PRESS REVIEWS

The Pearl Fishers – Lyric Opera of Chicago 2017. © Todd Rosenberg Photography.
Sets and Costumes: Zandra Rhodes
Choreography: John Malashock
Lighting: Ron Vodicka

The Pearl Fishers

“This was Andrew Sinclair’s deftly imagined version for San Diego Opera, which brought out the attractiveness of Bizet’s “other opera” and deepened its telling and thus its hold over us. Indeed one of Sinclair’s aims was to make the characters more three-dimensional and in this, he succeeded magnificently.”

– Hilary Stoh, Bachtrack
April 2019

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The Pearl Fishers is often dismissed as a silly opera, a stopped-time piece, an artistic stepping-stone to Bizet’s popular Carmen, but with this production, in this time and in this place, it came into the 21stcentury with vibrant force.”

– Libby Hanssen, KC Studio
April 2019

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La traviata

“Any suspicion that Eyre’s venerable staging might be growing stale was scotched by Andrew Sinclair’s handsome revival … Despite having seen Eyre’s staging more times than I can count, this stuck me as one of its most moving incarnations.”

– Mark Valencia, Opera magazine
March 2019

“The show’s latest run (rehearsed by Andrew Sinclair) is excellent in every respect.”

– Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
January 2017

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“The show’s latest run (rehearsed by Andrew Sinclair) is excellent in every respect.”

– Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
January 2017

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Aida

“(Sinclair) supervised the enormous spectacle efficiently, keeping the numerous scenes seamlessly flowing into each other with ease and integrating the symbolic backdrop with believable action from the characters.”

– Erica Miner, Opera Pulse
April 2013

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“Sinclair showed a knack for supplying effective narrative padding over the opera’s 4 acts that imbued the work with a sense of depth in the overall drama … Sinclair also mobilised the large cast superbly, giving multi-dimensional weight to an enthusiastic and tuneful chorus and utilising the stage effectively.”

– OperaChaser
June 2018

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

“Director Andrew Sinclair highlighted universal positives in Wagner’s story – strong interdependent relationships between the characters, pride and confidence forged in community, romance and binding ties in one’s culture.”

– Brian Angus, Backtrack
August 2018

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“a magnificent production of Richard Wagner’s The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg Act III; two and half hours of pure bliss … The closing of the curtains leaves me wanting more – the whole four-and-a-half hours of this purely magical opera.”

– Janine Spearpoint, The Clothesline
August 2018

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“I was unsure about what to expect and was surprised and delighted by how much I enjoyed the music and Sinclair’s direction. The Mastersingers may have been semi-staged in terms of set and costumes but it was fully staged in musical terms and was, in the end, a master class in singing.”

– Sally Putnam, Stage Whispers
August, 2018

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“The ASO and State Opera triumph again! … A dramatic version of Act III of Wagner’s magisterial comedy was beautifully presented on Saturday night.”

– Peter Jakobsen, The Varnished Culture
August, 2018

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La Bohème

“Stage director Andrew Sinclair and the cast make this the most memorable La Bohème in years, fully capturing the joie de vivre and passion that defines the bohemian life-style, stoking a mystique that is often absent.”

– Bob Bows, Colorado Drama
November 2015

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Madama Butterfly

“The chorus scenes were lively and colourful, with director Andrew Sinclair’s attention to the minutiae of details being particularly delightful.”

Chang Tou Liang, The Straits Times
February 2013

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“Andrew Sinclair of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, once again performed remarkably in his role as the opera’s Director … Sinclair was highly effective  in serving the piece, by keeping the focus wholly on the singers, without overwhelming the audience with excessive movement or exquisite design.”

– Anirudh Krishnan, Kentridge Common
February 2013

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Tosca 

“Andrew Sinclair’s deft direction … includes the right chemistry of Puccini’s three principals, delivering a one-two punch production.”

– Christie Grimstad, ConcertoNet
January, 2009

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The Pearl Fishers – Lyric Opera of Chicago 2017. © Todd Rosenberg Photography.
Sets and Costumes: Zandra Rhodes
Choreography: John Malashock
Lighting: Ron Vodicka