarkable, new opera.”
The Independent: ★★★★ “Successful, definitely – but perhaps just a tad too respectful to blaze as incandescently as it might.”
The Daily Mail: ★★ “Rory Kinnear, making his directorial debut, presents an eloquent enough modern-dress production, in which only Vicki Mortimer’s clunky sets sink to the level of the music.”
The Winter’s Tale continues to play at the London Coliseum until the 14th March.