Press

PRESS FOR THE RINSE CYCLE
★★★★★ The Rinse Cycle “A real treat, only the most humourless of Wagnerians could fail to enjoy it”     “brilliant show”
Playstosee.com

★★★“this is an upbeat, entertaining show featuring a fine ensemble cast.“
The Stage

“a fun filled evening put on by a clever creative team who … deliver irresistible humour while simultaneously serving up to a beguiled audience the power and musicality of the operatic voice”.

LondonTheatre1

“Unexpected Opera have succeeded in turning Wagner’s 16-hour Ring Cycle into two hours of surreal, unexpected fun.”
Bargaintheatreland.com

“fills that hole in your knowledge with a run through the cycle’s four operas’ storylines, selected musical interludes and a backstage bitchfest that gets plenty of laughs”
“thrilling to hear”
Broadwayworld.com

★★★★★
“I’ve seen some funny operas but this one took comedy to another level. Hats off to Unexpected Opera for ending my week on a high!”
Mary Nguyen

★★★★
“A hugely enjoyable evening of fun leavened by the ‘best bits’ of Wagner. Assimilating knowledge of opera will never come easier than this…it sent everyone in the audience of the Charing Cross Theatre home energised and with a smile on their face”
Londontheatre1.com

“Kelvin Lim is heroic at the piano, it’s a pleasure to hear Andrew Porter’s translation at such close quarters, and the quintet … treat his words with respect and care”
The Times

“A witty, entertaining undertaking which puts Wagner in a spin… an upbeat, entertaining show featuring a fine ensemble cast”
The Stage

“This fresh, funny and utterly original take on the Ring is a joyful celebration”
Operissimawhispers

“Unexpected Opera have succeeded in turning Wagner’s 16-hour Ring Cycle into two hours of surreal, unexpected fun”
Bargaintheatreland

PRESS FOR CHAT SHOWS
**** “Thank heaven for Unexpected Opera … this was one night at the opera I thoroughly enjoyed.”
Brian Penn writing for everything-theatre.co.uk about Traviata Tells All.

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PRESS FOR OPERA NAKED

Broadway Baby ***** (26 May 2014)
“They had me from the very first note. Bravo!”   “masses of energy and talent – cleverly scripted”
“After hearing the inspirational stories and powerful arias we all felt rejuvenated – Make sure you catch this cure-for-all-ills show.”
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The Brighton Argus (17 June 2014) awarding an ‘Argus Angel’ for Artistic Excellence
“full of originality and comic invention – two hours of musical magic plus insight”
“Interspersed with the spoken word were operatic highlights … glorious voices thrilled and moved an entranced audience.”
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OPERA magazine January 2014
“disarming candour – hugely entertaining.”
“The audience, who looked as though they might be more familiar with caustic stand-up comedy, lapped it up.”
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OPERA NOW MAGAZINE January 2013
Michael White
Opera Naked was … touching, moving, humbling and enlightening
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www.Bachtrack.com October 2013
“It is emotional; it is charming; and above all, it is relaxed, personal, great fun, moving, and will keep you thinking long after you leave.”
“an original, special, fascinating opportunity for the opera audience to get to know opera singers”
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www.Fringopera.com
“The arias … were mesmerising. That was really the ‘naked’ part. With nothing but a piano, an empty stage and a tiny theatre, these singers were all but laid bare in the spotlight and my God, they could sing.
“… if you were previously unconvinced about the art form, go and see Opera Naked for the arias. They speak for themselves. ”
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CATHOLIC HERALD  October 2012
Michael White
“one of the most original shows I’ve seen in ages …. the whole thing is a joy.”
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MONKEY MATTERS October 2013
“Opera Naked strips away the high arts shroud to reveal the beating hearth beneath.”
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SUNDAY TIMES preview 
Read here a preview of Opera Naked, published in the Sunday Times in 2014.

PRESS FOR ORPHEUS DOWN UNDER
Oxford Times March 2010
“this is Unexpected Opera, a delightfully zany, witty and inventive company that sends up well-known operas in such good-humourdely style that even the most hardened pursit must surely succumb to their affectionately irreverent approach.”
“thoroughly irresistible”
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PRESS FOR THE BARBER OF SAVILE
Eastern Daily Press June 2008
Tony Cooper
“The whole production … was a turn-up for the books and was splendidly conceived and wittily directed by Lynn Binstock, who particularly aimed it at a non-opera going audience, but any dedicated opera buff would, I’m sure, take to it like a duck to water.”
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