TOSCA / Puccini / Opera North 2018

Set Design by Tom Scutt, Costume Design by Fotini Dimou, Lighting Design by Lee Curran, Choreography by Maxine Braham, Photography by Richard H Smith

‘A thrilling production. Rarely does Tosca pack such a sequence of visceral punches as it does in Edward Dick’s observant production… what gives the show its edge-of-the-seat quality are individual performances that are minutely focused and which meld together to maintain a vice-like grip that doesn’t loosen for a second… it’s the integrity – musical and dramatic – of the whole that makes this Tosca an unforgettable operatic experience.’ George Hall, The Stage

‘An in-your-face intensity… The production’s real strengths… lie in Dick’s understanding of the psychological dynamics between the protagonists, and in its three exceptionally fine central performances.’ Tim Ashley, Guardian

‘A brutal, thumping success… only rarely will you encounter a performance with such brutal energy and force.’ Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph

‘This is drama to hit you in the gut, and it chimes with the demands of Puccini’s music…superb.’ Michael Church, Independent

‘Right from those tumbling incisive first chords, this Tosca is lurid, thunderous, oppressive, exhilarating.’ Geoff Brown, Times

‘Knife-to-your-throat compelling — a musical mugging that’ll leave you quivering.’ Alexandra Coghlan, Spectator

‘This is the most powerful Tosca I have seen:  a violent, brutal expression of human behaviour at its worst…a Tosca of belly punching power.’ John Leeman, Seen and Heard International

HANSEL AND GRETEL / Humperdinck / Opera North 2017

Set Design by Giles Cadle, Costume Design by Christina Cunningham, Video Design by Ian William Galloway, Lighting Design by Matthew Haskins, Photography by Robert Workman

'Creatively dazzling... coup upon coup de theatre... Dick's inventiveness brings sweet solutions to every puzzle he sets himself, none more extraordinary than his breathtaking and wholly unexpected closing scene for the resurrection of the Witch's victims.'  Mark Valencia,

‘A colourful feast... The show is directed with pace and panache.’  Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph

‘Technical brilliance…. A stroke of surreal genius.’  Alfred Hickling, Guardian

‘Unforgettable visuals… mingles magic with menace… goes right to the vulnerable heart of a piece about childhood and deprivation.’  George Hall, The Stage

EIN MASKENBALL / Verdi / Volkstheater Rostock 2015

Designed by Anna Eiermann, Choreography by Matteo Marziano Graziano, Photography by Dorit Gatjen

'A great production. A living, breathing Verdi. Not a moment of dullness. No noise, exaggerated colour, or pumped up action, which directors are often tempted by, but clarity and social insight. Edward Dick's staging is commendably led by the music, which is dramatic enough in itself, and at the same time discovers economic solutions.  

Dick masterfully makes concrete the opaque, the hazards of feelings and the dead ends of love; he shows how complicated the paths are in the search for happiness, and the protagonists' longed for desires, as time relentlessly runs out.   In the empty space they play out - simply superbly - every fibre of their wit, cunning and bravery.  

All in all, the large houses in Berlin or Dresden could not make better work.  Small theatres don't need to make small theatre.'  Neues Deutschland

MAOMETTO SECONDO / Rossini / Garsington Opera 2013

Designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, Lighting by Rick Fisher, Photography by Mike Hoban

‘Revelation is not too strong a word… In Edward Dick’s cogent staging they don’t so much deliver the spinning semiquavers as inhabit them, turning them into striking revelations of character and situation.’  Richard Morrison, Times

‘Edward Dick impresses with his balance of musicality and stagecraft… he is a director worth nurturing.’  Andrew Clark, Financial Times

HEART OF DARKNESS / Tarik O' Regan / Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House 2012

Designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, Lighting by Rick Fisher, Photography by Catherine Ashmore

‘A triumphant world premiere.’  Stephen Prichard, Observer

‘Edward Dick directs with fluent economy.’  Intermezzo


THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA / Benjamin Britten / Aldeburgh 

Designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, Lighting by Katherine Williams, Photograpy by Robert Workman

‘Dick's passionate advocacy alone is enough to recommend this production.’  Rian Evans, Guardian

THE TURN OF THE SCREW / Benjamin Britten / King's Head Theatre 2012

Designed by Signe Beckmann, Lighting by Richard Howell, Video by Richard Bleasdale, Photography by Jane Hobson and Richard Bleasdale

‘Edward Dick’s lean spare production… take a seat at the back and shiver’.   Anna Picard, Independent

‘Everything that small scale opera should be.  A tightly-controlled and brilliantly thought-through concept that allows us to see and hear a great work in a totally new light… as powerful a performance of The Turn of the Screw as you’re likely to see.’