Street Scene

The Times   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘Matthew Eberhardt’s new staging for Opera North presents this with forensic attention to detail… a special show that I’d pay to see again.’
The Arts Desk   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘A true ensemble achievement…Matthew Eberhardt as director brings lots of lovely touches to the staging…and is as adept at marshalling his many adult protagonists as his young charges…the final scene, where all the actors and singers unite as a devastatingly powerful chorus, is unforgettable.’
The Guardian ★ ★ ★ ★
‘Matthew Eberhardt’s striking production…fine, engaging music theatre, beautifully done.’
The Stage   ★ ★ ★ ★
‘a focused staging by Matthew Eberhardt that makes the best possible case for the piece… an exceptional ensemble production’
Bachtrack ★ ★ ★ ★
‘Opera North’s thrilling Street Scene brings Golden Age Broadway to Leeds…Director Matthew Eberhardt manipulated the many strands with efficiency’
A Younger Theatre   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Observer, The Reviews Hub, Musical Theatre Review ★ ★ ★ ★
The Sunday Times
Thrilling and relevant… an unmissable show’

Trouble in Tahiti

The Arts Desk   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘conviction, firm direction and a strong cast… top notch presentation’
Whats On Stage   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘a poleaxing 40 minutes of psychological truths mercilessly laid bare… taut, compelling and nerve-bristling – and is directed with a sure sense of style by Matthew Eberhardt.’
The Guardian ★ ★ ★ ★
‘a stylish new production by Matthew Eberhardt’
The Telegraph  ★ ★ ★ ★
‘A rare Bernstein masterpiece allowed to shine… Matthew Eberhardt’s fleet and witty staging… I loved every minute and recommend it warmly.’
The Times ★ ★ ★ ★
‘too good to miss…Matthew Eberhardt’s slick staging and Charles Edwards’s designs match those jingles with big billboard advertisements.’
British Theatre Guide
‘Matthew Eberhardt’s direction is fleet-footed and full of ingenious touches. The final tableau, in which the family are slowly drawn into a cinema screen, is simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking.’
The Stage
‘Matthew Eberhardt’s sparky staging of Bernstein’s witty, heart-breaking account of a failing marriage in 1950s American suburbia‘
‘an exciting delight… so seductive’

Billy Budd

Concert staging, based on 2016 Opera North production directed by Orpha Phelin
The Guardian   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘When delivered with the simple brilliance of Matthew Eberhardt’s version for Aldeburgh, music and drama unite in perpetual trepidation’
Bachtrack   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘one of those dramatised concerts that Opera North does so well. And it’s epic…a semi-staging by the production’s original assistant director, Matthew Eberhardt, that was as sharply drilled as any naval battalion.’
Financial Times  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★