The 2012 Glyndebourne Festival continued with the first performance on Wednesday of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, conducted by James Gaffigan. Here are the first press reviews:
‘This is, quite simply, one of the great operatic performances … James Gaffigan’s conducting is thrilling in its precision and control.’ (5 stars)
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
‘Conductor James Gaffigan keeps the pace moving and the ensemble tight … the high musical values and intermittent liveliness of this production guarantee a pleasurable experience.’
Graham Rogers, The Stage
‘In an act worthy of the fairy godmother herself, Glyndebourne has transformed the piece into something unmissable … Conductor James Gaffigan made sure the London Philharmonic Orchestra kept to a rip-roaring pace in the pit.’
Igor Toronyi-Lalic, The Arts Desk
‘At the helm of this performance and the London Philharmonic Orchestra is James Gaffigan. The Overture initially lacked sparkle, despite the finesse of the woodwinds, but once Alidoro arrived in Don Magnifico’s house the temperature rose and the playing bristled and fizzed. Some tempos were a little forced and the beat was a tad inflexible, but overall there was a pervasive sense of the theatrical.’
Alexander Campbell, Classical Source
La Cenerentola continues until 10 July. More information, including booking details and full creative team and cast details, here.
Also this summer at Glyndebourne, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (opened 20 May, performances until 28 June); Puccini’s La bohème under Kirill Karabits (opens 6 June), and a double-bill of Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges under Kazushi Ono (opens 4 August).