A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera North, 2013

“Waddington is about as good as it gets, as is Nicholas Sharratt’s hilarious Flute.” ****

Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 30th  September

“Nicholas Sharratt as Flute, persuaded to play a tragic heroine complete with high-heels and gold frock, was the cherry on the cake of the final act, rising inexorably to his role and reminding us of that power of transformation which lies at the heart of the opera.” ****

Gail-Nina Anderson, The Journal, 14th November

“…and as Flute the bellows mender – the role that Britten composed for Pears – we had the agile lyric tenor of Nicholas Sharratt who in drag and displaying at least five days’ stubble as the tragic Thisbe launched into one of Britten’s masterstrokes – a parody of Donizetti’s Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor – just a few bars, but what a flash of pure genius…It is not difficult to believe that the composer would have been immensely proud of these musicians, the singers and entire creative team involved in this heartwarming experience.” *****

Geoffrey Mogridge, Opera Brittania, 30 September 2013

 

“The mechanicals, or rustics rather (Britten liked this term better), are all slick knockabout entertainers, and Nicholas Sharratt is brilliant as Flute, playing the part of Thisbe, in the composer’s burlesque of a 19th-century operatic mad scene, without going too far over the top.” *****

Richard Willcocks, Bachtrack, 30th September 2013

“The Rude Mechanicals provided one of the best examples of comic ensemble you could see on any stage, operatic or otherwise. Darren Jeffrey (Bottom) and Nicholas Sharratt (Flute) brought tears to the eyes in their rendition of the Pyramus and Thisbe story, ably supported by Geoffey Dolton, Joseph Shovelton, Sion Goronwy and John Savourin as Starveling, Snout, Snug and Quince.”

William Ruff, Nottingham Evening Post, 20th November 2013