Irish National Opera 2019
The staging and production values here were fabulous and totally irresistible… Rossini had a gift for comic confusion and director Orpha Phelan captured that aspect outstandingly well… overall, a triumph – and an important one for INO.
The Sunday Business Post
Opéra National de Lorraine 2019
Orpha Phelan is simply fantastic - she integrates the essence of text, angle and cinematography in authentic theatre and visual magnificence.
Opera Online (France)
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Opera Theatre Company 2012
It’s a thoroughly entertaining but also strongly thought-provoking staging, and shouldn’t be missed.
An intelligent and sensitive production
The Irish Times
LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN
Malmö Opera 2011
Lively, stylish and entertaining. The Tales of Hoffmann must be considered gaming year's biggest bet at the Malmö Opera. Viewed from any angle it is of international class. Orpha Phelan’s result is outstanding: it is lively, elegant, entertaining.
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI
Opera North 2008
Opera Australia 2009
At the Grand in Leeds, Orpha Phelan directs an expectedly hard-hitting and contemporary account of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e i Montecchi and takes an audacious theatrical tilt at Bellini....
The Sunday Times