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Rigoletto

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 7

Strong vocal performances are overshadowed by a series of strange and irrelevant directorial choices
8 Dec 19 / The Reviews Hub
Rigoletto past, present and future: a muddled production by Christiane Lutz for Glyndebourne Touring Opera
11 Nov 19 / Opera Today
Not so much three stars as four-and-a-half stars for the performance and one-and-a-half for the production
20 Oct 19 / Express
Verdi holds his own in a concept-laden Rigoletto
20 Oct 19 / The Observer
Christiane Lutz casts Rigoletto into the limelight as Charlie Chaplin
19 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Add baby, remove bathwater
15 Oct 19 / The Critics' Circle
Christine Lutz' time-travelling and exposé of power and sexual abuse exerts a grip, but her concept can be hard work
14 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Vuvu Mpofu taught herself to sing by copying divas on DVDs
South African-born soprano Vuvu Mpofu overcame poverty, bereavement and knife crime to win a major role at Glyndebourne.
Rinaldo

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 4

Rinaldo through the looking-glass
11 Nov 19 / Opera Today
Diverting but hollow production of Handel’s opera
1 Nov 19 / The Stage
The evening captivates for its theatricality
29 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Rinaldo revived: Glyndebourne tours its school-based Handel opera
29 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
L'elisir d'amore

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 3

Potent potion
10 Nov 19 / The Critics' Circle
Sun, sex and suspicious potions: L'elisir d'amore on the Glyndbourne Tour
16 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
The comic and poignant twists and turns of love and fate are superbly brought to life in Arden’s production
15 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Rinaldo

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 8

Polish countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski gave an excellent performance in the title role
19 Aug 19 / Express
Juvenile japes and kinkiness in light-hearted but sharp Glyndebourne revival
15 Aug 19 / Evening Standard
Rinaldo vence por goleada
15 Aug 19 / Ópera Actual
Glyndebourne’s ‘Rinaldo’ beds in brilliantly
15 Aug 19 / Michael Church's blog
Exceptional cast and conductor
10 Aug 19 / The Stage
More work needed from the boyishly handsome, breakdancing counter-tenor
10 Aug 19 / Telegraph
Stale stereotypes abound in a production that’s a bit past its sell by date
10 Aug 19 / The Arts Desk
Jolly hockey sticks! Orliński rules as Rinaldo at Glyndebourne
10 Aug 19 / Bachtrack
Breakdancing opera singer steps in at Glyndebourne
Jakub Jozef Orlinski, a breakdancing opera singer will replace Elizabeth DeShong in Glyndebourne Opera's production of Handel's Rinaldo after she pulled out "for personal reasons".
Cendrillon

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 10

Une Cendrillon réussie
9 Aug 19 / Anaclase
There is a queer opera at Glyndebourne and this is why it’s important
20 Jul 19 / Gay Star News
The entire evening sparkles with magic
21 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Mais de féerie, guère
13 Jun 19 / Forum Opéra
Glyndebourne’s Cendrillon is memorable in every way
12 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
All the leading cast members give excellent performances
11 Jun 19 / Express
Cinders goes to the ball in fine voice at Glyndebourne
11 Jun 19 / Evening Standard
A touching production with a short supply of really fine singing
10 Jun 19 / Telegraph
Danielle de Niese is a sweet Cendrillon with genuine presence
10 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Cinders on the couch: Freudian Cendrillon at Glyndebourne
10 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Die Zauberflöte

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 10

Glyndebourne’s new Die Zauberflöte misfires, despite an excellent cast
24 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Sheer lunacy
23 Jul 19 / Express
The show breaks free of director Renaud Doucet’s contrived, PC rewrites
23 Jul 19 / Independent
Glyndebourne show spikes sexist perceptions
23 Jul 19 / Evening Standard
Kitchen sunk drama
23 Jul 19 / The Critics' Circle
This magical, witty, irreverent production updates the action and politics to 1900s Vienna but still strikes some wrong notes
20 Jul 19 / The Guardian
A meaningless, tasteless, pointless, gimmicky mish-mash
20 Jul 19 / Telegraph
A highly imaginative affair, chock-full of spectacle with keen attention to detail
20 Jul 19 / Classical Source
There’s some fine singing to paper over the cracks in the concept
20 Jul 19 / Opera Today
A mixed bag of paper cut-outs
20 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
Rusalka

