More Glyndebourne reviews: The Cunning Little Vixen and La Cenerentola

The 2012 Glyndebourne Festival continues with performances of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and Rossini’s La Cenerentola conducted by James Gaffigan. Here are some more press reviews …

The Cunning Little Vixen

‘Musical standards, however, under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski, were exceptional. The resident London Philharmonic Orchestra made the most of their ravishing orchestral interludes. Each effect or sound remained glittering and discrete. This is a score that gleams rather than glows. Jurowski kept a tight rein and provided good support for the ensemble of singers’
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

‘Still and her designer, Tom Pye, create a chaotic, crowded world for Lucy Crowe’s raggle-taggle Vixen. While Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO plunge their snouts into the rich, mossy scents of Janacek’s forest, a less magical drama of survival unfolds on stage.’
Anna Picard, The Independent

‘Despite the opera’s comic-strip origins, this is a production that respects your intelligence—and elicits deep emotional responses. In this it’s helped hugely by the excellence of the cast and the exciting playing of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under Glyndebourne’s music director, Vladimir Jurowski. Never have I been so moved by Janáček’s wonderfully inventive score, or by the sense the piece gives of a life reviewed—the Forester’s—progressing from youthful angry disappointment to an old man’s serene contemplation of death.’
Paul Levy, The Wall Street Journal

‘This was an exquisite production with fantastic attention to detail both on stage and in the pit. It seemed better rehearsed than some of the London productions I’ve seen.’
Sameer Rahim (‘The Opera Novice’), The Telegraph

‘The conductor Vladimir Jurowski draws lean, lyrical playing and finds wistfulness in the busy score.’
John Allison, Seven Magazine, The Telegraph

‘Lucy Crowe traces the Vixen’s sexual blossoming with coy charm, lissom physicality and radiant vocalism, matched by Emma Bell’s rapturous Fox, a stage-filling portrayal. Sergei Leiferkus makes an honest Forester, and the London Philharmonic does its best to keep up with the breakneck speeds proposed by Vladimir Jurowski.’
Andrew Clark, Financial Times

La Cenerentola

‘James Gaffigan comes across as a gifted theatre conductor who knows how to generate Rossinian momentum without hustling or drowning his singers. He gives the London Philharmonic Orchestra its head in the score’s Beethovenian storms, but is otherwise a model of discretion. Altogether a happy occasion.’
Andrew Clark, Financial Times

The Cunning Little Vixen continues until 28 June and La Cenerentola continues until 10 July. More information, including booking details and full cast and creative team details, at

Also this summer at Glyndebourne, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performs 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).

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