10 May 2019

Handel Semele tour - press reviews

Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome:

“It is superfluous to praise the technical and stylistic competence of John Eliot Gardiner, the orchestra and the choir and above all their evident harmony. The sound quality, the precision of the attacks, the rhythm of the narration and the clarity of the concertation are magnificent.”
Francesco Giudiceandrea – GB Opera magazine click here to read the full review

Teatro alla Scala, Milan:

“A velvet, a silk, an embroidery in the orchestra’s musical interweaving, in perfect voices, very intonated, very musical and theatrical together with the choir.”
Pierachille Dolfini - click here to read the full review

“A great performance…extraordinary in the continuous passing of orchestral colors.”
Alberto Mattioli – La Stampa - click here to read the full review

Alexandra Palace Theatre, London:

“Chorus and orchestra were consistently excellent – strings, as ever, brilliant in vigour and precision.”
Fiona Maddocks – ★★★★ Guardian click here to read the full review

“The greatest joy of the evening was generated by the wonderfully crisp and rhythmically alert singing of the Monteverdi Choir.”
Rupert Chistiansen – ★★★★ The Telegraph - click here to read the full review

Palau de la Música, Barcelona:

“The show is a revelation”
Biagio Scuderi – Amadeus - click here to read the full review

“A better interpretation can hardly be found.”

“The English Baroque Soloists find themselves as a fish in the water with a music that seems to have been written for them”
El Punt Avui - click here to read the full review

“The magic of interpretation, beyond the singers and the stage scene, came from the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir, directed by Gardiner”
“The Monteverdi Choir, considered the best choir in the world, is a formation of absolute strength and unity.”
Elsa Álvarez Forges – Núvol click here to read the full review

“…the absolute winner of the night was the Monteverdi Choir, with an excellent performance, both musically and theatrically”
Aurelia Pessarrodona – Revista Musical Catalana - click here to read the full review

“That the Monteverdi Choir is the best in the world is a popular opinion, and we have to agree, because every time we hear them with the English Baroque Soloists, we have the feeling that it doesn’t get any better.”
Jaume Radigales – ARA Cultura - click here to read the full review

Philharmonie de Paris:

“It is crazy what can be evoked with some stools, a sofa, simple but adequate costumes and especially a motivated group, while elsewhere, other “real” staged, very expensive, inspire only boredom.”
Catherine Scholler – ResMusica - click here to read the full review

“The Monteverdi Choir was on dazzling form and captivated with its ability to make sense of every word, every syllable”
Laurent Bury – Forum Opera click here to read the full review

“Gardiner triumphs Semele at the Philharmonie de Paris”
“Under the precise direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the sound of the English Baroque Soloists is sumptuous with roundness and sharpness.”
Frédérique Epin - Olyrix - click here to read the full review