Recent Reviews

RAISING ICARUS
Birmingham Rep 2022

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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 2019

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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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WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Opéra National de Lorraine 2019

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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 2018

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Orpha Phelan's direction is relevant, inventive, humorous, heart warming. 
Opera Gazet
 
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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Malmö Opera 2017

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Chic, ingenious, universal. You will laugh and cry for three perfect hours.
expressen.se
 
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DEAD MAN WALKING 

Royal Danish Opera 2017

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Depicted vividly with cinematic accuracy, this is a sharply staged production.
Politiken
 
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FIDELIO

Longborough Festival Opera 2017

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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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POWDER HER FACE

Royal Danish Opera 2016

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A captivating, convincing, virtuosic staging. A production with the same warmth as Adès' music.
Berlingske
 
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BILLY BUDD

Opera North 2016

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​Orpha Phelan's attentive, top notch production brings this tremendous work into focus.
The Observer
 
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LA BOHÈME

Malmö Opera 2014

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Pitch perfect. A brilliant female opera director.
Opera Magazine, Sweden
 
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COSÌ FAN TUTTE 

Opera Theatre Company 2012

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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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LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN 

Malmö Opera 2011

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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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JENUFA

Malmö Opera 2011

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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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I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI

Opera North 2008

Opera Australia 2009

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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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