"…It doesn’t hurt that Bard’s
production is as lush and
monumental as the music, which
includes a sweeping overture
and gorgeous, monumental choruses…"
James Tarmy for Bloomberg.com
"…The production was enthralling
throughout, never dragging or disappointing,
even in the second act. It works much
better than others I have seen, because the
emphasis is placed firmly on the comic rather
than the pathetic. The balance is just right…”
"Madeleine Boyd's excellent designs
- smeary black stage, grubby brown
costumes, primitive pikes and long bows -
suggest a primordial struggle between
prehistoric tribes. The set also lets the
action unfold on three levels, with the
french leaders threatened by the english
from upstage and their own starving
populace from below, the latter emerging
from beneath the stage like rabid animals
to snarl into the footlights"
Richard Morrison, The Times
"Designer Madeleine Boyd who was
apparently clearly delighted with
the ample space Malmo Opera has
to offer, made good use of its wide spectrum"
Johan Malmberg, Torgny Nilsson HD.se
"…the design, set and direction (Madeleine Boyd/Alessandro Talevi) worked memorably well... This was opera as it should be but seldom is — innovative yet respectful, ambitious yet pragmatic, and above all committed to the development of talent in all departments."
Sue Loder, Opera Today