Aldeburgh Festival - Aldeburgh
23 May 2017

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The Cure

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 8

Aldeburgh bows to Boulez and Birtwistle
29 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Two outstanding chamber operas By Birtwistle
26 Jun 15 / Seen and Heard
Admirably direct but doesn't quite cohere
23 Jun 15 / Evening Standard
Desire, deception, and death
18 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
Birtwistle's opera makes chilly debut
15 Jun 15 / Independent
A potent double bill of chamber operas by Harrison Birtwistle
15 Jun 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Birtwistle unveils lyrical sequel to Orpheus story
15 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Serious stuff
14 Jun 15 / Telegraph
The Corridor

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 8

Aldeburgh bows to Boulez and Birtwistle
29 Jun 15 / The Observer
Two outstanding chamber operas By Birtwistle
26 Jun 15 / Seen and Heard
Admirably direct but doesn't quite cohere
23 Jun 15 / Evening Standard
Desire, deception, and death
18 Jun 15 / Bachtrack
Birtwistle's opera makes chilly debut
15 Jun 15 / Independent
A potent double bill of chamber operas by Harrison Birtwistle
15 Jun 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Birtwistle unveils lyrical sequel to Orpheus story
15 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Serious stuff
14 Jun 15 / Telegraph
Harrison Birtwistle, Medea and me
Birtwistle and David Harsent have written a companion piece to their opera The Corridor. Ahead of its Aldeburgh premier, the librettist explains how Middle English poetry led them back to Ancient Greece.
Owen Wingrave

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 8

Macabre ambiguity in Aldeburgh’s Owen Wingrave
18 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
Britten's opera of conscientious objection is the headline offering at this year's Aldeburgh Festival
17 Jun 14 / What's on Stage
Brilliant pianism
17 Jun 14 / Independent
A mixed evening, offering an often impressive interpretation of a flawed work
17 Jun 14 / The Stage
In this first world war centenary year, Britten’s pacifist opera was an appropriate centrepiece
17 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
The drama of Britten's pacifist opera is still uncertain
17 Jun 14 / The Guardian
An ideal cast fused as one with the young Britten-Pears Orchestra
16 Jun 14 / The Arts Desk
Neil Bartlett's production takes the wrong approach to this Cinderella among Britten's operas
15 Jun 14 / Telegraph
Owen Wingrave: A private peace
Benjamin Britten's 'pacifist' opera was written while war was at the forefront of people's minds. In this year of centenaries, director Neil Bartlett explains why the time is right for a revival.
Peter Grimes

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 18

Returning Britten's dark social parable Peter Grimes to the sea
5 Jul 13 / New Statesman
Grimes contra viento y marea
29 Jun 13 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Staging of 'Peter Grimes' on the beach pays tribute to Britten at 100
26 Jun 13 / New York Times
Vom Winde unterstützt
25 Jun 13 / Klassik Info
This Grimes on the Beach was a great experience-- an operatic happening
25 Jun 13 / Musical Criticism
Peter Grimes came home to its birthplace in an exhilarating performance
24 Jun 13 / Express
Grimes on the Beach - The chilling case of the bodies in the wave
23 Jun 13 / Independent on Sunday
A once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate the centenary of its founder Benjamin Britten
20 Jun 13 / Bloomberg
A triumph against the odds
19 Jun 13 / Telegraph
An unforgettable experience for those lucky enough to be present
19 Jun 13 / The Stage
Britten's greatest opera gets a staging to remember
19 Jun 13 / The Arts Desk
A remarkable, unrepeatable achievement
19 Jun 13 / The Guardian
An extraordinary spectacle at the water's edge
19 Jun 13 / Independent
What a start to the Britten centenary Festival
17 Jun 13 / Musical Criticism
Steuart Bedford conducted with compelling and absolute authority
11 Jun 13 / Ipswich Star
Alan Oke gave Grimes an arresting inwardness
11 Jun 13 / Independent
The focus was intimately on Grimes himself
11 Jun 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Alan Oke triumphed as Grimes
11 Jun 13 / Classical Source
What an opera-tunity!
Standing ovation for first ever beach production of opera inspired by Suffolk fishing community.
Peter Grimes on the beach? Shiver me tenors!
Freezing temperatures, mighty winds, shifting sands … can this attempt to stage Britten's great opera Peter Grimes on a Suffolk beach possibly succeed?
Nothing beats Benjamin Britten on a moonlit beach
The 100th anniversary of the composer's birth will see Peter Grimes performed as it should be.
Oke stands tall for the best of Britten
The tenor takes centre stage as ‘Peter Grimes’ returns to Aldeburgh.
The Burning Fiery Furnace

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 4

Superb Britten parable tryptych at Aldeburgh Festival
21 Jun 13 / Seen and Heard
Intermittently rewarding
20 Jun 13 / Telegraph
Another mesmerising Britten production in Suffolk for the composer's centenary
20 Jun 13 / The Arts Desk
Some of Britten’s finest music is brought back into circulation
19 Jun 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Paul Bunyan

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 4

Superb Britten parable tryptych at Aldeburgh Festival
21 Jun 13 / Seen and Heard
Intermittently rewarding
20 Jun 13 / Telegraph
Another mesmerising Britten production in Suffolk for the composer's centenary
20 Jun 13 / The Arts Desk
Some of Britten’s finest music is brought back into circulation
19 Jun 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Curlew River

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Superb Britten parable tryptych at Aldeburgh Festival
21 Jun 13 / Seen and Heard
Curlew River lacks quiet wonder and mystery
20 Jun 13 / The Guardian
Intermittently rewarding
20 Jun 13 / Telegraph
Another mesmerising Britten production in Suffolk for the composer's centenary
20 Jun 13 / The Arts Desk
Some of Britten’s finest music is brought back into circulation
19 Jun 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Where the Wild Things Are

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Maurice Sendak double bill
22 Jun 12 / Telegraph
The music-making throughout is of the highest quality
15 Jun 12 / Musical Criticism
Inspired operatic takes on Maurice Sendak
12 Jun 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Knussen’s highly-coloured sound-world is an invigorating place to be
12 Jun 12 / Independent
Too sophisticated for children?
12 Jun 12 / Telegraph
Perfectly judged
11 Jun 12 / The Guardian
Higglety Pigglety Pop!

Aldeburgh Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Maurice Sendak double bill
22 Jun 12 / Telegraph
The music-making throughout is of the highest quality
15 Jun 12 / Musical Criticism
Inspired operatic takes on Maurice Sendak
12 Jun 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Knussen’s highly-coloured sound-world is an invigorating place to be
12 Jun 12 / Independent
Too sophisticated for children?
12 Jun 12 / Telegraph
Perfectly judged
11 Jun 12 / The Guardian
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News & Articles

Aldeburgh Festival announces 2009 plans
New artistic director Pierre-Laurent Aimard has announced his first season at the Aldeburgh Festival, which will include a number of stage works by Harrison Birtwistle.
27 Feb 2009 / What's on Stage