★★★★ Director Nina Brazier’s edited version, cutting the action down to a single hour, compresses and consolidates the tragedy, producing a searingly intense treatment which tears at the heart... leaves plenty of space for the actors to realise Brazier’s dynamic, physically driven production... By the end, the tears were streaming down my face
— Operissima on The Winter's Tale
★★★★ a boldly ingenious experiment. This offering from The Hermes Experiment stands on its own... moving in a way that transcends technique... This fascinating Shakespeare collaboration between Director (Nina Brazier) and Composer (Kim Ashton) is a groundbreaking, and often inspirational, blend of music, movement and text.
— The Reviews Hub on The Winter's Tale
Whilst Shakespeare’s text provided the solid framework, director Nina Brazier cleverly constructed an intricate web of sound, word and movement around the plot... It is this kind of intimate care and thoughtfulness applied to all aspects of the production that makes it possible to create rich psychological drama out of sparse branches of The Winter’s Tale
— The Cusp Magazine on The Winter's Tale
brilliantly summing up the gist of the original... a most impressive production that gripped the capacity audience from beginning to end... an ideal way to present Shakespeare. It deserves far more than one showing.
— Early Music Reviews on The Winter's Tale
tautly-directed action
— The Evening Standard on The Winter's Tale
★★★★ skilfully crafted
— London Theatre 1 on The Winter's Tale
boundaries between words, music, and gesture, between actors and musicians, between most components present or believed to be present, were questioned, blurred, negated, perhaps even, dare I suggest it, transcended...
There was, then, a particular, one-off sense of enchantment to the night’s proceedings.
— Seen & Heard International on The Winter's Tale
fine performances... Brazier’s staging served Shakespeare, certainly, but she responded organically to the opinions offered in Ashton’s score.
— Schmopera.com on The Winter's Tale
Nina Brazier makes ingenious use of the intimate space
— The Stage on Shahrazad
the singing and acting was of astonishing quality... the communication was superbly clear
— Opera Scotland on Alcina
The Ryedale Festival staging of Poppea came to the Lammermuir Festival and Perth Concert Hall two years back, and was a superbly memorable performance. It can be said straight away that this [Alcina] was every bit as good. It will have left the audience, who were completely gripped throughout, waiting eagerly for a third offering of this quality.
— Opera Scotland on Alcina
performed with poise and aplomb
— Glasgow Herald on Alcina
An impressive staging of a fine opera... a highly effective production
— The Yorkshire Post on Alcina
given an impressively light directorial touch by Nina Brazier... The simplicity of the staging and direction meant that the music was allowed to speak for itself, portraying the characters in the way that Handel’s music suggests
— Early Music Review on Alcina
Nina Brazier returned as the skilful director
— Opera Magazine on The Merry Widow
★★★★★ The talented Nina Brazier certainly deserves extremely positive kudos for her stellar direction... La Bohème was a real smash
— London Theatre 1
★★★★ realised with great assurance, variety and a genuine music theatre sensibility
— Opera Now on A Telephone Call
Almost incredibly, sumptuous fin de siècle Paris was easily evoked... chorus radiated unfailing bonhomie... So many delights
— Opera Magazine on The Merry Widow, Ryedale Festival Opera
The highlight so far is The Merry Widow... an operatic answer to Grexit...
— The Spectator on The Merry Widow, Ryedale Festival Opera
skilfully illustrated... Audience silence reigned throughout
— Musical Opinion on A Song of Good & Evil
the expectancy in the hall was tangible. It was fulfilled, too in a lively production that stripped away the inessentials and left Mozart and Schikaneder to speak for themselves. Indeed the dialogue was admirably clear...
— Opera Magazine on Young Opera Venture's The Magic Flute
★★★★★ Here’s a Magic Flute that lives up to its name and gives the lie to those who lazily condemn opera as elitist... The standard of performance reaches the rafters
— The Yorkshire Post on Young Opera Venture's The Magic Flute
mesmerisingly good... this new touring production put scarcely a foot - arguably not a foot - wrong

Surprises, refinement and finesse in Young Opera Venture’s Magic Flute... one that one will remember, and relish the memory with pleasure.
— Seen & Heard on Young Opera Venture's The Magic Flute
A sobering, fascinating, and in the best sense provocative evening
— Seen & Heard on A Song of Good & Evil, Southbank Centre
the show was a triumph, another feather in Ryedale’s operatic cap.
— Opera Magazine on The Coronation of Poppea
The Coronation of Poppea in a zappy new translation by John Warrack, was tightly directed by Nina Brazier... The production struck a precise balance between drama, cruelty and comedy.
— Opera Magazine on The Coronation of Poppea
★★★★ Nina Brazier’s production for Ryedale Festival Opera, on tour at Grimeborn, resoundingly succeeds on all levels, giving us an evening of luxurious beauty, abandoned sensuality and superb characterisation.
— Bach Track on The Coronation of Poppea
★★★★ a cast that projected both the heavy and lighter moments with engaging conviction. Three and a half hours went by in a flash
— The Scotsman on The Coronation of Poppea
★★★★ Far more exciting for us to see stylised spectacle cast aside and the focus diverted to the characters, their emotions and the intrigues of an opera whose storyline reeks of lies, distortion and deceit. That’s what Ryedale Festival gave us on Saturday in this first ever venture into opera by the Lammermuir Festival
— The Scotsman on The Coronation of Poppea
the audience were absorbed in the drama right from the start... a thoroughly absorbing evening
— Opera Scotland on The Coronation of Poppea
The wonderful performance of Ryedale Festival Opera - a production which had economic clarity... a real pleasure... performed superbly...
