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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)
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
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
Claus Guth's new production of this Mozart opera is thoughtful and impressively sung
27 Jul 17 / Evening Standard
Hamlet

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 22

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
Shakespeare, frisch gepresst, ohne Kerne
16 Jun 17 / FAZ
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
A Herculean performance from Allan Clayton
14 Jun 17 / Classical Source
As Hamlet himself, Allan Clayton gave the performance of his career
14 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Allan Clayton gave the title part his all
14 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Barbara Hannigan everyone’s go-to mad soprano was suitably deranged in Ophelia’s near naked scene
14 Jun 17 / Independent
An ingenious deconstruction of Shakespeare
13 Jun 17 / Evening Standard
Brilliant music, rapturously received
13 Jun 17 / Telegraph
Brett Dean's heart-wrenchingly beautiful opera Hamlet wows England's Glyndbourne Festival
13 Jun 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Brett Dean’s new opera plumbs the dark recesses of Shakespeare’s play
13 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Shakespeare boldly adapted by Brett Dean
12 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Allan Clayton gives a physically vivid, emotionally affecting and psychologically astute portrayal of the Prince of Denmark
12 Jun 17 / The Times
A new opera by Brett Dean is the centrepiece of this year's Glyndebourne festival
12 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
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
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
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)
Don Pasquale

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 9

Lisette Oropesa is outstanding in Glyndebourne’s admirable Don Pasquale revival
19 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
What a pleasure to see Mariam Clément’s 2013 Festival production revived
19 Jul 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
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
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
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
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
The return of Katharina Thoma's controversial staging of Strauss's opera
28 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Wonderful music; sensational singing; bewildering opera
28 Jun 17 / Express
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
Lise Davidsen is imperious in Katharina Thoma’s comic and profound Ariadne auf Naxos
27 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
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 finds modern relevance in Cavalli's Hipermestra at Glyndebourne
24 May 17 / Bachtrack
Graham Vick’s production gives a modern take on this mythical story
24 May 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Glyndebourne Festival Opera performs Cavalli's early Baraoque opera
23 May 17 / Independent
Cogent Cavalli, chilly Verdi
23 May 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
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
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 Midsummer Night's Dream

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 13

Netia Jones’s techno-sophistry is used to enchanting effect in her imaginative production
12 Jun 17 / The Guardian
Un verano con Shakespeare y Britten
14 Sep 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The pinnacle of Sir Peter Hall’s operatic success at Glyndebourne
24 Aug 16 / Express
Britten untamed!
20 Aug 16 / Opera Today
Peter Hall's 35-year-old production is still a winner
19 Aug 16 / Express
This was a treat
17 Aug 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Poised and magical
16 Aug 16 / Independent
Si Tête d'Ane m'était conté...
16 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
A faithful, snappy revival
15 Aug 16 / Music OMH
Enchanted wood: dream of a Dream at Glyndebourne
13 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
A heady mix of menace and fairy-dust
13 Aug 16 / Classical Source
Britten's magical operatic version of Shakespeare's play, revived in Peter Hall's production
13 Aug 16 / What's on Stage
No surprises but a fine cast graces this effective revival of a durable classic
13 Aug 16 / The Stage
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare's great shapeshifter
This year’s crop of Dreams shows how Shakespeare’s comedy is fertile ground for infinite interpretation. But it is Benjamin Britten’s opera version that digs deepest into its inner strangeness.
Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence
As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.
Madama Butterfly

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 7

Glyndebourne’s first ever staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly comes to Norwich
23 Nov 16 / Norwich Evening News
Nuclear family
1 Nov 16 / The Critics' Circle
Karah Son suggests a core of steel under Butterfly’s delicate beauty
23 Oct 16 / Express
Butterfly is Karah Son’s Glyndebourne debut, and she is near-ideal in the part
19 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Engages the mind at the expense of passion
19 Oct 16 / The Guardian
Downtown Nagasaki comes to Glyndebourne in Annilese Miskimmon's Madama Butterfly
17 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Musical riches but theatrical poverty in Glyndebourne's staging of Puccini's tear-jerker
16 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
‘From an early age opera helped me escape the Troubles’
Opera director, Annilese Miskimmon, on her new Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne, growing up in Northern Ireland – and the Muppets as inspiration.
Don Giovanni

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 5

A satisfying production with Glyndebourne doing what it does best
13 Nov 16 / Classical Source
Duncan Rock is an unremittingly violent Giovanni
31 Oct 16 / Express
Duncan Rock's indisposition clears the way for an unforgettable role jump-in
26 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
A drab Don Giovanni from the Glyndebourne Tour
18 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Duncan Rock's Giovanni did not disappoint
17 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Beatrice et Benedict

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 16

Virée en boîtes
20 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
Bobatrice et Puerilict. No es Shakespeare todo lo que se canta
12 Aug 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Laurent Pelly has created a highly stylised production grey in both costumes and make-up
10 Aug 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Leicht eintönige Berlioz-Inszenierung
3 Aug 16 / Deutschland Radio
Star of the show is mezzo-soprano Stephanie d’Oustrac
1 Aug 16 / Express
It is the beauty of the quieter and more contemplative moments that leave the deepest impression
27 Jul 16 / Music OMH
The music is five-star, but the production is four-star and the story-line is only two-star
26 Jul 16 / Express
The beauty of the playing and the physical comedy are redeeming elements
26 Jul 16 / Independent
Love labours in fifty shades of grey
26 Jul 16 / Evening Standard
Immaculately sung
25 Jul 16 / The Stage
Laughs, merriment, joie de vivre and poignancy wrapped into a very well-made production
25 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Too much outside-the-box thinking
25 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Boxed in: Pelly serves up a grey Béatrice et Bénédict at Glyndebourne
25 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Laurent Pelly’s new production for Glyndebourne is certainly capricious
25 Jul 16 / Opera Today
A rare outing for the comic opera from the pen of Berlioz by way of Shakespeare
25 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
Elegant but needs more emotion
25 Jul 16 / Telegraph
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 17

Swinging Sevilla
18 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
Un pique-nique à Séville
14 Jul 16 / Forum Opéra
Le Barbier de Séville au Festival de Glyndebourne
16 Jun 16 / Opera Online
Mehr Klamauk als Oper
13 Jun 16 / Opernnetz
Bartolo sale de picnic
7 Jun 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The Barber of Seville
‘The most beautiful comic opera in existence’
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News & Articles

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
Glyndebourne announces winners of new awards for young singers
William Rennie and Darwin Prakash, both of whom participated in the 2015 Glyndebourne Academy, were jointly awarded the 2016 Gus Christie Award.
18 Oct 2016 / Opera Now
Forty years of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Glyndebourne
Fairies queuing at the canteen and Mechanicals performing their magic … here’s a look at how the Glyndebourne festival has tackled the Benjamin Britten opera over the years.
6 Aug 2016 / The Guardian