La Cenerentola at Glyndebourne

Vladimir Jurowski (Photo: Glyndebourne Festival)
La Cenerentola
Robert Thicknesse at Glyndebourne [Times Online, 23 May 05]
IT IS 35 years since Sir Peter Hall’s first Glyndebourne production, 21 since he became director of productions and 15 since he stormed out. Two of his productions are playing this year, including this curtainraiser; it makes you wonder what is going on there.
Once it was about great casting, getting the right directors and conductors, doing things, in the house’s own phrase, as well as they could be done. That sounds hollow after last year’s moronic Magic Flute, now being revived alongside this Rossini, another notable misfire. The season’s hopes now rest on the wobbly sands of a new David McVicar production of Giulio Cesare and a revival of Jonathan Dove ‘s brilliant Flight, a 1998 commission and a reminder of days when Glyndebourne had direction.
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