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Tosca – Nederlandse Reisopera
Dutch touring Tosca is an edge-of-your-seat thriller …It all plays out like a nail-biting thriller. Fehr has a firm grip on the singers’ direction and they did him proud.
Opera Today, 26 October 2018

La Bohème – Clonter Opera
In many ways it’s one of the best productions [Clonter Opera] has done… The stark and bare third and fourth acts work brilliantly: in fact the last was one of the best acted endings to La Bohème I’ve ever seen.
Manchester Theatre Awards, 20 July 2018

L’Elisir d’amore – Den Jyske Opera
Winner of “Production of the Year” in the “Theatre Experiences of the Year” awards
Donizetti’s most popular opera is a delight from start to finish. Fehr manages to highlight the critiques of materialism and snobbery that lie under the opera’s surface without damping any of its fluency or jokes. That is what makes his visually beautiful production a triumph, one that would grace the stage of any opera house in the world.
****Klassik, 17 November 2017

I Capuleti e I Montecchi – Buxton Festival
“… I Capuleti is a model of directorial discipline.”
**** The Times, 12 July 2016

Ariodante – Scottish Opera
“Meticulously directed”
 **** The Times, 19 February 2016
“Fehr’s production is brave, unafraid of unsubtle imagery and very strong, both visually and conceptually…In the end, though, it’s the questions that Fehr’s staging raises that stay in the memory. “
**** The Arts Desk, 19 February 2016 
“ A modern Ariodante fit for Handel’s score”
**** The Telegraph, 17 February 2016

Orlando – Welsh National Opera
“Harry Fehr's recent Orlando for Welsh National Opera picks up where David Alden and David McVicar left off at ENO, recasting Handel's sorcery story as one of psychological trauma and war. This is Handel with a modern audience in mind: emotional, direct, confronting.”
The Spectator, 28 November 2015
“In this moving and convincing production, the tangled love lives of four people remain at the opera’s heart, but there’s a strong emphasis on the psychological trauma and destructive force of war.”
The Times, 29 September 2015

La Finta Gardiniera – Buxton Festival
“… in this dazzling, bold and inventive production we have a novel modern setting under Harry Fehr’s direction … For a production full of ideas and fun, Fehr has an exceptional seven-strong cast, who give a first-rate ensemble performance.”
The Arts Desk, 8 July 2013

The Flying Dutchman - Scottish Opera.
“This enthralling production of The Flying Dutchman …”
4 stars The Telegraph, 5 April 2013
“… complete success in narrative terms. This may be a very domestic version of the story, full of recognisable scenes, but it loses none of the psychological depth …”
4 stars The Herald 5 April 2013
“It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking production.”
4 stars The Guardian, 5 April 2013
“It is the triumph of Harry Fehr's production that it wrings every last drop of emotional engagement from the material.”
Scottish Daily Express, 14 April 2013