Opera Holland Park - 2018
BachTrack.com (May 2018)
'a real ensemble effort that combined sensitivity of direction with strong singing on stage and spirited playing from the pit. The Opera Holland Park Chorus gave a lively performance and conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren drew a sensitive and balanced performance from the City of London Sinfonia.'
Classical Source (May 2018)
'Matthew Kofi Waldren has become an OHP regular‚ and with good reason. He has an innate sense of Verdian style‚ keeping momentum simmering and very clear about nuance and colour. He is very attentive to the singers’ needs‚ and is as persuasive in detail as he is in the big ensembles and Finales. This is Opera Holland Park at the top of its game.'
The Guardian (May 2018)
'Musically‚ it’s extremely strong. Matthew Kofi Waldren‚ conducting the City of London Sinfonia‚ propels the score urgently forward‚ admirably avoiding sentimentality. '
The Independent (May 2018)
'...Flora’s party goes like the wind‚ with its gypsy women straight out of a Toulouse-Lautrec poster‚ and powered by top-notch orchestral playing under Matthew Kofi Waldren’s direction.'
The Stage (May 2018)
'Having risen through the ranks to enjoy a burgeoning career‚ Anglo-Ghanaian conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren shows a keen appreciation of the drama inherent in Verdi’s music.'
The Times (May 2018)
'Matthew Kofi Waldren‚ once a member of OHP’s chorus‚ has found his metier as a conductor and paints Verdi’s tensile phrases in particularly vivid colours. '
What’s on Stage (May 2018)
'Cards on Flora Bervoix’ table‚ this is the most distinguished new Traviata to reach London in years. Not only is it radiantly sung and splendidly played by the City of London Sinfonia under Matthew Kofi Waldren...'
Music OMH (May 2018)
‘Matthew Kofi Waldren conducts the City of London Sinfonia with immense vigour and skill, and the result is an extremely strong and moving opening to Opera Holland Park’s 2018 season’
Planet Hugill (May 2018)
‘In the pit Matthew Kofi Waldren drew a lithely expressive performance from the City of London Sinfonia. This was an admirably paced account of the opera, one which breathed and flowed but also had urgency to it…this production of La traviata made an engaging, sophisticated and musically satisfying start to the season, complete with vocal fireworks.’
Culture Whisper (May 2018)
‘La traviata is conducted with spirit and sensitivity by Matthew Kofi Waldren’
Opera Today (May 2018)
‘Matthew Kofi Waldren encouraged ever more responsive playing from the City of London Sinfonia and the precision in the final act was complemented by impassioned warmth. Waldren doesn’t hang about and that only serves to enhance the sure dramatic thrust established by Gaitanou and Chisholm.’