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 5

How to stage magic: Glyndebourne's Rusalka
6 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
A glorious performance of an outstanding production of a powerful opera
3 Jul 19 / Express
Whimsy, raunch and brutality
3 Jul 19 / The Stage
As rewarding an operatic evening as you’ll find anywhere this season
2 Jul 19 / Music OMH
Melly Still’s 2009 production plays to the rule ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’
1 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Hera Hyesang Park leads a wonderful cast in an engaging rendition of classic work
24 Jun 19 / OperaWire
This production has lost its way
29 May 19 / Independent
Almaviva was brilliantly played by the young South African tenor Levy Sekgapane
23 May 19 / Express
Laughter returns to Seville: a sparkling Barbiere revival at Glyndebourne
22 May 19 / Bachtrack
The performance showcases some exceptional young talent
21 May 19 / Classical Source
Laughter returns to Seville: a sparkling Barbiere revival at Glyndebourne
21 May 19 / Bachtrack
La Damnation de Faust

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 16

Berlioz rural
19 Jun 19 / Olyrix
A quand les Troyens?
13 Jun 19 / Forum Opéra
Byway to hell
29 May 19 / The Critics' Circle
The Devil gets the last laugh in the opening opera of the Glyndebourne season
29 May 19 / The Article
Fausto se condena sólo víctima de su propia imbecilidad
28 May 19 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Berlioz is underdone at Glyndebourne
27 May 19 / The Observer
The kind of profoundly mediocre night you wish Berlioz the critic had been around to demolish
24 May 19 / The Spectator
Turning an oratorio into an opera demands much more than dressing the chorus up as devils, sitting in a gallery
22 May 19 / Express
Glyndebourne fails to make the case for staging La Damnation de Faust
22 May 19 / Seen and Heard
Glyndebourne presents Richard Jones's new staging of La damnation de Faust
22 May 19 / Opera Today
The warp and weft of the staging is a stunning amalgam of sound and vision
21 May 19 / Independent
Musically, there was much to savour
21 May 19 / Music OMH
Problematic staging fails to convince
21 May 19 / The Stage
The London Philharmonic spares nothing in terms of Berliozian style and glamour
20 May 19 / Classical Source
Seductive, beguiling and sinister
20 May 19 / The Guardian
Diabolus vincit omnia: Purves' Mephisto dominates Berlioz' La damnation de Faust at Glyndebourne
20 May 19 / Bachtrack
La Traviata

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 6

An excellent production of one of the greatest operas
29 Nov 18 / About Milton Keynes
Mané Galoyan’s Violetta was, appropriately, the star of the show
23 Oct 18 / Music OMH
In the title role, the Armenian soprano Mané Galoyan is a real find
18 Oct 18 / Express
Curiously uninvolving
17 Oct 18 / The Stage
Mané Galoyan steals the show in a Traviata for our age
15 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
Making her Glyndebourne debut as Violetta, Mané Galoyan is a real find
14 Oct 18 / Classical Source
Cendrillon

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 9

Cendrillon gives Fiona Shaw an opportunity to take a long, hard look at the Cinderella story
5 Nov 18 / The Observer
Imaginative direction from Fiona Shaw even manages to avoid the tedium of the long ballet sequences in Massenet’s score
18 Oct 18 / Express
Cendrillon is a Glyndebourne success and a revelation in repertoire
16 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
Cinderella entrances her gender-fluid Prince
16 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Massenet’s work becomes a complex modern-day fairytale
16 Oct 18 / The Times
Overwrought and over-thought
15 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
The production is a delight
15 Oct 18 / Music OMH
A gender-fluid Cinderella concoction of sparkle and charm
15 Oct 18 / Telegraph
The predominantly female singers are strongly cast
14 Oct 18 / Classical Source
Vanessa

