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The Fairy Queen
Opens: 20/07/2012 Closes: 26/08/2012 Glyndebourne, East SussexPart masque, part play, the 16th-century concept of ‘semi-opera' remains vague; but Almeida alumnus Jonathan Kent updates the format with the help of the grand-sounding Age of Enlightenment Orchestra. Although the set may not bankrupt Glyndebourne (as almost happened on the piece's 1692 premiere), the production promises all the extravagance afforded by country house opera. For more information visit: http://glyndebourne.com/production/fairy-queen Buy: http://glyndebourne.com/production/fairy-queen
The Stage“An enchanting spectacle...” Moves effortlessly into music and dance and then back again - singers act or dance, actors sing, and the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment deliver the score with striking character...
Guardian“A triumph of imagination and wit...” This revival proves once again that if you do more or less what it says on the packet, the mix can rise to an unusual level of splendour and delight...
The Arts Desk“A magical riot...” Transforms an awkward semi-opera into a generous more-than-opera, creating pageantry for our own age in his endless, imaginative parade of spirits and creatures...
Financial Times“Warmth, precision and a thrilling vitality...” The overall interpretation remains true to the piece, balancing the saucy and the erotic, the vulgar and the charming, the raucous and the poignant...
The Telegraph“Delightfully inventive and decorative...” Sensuous, urbane and witty, the score is a joy, and both the choral and solo singing and the orchestral playing [is] supremely stylish...
Whatsonstage.com“Baroque fantasy meets earthy reality. Enjoy...” Some of the cast are familiar, most notably Carolyn Sampson's sweet-toned Soprano, whose 'Plaint' is even more heart-rending than last time around, and Robert Burt's Mopsa / Flute, who has us in stitches...
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