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Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict

Glyndebourne Festival 2016

5:20 PM, ​ Glyndebourne Festival , Glyndebourne

Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict

Béatrice Stéphanie d’Oustrac
Bénédict Paul Appleby
Héro Hélène Guilmette
Claudio Philippe Sly
Somarone Lionel Lhote
Don Pedro Frédéric Caton
Ursule Katarina Bradić

Antonello Manacorda conductor*
London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

*Please note a change of conductor from previously advertised.

The age-old premise of verbal sparring to mask true feelings of love is employed to magnificent effect in Béatrice et Bénédict.

Berlioz selected the sunniest and funniest elements of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and set them to ravishing music to create this witty love-hate duel. The opera’s overture explodes with a buoyant sense of fun. The sublime Act I duet-nocturne, has been described by one critic as ‘a marvel of indescribable lyrical beauty’.

Seen through the unique vision of Laurent Pelly this comic gem makes its long-awaited Glyndebourne premiere in Festival 2016.

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