La bohème

Opera Holland Park - 2016

'Matthew Waldren, conducting the City of London Sinfonia, led a full-blooded, big-hearted, open-air performance'

Yehuda Shapiro; Opera; August 2016

'Beautifully conducted by Matthew Waldren...beautifully played, much detail and engagement from the City of London Sinfonia.'

Anna Pickard; June 2016

'Superbly conducted by Matthew Waldren...[he] made the orchestra sound double its size, and the instrumental detail reminded me of Serafin'

Hugh Canning; June 2016

'The whole thing rattles along under the brisk conducting of Matthew Waldren, who draws some fine playing from the CLS, particularly in the heartbreaking closing pages'

Stephen Pritchard; The Observer; June 2016

'The crisp playing of the City of London Sinfonia under Matthew Waldren is arrestingly good'

Mark Valencia; What's On Stage, June 2016

'Waldren conducts with real passion'

Tim Ashley; The Guardian; June 2016

'Matthew Waldren conducts an account that is as perceptive in realising the detail of Puccini's score as it is surefooted in its overview. He energises the alert musicians of the City of London Sinfonia. The company's chorus and children's chorus, too, are in top gear.'

George Hall; The Stage; June 2016


'The musical performance is also first rate - Matthew Waldren conducting a fine and loving account of the score with verve and the City of London Sinfonia responding in kind.'

Alexander Campbell; Classical Source; June 2016

'Matthew Waldren led a boistrous account of Puccini's score, springy rhythms to the fore, the City of London Sinfonia responding warmly.'

Mark Pullinger; Bachtrack; June 2016

'In general this is a vigorous show, driven by firm voices, a conductor, Matthew Waldren, with a clear grip, and a very crisp City of London Sinfonia.'

Geoff Brown; The Times; June 2016

'Good work too from the City of London Sinfonia under conductor Matthew Waldren and the massed OHP Chorus.'

Clare Colvin; Sunday Express; June 2016

'Matthew Waldren's conducting doubtless helped greatly...There was never the slightest danger of sentimentalisation, in a sharp-edged account, which kept the excellent City of London Sinfonia on its toes throughout. It was not all so driven, though; where the music needed, wanted to dance, it could do so happily, not least during Musetta's second-act 'show'...a great deal to savour, here. OHP's Puccini Midas touch works its magic once again.'

Mark Berry; Boulezian/Opera Today; June 2016

'The conducting of Matthew Waldren, who was recently awarded an ENO Charles Mackerras Fellowship, reveals a keen eye for detail and balance while still capturing something of the sweeping nature of Puccini's enigmatic score.'

Sam Smith; Music OMH; June 2016

'Matthew Waldren conducts an account that's brisk rather than indulgent...The OHP Chorus sing superbly for him - further proof that this year's line-up is an exceptionally strong one.'

Alexandra Coghlan; The Arts Desk; June 2016

'Matthew Waldren provided assured direction to the cast, orchestra and chorus throughout. The Chorus entries in the crowd scene in Act 2 were exceptionally well coordinated and the children in the Chorus delivered their contributions with enormous flair. Waldren and the City of London Sinfonia provided a flexible and richly coloured accompaniment... The final few bars of the opera were particularly impressive as brass and strings created powerful, tragic and portentous sonorities as Rodolfo finally realised he had lost his Mimi.'

Robert Beattie; Seen and Heard; June 2016

'With conductor Matthew Waldren pushing the the whole thing along at a refreshingly bracing and decidedly unsentimental speed...I like my Puccini operasas the composer himself did - something to canter through at a decent lick.'

Claudia Pritchard; Culture Whisper; June 2016