We were thrilled that The Monster went down well with the critics in London. Here’s a selection:

The Times, 7 July 2015

The Financial Times, 7 July 2015

The UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new children’s opera could hardly have whipped up a bigger frenzy… When sung with the do-or-die conviction or the LSO Discovery Choirs and LSO Community Choir, the overall product Rattle provoked passionate performances from his orchestra and excellent soloists.
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The Guardian, 6 July 2015

If Rattle’s concert last week reinforced expectations of high artistic standards when he joins the LSO, this one will have encouraged those who hope that broadening participation will be similarly high on his agenda.
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The Telegraph, 6 July 2015

Rattle made sure the London Symphony Orchestra (augmented by players from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) never drowned the singers, and paced things unerringly… Championing music education fires him up as much as performance these days, and here he was, fronting a brand-new community opera that brought his two passions together.
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The Independent, 6 July 2015
This was semi-staged – with lighting which made the Barbican’s wooden screens look like burnished brass – but the drama lay in the music, thanks in large part to Joshua Bloom’s wonderful Daedalus, and to the pure-toned ardour of the young choristers.

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Classical Source, 5 July 2015

Andrew Rees was an inspired piece of casting as Theseus, his cartoon-like swagger matched by a robust, Siegfried-like heldentenor that galvanised the cringing Athenians. Yvonne Howard sang his mother with elemental warmth and a nicely judged caricature of matriarchal authority; and Daedalus, both the architect of the Labyrinth and its prisoner, was strongly performed by Joshua Bloom. Malcolm Storry set the myth rolling with his vivid portrayal of Minos, clearly a man enslaved by the monster within.
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