Praise for HANDELfest

22nd October 2009

Handelfest Season 2009:

“This is ETO at its best” The Telegraph
“One of the best tributes we’ve had for Handel’s anniversary year” The Independent
“English Touring Opera’s forthcoming Handelfest is well, frankly, Handel heaven.” Irish Times
“Some achievement…All these productions are as one in being performed with tremendous passion and insight” The Times


(Five Stars) “Director James Conway perfectly hits the mark with his vibrant production” The Independent
(Four Stars) “Vocally, it’s exceptionally strong.” The Guardian
(Four Stars) “ The elusive mood of Flavio…is beautifully conveyed, especially by Paula Sides, a pinpoint-accurate high soprano, and Carolyn Dobbin, a warm-toned mezzo with a mischievous comic touch” The Times
“Well worth catching” The Stage


(Four Stars) “Terrific…Two splendid roles for virtuoso soprano, taken here with tremendous panache by Claire Ormshaw (as wicked Medea) and Claire Booth” The Telegraph
(Fourstars) “Claire Ormshaw, terrific” The Times


(Four Stars) “[The cast] are uniformly compelling” The Times
(Four Stars) “Stille amare, one of Handel’s most achingly beautiful inspirations, alluringly sung here by the counter-tenor Clint van der Linde” The Telegraph

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