— Perthshire Advertiser on The Coronation of Poppea
★★★★ a constant, ingenious delight
— Bach Track on The Coronation of Poppea
★★★★★ I have not seen such an entrancing and engrossing production of The Coronation of Poppea for years.
— Planet Hugill on The Coronation of Poppea
★★★★★ This was production where you could simply follow The Coronation of Poppea like a play, catching every word and with the singers colouring each dramatic nuance. It made for gripping theatre
— Planet Hugill on The Coronation of Poppea
a splendid production
— The Scarborough News on The Coronation of Poppea
Evenings like this are too good to miss.
— Opera Magazine on The Magic Flute
A full house greeted both performances of The Magic Flute, given in a lively new production by Nina Brazier... Surely it’s time for the festival to consider a third, even fourth, performance.
— Opera Magazine on The Magic Flute
★★★★ Their audience receives two shows in one: a charmingly simple theatrical performance and a compelling musical accompaniment... By setting the piece in an intimate, casual stage space and stripping the performance of OTT features, Nina Brazier points to beauty that’s not comprised of visual ornamentation, optical illusion, delusion...
— Plays to See on The Magic Flute
the performance had lovely ensemble feel...There was a lot of delightfully detailed interaction between the characters...the cast impressed with their consistency, the lovely feeling of ensemble, the nice detailing and great sense of energy. The directness of Brazier’s production, without any gimmicks, ensured that the story was told in a clear way.
— Planet Hugill on The Magic Flute
This small scale Magic Flute in the Grimeborn Festival 2013 at Dalston, delighted the packed press night audience... choreographed simply and cleverly by Nina Brazier...the whole Creative Team collaborated to make this a memorable Flute for us and doubtless for all the participants...

This production might well be considered for a DVD, to set alongside those from major productions.
— Musical Pointers on The Magic Flute
this double bill consisting of two rarely performed one-acters is effectively staged by Nina Brazier...the second half, the brilliant 1909 comedy Susanna’s Secret really hits the spot
— The Stage on Bastien & Bastienne and Susanna's Secret
beautifully crafted
— Opera Magazine on Bastien & Bastienne and Susanna's Secret
A BUMPER WEEK FOR SLEIGHT OF HAND...SEX, SMOKE AND HOCUS POCUS INFORM A NIFTY DOUBLE BILL
Pianist-translator David Eaton and director Nina Brazier’s nifty, thrifty double-bill for the Grimeborn Festival...
— The Independent on Sunday on Bastien & Bastienne & Susanna's Secret
★★★★ delightful... This is a really polished and well directed piece of work
— What's on Stage on Susanna's Secret
★★★★★ this presentation was immense fun, very well sung and played, and resourcefully directed... this is, as Emile de Becque would say, ‘some enchanted evening’
— Plays to See on Bastien & Bastienne and Susanna's Secret
I was impressed by Nina Brazier’s creative production which had added zest
— Remotegoat on Spilt Milk & Trouble in Tahiti
★★★★ GLORIOUS GRIME IN GRIMEBORN... as Nina Brazier’s modest, effective production shows, it works on stage; it has a story to tell and tells it straight: think Puccini on Broadway
— The Evening Standard on The Old Maid & The Thief
★★★★ The Old Maid and the Thief set a high standard for the rest to follow
— The Evening Standard on The Old Maid & The Thief
ingeniously seductive. The piece, musically directed by Timothy Henty and minimally staged by Nina Brazier could hardly be better done
— Michael Billington, The Guardian on Florodora
★★★★ utterly riveting
— Edinburgh Evening News on Waiting for Romeo
Bewitching
— Edinburgh Guide on Waiting for Romeo
★★★★ There are some lovely sharp turns in Nina Brazier’s fleet-footed production
— The Evening Standard on Waiting for Romeo
brings Bennett’s timeless personal tales to local doorsteps with panache and poignancy... Full of humour, idiomatic metaphor and delicate nuances, all three simple stories enchant and delight
— East Anglian Daily Times on Talking Heads
fine performances bring each tale to life and fully capitalise on Bennett’s rich text
— East Anglian Daily Times on Talking Heads
a tour de force…expertly delivered…brilliantly sustained
— The Stage on Florodora
beautifully observed within the confines of Nina Brazier’s resourceful production by a fine ensemble
— Reviewsgate on Florodora
Elegantly controlled and wickedly funny... An entertaining night in the country
— The Stage on Talking Heads
Director Nina Brazier draws sensitive performances from her cast
— The Stage on Talking Heads
moving and disturbing... beautifully portrayed
— Bury Free Press on Talking Heads
Flor-adorable! Her production was a masterclass of blocking combined with the clever use of simple ensemble tableau. Ken Livingstone-type traffic jams should have occurred but Ms. Brazier managed to circumnavigate them with a flourish. A beautiful piece wonderfully performed at the Finborough. Enterprising Producers and Opera Companies please note!
— Rogues & Vagabonds on Florodora
Artistic director Neil McPherson, producer Susannah Stevens, and director Nina Brazier deserve our warmest gratitude, and the good news is that there is more to follow. Don’t miss it!
— The Gaiety Magazine on Florodora
This production oozes quality
— The Stage on Past Tense
sweet, endearing and intelligent... and most importantly, leaves the audience wanting more.
— The Stage on Past Tense