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Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 8

David McVicar’s acclaimed 2005 production of Giulio Cesare returns to Glyndebourne
18 Jun 18 / Express
This production of Handel’s take on the romance between Julius Caesar and Cleopatra is as glorious as it gets
14 Jun 18 / Express
David McVicar's 2005 production returns to Glyndebourne in triumph
13 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
No weak links in opera with heart-stopping eloquence
12 Jun 18 / Evening Standard
Joélle Harvey is a fresh and clean-voiced Cleopatra
12 Jun 18 / Classical Source
A seamless marriage of high tragedy and slapstick comedy
12 Jun 18 / Independent
Smashing revival of a gorgeous Glyndebourne classic
12 Jun 18 / Telegraph
Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey leads terrific revival of Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne
11 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Der Rosenkavalier

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 12

Glyndebourne is sunny yet unrewarding
3 Jun 18 / The Sunday Times
Rosenkavalier never forgets to be funny
31 May 18 / The Spectator
En la oficina de Goro
30 May 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Musically a delight, but a staging disappointment
24 May 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
There’s a dearth of passion and poignancy
22 May 18 / The Times
A triumphant first revival for Richard Jones' production of Strauss' romantic opera
22 May 18 / What's on Stage
Easier on the ears than on the eyes
21 May 18 / Telegraph
This revival comes up freshly minted and emerges as a more thoughtful and likeable production than it did when new
21 May 18 / Classical Source
Seriously funny, musically transcendent
21 May 18 / Bachtrack
Glyndebourne openers perplex, provoke and charm
21 May 18 / The Guardian
A breathtaking Butterfly, but Richard Jones goes overboard on the gags
21 May 18 / Independent
A superb revival
21 May 18 / The Stage
Madama Butterfly

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 15

Glyndebourne is sunny yet unrewarding
3 Jun 18 / The Sunday Times
The summer opera season kicks off with Annilese Miskimmon’s perceptive staging of Puccini’s heartbreaker
28 May 18 / The Observer
A super start to the 2018 season
24 May 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Much is routine – and a fair amount is worse
24 May 18 / The Spectator
The undoubted glory of the evening was the orchestral playing by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
22 May 18 / Music OMH
Bland characterisation but striking singing in Puccini's emotional masterpiece
21 May 18 / Telegraph
Glyndebourne openers perplex, provoke and charm
21 May 18 / The Guardian
A breathtaking Butterfly, but Richard Jones goes overboard on the gags
21 May 18 / Independent
Excellent performances
21 May 18 / The Stage
The UK's premier summer festival opens its season with Puccini's beloved tear-jerker
21 May 18 / What's on Stage
Boldly updated to the 1950s, this production nevertheless has a striking visual beauty
21 May 18 / The Times
Exceptionally well cast and thoughtfully directed by Annilese Miskimmon, the emotional impact remains devastating
21 May 18 / Classical Source
An impressive opening night Butterfly at the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival
21 May 18 / Seen and Heard
Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 opens with Annilese Miskimmon's Madama Butterfly
21 May 18 / Opera Today
Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly makes her bow at the Glyndebourne Festival
21 May 18 / Bachtrack
The heartless GIs who inspired Madame Butterfly
A new production of the opera at Glyndebourne is set in post-war Japan.
Sex, betrayal, suicide
is Madama Butterfly too sordid to stage today?
Così fan tutte

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 8

Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s touring production of Cosi Fan Tutte brings the fun along with Mozart’s magical music
16 Nov 17 / Eastern Daily Press
The 2017 Glyndebourne Tour arrives in Canterbury with a satisfying Così fan tutte
3 Nov 17 / Opera Today
A night at the opera
31 Oct 17 / Sussex Express
Getting to the heart of Don Alfonso
16 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
One final outing for Nicholas Hytner's outstanding production of Mozart's opera
16 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
The gorgeous autumn planting at Glyndebourne is as dazzling as the Mediterranean sun conjured up indoors
9 Oct 17 / Classical Source
Nicholas Hytner's irresistible production takes a bow
9 Oct 17 / The Guardian
A multinational cast look sexy, sing well and act beautifully
9 Oct 17 / The Times
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 5

