‘The Marriage of Figaro’ – English National Opera – Reviews

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cherubino_kathryn_rudge_2‘THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO’  – ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA REVIEWS

CONDUCTOR  – PAUL DANIEL        DIRECTOR  – FIONA SHAW

FINANCIAL TIMES

“The star performance comes from Kathryn Rudge’s Cherubino – chaotically sexy, charismatic, totally compelling.”

Andrew Clark, 6th October 2011.

WHATS ON STAGE ****

“Kathryn Rudge glories as the ever nubile cross-dressing Cherubino”

Stephen Crowe, 5th October 2011

THE TIMES

“Kathryn Rudge’s scallywag Cherubino at least has verve.”

Richard Morrison, 6th October 2011.

Exeunt Magazine

“Kathryn Rudge gets to the roots of both Cherubino’s comic and virile appeal, although there is too great an urgency about her otherwise splendid performance of ‘Voi che sapete’.”

Sam Smith, 6th October 2011

DAILY EXPRESS

“Kathryn Rudge gave a lovely performance as the sexually frustrated pageboy Cherubino, especially when exploiting to the full the comic potential of a girl playing the part of a boy dressed as a girl.”

William Hartston, 7th October 2011

Opera-Britannia ****

“Kathryn Rudge is a new singer to me but she made a believable and sexy Cherubino and she sang ‘Voi che sapete’ particularly well.”

Sebastian Petit, 6th October, 2011

The Independent

“Kathryn Rudge (Cherubino) keeps the palpitating intensity of adolescence on the boil.”

Edward Seckerson, 6th October 2011

Play to See

“Special mention must go to Kathryn Rudge who is the most delightful Cherubino I have ever seen, her depiction of an awkward youth inflamed with passion is spot on. So much so that despite being a woman acting a man, there were giggles amid the audience at the ridiculous sight of ‘him’ being dressed up in women’s clothes.”

Kit Toda

The Guardian ***

“Kathryn Rudge (Cherubino) sensually refined.”

The Telegraph ****

“Kathryn Rudge was a pungent if not ideally boyish Cherubino.”

Musical Criticism ***

“Kathryn Rudge is an excellent Cherubino, coy and boyish as she rocks from foot to foot during the famous ‘Tell me what love is’”

Liam Cagney 7th October

The Gizzle Review

“Kathryn Rudge balances the pure and the hormonal in her portrayal of Cherubino.”

Ed Nightingale 6th October 2011

Bachtrack ****

As the hopelessly hormonal teenagers, Mary Bevan’s inebriated Barbarina was a flirtatious foil to Kathryn Rudge’s hyperactive Cherubino.

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The Opera Critic

“Kathryn Rudge is a dashing Cherubino”

Colin Anderson 5th October 2011

Gscene

“Kathryn Rudge as Cherubino was delightful playing the naughty young man in the thrall of his hormones, dreams and crushes with a believable sexual tension, she was great fun.”

Eric Page 10th October 2011

SATURDAY ARTS REVIEW RADIO 4

Michael Ardity – Novelist

“The production is extremely enjoyable and I think the one thing Fiona Shaw does to perfection is her direction of the actors …The singers were like actors as they were so true to one another . I would especially like to mention Cherubino, Kathryn Rudge. People talk about Shakespeare having written such wonderful women’s parts for boys but I think young male singers might complain that the best portrait of adolescent male desire is written for a girl and she (Kathryn) was just wonderful and the moment when she says “I am petrified with fear” I don’t think I have ever seen petrification in such a believable way. She was absolutely glorious as the girl dressing up as a boy dressing up as a girl, which, of course, Fiona Shaw has done several times in Shakespearean roles – I thought that was wonderful!”

 

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