The Stage

There is a real sense of vision in this coming together, as clear in the unstoppable energy of the performers as it is in the excellence of the stagecraft displayed in Karen Gillingham’s complex production

The Guardian

Karen Gillingham’s production keeps everyone involved, from a primary school chorus of nodding sea anemones to an inspired waltz for shopping trolleys and mobility scooters.

Arts Desk

[Silver Birch] directed with commanding skill by Karen Gillingham; it packs a full-blown opera into its 90 minutes.

The Times

“It’s the terrific panache of Karen Gillingham’s staging that really socks you between the eyes and ears. It was all superbly played by the Garsington Opera Orchestra, augmented by student instrumentalists and expertly conducted by Douglas Boyd.” The Silver Birch, 2016