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“Billy Budd”, Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Review)

billy budd image richard hubert smith“This is not his trial, it is mine”, says Captain Fairfax Vere as he sees the inevitability of Billy Budd’s condemnation. “My heart’s broken, my life’s broken”, he concludes, and by having him bear witness to Billy’s execution as his older, tormented self, director Michael Grandage has him (Vere) effectively witnessing his own. Billy’s death [Read More]

Posted on 11/08/2013
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Le nozze di Figaro, Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Review)

It’s the season of free love in Michael Grandage’s 1960s take on Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – everybody’s at it; and since you can’t tell the men from the girls (or even the boys in Cherubino’s case) issues of sexual identity assume an added significance. The period would seem to be a reasonably good … [Read More]

Posted on 09/06/2013
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Mozart “Le nozze di Figaro”, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

It’s the age of long hair and raging hormones, wide lapels and wider collars, the age of new found “permissiveness” where the world and his dog are gagging for some extra-curricular congress and the great and good are headed for their lavish Spanish villas with or without the wife. We’re outside just such a villa … [Read More]

Posted on 28/06/2012
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