Die schweigsame Frau

                              by Rupert Christiansen

    "David Fielding cheerfully updates Zweig's 18th-century scenario to the realms of Whitehall farce: Sir Morosus lives on a converted battle cruiser called HMS Tight Wad, with a put-upon Joyce Grenfell Wren for a housekeeper."

                                  by Edward Greenfield

      "This season starts with Die Schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), adapted by librettist Stefan Zweig from Ben Jonson's play, Epicoene. David Fielding's sparkling production demonstrates that this is a frothy piece of nonsense, developing the well-worn operatic theme of the crotchety old man who disinherits his nephew."