Most of the reviews are now in and delighted with the response - always exciting when a vision resonates with public and critics alike.
Guardian - 4* "profoundly humane vision of Strauss's autobiographical opera" "Bruno Ravella’s production boasts practically perfect performances from Mary Dunleavy and Mark Stone as the tempestuous Mr and Mrs Storch, and Jac van Steen conducts with sensitivity" "Bruno Ravella's production for Garsington Opera is among the most touching and effective to date." - TheGuardian
The independent - 5* "serenely accomplished" "there's no weak link in this delightful production" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/reviews/intermezzo-garsington-opera-wormsley-bucks-serenely-accomplished-10313479.html
FT - 4* "Bruno Ravella’s staging brought breeziness and a superb cast to the comedy based on Strauss’s marriage" http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2779f02e-0dd8-11e5-9a65-00144feabdc0.html
The Times - "...it's boosted by an intelligently understated staging by Bruno Ravella with clean 1920s designs by Giles Cadle (top marks for staging the tobogganing scene without calamity). Ravella’s show deals in small gestures rather than grand theatrics; the moment when Christine realises that the Baron is simply using her for access to “the Master” is quietly devastating."
Opera News - "Ravella’s direction was unfailingly sharp and witty." OperaNews
Bachtrack - 4* "Every aspect of Bruno Ravella’s period (i.e. 1920s) production for Garsington Opera is pin-sharp in its attention to detail." "Stagecraft is superb throughout." "...the score is remarkable for being closely knit with the dialogue, continually changing in response to the mood and speech pattern of every sentence: van Steen, Ravella and their cast followed this closeness utterly faithfully." "By the end of the opera, it totally won me over as a true-to-life portrait of enduring love, with all its trials, tribulations, comfort and joy." http://bachtrack.com/review-richard-strauss-intermezzo-garsington-opera-june-2015
MusicOMH - 4.5* "Richard Strauss’ “Bourgeois comedy with musical interludes” has never been a staple of the repertoire in the same way as most of his other operas, but Bruno Ravella’s beautiful production for Garsington Opera, with inspired musical direction from Jac van Steen, shows that it can be as engaging as any of the composer’s better known works." http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/intermezzo-garsington-opera-wormsley
The stage - 4* "Richard Strauss’s domestic comedy is a hit for Garsington in Bruno Ravella’s staging and in Andrew Porter’s English translation" TheStage
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