The London Philharmonic Orchestra has begun its summer residency at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the season opened with the first ever staging at Glyndebourne of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
Reviewed in The Independent by Edward Seckerson (4 stars):
Wagner’s entire score is songful, pouring forth benevolent counterpoint from prelude to final chorus. And perhaps the greatest joy of this evening was in hearing Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra weaving so rich and detailed a narrative. The playing was at times extraordinarily beautiful with solo oboe and clarinet distilling and elevating so many special moments.
Reviewed in The Times by Richard Morrison (complete review available online only to subscribers) (4 stars):
Gerald Finley is glorious: vocally right back to his volatile best, and exuding a mesmerising sadness, nobility and anguished stoicism. Nothing is better than his despairing monologue in Act III, where the London Philharmonic, on exhilarating form under Vladimir Jurowski’s assured direction, matches the hero’s darkest hour with beautifully crafted dark timbres.
You can watch the opera live on screen on 26 June 2011 in cinemas around the UK.