Photo: Robert Workman

Photo: Robert Workman

Treemonisha with Spectra Ensemble, The Arcola Theatre, London, August 2019

★★★★
"An absolute winner…
Cecilia Stinton’s staging both individualises the characters and allows the plot’s moral framework to register clearly…
Verdict: Cecilia Stinton’s staging demonstrates the merits of Scott Joplin’s rediscovered opera” George Hall, The Stage

★★★★
"the entire company performs with commitment and verve" Joy Sable, The Jewish Chronicle

★★★★
"no weakness in the score at all - and none in the cast…never in my lifetime have we needed to listen to Joplin’s message more urgently" Gary Naylor, Broadway World

“Director Cecilia Stinton and set/costume designer Raphaé Memon succeed in creating a credible, somewhat homey – and homely – community, by means of a few wooden crates and a paper tree-sculpture” Claire Seymour, Opera Today

”Tin Pan Alley meets Wagner in rare Scott Joplin outing... their voices blended seamlessly and they danced with utter commitment” Flora Wilson, The Guardian

Photo: Katie Edwards

Photo: Katie Edwards

Libuše with University College Opera, The Bloomsbury Theatre, London, March 2019

“In Cecilia Stinton’s sensitive, well-choreographed production, the 8th-century palace of Vysehrad is reimagined as a corporate headquarters” Anna Picard, The Times

”Everyone says you have to know Czech folklore backwards to make sense of it. [Stinton] disproves that, once and for all. It's a very fine piece of work” Tim Ashley, Guardian and Gramophone critic

”Director Cecilia Stinton updated the whole thing to a sort of Slavonic Canary Wharf, making Libuse's struggle a parable of female leadership in a male-dominated office. That allowed for some witty touches” Richard Bratby, The Spectator

“a show that gave some potentially portentous material lightness and humanity”
George Hall, Opera Magazine, June 2019

”Stirring #Libuse @UCOpera in enterprisingly timeless setting led by @orpheus_chick in resplendent regal performance” John Johnston, Bachtrack critic

Photo: Robert Workman

Photo: Robert Workman

The Boatswain's Mate, Grimeborn Festival with Spectra Ensemble, The Arcola Theatre, London, 30, 31 July & 1 August 2018

★★★★ ”a fantastic performance” Musical Theatre Review

”disarming, surprising and brilliant” theatreCat

”an admirable enterprise” Planet Hugill

Photo: Robert Workman

Photo: Robert Workman

Collision, Grimeborn Festival with Spectra Ensemble, The Arcola Theatre, London, August 2017

”Jazzily popular and rigorously serious…The six singers are highly proficient, and director Cecilia Stinton keeps things cracking along” Yehuda Shapiro, The Stage

“Director Cecilia Stinton keeps things moving well... the cast and creative team do Schwitters proud” Tim Hochstrasser, Live Theatre UK