in the press

ZATOPEK! Emily Howard (music) Selma Dimitrijevic (libretto) (photo Mark McNulty)

ZATOPEK! Emily Howard (music) Selma Dimitrijevic (libretto) (photo Mark McNulty)

Zátopek!

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool and Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

June and July 2012

a tremendous opera – The Review Show, BBC2

4* – The Guardian

unreservedly entertaining – 8/10 The Liverpool Echo

The Knife’s Tears

Reduta, Brno and Divadlo DISK, Prague (CZ) October 2010

superb – Josef Herman, Divadlní Noviny

lively and imaginative – Boris Klepal, Zápisník Zmizelého

The performance of the British guests was excellent – Helena Havlíková, Opera Plus

Scenes from The Three Wishes (or the Inconstancy of Life)     

Riverside Studios, July 2010

The brilliant Second Movement – Warwick Thompson, Metro (preview)

I can’t wait to see more – David Nice, The Arts Desk

I look forward to a full production of this opera, a highlight of Second Movement’s future plans – Nicola Benson, Opera Now

THE THREE WISHES OR THE INCONSTANCY OF LIFE Bohuslav Martinů (composer) and Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes (libretto)

THE THREE WISHES OR THE INCONSTANCY OF LIFE Bohuslav Martinů (composer) and Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes (libretto)

American Triple Bill: A Hand of Bridge/Fade/Trouble in Tahiti

Hoxton Hall October 2008

I sometimes think of opera in London as a huge ocean liner: the Royal Opera House is like the first-class dining room, luxurious and solid: English National Opera houses the servants quarters, sometimes a fun place to be but more often disagreeable; and Second Movement is the engine room, the place which constantly generates excitement, heat and the roar of creation. – Warwick Thompson, Metro

the DNA of something special in the making – Michael White, Opera Now

An Opera Triple Bill: Rothschild’s Violin/The Knifes Tears/ The Two Blind Men

Covent Garden Film Studios May 2007

stunning – Michael Tanner, The Spectator

stunning… ingenious programming – Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday

all glory to Second Movement for their thrust and ambition – Geoff Brown, The Times

this is the sort of semi-guerilla ad-hocism that London opera needs – Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard

An Opera Double Bill: The Medium / The Impresario

Covent Garden Film Studios January 2006

A cracking show… plucky Second Movement deserve a loud bravo – Warwick Thompson, Metro

Second Movement prove that some of the most interesting opera can be found on the fringe – Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday

excellent – Michael Tanner, The Spectator

Trouble in Tahiti

Hoxton Hall June 2005

Second Movement is a group to watch – Anthony Holden, The Observer

an accomplished, dazzlingly well-sung production – Peter Reed, The Sunday Telegraph