Critical Reviews in GB 2012 – 2013

One of only two living conductors for Norma!!! Thank you!!!

Chris Schneider, Opera Now

At the centre of this fine performance is Oliver von Dohnanyi, an opera conductor of a quality we seldom see .

  Yorkshire Post

Under the baton of Oliver von Dohnányi, the Orchestra of Opera North sounded incredibly dynamic , veering from the delicately pretty to the booming     and powerful, and as soon as the opening Sinfonia’s intense, soaring strings began, I was utterly gripped . He elicited great strength from the Orchestra of Opera North, drawing every drop of elegance and passion from Bellini’s sensational score. As intriguing as Christopher Alden’s production is, it’s the music that steals this show .


Chorus and orchestra respond splendidly    to Oliver von Dohnanyi’s conducting.

Whats on stage

The orchestral playing taut and dramatic under Oliver von Dohnányi.

The Independent

Oliver von Dohnanyi conducts a consistently exciting interpretation .

The stage

Opera North’s chorus are scarily stern, while conductor Oliver von Dohnányi brings energy and finesse to Bellini’s deceptively simple accompaniments.

The Guardian

Oliver von Dohnányi conducted a pretty ravishing account of the score , with    the opening thunderous and full of evil portents. He accommodated his singers extremely well, which is rarely achieved today , especially in this repertoire. The tempi were all well judged. Musically, the Opera North performance of Norma was an unexpected triumph .


Musically speaking, as a whole the performance was impressive – conductor Oliver von Dohnányi and the Orchestra of Opera North never put a foot wrong .


The orchestra under Oliver von Dohnanyi combines spit, polish and style .

Financial Times

Slovak conductor Oliver von Dohnanyi perfectly captures the sweetly, sensuous Czech character of the score, and the Orchestra of Opera North responds with a sumptuous, Wagnerian sound. There is a luminescent quality to the playing; every nuance bathed in light by the beautifully clear acoustic of the Grand Theatre. An immensely rewarding evening .


Oliver von Dohnányi conducts with affection and skill ; every tiny pause, every touch of rubato sounding completely natural.

The Arts Desk

Oliver von Dohnanyi has a sure feel for the score’s rolling phrases , his greatest achievement is to make a clear distinction between spirit and human worlds, the latter more hard-­‐edged, the former more impressionistic. His players take close array. A production to savour .


The orchestra responded with some of the finest playing this season, with Oliver von Dohnanyi in the pit relishing all the nuances of this outstanding score.

What’s on stage

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