This is a vanity project for the conductor Lorin Mazeel who reportedly had to bung ROH several million pounds to persuade them to stage his opera. His music is barbaric and unmelodic. Sometimes this fits with the barbarity of the story but mostly it is irritating. Even the love duets between Simon Keenlyside's Winston Smith and Nancy Gustafson's Julia are unmelodic.
There are elaborate sets making good use of the revolving stage. Room 101 is very effective but Smith's electric shock treatment is less so, the set looking like a 1930s Frankenstein Film. The libretto is an effective adaptation of George Orwell's novel. It recalled important bits of dialogue and plot for me, even though I read the book more than 40 years ago.
Keenlyside and Gustafson make an incredible effort to bring this disaster to life. Their singing and acting is top-notch but to no avail. I had to struggle to watch it to the end. If room 101 is where your worst nightmares come true, this was my operatic room 101.