Reviews

... the ever-adventurous Bampton Classical Opera Daily Telegraph, 2016

...as delightful and diversely entertaining as eighteenth-century opera, in its more modest guises, was always intended to be. TLS, 2016

We have a great deal for which to be grateful to Bampton Classical Opera Boulezian, 2016

Summer-opera performances may abound, but Bampton rings the changes on account of its effective and witty adaptation of some rare repertoire, performed al fresco in a setting which mankind could hardly contrive to make a more harmonious combination of nature and artifice. Classical Source, 2016

That [these] works retain and reward attention is a tribute to director Jeremy Gray Bachtrack, 2016

Once again, company founders and co-directors Jeremy Gray and Gilly French have breathed fresh life into long-forgotten 18th century gems with new translations and their customary sense of fun and mischief. Oxford Times 2016

Specialising in neglected classical repertoire, Oxfordshire’s Bampton Opera is pretty much guaranteed to produce a show you won’t have seen before... What’s unusual about Bampton, though, is the friction it maintains between its growing ambition and its total lack of pretension The Spectator, 2015

an admirable balance between irreverent wit and musical sincerity Opera Today, 2015

Bampton Classical Opera, however, has performed a real service, in mounting the first British staged performances Boulezian, 2014

We talked to one of the founders, artistic director Jeremy Gray, during the interval. He said running the company was a part time role, but I did not believe it! It must take his entire life (and that of his wife Gilly, who is the opera’s co-artistic director) to create something of this standard. Soirées at Breinton, 2014

Few British companies are cannier than Bampton in capturing the flair and the fizz of operas that have tumbled out of the repertoire. Opera Now, 2013

...a cheerful, charming production which confirmed the essential mystery of the ordinary and the inscrutability of the world of love. Opera Today, 2013

Bampton Opera is marking its 20th birthday this year by doing what it does best – unearthing a little-known opera and making a case for its acceptance into the mainstream operatic repertoire. The Oxford Times, 2013

A company truly serious about comedy Opera Today, 2012

… a welcome absence of formality of dress or show-off picnics and the beauty of the Deanery garden, sends it right to the top of my list of, well, ‘country-garden’ opera. Opera, 2012

As always with Bampton Classical Opera, an absolute treat The Oxford Times, 2011

...courageous repertoire meticulously researched and selected Opera Today 2010

Bampton rose to the heights of its own elevated standards Opera 2010

...the uniformly excellent cast that Bampton Opera is so adept at gathering together The Oxford Times, 2010

Once again, a performance by Bampton Classical Opera left this listener amazed that such works are not more frequently performed Opera Today, 2009

A serious business with remarkable artistic standards Opera, 2009

Bampton Classical Opera has an admirable history of devising challenging educational projects Opera Today, 2009

Bampton Classical Opera offers operas that one wants to hear  Opera, 2008

Thank heaven for little opera companies The Independent, 2007

Bampton's inventive daring grows ever more finessed… scintillating… terrific Opera, 2006

Invariably slick, always cleverly imaginative… terrific value for money Opera Now, 2006

...the magnetism of Bampton Classical Opera... The Oxford Times, 2006

Bampton Classical Opera's stagings of comic opera are endless fun; yet Jeremy Gray's and Gilly French's sparkling ensemble has proved it has a nobler mission. Its snappy productions juxtapose the cheeky, the ingenious and the bizarre with a genuine serious concern to make the music tell, engaging gifted young singers and capable orchestral players. Opera, 2005

every idea, move and entry seemed polished, finished, thought through; relevant, deuced clever ….. everything gelled admirably. Opera, 2005

The company has its own style - quirky, witty, zestful – which endows late 18th century opera with rapid momentum, showing a constant empathy with its subject. Bampton invariably scores with musical verve and quick-fire delivery. Opera Now, 2005

Bampton’s calling-card has been founder Jeremy Gray’s spacey, faux-naïve stagings The Times, 2004

Bampton Classical Opera’s imaginative producer-translators have a knack of advancing prodigious young talent Opera, 2004

The epitome of opera-in-a-garden The Times, 2002 and 2003

There isn’t a company in England with as sharp a sense of fun as Bampton. Season after season they dig up rare gems, served up with canny wit, visual deftness and a musical spring that make them one of the high pleasures of an English summer Opera Now, 2003

There's always something good to say about Bampton Music and Vision, 2003

This admirable outfit, brainchild of two Westminster schoolteachers, has for 11 years been unearthing and performing lost and forgotten works The Times, 2003

the excellent Bampton Opera The Evening Standard, 2003

Bampton Classical Opera … has amassed all the ingredients for an ideal medium-range opera company: it has verve and initiative, seriousness and fun… it has its own talented ensemble of singers. But what impresses most is Bampton’s unswerving commitment to staging rare operatic gems of the Classical era. Opera Now, 2002

An intelligent, quirky sense of humour, an eye for detail and directorial tautness have informed all Gray’s recent stagings. Opera, 2002

Jeremy Gray, the moving spirit of Bampton Classical Opera … has the unmistakeable joie-de-vivre of what may, I fear, be becoming an ever-rarer English type – a man simply doing his own thing. The Oxford Times, 2002

Rare 18th century fare is a Bampton speciality, and for this reason alone it deserves recognition Opera, 1999