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 22

An excellent performance of an entertaining and superbly constructed opera
20 Sep 18 / Opera Journal
Un engendro llamado Vanessa
27 Aug 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Ibsen meets Puccini
13 Aug 18 / Klassik Info
Barber’s eclectic score is a gift to the sopranos
13 Aug 18 / Express
After decades of neglect, Samuel Barber’s Vanessa makes a dramatic entrance
12 Aug 18 / The Sunday Times
Competent but lacks the extra class
11 Aug 18 / Express
A superb production at Glyndebourne of Barber’s unjustly neglected Vanessa
10 Aug 18 / Seen and Heard
Barber's mysterious "Vanessa" enthrals at Glyndebourne
10 Aug 18 / euronews
Warner’s production emphasises the claustrophobic and noirish aspects of the story
9 Aug 18 / Music OMH
Barber's opera finds its time with intelligent, gripping staging
8 Aug 18 / The Guardian
Keith Warner’s production evokes the mystery and repressed sensuality of this intriguing work
8 Aug 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Keith Warner's Glyndebourne production exposes truths and tragedies
8 Aug 18 / Opera Today
Le miroir s'argenta
8 Aug 18 / Forum Opéra
Repression in a cold climate
7 Aug 18 / Bachtrack
Worth the wait for this winningly performed production
7 Aug 18 / Independent
Probing and spectacular
7 Aug 18 / The Stage
Glyndebourne: a solid production can't hide the charmlessness of Barber's opera
7 Aug 18 / Telegraph
Glyndebourne presents the first fully professional UK staging of Barber's romantic opera
7 Aug 18 / What's on Stage
It’s hard to imagine the opera being more sympathetically treated
6 Aug 18 / Classical Source
Blowsy histrionics and a great finale
6 Aug 18 / The Arts Desk
Glyndebourne’s magnificent production makes the strongest possible case for Vanessa
6 Aug 18 / Evening Standard
Gripping psychodrama with a nod to Hitchcock
6 Aug 18 / Planet Hugill
Vanessa: from Pulitzer to obscurity… and beyond
The prize-winning opera fell out of favour. Now it is getting a second chance at Glyndebourne.
Madama Butterfly

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 16

You'd need to be made of stone to get through Act III unmoved here
13 Sep 18 / Opera Journal
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
Much is routine – and a fair amount is worse
24 May 18 / The Spectator
A super start to the 2018 season
24 May 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
The undoubted glory of the evening was the orchestral playing by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
22 May 18 / Music OMH
The UK's premier summer festival opens its season with Puccini's beloved tear-jerker
21 May 18 / What's on Stage
Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly makes her bow at the Glyndebourne Festival
21 May 18 / Bachtrack
Excellent performances
21 May 18 / The Stage
Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 opens with Annilese Miskimmon's Madama Butterfly
21 May 18 / Opera Today
An impressive opening night Butterfly at the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival
21 May 18 / Seen and Heard
A breathtaking Butterfly, but Richard Jones goes overboard on the gags
21 May 18 / Independent
Glyndebourne openers perplex, provoke and charm
21 May 18 / The Guardian
Exceptionally well cast and thoughtfully directed by Annilese Miskimmon, the emotional impact remains devastating
21 May 18 / Classical Source
Bland characterisation but striking singing in Puccini's emotional masterpiece
21 May 18 / Telegraph
Boldly updated to the 1950s, this production nevertheless has a striking visual beauty
21 May 18 / The Times
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?
Pelléas et Mélisande

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 20

Un cenizo llamado Golaud
30 Aug 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Ça crève les yeux
9 Aug 18 / Forum Opéra
Country matters
31 Jul 18 / parterre box
Stefan Herheim’s glittering vollisions have changed opera
When his productions fulfill his visions, the viewers can’t ignore what’s happening, Mr. Herheim, one of opera’s most innovative stage directors, said.
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News & Articles

Kate Lindsey & Matthew Rose lead Glyndebourne fall 2020 performances
The Glyndebourne Festival has announced a full program of the series of socially-distanced indoor performances that will take place in Sussex, starting October 10, 2020.
12 Sep 2020 / OperaWire
Glyndebourne announces series of fall 2020 performances
The Glyndebourne Festival has announced a series of socially-distanced indoor performances that will take place in Sussex, starting October 10, 2020.
1 Sep 2020 / OperaWire
Glyndebourne has announced its 2021 season
Kristina Mkhitaryan, Charles Castronovo, Soloman Howard, Elena Tsallagova headline Glyndebourne’s 2021 festival.
1 Sep 2020 / OperaWire
Glyndebourne to stage live opera outdoors in August
Glyndebourne Opera House in East Sussex is planning to present live opera outdoors in August, seven weeks on from cancelling its entire summer season.
22 Jun 2020 / BBC News
Glyndebourne Festival cancels tour
“Unfortunately the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 has forced us to cancel our visits to our touring venues this year.”
20 Jun 2020 / OperaWire