harry fehr - opera director - reviews
I Capuleti e I Montecchi - Buxton Festival
"...I Capuleti is a model of directorial discipline."
4* The Times, 12 July 2016
Ariodante - Scottish Opera
"Harry Fehr's staging of Handel's Ariodante for Scottish Opera takes liberties but reaps rewards."
**** The Observer, 21 February 2016
**** 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
"... in this new production by Harry Fehr of Handel's Ariodante... Scottish Opera have hit the nail on the head."
**** The Scotsman, 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
Oberon - New Sussex Opera
This brave production of Weber's Oberon is honourably executed, says Rupert Christiansen
"... the performance it presents has many virtues, not least in sidestepping the extravagant scenic demands specified by the libretto. Instead, the director Harry Fehr has stripped everything down to basics, using only minimal costuming and stitching the episodes of dialogue together with a connecting narration, delivered by chorus members."
The Telegraph, 20 November 2014
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 goes back to Wagner's original plans of staging the opera in Scotland... By grounding the action in a small Scottish fishing community, director Harry Fehr highlights the incongruity between the fantastical legend and reality."
4 stars The Telegraph, 5 April 2013
"He [Harry Fehr] showed how to bring Handel up-to-date by setting Orlando at the start of the 20th century, now Harry Fehr has turned a similar trick with Wagner, bringing his Dutchman ashore from the North Sea to 1970s Scotland. It is a device that is a 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
"Director Harry Fehr has more sense than to go in for tartanalia, though, or the Romantic mists of Walter Scott's Scotland... After a sturdy overture, the curtain rises on a 1970s northeast fishing town... 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