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The Spectre Knight, Wexford Festival Opera, October 2022

'Director Sinéad O’Neill and musical director, Gioele Muglialdo – along with an excellent young cast – expertly exploited the energy and charm of The Spectre Knight. O'Neill indulges the sentimentality while keeping one tongue firmly in cheek... This was a performance of free-flowing fun, greatly enjoyed.'

- Claire Seymour, Opera Today


Pay the Piper, Glyndebourne, February 2022

'A significant achievement' - George Hall, Opera

'Familiar fairy tale expertly crafted' - The Stage (4/5 stars)

'innovative...unique...a labour of love' - Mark Aspen

Precipice, The Grange Festival, August 2020

'O'Neill's use of the differing landscapes is wonderfully original... The whole thing is a wonderful example of what the imagination can accomplish in difficult times.' - Tim Ashley, The Guardian (4/5 stars)

'A mirror of our times in mixed art forms... an event that's innovative, ambitious and responsive to conditions.' - David Karlin, Bachtrack (4/5 stars)

Il barbiere di Siviglia (revival) Glyndebourne Festival, 2019

'Happily revival director Sinead O’Neill has succeeded in calming down the staging while preserving

its joyful energy...' - Amanda Holloway, The Stage (4/5 stars)

'A magnificent performance of a superb production of a glorious opera.'

William Hartston, The Express (5/5 stars)

'Revival director Sinéad O’Neill has taken Figaro’s razor and sharpened up the stage action.' 

Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack (4/5 stars)


 Pelléas et Mélisande: Glyndebourne Festival at the BBC Proms

 (semi-staging by Sinéad O'Neill) July 2018

'This was a strange, yet fascinating, evening. Undoubtedly the best-ever semi-staging of an opera at the Proms.' 

- Jim Pritchard, Seen & Heard International

'Played without some of the distractions and accretions of Stefan Herheim’s concept this performance smouldered with ever-increasing intensity; the extended silence in the Hall at the end was testament to that... Sinéad O’Neill was perhaps a tad more faithful to Maeterlinck whilst keeping the theatrical best of the cast.' - Alexander Campbell, Classical Source

Sketches by audience member Sam Motherwell at On the Axis of this World

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