One of the most charming and entertaining productions you are likely to see all year. With alternating companies of eight, director Andrew Davidson has effectively been preparing two shows simultaneously and, if Saturday night was anything to go by, he’s pulled it off. This was a cracking evening …
★★★★ David Winskill – OpinioN8
The entire cast are convincing in this exuberant piece where all the laughs come in all the right places. Andrew Davidson’s skeletal staging — hardly any set, barely any props — has the virtue of not standing in the way of the action. The young singers, looking comfortable in everyday modern dress, make it believable.
★★★★ Nick Kimberley – London Evening Standard
This new staging is slick and contemporary with a well thought-out re-interpretation of the plot, offering a fresh perspective on the opera. There was a great team spirit and some very good acting. The singers are well directed so that the dynamic between the characters in any scene is always clear.
★★★★ Nahoko Gotoh – Bachtrack
Thanks to the powerful impact of its concept and the shrewd reading of the characters, this Xerxes punched well above its weight. Davidson pulled a blinder … I actually gasped. Suddenly it all made sense. A stroke of utter genius.
★★★★★ Leander – Xerxes Project
There was real Magic in this Flute. The most intriguing aspect of Davidson’s work was a new slant on Mozart’s masons … his ideas were so apt … his work with the singers was so skilful and flush with the work’s quintessential humanity.
★★★★★ Roger Knight – State of the Arts
Davidson has moved the action from a fairy tale forest to the jungle of the cities. In finding so many contemporary references to bolster his view of the relevance of the story, Andrew Davidson has done Mozart a great favour. A real theatrical coup.
★★★★★ Ewart Shaw – Radio Adelaide