What you thought of Vanessa

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The curtain has now gone up on Vanessa, a new production for Festival 2018.

Watch the video below to hear from the audience about what they thought of the production, or scroll down to read the critic’s reaction and further audience comments.


What the critics are saying

‘a major achievement … Samuel Barber’s opera is the big success of the season’
★★★★★ Financial Times

‘magnificent … Jakub Hrůša’s sensitive conducting and Warner’s superbly judged production combine to make a deep and abiding impression.’
★★★★★ Evening Standard

‘Musically, it’s hugely impressive … [Emma] Bell gives one of her finest performances to date … Jakub Hrůša, conducting with tremendous passion, really opens the emotional floodgates, sweeping us away in the big set pieces.’
The Guardian

‘Virginie Verrez … takes us right inside the inexperienced Erika’s mind-set … Edgaras Montvidas’ clean-cut tenor conveys the confident charm that brings Anatol easy conquests.’
The Independent

‘strong and imaginative casting and a production by Keith Warner that is both probing and visually spectacular.’
The Stage


Audience Reaction


Watch the trailer



Vanessa is on stage at Festival 2018 5–26 August 2018

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You can also see Vanessa live in cinemas and online on Tuesday 14 August.