Die Fledermaus – a selection of reviews

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“It’s acerbically funny, rather sexy and superbly performed by one of those fine ensemble casts that Opera Holland Park always seems so good at assembling. Ben Johnson and Susanna Hurrell – husband and wife in real life – play the Eisensteins. He’s in splendid voice and attractively if ditheringly caddish….Hurrell, complete with a grandly adopted cut-glass accent, is all self-deceiving hauteur, and sounds gorgeous: her Czardas is a real high point.

Jennifer France, meanwhile, makes a terrifically uppity Adele with her blazing high notes and pin-prick staccatos. Peter Davoren is the seedy, handsome-sounding Alfred. John Lofthouse reveals impeccable comic timing as Frank.. In the pit, John Rigby gets silky-smooth string tone and plenty of woodwind brio from the City of London Sinfonia. It’s provocative, engaging entertainment, and well worth seeing.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian

“A traditional Viennese serving at Christmas and New Year, Johann Strauss’s operetta should be as irresistible as a delicious soufflé. In Britain it often turns to cold scrambled eggs, so it’s refreshing that the director Martin Lloyd-Evans has found a way to make “The Bat” fly in Holland Park — and this is a rather batty pleasure.”
Neil Fisher, The Times

“Gavan Ring’s Dr Falke has all the debonair style the piece needs. Jennifer France sings Adele with flair. Conductor John Rigby brings not only energy but genuine Viennese lilt to Strauss’s masterly score. Though she’s strictly surplus to requirements, burlesque dancer Didi Derriere adds a touch of chic to Orlofsky’s party…”
George Hall, The Stage

“…stand-out performances were those of Gavan Ring as a beautifully suave Falke, whipping up the gorgeously creamy kitsch of “Brüderlein und Schwesterlein” with consummate grace, and Jennifer France as the maid Adele – her dispatch of her two soubrette showpiece arias was spot-on and dazzling.”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

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