The Portrait, Opera North, 2010

“Paul Nilon sings heroically as Chartkov, with excellent support from Nicholas Sharratt, Richard Burkhard and Peter Savidge. Rossen Gergov conducts meticulously.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

“There was luxury casting in the multiple cameos…Nicholas Sharratt‘s ominous lamplighter…”

Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine

“Nicholas Sharratt impressed as the Lamplighter whose reassuring presence is gradually but cruelly undercut by the opera’s close.”

Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source

“You catch your breath during the Lamplighter’s opening soliloquy, with a battery-illuminated Nicholas Sharratt suspended high above the stage.”

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

“There is luxury casting in the multiple cameos: Peter Savidge’s vivid publicist (and four other roles), Richard Angas’s general, Nicholas Sharratt’s lamplighter, Helen Field’s lady-in-waiting, Jonathan Best, Mark Le Brocq and more.”

Martin Dreyer, York Press

Nicholas Sharratt’s sinister Lamplighter shares the sweetest music with Richard Burkhard’s sympathetic Nikita.”

Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday (February 2011)

“An impressive cast, mostly of heavily disguised Opera North regulars, combines vocal excellence and studied eccentricity in assorted roles, with Nicholas Sharratt’s Lamplighter especially haunting.”

Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage

“Musically, it is somewhat uneven. The piece is tonal and at times reasonably lyrical, but there are no memorable tunes. However, there is some brilliant orchestration work which, alongside the stunning tenor voice of Nicholas Sharratt as the Lamplighter, renders the opening to acts 1 and 3 deeply atmospheric and spine chilling.

This is Opera North on top form, both from a performer and orchestral point of view. Along side the aforementioned Nicholas Sharratt, Paul Nilon also possesses a fine tenor voice and proves his worth as an actor with his excellent portrayal of the artist Chartkov. An excellent performance is also given by Richard Burkhard as Chartkov’s servant Nikita.

The remaining nine singing cast exert themselves superbly with crystal clear diction and under the direction of Rossen Gergov the ever excellent Orchestra of Opera North and the cast maintain a near perfect dynamic balance.”

Malcolm Wallace, The PublicReviews.com