Edward Seckerson, the Independent - "It isn’t pretty but it’s a whole lot more pertinent than the picture book inspired Cecil B. DeMille approach" 4 starsAndrew Clements, the Guardian - "the boos for the production team at the final curtain were aimed at the wrong target" 3 stars
Richard Morrison, the Times - "although the conductor Nicola Luisotti doesn’t always obtain perfect rapport, I liked his verve and his swashbuckling speeds. It made a disappointing evening shorter" 2 stars
Barry Millington, the Evening Standard - "I haven’t seen so much bare flesh since — well, McVicar’s last production" 3 stars
William Hartston, the Express - "a splendid evening of Verdi's greatest music, complete with all the mystic rituals and human sacrifices that make up Ancient Egypt, and some brilliantly energetic choreography" 4/5
George Hall, the Stage - "it certainly packs a theatrical punch and covers the emotional and intellectual terrain of the piece with easy assurance"
Jenny Beeston, What's on Stage - "It's not always visually coherent, but you can't complain there's nothing to look at" 3 stars
Igor Toronyi-Lalic, the Arts Desk - "McVicar at his best and worst"
Dominic McHugh, musicalcriticism.com - "the lack of purpose, the ugliness of the sets and the clashes of style prevent this from becoming an ROH classic" 3 stars
Alexander Campbell, classicalsource.com - "it felt as if the energy spent on trying to do something conceptually new had resulted in a rather traditional staging but in a different setting"
Reuters - "a production which divided a packed audience on the first night late on Tuesday"
Andrew Clark, Financial Times - "What’s so disappointing about McVicar’s approach in this production is how old-fashioned it is; worse than that, it is tempting to feel that he has exploited Aida’s status as a box-office cert purely for his own gratification" 1 star
David Gillard, Daily Mail - "There's no denying that McVicar's staging has moments of high-octane energy and real theatrical flair, but the gloom is unremitting and the evening's finest moments are musical ones" 2 stars
And a few interviews:
I understand David McVicar may be talking to Tom Service on Radio 3's Music Matters on Saturday 1 May. But it's not showing on the schedules and I can't remember who told me, so I could conceivably be making this up.