photo credit: Jim Lynch

photo credit: Jim Lynch

Reviews of Jack's performance (4th July, 2016)

We spoke to teachers and pupils at the understudy showcase performance of Eugene Onegin at Wormsley on 4 July 2016. Hear what they enjoyed about the Garsington workshops and their first experience of live opera.

“In the pit, conductor Jack Ridley made the most of his moment of opportunity with calm, undemonstrative authority.”  Andrew Green

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"It's a triumph ... Full marks to Garsington Opera’s education department, for the clever idea of giving an extra performance of Eugene Onegin in which all the principal roles will be sung by the understudies, for an audience of schoolchildren who will be seeing their first opera."  Paul Levy, Arts Journal

"The best Onegin of the century"  Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc

"One of the most enjoyable new productions of Onegin in recent years." ★★★★  Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack

"The youthful chorus is magnificent, sounding twice its size in the resonance of bare sets."  Michael White, The New York Times

"A thrilling and full-blooded production" ★★★★★  Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper

"The Garsington Chorus...keeps the voltage at a consistent high" ★★★★  Hannah Nepil, Financial Times (£)

"No doubt about the big success on the country-house opera circuit so far: Garsington's Eugene Onegin" ★★★★★  David Mellor, The Mail on Sunday

"Every performance by the Garsington Chorus has one marvelling anew at the versatility, adaptability and just sheer excellence of this group: their Russian diction was superb, and they made a lusty bunch of peasants" ★★★★  Melanie Eskanazi, Music OMH

"Garsington's excellent Eugene Onegin - easily the best since Graham Vick's gold-standard 1994 production"  Stephen Pritchard. The Observer

" almost 30 years of attending Garsington, I don't think I have heard a classic opera cast with such care and accomplishment"  Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times (£)

"The lusty chorus is one of the best I have heard at Garsington." ★★★★  Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

"This was a superb season opener" ★★★★  Robert Hugill, Opera Today

"The Chorus sang with vigour and charm"  Curtis Rogers, Seen and Heard International

"This is a beautiful, troubling Eugene Onegin"  Richard Bratby, The Spectator (£)

"[An] absorbing and immensely moving account of Tchaikovsky's romantic opera" ★★★★  Mark Valencia, What'sOnStage

"As well as the scheduled 10 performances at the award-winning glass and steel pavilion on the Wormsley estate, as part of its learning and participation programme Garsington will present a further performance by understudies for a schools' audience new to opera ... Wherever you see it, this is a show of consistent quality, both musical and dramatic." ★★★★ George Hall, The Stage

Eugene Onegin is available to watch online at BBC Arts from 7 July 2016 until the end of the year.

Photo credit: Paul Carr

Photo credit: Paul Carr