★★★★ 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
★★★★ 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.
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
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.
★★★★ skilfully crafted
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.
fine performances... Brazier’s staging served Shakespeare, certainly, but she responded organically to the opinions offered in Ashton’s score.
Nina Brazier makes ingenious use of the intimate space
the singing and acting was of astonishing quality... the communication was superbly clear
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.
performed with poise and aplomb
An impressive staging of a fine opera... a highly effective production
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
Nina Brazier returned as the skilful director
★★★★★ The talented Nina Brazier certainly deserves extremely positive kudos for her stellar direction... La Bohème was a real smash
★★★★ realised with great assurance, variety and a genuine music theatre sensibility
Almost incredibly, sumptuous fin de siècle Paris was easily evoked... chorus radiated unfailing bonhomie... So many delights
The highlight so far is The Merry Widow... an operatic answer to Grexit...
skilfully illustrated... Audience silence reigned throughout
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...
★★★★★ 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
mesmerisingly good... this new touring production put scarcely a foot - arguably not a foot - wrongSurprises, refinement and finesse in Young Opera Venture’s Magic Flute... one that one will remember, and relish the memory with pleasure.
A sobering, fascinating, and in the best sense provocative evening
the show was a triumph, another feather in Ryedale’s operatic cap.
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.
★★★★ 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.
★★★★ a cast that projected both the heavy and lighter moments with engaging conviction. Three and a half hours went by in a flash
★★★★ 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 audience were absorbed in the drama right from the start... a thoroughly absorbing evening
The wonderful performance of Ryedale Festival Opera - a production which had economic clarity... a real pleasure... performed superbly...
★★★★ a constant, ingenious delight
★★★★★ I have not seen such an entrancing and engrossing production of The Coronation of Poppea for years.
★★★★★ 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
a splendid production
Evenings like this are too good to miss.
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.
★★★★ 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...
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.
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.
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
A BUMPER WEEK FOR SLEIGHT OF HAND...SEX, SMOKE AND HOCUS POCUS INFORM A NIFTY DOUBLE BILLPianist-translator David Eaton and director Nina Brazier’s nifty, thrifty double-bill for the Grimeborn Festival...
★★★★ delightful... This is a really polished and well directed piece of work
★★★★★ this presentation was immense fun, very well sung and played, and resourcefully directed... this is, as Emile de Becque would say, ‘some enchanted evening’
I was impressed by Nina Brazier’s creative production which had added zest
★★★★ 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 Old Maid and the Thief set a high standard for the rest to follow
ingeniously seductive. The piece, musically directed by Timothy Henty and minimally staged by Nina Brazier could hardly be better done
★★★★ utterly riveting
★★★★ There are some lovely sharp turns in Nina Brazier’s fleet-footed production
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
fine performances bring each tale to life and fully capitalise on Bennett’s rich text
a tour de force…expertly delivered…brilliantly sustained
beautifully observed within the confines of Nina Brazier’s resourceful production by a fine ensemble
Elegantly controlled and wickedly funny... An entertaining night in the country
Director Nina Brazier draws sensitive performances from her cast
moving and disturbing... beautifully portrayed
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!
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!
This production oozes quality
sweet, endearing and intelligent... and most importantly, leaves the audience wanting more.