The Bartered Bride, Royal Opera House, London

 The Bartered Bride (Photo: Royal Opera House)By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 10 January 2006]
With a push and a shove The Bartered Bride can just about do duty as a holiday show. It mixes high spirits and plenty of dancing, throws in a visit to the circus, and leads to a feel-good ending – not another Die Fledermaus, the traditional New Year entertainment, but a reasonable substitute.