A beguiling Il barbiere di Siviglia from GTO
6 Nov 17 / Opera Today
Glyndebourne's 2016 production of Rossini's comic opera revived for the autumn tour
13 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Just not very funny
12 Oct 17 / Music OMH
Strong ensemble cast gives fizz to Glyndebourne's touring Barber
11 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
On this showing, Rossini’s comedy of class and manners remains a masterpiece
10 Oct 17 / Classical Source
La clemenza di Tito

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 13

Tito se aburre
25 Aug 17 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Richard Croft, Titus forever
16 Aug 17 / Forum Opéra
Bogged down
8 Aug 17 / The Critics' Circle
Anna Stéphany shines as Sesto in Claus Guth’s staging
6 Aug 17 / Express
Director Claus Guth arrived with a high reputation for his Mozart but the gods did not smile on this production
30 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Stark, compelling and very well acted
28 Jul 17 / Telegraph
Tito and Sesto's relationship was totally implausible
28 Jul 17 / Independent
One for sorrow: Claus Guth directs a taut, dark Clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne
28 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
This profound and moving modern-dress production has a bumpy start, but is imaginatively conducted and winningly sung
28 Jul 17 / The Times
A magical, maddening return to Glyndebourne
28 Jul 17 / The Guardian
Guth’s and designer Christian Schmidt’s concept is more sentimental than Imperial
28 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Young talent shines through in a troubled production of Mozart's late opera
28 Jul 17 / What's on Stage
Claus Guth's new production of this Mozart opera is thoughtful and impressively sung
27 Jul 17 / Evening Standard
La Traviata

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 11

Joyce El-Khoury’s Violetta heads strong cast for a tremendous Glyndebourne La Traviata
5 Aug 17 / Seen and Heard
Tears before bedtime: El-Khoury transcends Cairns’ chilly Glyndebourne Traviata
3 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
Kristina Mkhitaryan's Violetta soars
28 May 17 / The Observer
Kristina Mkhitaryan's Violetta reveals everything one might ever look for in the part
25 May 17 / Music OMH
A strong Violetta carries an uninspired Traviata revival at Glyndebourne
24 May 17 / Bachtrack
Another triumph for Glyndebourne casting
23 May 17 / What's on Stage
Cairns’s production of La traviata is outstanding
23 May 17 / Independent
Cogent Cavalli, chilly Verdi
23 May 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
A noteworthy Glyndebourne debut
23 May 17 / The Stage
Is Kristina Mkhitaryan the new Netrebko?
23 May 17 / Telegraph
Subtle and serious
23 May 17 / The Guardian
Don Pasquale

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 9

What a pleasure to see Mariam Clément’s 2013 Festival production revived
19 Jul 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Lisette Oropesa is outstanding in Glyndebourne’s admirable Don Pasquale revival
19 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
A revival that may well get slicker and funnier with every performance
18 Jul 17 / Music OMH
A cold-hearted comedy at Glyndebourne
17 Jul 17 / Opera Today
A black comedy that leaves a sour taste in the mouth
15 Jul 17 / Telegraph
Renato Girolami excels in the title role of Donizetti’s opera
15 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Buffa as blood sport
15 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
Mariame Clément's breezy version of Donizetti's opera returns
15 Jul 17 / What's on Stage
An evening of brilliant entertainment
15 Jul 17 / The Stage
Ariadne auf Naxos

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 11

Strauss’s masterpiece emerges mysterious and suggestive
18 Jul 17 / Independent
A dazzling newcomer at Glyndebourne
1 Jul 17 / The Observer
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen takes a while to relax, but her voice seemingly knows no limits
1 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
An evening that prevails despite, rather than because of, the staging
29 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Wonderful music; sensational singing; bewildering opera
28 Jun 17 / Express
The return of Katharina Thoma's controversial staging of Strauss's opera
28 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Lise Davidsen is imperious in Katharina Thoma’s comic and profound Ariadne auf Naxos
27 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Keep calm and carry on singing: love and art overcome wartime adversity in Glyndebourne’s Ariadne
27 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
The mighty voice of up-and-coming soprano Lise Davidsen turns this revival of a misjudged production into a remarkable event
27 Jun 17 / The Times
Glyndebourne's wartime Ariadne auf Naxos
27 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Ingenious staging mixes comedy with the mythic
26 Jun 17 / Evening Standard
Hipermestra

