Adrian Dwyer 'simply a superb Mime in every way, vocally and dramatically' at Longborough Festival Opera

9 June 2022

Adrian Dwyer has been praised for his role debut as Mime in Longborough Festival Opera's new production of Siegfried. He already sang Mime in the company's Das Rheingold in 2019 and will return to Longborough for their entire Ring Cycle in 2024.

“The production is animated by lively acting and punchy singing. In particular, Adrian Dwyer drives Act I like a human dynamo as Mime, capturing perfectly the agitated frustration of a schemer who is ultimately powerless.”
Richard Morrison, The Times

“Adrian Dwyer’s prancing Mime is crisply articulated Adrian Dwyer’s prancing Mime is crisply articulated.”
Nicholas Kenyon, The Telegraph

“Adrian Dwyer’s Mime is a clever portrait, sung with great character.”
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk

“Character can trump vocal quality in the role of the obsessive dwarf Mime but not in Adrian Dwyer's performance.”
Edward Bhesania, The Stage

“Adrian Dwyer's bright and breezy Mime was refreshingly free from the kind of vocal contortions that dog more caricatured assumptions of the role.”
Matthew Rye, Bachtrack

“The opening act is completely engaging thanks to the non-stop energy pack of gesture and action from a rather likable Mime sung with crystal clarity rather than vocal malice by Adrian Dwyer.”
Mike Smith, Opera Scene

“Adrian Dwyer is a first rate Mime whose actions and reactions are always astutely observed, Dwyer succeeds in applying just enough of one to convey the requisite character while still producing a highly pleasing sound.”
Sam Smith, MusicOMH

“Adrian Dwyer’s Mime is a multi-faceted characterisation, at times approaching caricature and almost stealing the show with his blend of campery, menace and skulduggery, drawing our compassion as the underappreciated ‘nanny’ to Siegfried. He handles the wide-ranging vocal part with considerable skill.”
David Truslove, Opera Today

“Adrian Dwyer is simply a superb Mime in every way, vocally and dramatically, virtually a comic mime in his physicality. He is a tall, good-looking, and lanky man with a lovely voice and yet you believe it when Siegfried refers to him as an ugly dwarf.”
Mel Cooper, Playstosee

In recent seasons Adrian has also appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro Real Madrid, Opernhaus Zürich and Israeli Opera. Later this year he makes his role debut as the Astrologer The Golden Cockerel at Theatre Magdeburg.

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