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La traviata, Glyndebourne

Some of us have witnessed Traviatas where single stars were born: Angela Gheorghiu for Solti at the Royal Opera nearly 20 years ago springs quickest to mind.

David Nice | The Artsdesk

First Night of the Proms, BBCSO, Davis, Royal Albert Hall

“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”

David Nice | The Artsdesk

Prom 6: Der Rosenkavalier review scaled back but still a treat

In May, reviews of Glyndebourne's new production of Der Rosenkavalier triggered a media storm about sexism.

Martin Kettle | The Guardian

La traviata, Glyndebourne, review: Fresh and thrillingly unfamiliar

The temptation to make a loud statement in this, the first new production of Verdi’s La traviata at Glyndebourne in over 25 years, must have been enormous.

Alexandra Coghlan | The Independent

High hopes

One of the highlights of last year’s Glyndebourne Festival was the revival of Richard Jones’s Falstaff, spruced up and invigorated by Mark Elder’s conducting of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a beautifully balanced cast.

Hugo Shirley | The Spectator

Mozart: The Last Symphonies review a thrilling journey through a tantalising new theory

Since Charles Mackerras's superb recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra appeared in 2008, we have been quite spoiled by new accounts of Mozart's last three symphonies, most recently from Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century (...

Andrew Clements | The Guardian

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival at Central St Martins

OPERAS galore are being performed in King’s Cross venues in Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, over three long weekends, starting next Thursday, July 24.

Camden Review | Sebastian Taylor

Royal Opera's Maria Stuarda: pathos and nobility from Joyce DiDonato, lazy nonsense from the directors

Plus: A Glyndebourne production that fails the fragile early Mozart opera, La finta giardiniera.

Hugo Shirley | The Spectator

Broad comedy eclipses the emotional heart of Glyndebourne’s Prom Rosenkavalier

Glyndebourne’s annual away day from Lewes to the heaving metropolis is always a highlight of the Proms season, but this year’s visit was more hotly anticipated than usual. 

Bachtrack | Mark Pullinger

Prom 6: Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne

If last year’s Ring cycle triumphantly proved that world-class opera can be done at the Albert Hall, this Rosenkavalier suggests that the less epic end of the repertoire isn’t such a sure thing.

Kimon Daltas | The Artsdesk