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Recent Reviews

A Quiet Place
Opera Zuid 2018
Orpha Phelan's direction is relevant, inventive, humorous, heart warming. We already know Opera of The Year.
Opera Gazet
Fiddler on the Roof
Malmö Opera 2017
Chic, ingenious, universal. You will laugh and cry for three perfect hours.
Dead Man Walking
Royal Danish Opera 2017

Depicted vividly with cinematic accuracy, this is a sharply staged production.
Longborough Festival Opera 2017

A challenging, provocative and highly rewarding evening. This is a director-designer duo whose careers will be fascinating to follow.
The Independent
Powder Her Face
Royal Danish Opera 2016


A captivating, convicing, virtuosic staging. A
production with the same warmth as Adès' music.
Billy Budd
Opera North 2016

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

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. 

Skanska Dagbladet

La Bohème
Malmö Opera 2014
Pitch perfect. We see a brilliant female opera director, that is something to remember.
Opera Magazine, Sweden

Così Fan Tutte

OTC 2012


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


Malmö Opera 2011


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

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

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