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Your Reaction: What did you think of Mozart's Mitridate, re di ponto?

Audience reactions and press reviews of Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart's early opera.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

27 June 2017 at 12.51pm | 19 Comments

Press reviews:
Evening Standard ★★★★★
Independent ★★★★★
The Stage ★★★★
Times (£) ★★★★
What's On Stage ★★★★
Arts Desk ★★
More press reviews to be added in due course

What did you think of Mitridate, re di Ponto?
Share your thoughts via the comments below.

Mitridate, re di Ponto runs until 7 July 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Hélène and Jean Peters.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

27 June 2017 at 12.51pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Graham Vick, Mitridate re di Ponto, mozart, Production, review, Social Media, The Royal Opera, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, your reaction

This article has 19 comments

  1. Borech responded on 27 June 2017 at 6:07pm Reply

    Saw it when it was first given at ROH in 1991.
    It looks terrific, is sung, conducted and directed brilliantly, to energise an otherwise immature and static Mozart opera.
    Highly recommended!

  2. Bill Worley responded on 27 June 2017 at 9:08pm Reply

    Lucy Crowe stole the show. Brava

  3. Diane Luxton responded on 27 June 2017 at 9:26pm Reply

    Loved every moment..totally brilliant

  4. Judith Tremaine responded on 28 June 2017 at 7:47am Reply

    It takes a revival like this remind you of what the ROH was once capable of. Stop the dreary dross of recent productions and give us fabulous singing, astounding design, sharp direction and beautifully realised staging that I saw last night. Stays with you days after viewing.

  5. Angela Toyne responded on 28 June 2017 at 9:23am Reply

    Splendid singing, especially by Lucy Crowe. However the costumes and staging was such that at several times the audience burst out laughing, often at inopportune places. For example, laughter when Mitridate died - purely because of the staging. Mm.

  6. Zuzana Princova responded on 28 June 2017 at 5:07pm Reply

    Highly entertaining, production excellent and some beautiful arias. Brilliant! Thank you.

  7. Peter Lewis responded on 29 June 2017 at 10:40pm Reply

    Fairly confusing plot line but I doubt it mattered even if I understood what was going on. This is Mozart meets Eurovision. So camp and those outfits? Wow! Lucy Crowe was the pick of a fine bunch of singers however the dress designer deserves the plaudits

  8. Anne responded on 29 June 2017 at 11:29pm Reply

    I went second time today. Albina Shagimuratova was ill , but she sang fantastic, utterly outstanding on Monday. She is on the top level as an artist and musician. And huge difference with the rest of the cast. Lucy Crowe another highlight of this performance. Small voice , but beautifully sung. Highly recommended!!!

  9. Nina Battleday responded on 30 June 2017 at 12:15am Reply

    Highly enjoyable evening on Thursday. I didn't get the name of the singer who took the part of Aspasia at such short notice - Can you help please?

    • Rachel Beaumont (Product Manager) responded on 30 June 2017 at 10:20am

      Hi Nina,

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the performance. The singer was Vlada Borovko, a current member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. You can find out more about her here.

      All best,

  10. Ann O'Shaughnessy responded on 30 June 2017 at 11:38am Reply

    What a production! A joy for the senses despite yet another substitution at the eleventh hour. Even the scenery worked as the perfect foil for the extravagant costumes. In the last weeks I have seen l'elisir d'amore on the night Alagna dropped out after scene 1, act 1, La Traviata and now Mitradate re de ponto - all 3 were wonderful in the traditional way that makes opera special. ROH can do things so well to showcase the world class singers we are privileged to hear while our Jette Parker programme produces so many splendid young singers - Jennifer Davis and Vlada Borovko to name but two.
    Three good experiences in as many weeks - must be a record. Thanks to all

  11. Nina Battleday responded on 30 June 2017 at 12:33pm Reply

    Thank you Rachel. Thought she coped extremely well with such a difficult role and at such short notice. Congratulations to her

  12. Liz Edwards responded on 30 June 2017 at 4:08pm Reply

    I booked this at short notice having read the reviews. It reminded me as to how wonderful the production was and is : it looked fresh even though it is over 25 years old. Please, ROH, continue staging masterpieces like this, both Mozart and Graham Vick would be proud!
    I thought the young soloist was so brave to take on the role of Arpasia. Not for the faint hearted. Bravo !

  13. Maria responded on 1 July 2017 at 2:35pm Reply

    Loved it, especially Lucy Crow who was outstanding. Would love to see again.

  14. Ian Slade responded on 1 July 2017 at 9:10pm Reply

    Fabulous playing & singing but the production is so wacky it makes everyone laugh. It's opera seria for Gid's sake! I mean Mitiridate saying he will kill them all in revenge is not a moment of comedy but staging induced mass guffaws.

  15. Richard Latto responded on 2 July 2017 at 12:05am Reply

    Wonderful production, but please tell us more about the two last minute understudies. A brief announcement at the beginning of their names was not enough.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 2 July 2017 at 3:18pm

      Hi Richard,

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the production. The singers who stepped in at the last minute to cover the roles were Jette Parker Young Artists: Vlada Borovko, performing the role of Aspasia, and Francesca Chiejina performing the role of Arbate.

      Thank you for your understanding in what was a highly unusual scenario last night.

      Many thanks,


  16. Richard Shaw responded on 2 July 2017 at 11:19am Reply

    Last night's (1st July) performance of 'Mitridate' was marred by the illness, once again, of Albina Shagimuratova. Whilst her replacement was encouragingly appreciated by the audience, she unfortunately lacked the strength of voice that Shagimuratova would have provided. Nevertheless, the production was extremely entertaining with superb performances, particularly by Lucy Crowe and Bejun Mehta. Rupert Charlesworth was also worthy of note as the Marzio, the campest of Roman Tribunes!

  17. Charles K. responded on 2 July 2017 at 7:53pm Reply

    Lucy Crowe was incredible as Indian Princess Ismene. I hope ROH will stage "Lakme" for her. Everyone shined the last night including 2 last minute replacements. The duet of Sifare and Aspasia was well-balanced and beautifully sung.

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