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 13

Pas super, l'Hyper
27 Jun 17 / Forum Opéra
Der Regisseur des Gemetzels
5 Jun 17 / Klassik Info
Graham Vick and William Christie make a welcome festival return with a musically flawless account of this baroque rarity
27 May 17 / The Observer
Graham Vick’s production gives a modern take on this mythical story
24 May 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Graham Vick finds modern relevance in Cavalli's Hipermestra at Glyndebourne
24 May 17 / Bachtrack
Glyndebourne Festival Opera performs Cavalli's early Baraoque opera
23 May 17 / Independent
Cogent Cavalli, chilly Verdi
23 May 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
There is nothing quite like a Cavalli opera at Glyndebourne
22 May 17 / Music OMH
Superbly sung UK premiere of Cavalli’s uneven tragedy
22 May 17 / The Guardian
Vick just about controls the schizophrenic lurching between farce and tragedy
22 May 17 / Opera Today
A fabulous performance of a colossally dull opera
22 May 17 / Telegraph
Britain's premier summer festival opens with a spectacular staging of Cavalli's opera
22 May 17 / What's on Stage
It is the musical performance which makes this production memorable
22 May 17 / Classical Source
Hamlet

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 10

A thoroughly engaging and challenging but finally very rewarding piece
26 Nov 17 / The Reviews Hub
Glyndebourne’s touring version of new opera Hamet is truly top-notch
20 Nov 17 / Eastern Daily Press
The angry petulance of David Butt Philip’s Hamlet is evident from this opening scene
6 Nov 17 / Opera Today
David Butt Philip leads a marvellous new cast in this fine-tuned touring production of Brett Dean’s masterly opera
30 Oct 17 / The Observer
Brett Dean's Hamlet in strong revival and mesmerising performances
30 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
David Butt Philip triumphs as the prince
26 Oct 17 / Classical Source
There were magnificent performances all round
26 Oct 17 / Music OMH
A strong second cast for Brett Dean's new opera as it goes on tour
26 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
David Butt Philip is a revelation as Shakespeare’s tortured prince
24 Oct 17 / The Guardian
“Or not to be”: dislocated Shakespeare as Brett Dean’s Hamlet is revived for Glyndebourne’s tour
23 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Hamlet

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 23

Allan Clayton gives it everything as Hamlet
17 Aug 17 / Opera Journal
Hamlet di Brett Dean a Glyndebourne: la parola di Shakespeare e la musica
23 Jul 17 / Sipario
Un angel exterminador en Glyndebourne
14 Jul 17 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Brett Dean's and Matthew Jocelyn's Hamlet an important addition to opera
8 Jul 17 / The Toronto Star
'Hamlet,' a new opera, makes Shakespeare strange
1 Jul 17 / New York Times
Le reste est silence
28 Jun 17 / Forum Opéra
The exemplary cast is led by Allan Clayton’s Hamlet
19 Jun 17 / Express
Glyndebourne’s new, full-scale Hamlet toys with Shakespeare’s text to fine effect
17 Jun 17 / The Observer
Onstage for much of the show, Allan Clayton’s Hamlet was bold and tireless
16 Jun 17 / Opera News
Brett Dean wrangles the moody Dane into two-and-half hours of thrilling music theatre
16 Jun 17 / Limelight
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News & Articles

Glyndebourne searches for new director as Sebastian Schwarz quits
The general director of Glyndebourne is stepping down after less than two years, saying he would be more comfortable in a role that allows him to concentrate on creativity rather than business strategy.
5 Dec 2017 / Telegraph
Glyndebourne's Hamlet
Why British audiences have turned to unconventional opera.
4 Oct 2017 / Independent
Where are the operatic Hamlets?
Brett Dean’s Hamlet premieres at Glyndebourne this week. Will he succeed where hundreds of other composers have failed and give Shakespeare’s masterpiece the opera it deserves?
9 Jun 2017 / The Guardian
Glyndebourne launches singing competition
The Glyndebourne Opera Cup will offer a top prize of £15,000 and a platform for launching an international opera career.
3 May 2017 / Opera Now
Glyndebourne Opera Festival announces 2018 festival
A new production of Pelléas et Mélisande by Stefan Herheim fetaures in the six opera line up.
3 May 2017 / OperaWire