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Don Pasquale

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 1

Buffa or bullying?
13 Oct 21 / Bachtrack
Fidelio

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 3

Musically excellent but panopticon staging is overloaded
13 Oct 21 / The Guardian
Musically the show is in safe hands
13 Oct 21 / Classical Source
Glyndebourne’s 2021 Tour opens with Frederic Wake-Walker’s new production of Fidelio
12 Oct 21 / Opera Today
Tristan und Isolde

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 6

Robin Ticciati’s ecstatic Wagner debut is worth the wait
21 Aug 21 / iNews
Neither Tristan nor Isolde quite convinced
20 Aug 21 / The Spectator
Glyndebourne’s semi-staging of Wagner’s magnificent Tristan und Isolde worked beautifully
20 Aug 21 / Seen and Heard
Ticciati impresses in pared back Wagner
17 Aug 21 / The Guardian
Sweet immersion
17 Aug 21 / Bachtrack
Sublime musicianship in Glyndebourne’s Tristan und Isolde
15 Aug 21 / The Article
My Tristan und Isolde follows every move in Lehnhoff’s staging
Daniel Dooner on his semi-staging of the Wagner opera at Glydebourne closely following Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s production.
Luisa Miller

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 7

A musical treat at Glyndebourne
11 Aug 21 / The Article
Absolutely riveting
4 Aug 21 / iNews
This fathers and daughters tragedy is terrific
3 Aug 21 / Evening Standard
Verdi’s dark tragedy gains focus and ferocity in stark staging
3 Aug 21 / The Guardian
Small-scale tragedy, big emotions
3 Aug 21 / The Arts Desk
Hits every possible spot
3 Aug 21 / The Stage
A compelling, pared back Luisa Miller from Christof Loy at Glyndebourne
3 Aug 21 / Bachtrack
Così fan tutte

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 6

A performance full of spirit and heart
9 Jul 21 / iNews
Don Alfonso is oddly colourless in this blissfully restrained revival
7 Jul 21 / Independent
Glyndebourne’s Così fan tutte provides welcome reassurance and orderliness
7 Jul 21 / Opera Today
Love is no picnic: Nicholas Hytner's Così fan tutte returns to Glyndebourne
7 Jul 21 / Seen and Heard
Così fan tutte, ossia De la maison des morts à Glyndebourne
7 Jul 21 / Olyrix
Glyndebourne’s Così fan tutte revival is a veritable triumph of organisation, performance and production
6 Jul 21 / Seen and Heard
Il Turco in Italia

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 7

A sparkling vision of Rossini’s farce is a delight throughout
4 Jun 21 / OperaWire
Glyndebourne has made a gloriously impressive start to its Festival
26 May 21 / Express
Glyndebourne’s wonderfully musical Turco suffers from creative confusion
26 May 21 / The Article
Trust, teamwork and comic invention combine to make a winner
25 May 21 / The Arts Desk
Exceptional ensemble cast create perfect escapism
25 May 21 / The Guardian
Six singers in search of an author: Il turco in Italia delights Glyndebourne
25 May 21 / Bachtrack
Glyndebourne hits top form
25 May 21 / The Stage
Kat'a Kabanova

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 11

Enjaulada y sin vacuna
2 Jun 21 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Janáček’s darkest of operas provided a searing start to Glyndebourne’s new season
30 May 21 / The Observer
Kateřina Kněžíková towers over an intimate, searing vision of one of opera’s most complex selves
29 May 21 / OperaWire
Novel rendition of Kat'a Kabanova
27 May 21 / Morning Star Online
Glyndebourne has made a gloriously impressive start to its Festival
26 May 21 / Express
Slimmed-down production delivers raw emotional power
25 May 21 / Indianapolis Monthly
A caged bird sings
25 May 21 / Opera Today
A vivid success in Damiano Michieletto’s new production
22 May 21 / The Article
Festival opens with sideways rain and raw, stunning Janáček
22 May 21 / The Guardian
A misalliance of metatheatre and the mundane
22 May 21 / The Arts Desk
In the bleak midsummer
22 May 21 / Bachtrack
In the Market for Love

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 5

Ópera en tiempos de COVID : regreso a Glyndebourne
6 Nov 20 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The sheer joy of performing; Offenbach's frothy market-set operetta is a first for Glyndebourne
19 Oct 20 / Planet Hugill
A silly but delightful staging of Mesdames de la Halle is an Offen-ready treat
18 Oct 20 / The Observer
First-rate singers elevate flimsy one-acter
13 Oct 20 / The Guardian
Operetta is back at Glyndebourne
13 Oct 20 / Bachtrack
Die Zauberflöte

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 2

Glyndebourne in the pandemic proves that opera doesn’t need stuffy rituals
4 Nov 20 / New Statesman
Deeply moving light in darkness
3 Nov 20 / The Arts Desk
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
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News & Articles

Glyndebourne to support Pegasus Opera Company mentoring programme
Glyndebourne is joining forces with Pegasus Opera Company to mentor singers from diverse backgrounds.
4 Oct 2021 / OperaWire
Glyndebourne announces 2021 Tour
The tour will see the company bring opera to communities in Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Norwich, and Liverpool.
27 Aug 2021 / OperaWire
My Tristan und Isolde follows every move in Lehnhoff’s staging
Daniel Dooner on his semi-staging of the Wagner opera at Glydebourne closely following Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s production.
21 Aug 2021 / The Guardian
Glyndebourne to lift social distancing restrictions
Glyndebourne has announced that, in keeping with government regulations, it will lift social distancing restrictions starting on July 19, 2021.
14 Jul 2021 / OperaWire
Bubbles and bloodymindedness
Glyndebourne’s Robin Ticciati on getting the show back on the road.
19 May 2021 / The Guardian