Reviews 2021-

Rusalka – Royal Opera of Wallonia-Liège, 2024
Directed by Rodula Gaitanou, Set and Costume by Cordelia Chisholm, Lighting by Simon Corder, Video by Dick Straker, Choreography by Gianni Santucci, Conductor Giampaolo Bisanti.

  • “…a very visually successful version which owes a lot to the teamwork of Cordelia Chisholm on the sets, Simon Corder on the lights and Dick Straker on the video. All three compose a dreamlike universe specific to the fairy tale which delicately evokes both the underwater iridescence of the mermaid and the munificence of the prince’s palace.” – Tania Bracq,, 1 February 2024

Ariadne auf Naxos – Opera North, Leeds & tour, 2023
Directed by Rodula Gaitanou, Set and Costume by George Souglides, Lighting by Simon Corder, Choreography by Victoria Newlyn, Conductor Antony Hermus

  • “It’s not so much a backstage drama of how opera-making is done as a dream of how it might be in La-La Land” – Robert Beale, The Arts Desk, 20 February 2023
  • “Glorious music beautifully performed, first class choreography, wonderfully designed set and lighting, great costumes, a little slapstick, a couple of sparing prima donnas and an audience that appreciated not just the humour but the whole presentation. What more could you ask for? … To cut a long libretto short, everything is tied up in a perfect ending complete, of course, with fireworks and where lighting designer Simon Corder tastefully brings the opera to an end. – Andrew Palmer, Yorkshire Times, 20 February 2023