Reviews

Exquisite ... inherently melancholy and ultimately soul-bearing

The Upcoming on Madame X
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Benjamin directs the opera himself with considerable theatrical flair

The Guardian on Madame X
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Tim Benjamin refreshingly provided an opera that succeeds in sustaining interest over nearly two hours ... The fluent, well-crafted score offers some striking moments

Opera Magazine on Madame X
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The score is beautifully composed and has many delicious flavours and shades

A Younger Theatre on Madame X
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An intriguing new opera that is definitely worth seeing

UK Theatre Network on Madame X
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I have fallen in love several times throughout the last few hours of my life ... I'm not sure I will ever get over this production, nor do I want to. A few hours of performance, but a whole many more of wonder. I know what constitutes a great evening out and I would certainly recommend this

Weekend Notes on Madame X
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The music was fascinating to hear ... What is noticeable about Madame X right from the introduction (that gave us a beautiful violin solo), is how tightly the music is woven throughout the opera

Manchester Salon on Madame X
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...accompanied by delectably creepy harpsichord as he slowly lost his marbles to the Green Fairy

I Care If You Listen on Madame X
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Accessible and tuneful ... well worth a visit

Todmorden News on Madame X
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A Passion-like lament with cello obbligato and a choral development of Gregorian chant thrills

The Evening Standard on Madame X
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It brought the house down ... a tribute to the composer and the utterly convincing singers

Seen & Heard on Emily
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A gorgeous crescendo and a powerful epilogue ... They have created quite a feat

Northern Soul on Emily
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An enchanting visual spectacle, with incredible voices and haunting, hypnotic music ... it even managed to get me to rethink opera

Todmorden News on Emily
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Approachable ... punchy writing, with a real rhythmic drive. The sheer spectacle and volume are compelling

The Times on Antagony
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Benjamin ... clearly has the energy and vision required to inject fresh life into the art form

Classical Music on Mrs Lazarus
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Corleys story is one that needs to be told, and it is told using music that needs to be listened to.
If you’re in London, if you’re listening, go

The Guardian on The Corley Conspiracy
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Spearheaded by Tim Benjamin ... this concert was brilliantly executed and conceived

Benjamin's quirky series of bagatelles ... this judicious musical künstlerroman brought a welcome levity ... certainly something to smile about

New Notes on Five Bagatelles
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Tightly conceived ... the music was the most impressive we'd heard all night

Musical Criticism on A Dream of England
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Benjamin is making a speciality of semi-staged music theatre works, and Mrs Lazarus ... was a particularly successful example

Musical Opinion on Mrs Lazarus
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Exceptionally assured ... certainly a piece worth seeing and I hope there are plans to perform it again

Classical Music on The Corley Conspiracy
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Clearly articulated themes ... an appealingly approachable piece of contemporary music

The Cherwell on Prelude and String Quartet No. 2
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Benjamin's Five Bagatelles was most successful in embracing the New ... a piece which continually eluded expectation

The Cherwell on Five Bagatelles
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... the brilliant Three Portraits by Tim Benjamin ... full of character and refreshingly entertaining

Seen & Heard on Three Portraits
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Very impressive performance ... brain-child of composer Tim Benjamin ... delivered fluently and never allowed to lose the mesmerising quality

Benjamin weaves engagingly pithy textures ... dramatic performances ... genuinely exciting

The Oxford Student on Prelude and Five Bagatelles
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An excellent work, performed convincingly. ... Mention should also be made of the brilliant piano writing

There was a first-rate sense of ensemble ... and Benjamin used the forces available to full effect

Seen & Heard on The Rosenhan Experiment and A Guess-Me-Knot
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An immensely challenging piece, and something I'd like to hear again

The Gazette and Herald on A Guess-Me-Knot
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Tim Benjamin's original score ... provided a visceral pulse to the on-stage action

The Cherwell on Agamemnon
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