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For each production, our editorial team collects all the reviews published online and that are freely available. These reviews are read in order to determine if the critic’s assessment in three key areas (quality of: cast, conducting, staging) is negative, neutral, or positive.

The weighted average of each of these values is then calculated and presented in terms of cast rating, conducting rating, and staging rating. The aggregate score for all critics is then the arithmetic average of all of these ratings.

Given that not all critiques are equally thorough, and in order to give preference to the most active critics, our editorial team has established three categories of review, each with its own weight used in determining the weighted average. For example, the review of a third-category critic will be worth roughly half that of a first-category critic. However, this weighting may be influenced by registered users by liking or disliking a critic’s review, which will increase or decrease the weighting of that critic in the overall total.

Assignment to a given category is decided by the editorial team and may change over time.

No. For each of the three parameters, the editorial team simply determines whether the critic has given a negative, mixed, or positive review. Each of these cases corresponds to a number (0, 50, 100) which, when combined with the ratings for the other reviews and the weighting of each critic, leads to the three ratings and, consequently, the average critics score.

In this way, we minimize any arbitrary scoring to basing the rating solely on these three parameters.

The average user score is simply the arithmetic average of all the scores given by registered users for a given performance. User reviews must include a score on a scale of 0 to 10, which indicates the overall level of enjoyment of the performance itself.

At Bravopera.com, we strive to give our users easy access to every review for a given performance, broken down into positive, negative and mixed, by using the aggregate score as a means of comparing the various productions. Therefore, it is not to be seen as an alternative to reading the actual reviews.

The editorial team seeks to collect all reviews for a given performance that can are freely available online. However, in order to be included in the calculation of the three ratings and of the average critics score, the review must:

1. be directly attributed to an actual person;

2. contain an assessment or observation concerning all aspects of the performance;

3. clearly specify the specific cast and performance concerned.

The cast rating looks at the entire cast of soloists and gives greater importance to assessments of the leading roles. Of course, this rating is not to be confused with an assessment of an individual performer given that it takes account of the overall performance of the cast as a whole. In any event, if a critic feels that the performance of the leading role was enough to carry the overall performance, despite supporting roles perhaps not being up to the same standard, the review will still be considered positive for this parameter.

This rating looks at the critic’s assessment of the quality of conducting the orchestra, of the orchestra’s performance, and of the chorus.

In this case, the editorial team interprets the critic’s assessment of the performance’s staging, set design, costume design, lighting, and all other factors that make up the visual aspects of the production.

What the editorial team is doing is simplifying the scoring process, and it is difficult to take account of all aspects and all assessments—which at times may even be self-contradictory—in a given written review.

For aspects that are more difficult to place in one specific parameter—such as the acting of the singers, which may depend both on the performer’s abilities and the work of the director, or missed cues, which may be caused by mistakes of the director—the editorial team takes these into account in each relevant parameter based on the responsibility expressed by the critic.

However, if a review includes its own scoring system—e.g. stars, hearts, percentage—this does not take the place of, or influence in any way, our own reading and scoring.

The cast rating—and, consequently, the average critics score—is calculated based solely on reviews related to the main cast, which, except in very rare cases, is the cast for the premier.

In case the secondary cast is as important as the first one a new page will be created.

Yes. Just one director, one orchestra, and one chorus are taken into account for scoring, and normally they are the ones that took part in the premier performance.

In the event there are fewer than four reviews, the performance will not have critics scores.

The site is updated daily, so reviews are collected, read and classified on a daily basis, too. As new reviews are added, the scores change based on the impressions of the new critiques collected. With few exceptions, the search for reviews ends one week after the final performance of the production, and this is then considered the definitive, permanent score.

Feel free to contact us, and we will change the score that we have given to your critique. Our goal is to interpret the overall assessment of a critic, so if we have misinterpreted your review in any way, we take full responsibility and will change our rating. Working together with critics is a priority for us.

The search for reviews is not always automatic, so we may miss a review now and then. Please do let us know of any reviews that are not listed. However, we cannot publish reviews that are not freely available online.

Although we only publish reviews on our site that are available online, it can happen that certain blogs, magazines or other sites change the URL of an article, thereby breaking the link. In such cases, we would ask that you let us know of any malfunctioning links, and we will do what we can to fix them. If an article cannot be recovered, but the score for the performance is already definitive, we will leave the broken link and the score will not be changed.

We select the theatres and festivals to follow based on both qualitative and quantitative factors that vary from one country to another. Critical coverage is another key factor, and we do not follow organizations that, on average, attract fewer than four critiques of their productions.

In certain cases, site quality and difficulties in obtaining information force us to exclude certain theatres or companies.

If you are not on our site but would like to be included, please feel free to contact us to see if and how we can work together.

We can’t host performances which are evaluated with others than the three ratings explained before, like the quality of the music and performances which lack of one of the three ratings.