Press

Drive & Live: La bohème, English National Opera, 2020

“PJ Harris’ production with ENO is a revelation: a completely fresh, vibrant, eclectic, inventive “La Bohème” that pushes so many artistic and musical boundaries” Kirsten Scott, OperaWire
Interview with Monocle for ENO’s Drive & Live production of La bohème.
Interview in The Stage for ENO’s Drive & Live production of La bohème.
 “PJ Harris’ drive-in staging provides an exuberant contemporary take on Puccini’s classic” George Hall, The Stage
 “World’s first drive-in La bohème gets the emotions revving” Richard Fairman, Financial Times
 “I pounded my car horn like a Neapolitan cabbie: ENO’s drive-in Bohème reviewed” Richard Bratby, The Spectator
 

Vespers of 1610, Garsington Opera, 2019

“A thrilling, operatic take on this spectacular musical showcase… PJ Harris’s staging, and Rob Casey’s lighting, accentuated every moment of drama as chorus and soloists moved around the stage (and sometimes stalked the auditorium as well). Bigger groups morphed into smaller units, then reassembled. Single singers, or sometimes half the choir, occupied the two upper galleries on either side of the stage. As dusk fell, spotlights in the gathering gloom pulled off a succession of visual coups.” Boyd tonkin, the arts desk

Riders to the Sea/Cupboard Love, Byre Opera, 2019

 “a remarkable and compelling show” Simon Thompson, The Times
 “inventive staging” Keith Bruce, The Herald

Salome, Opera North, 2018

“an unmitigated triumph” Michael Tanner, The Spectator
 “In PJ Harris’s lightly directed concert staging, our attention is rewardingly focused on the tumult of emotions and transgressive desires” Rebecca Franks, The Times
“With only a slither of the apron of the platform and four chairs with which to work, the fifteen singers omitted none of the drama of the action, and the proximity of words and music-making often produced moments of startling clarity. In suggesting that Salome’s dance of the seven veils was happening off-stage as a private experience for Herod, director PJ Harris paralleled it with the opening scene’s reportage of the king’s step-daughter and the incarcerated prophet Jokannan as rivals for the attention of the court.” Keith Bruce, The Herald
 “first class storytelling” The Chronicle 

The Cunning Little Vixen, Byre Opera, 2017

“Absorbing highlight of the operatic year…remarkable achievement” Iain Fraser, Opera Scotland