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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
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
Vanessa: from Pulitzer to obscurity… and beyond
The prize-winning opera fell out of favour. Now it is getting a second chance at Glyndebourne.
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News & Articles

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
Glyndebourne announces summer 2021 streaming slate
The Glyndebourne Open House series is set to return this May with four streamed events via Marquee TV.
25 Apr 2021 / OperaWire
Glyndebourne Festival announces revised 2021 season
The Glyndebourne Festival has announced a revised 2021 season that will run from May 20 to August 29.
18 Feb 2021 / OperaWire
Glyndebourne announces concert / streaming slate for December 2020
Glyndebourne is set to present a number of unique showcases for the holiday season.
29 Nov 2020 / OperaWire