by George Frideric Handel

Cast: Joelle Harvey / Stuart Jackson / Stephanie Wake-Edwards / Jennifer Johnston / Aryeh / Nussbaum Cohen / Samuel Mariño / Clive Bayley

Dancers: Robin Gladwin / Harriet Waghorn / Jonathan Mewett / Jack Richardson

Conductor: Václav Luks / Choreographer: Emma Woods / Set Designer: Annemarie Woods / Costume Designer: Hannah Clark / Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford + Rick Fisher 

Photographer: Richard Hubert Smith

★★★★ a fresh angle on the incendiary story        
Evening Standard

★★★★ Adele Thomas’ new production fo Glyndebourne makes a good case for its operatic credentials.

★★★★ This, though, is a consistent and thoughtful interpretation of a gloriously eclectic piece

The Arts Desk


★★★★ Thunder roars. Lightning flashes. And its bright bursts reveal two entangled bodies on stage, then a lone naked woman undulating on the floor and a stony figure who watches from afar. In this beginning lies the end. Sex and revenge are intertwined. It makes for a visually striking start to Adele Thomas’s new production of Handel’s Semele, setting the tone for a show that’s confident, smart and endlessly entertaining
The Times

Il Trovatore (London)

by Giuseppe Verdi
Co-production between Royal Opera House and Opernhaus Zürich

Cast: Jamie Barton / Marina Rebeka / Riccardo Massi / Ludovic Tezier / Roberto Tagliavini / Gabrielė Kupšytė / Michael Gibson

Dance Ensemble: Michael Larcombe / Dak Mashava / Gareth Mole / Sean Moss/ Daniel Perry / Yasset Roldan

Conductor: Antonio Pappano / Designer: Annemarie Woods / Lighting Designer: Franck Evin  / Movement Director: Emma Woods / Fight Director: Jonathan Holby / Photographer: Camilla Greenwell

The Guardian ★★★★★
The Observer ★★★★

The Times ★★★★
The Independent ★★★★
The Stage ★★★★
The Express ★★★★
Broadway World ★★★★
Culture Whisper ★★★★

No, there’s not a lot of reason in this Trovatore, but its storytellers Thomas and Pappano are both razor-sharp.

The Guardian *****

Director Adele Thomas has deftly lassoed the work’s wildness into a new coherence and invited us into a parallel world of storytelling […] The approach is fresh, highly professional and nothing like any other Trovatore you might have encountered.
The Observer ★★★★

Thomas’ finely tuned artistic vision balances the paradoxes of desire effortlessly so that both sides can blossom with full blooded feeling.  
Broadway World ★★★★

The dreamlike flow of the narrative is heightened, and in stressing the force of the irrational and the chaotic Thomas articulates the plight of the characters rather skilfully.
The Times ★★★★

Adele Thomas throws myth, mysticism and some marvellously devilish costumes into the mix to make the whole thing look like something from the works of Hieronymous Bosch, which is strangely appropriate in bringing out the glory and power of Verdi's music.
The Express ★★★★

Whenever a forthcoming production features the name of theatre, music theatre and opera director Adele Thomas audiences know that that something interesting, or, even, at best, brilliant, is in store.

Culture Whisper  

fast moving, visually sumptuous, and at times refreshingly irreverent. […] Thomas’s take won’t please the conventionally minded, and it may not sit well with the purist, but this is one of the most interesting productions of the year.


Apollo e Dafne

by George Frideric Handel
 Royal Opera House

Cast: Jonathan McGovern / Alexandra Lowe

Conductor: Christian Curnyn / Designer: Antony McDonald / Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman / Movement Director: Emma Woods / Photographer: Tristram Kenton 

★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Culture Whisper
★★★★ The Stage 
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Telegraph 
★★★★ The Times
★★★★★ The Arts Desk
★★★★ Bachtrack

Apollo e Dafne was one of four short pieces performed as part of The Royal Opera’s 4/4 project. 

In the Realms of Sorrow

Four Cantatas by George Frideric Handel with additional music by Héloïse Werner 
                               London Handel Festival/ Stone Nest 

Cast: James Laing / Jonathon Luke Baker / Patrick Terry / Nardus Williams / Soraya Mafi / Claire Booth

Band: Lucia Capellaro / Roderigo Checa / Charlotte Fairbairn / Oonagh Lee / Rosie Moon / Jonas Nordberg / Joel Raymond / Marguerite Wassermann

Conductor: Laurence Cummings / Designer: Hannah Clark / Lighting and Video Designer: Josh Pharo / Choreographer: Emma Woods / Photographer: Camilla Greenwell

★★★★★ The Observer
★★★★★ The Arts Desk

★★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Bachtrack

Raw, muscular, visceral, haunting – this was Handel as you’ve never experienced him before.
Arts Desk *****

Bodies in space, tumbling, rolling, hurtling; at the same time singing, playing, dancing […] unforgettable
Observer *****

I’ve never seen or heard those early Handel works brought to life so vividly.
The Times *****

This was an electrifying piece of advocacy for works that many would regard as footnotes to Handel’s career

The Spectator
This was a performance of searing impact.

Opera Today 
Directed by Thomas with meticulous care and invention.


Will I ever forget it? Not a chance.

The Guardian ****


by George Frideric Handel
Royal Opera House

Cast:  Claire Booth / Rachael Lloyd / Jacquelyn Stucker / James Laing / Patrick Terry / Alessandro Fisher / William Berger

Conductor: Laurence Cummings / Designer: Hannah Clark / Lighting Designer: D.M. Wood / Fight Director: Kev McCurdy / Photographers: Clive Barda and Stephen Cummiskey

Nominated for the 2020 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production

★★★★★ Independent
★★★★★ Londonist
★★★★★ Culture Whisper
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Telegraph
★★★★ Observer
★★★★ Times
★★★★★ The Idle Woman
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Stage
★★★★ MusicOMH
★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★ Metro

★★★★★ A production of unfailing wit and vivacity          
Culture Whisper

★★★★ A stylish production by Adele Thomas
The Guardian

★★★★ Adele Thomas' intellectually focussed and witty production
The Stage

★★★★★  The inspired direction of Adele Thomas
The Londonist

There was no dull moment in the wonderful production. a triumph of simplicity. It was a privilege to witness it
Opera Actuel

★★★★★ This is a treasure of a production and I’m hugely privileged to have seen it
The Idle Woman

The best night I’ve had at the theatre so far this year

The Spectator

Berenice lasted only four performances in 1737. It probably was not half as much fun as this


 Financial Times