The BBC has recorded The Minotaur for relay on Saturday 31 May 2008 and Opus Arte (now part of the Royal Opera House) has filmed the performances for future release on DVD. The press seemed to be in agreement that this new opera is ‘a dramatic tour de force’.
'Blood-drenched and sorrowful, majestic and raw, Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, commissioned by the Royal Opera House and given its world premiere last night, plunders the extremes of human nature in music of coruscating, storming beauty.'
'It is a dramatic tour de force for Tomlinson, who handles it superbly and gives eloquence to a creature who can articulate his thoughts only in his dreams... The production is an outstanding achievement for all concerned, and performances of the smaller roles are just as impressive as those by Tomlinson, Rice and Reuter; words are wonderfully clear, and Birtwistle's vocal lines are made to seem the most naturally expressive things in the world.'
PMF funded the production of scores and, as a prelude to the premiere, support was given for the revival of the production of Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy by The Music Theatre of Wales.
(the) 'production has been widely praised, not least by the work's own composer and librettist, who both thought it truer to their intentions than any other staging hitherto.'