Reviews

THE QUEEN OF SPADES Opera Holland Park

“City of London Sinfonia in blazing form under Peter Robinson… Peter Robinson’s conducting was minimalist but surprisingly effective. In particular‚ he let the last act really flow‚ building tension while maintaining an excellent balance between pit and stage.”
Opera Magazine (October 2016)

“Holding them together with seasoned aplomb was that under-used pro of a conductor Peter Robinson‚ leading the City of London Sinfonia through the score’s Gothic spookiness as well as its Tsarist splendour and romantic ardour.”
The Telegraph (August 2016)

 ENGLISH ECCENTRICS British Youth Opera

“The conductor Peter Robinson maintained a light touch as he delivered a taut account of an entertainment that deserves to be far better known that it currently is.”
Opera Magazine (November 2016)

“…the overall performance under Peter Robinson’s sure control is first rate.”
The Guardian
(September 2016)

L’AMORE DEI TRE RE Opera Holland Park

“The hero of the evening was Peter Robinson, whose command of the score’s colour and pace was complete, and he secured brilliantly responsive playing from the City of London Sinfonia…. Indeed, it was hard to take your eyes off this outstanding conductor, as exceptional a technician as he is a musician.”
Rodney Milnes, Opera (October 2007)

“As this scintillating score‚ with the magisterial Peter Robinson conducting the City of London Sinfonia‚ proved‚ any notion of Montemezzi as some kind of lesser Puccini won’t wash.”
The Independent (August 2007)

“Still‚ it’s difficult not to get swept up in the work’s waves of earnest passion‚ especially‚ as here‚ given the total commitment of the company: this was Opera Holland Park doing what it does best. It was all held together by Peter Robinson’s red-blooded conducting of the excellent City of London Sinfonia: expertly controlled and unapologetic‚ it provided ideal advocacy for a fascinating and often thrilling slice of operatic history.”
Opera (October 2015)

GIANNI SCHICCHI Royal Academy of Music 

“Robinson and the orchestra were perhaps on finer form still; that glistening orchestral brilliance to which I alluded married to an unerring sense of dramatic direction.”
Seen & Heard International (November 2014)

SUOR ANGELICA Royal Academy of Music

“Under the watchful eyes of Peter Robinson‚ the orchestra was on particularly fine form: delicate and gentle as it follows the nuns through their rituals and their relationships with each other and the convent hierarchy.
BachTrack.com (November 2014)

NORMA Opera Holland Park

“Where Holland Park’s evening scores highly is in some of its central performances‚ and in the conducting of Peter Robinson‚ who leads the City of London Sinfonia in a reading that lacks nothing in impetus while keeping faith with the nuances of Bellini’s style.”
The Guardian (July 2014)

“The City of London Sinfonia plays with great style under Peter Robinson‚ a conductor who understands exactly how to use rubato…”
The Times (July 2014)

I GIOIELLI DELLA MADONNA Opera Holland Park

“With the City of London Sinfonia playing their hearts out under the excitingly paced direction of Peter Robinson‚ with Opera Holland Park’s huge chorus and a strong cast… the show yielded long and loud ovations…”
The Times (July 2013)

“…the novelty value is only part of the story in Martin Lloyd-Evans’s illuminating production. Evans and conductor Peter Robinson create a propulsive flow across the entire first act‚ with its giddying merry-go-round of crowd scenes‚ fuelled by a large‚ full-blooded chorus…The expanded City of London Sinfonia not only makes a huge sound but plays with vivid colouring. All round‚ this could be one of the operatic highlights of the year.”
The Stage (July 2013)

THE MIKADO English National Opera

“Peter Robinson conducts‚ giving a nicely detailed and light-touched account of the wonderful score… more important was his consistent consideration of the singers’ need to communicate every syllable of Gilbert’s text.”
Daily Telegraph (March 2011)

UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Opera Holland Park

“Peter Robinson conducted the City of London Sinfonia… with middle-Verdian‚ melodramatic ferocity. The evening knocked spots off the recent‚ rather tame Ballo at Covent Garden.”
Opera (October 2009)

LA TRAVIATA Opera Queensland

“It’s a rare opera conductor who can trust a singer’s instincts without swamping‚ interfering or pushing the pace. Peter Robinson… gave his singers room to breathe. The enhanced acoustics in the Lyric Theatre sharpened the capacity to hear the soloists’ colours‚ the musical peaks‚ the twists and turns and subtleties. …The audience was swiftly drawn into a sumptuous 19th-century house party.”
The Australian (May 2009)

FALSTAFF Scottish Opera

“…Verdi’s genius‚ clearly displayed in every note‚ every instrumental filigree‚ dispatched with spirit… by conductor Peter Robinson and the orchestra.”
The Times (May 2008)

April 2016