World première reviews

a brilliant musical achievement” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Christiane Wiesenfeldt)

absolutely fascinating ... An eminent discovery. What a pity Liszt didn't continue along this path." (Die Welt, Manuel Brug)

"Sardanapalo is no for-the-hell-of-it resurrection, but a unique, high-octane fusion of Italian opera with Wagner’s through-composed vision" (The Arts DeskDavid Nice)

It is immensely colourful and melodic, original music with appealing lyrical moments, but also powerful and effective dramatic passages. Sardanapalo is an extremely interesting discovery.” (Neue Musikzeitung, Regine Müller)

"An entirely convincing drama, packed with incident and bursting with thrilling vocal and orchestral colour – think Bellini reimagined by Wagner and you have some idea of the vast emotional sweep of this gripping music." (Bachtrack, Stephen Pritchard)

"There were audible gasps heard within the auditorium as the work ended with a very visceral bang ... a thrilling piece of music, alive, vibrant, and new—and only 170 years old." (Opera Canada, Catherine Kustanczy)

"Startling lyric beauty ... The influence of Tannhäuser and Lohengrin seem obvious, but perhaps even more exciting is the composer’s (and Trippett’s) ability to mould shifting, sometimes scarily chromatic harmony to more traditional bel canto arias of supreme sophistication(Bachtrack, Stephen Pritchard)

"We can recognize in Sardanapalo a kind of missing link in music history, a transition from bel canto to a more dramatic style. ... There's no trace of nonsensical arioso; everything is pure, intense feeling." (Thüringer Allgemeine ZeitungWolfgang Hirsch)


Since an extract from Sardanapalo aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2017, the project has received significant coverage in the media: