Sad night for ENO as new opera gets thumbs downmain
Rupert Christiansen in the Telegraph calls it a charmless disappointment.
Andrew Clements in the Guardian says the music doesn’t do enough to justify making the play into an opera.
Richard Morrison in the Times describes ‘unremitting old-fashioned atonality with an orchestral flourish’.
Richard Fairman in the Financial Times warns that ‘the audience must be prepared to surrender patiently to its fragmentary and elusive style’.
Not a good opening night for The Winter’s Tale by Ryan Wigglesworth, conducted by the composer.
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The freesheets are a bit more positive. Barry Millington in the Standard reports ‘an immensely accomplished first opera by Wigglesworth’. Cara Chanteau writes in the Independent: ‘Successful, definitely – but perhaps just a tad too respectful.’