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Le Nozze di Figaro
Opens: 27/06/2012 Closes: 22/08/2012 Glyndebourne, East SussexThe first ever opera to be performed at Glyndebourne, in 1934, is back to mark the festival's 78th year. Mozart's satirical upstairs/downstairs opera is one of crossed wires and marriage contracts, as servants get one up on the Count they work for. This should be a winner in the skilled hands of Glyndebourne's future musical director, Robin Ticciati. For more information visit: http://glyndebourne.com/production/le-nozze-di-figaro Buy: http://glyndebourne.com/production/le-nozze-di-figaro
Evening Standard“Relocation to the Seventies works brilliantly...” Grandage’s otherwise traditional production is full of wonderful touches and his fluent timing, in harmony with Ticciati’s tightly coiled conducting of the OAE, maximises the tension...
The Telegraph“A Figaro of rare grace, naturalness and charm...” Audun Iversen and Vito Priante are well-matched as the Count and Figaro, while Isabel Leonard is an enchanting disco-bunny of a Cherubino. The rest of the cast is terrific, and the whole thing moves like lightning. Pure joy...
The Arts Desk“Modest, modish, the set became one of the evening's chief attractions...” ejecting comic hyperbole meant that Grandage could focus on realism and truth, though it also meant that certain farcical elements fell a little flat...
The Independent“For all Grandage’s “truthfulness” a heaviness pervades...” It looks great and for the most part sounds great. But something is missing here, something easy to recognise but harder to define: pace...
Guardian“All very pleasant but just a bit bland: neither sexy nor dark enough...” It's all just a bit subdued; even the beautiful playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment lacks presence, as if waiting for conductor Robin Ticciati to give the performance the kick start that never really comes...
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