Recent Reviews

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DON PASQUALE 
Irish National Opera 2022

★★★★★ Bringing laughter from 19th century Italy to 21st century Donegal: before the premiere, Donizetti knew success would depend on factors beyond his brilliant score and the funny libretto. And it is these same factors that INO nails in 2022. All of them click. Director Orpha Phelan opens a direct channel to laughter by updating the story to the present day. 

The Irish Times

 

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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

Phelan is a storyteller with a gift for comedy, a director with a light touch whose eye for comedic detail extends well beyond main characters.

The Irish Times

 

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Raising Icarus

LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

Each of the leads is crisply defined...The ending, when four of the characters come together as a Greek chorus to reflect on Icarus’s fall, is beautifully handled... The performances are all strong...

The Guardian

 

La Cenerentola Irish National Opera

LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

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

 

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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

Orpha Phelan is simply fantastic - she integrates the essence of text, angle and cinematography in authentic theatre and visual magnificence.

Opera Online (France)

 

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A Quiet Place, Opera Zuid

LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

Orpha Phelan's direction is relevant, inventive, humorous, heart warming. 
Opera Gazet
 
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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

Chic, ingenious, universal. You will laugh and cry for three perfect hours.
expressen.se
 
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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

Depicted vividly with cinematic accuracy, this is a sharply staged production.
Politiken
 
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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

A challenging, provocative and highly rewarding evening. This is a director-designer duo whose careers will be fascinating to follow.
The Independent
 
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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

A captivating, convincing, virtuosic staging. A production with the same warmth as Adès' music.
Berlingske
 
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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

​Orpha Phelan's attentive, top notch production brings this tremendous work into focus.
The Observer
 
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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

Pitch perfect. A brilliant female opera director.
Opera Magazine, Sweden
 
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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

It’s a thoroughly entertaining but also strongly thought-provoking staging, and shouldn’t be missed. 

Opera Britannia

 

An intelligent and sensitive production 

The Irish Times

 

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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

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. 

Skanska Dagbladet

 

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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

Absolutely one of the most complete stagings I’ve ever seen in an opera. 

Skanska Dagbladet 

Orpha Phelan’s production packs a strong emotional punch. 

Opera Now

 

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LALLA - ROUKH 
Wexford Festival Opera 2022

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

 

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