Glyndebourne 2014: Don Giovanni reviews

Last Saturday, 7 June, was the opening night of Mozart's Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. The London Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the production conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who will become the Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor from the 2014/15 season.

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Here are the first press reviews...

‘It gets a massive boost from the energised conducting of Andrés Orozco-Estrada, making his Glyndebourne debut with the London Philharmonic in the pit. The Colombian had a sure touch throughout and his handling of the final scene was thrilling.’ (4 stars)
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 8 June 2014

‘The Colombian conductor wrought ninety percent of the score with such grace and attention to inner detail that it was easy to understand why the London Philharmonic Orchestra, who responded to him so well, has appointed him its next Chief Guest Conductor. He was a ray of light in the Don's murky world.’
Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 8 June 2014

‘Andrés Orozco-Estrada was making his Glyndebourne debut, and his direction of the LPO, of which he is soon to be Principal Guest Conductor, was always musical’
Melanie Eskenazi,, 8 June 2014

‘Musically there is much to commend the evening, starting with Orozco-Estrada’s conducting which has a forthright period cut-to-the-bone feel but lots of seductive detail and big dynamic contrasts. The LPO played most persuasively for him.’
Edward Seckerson (blog), 8 June 2014

‘Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, making his Glyndebourne debut, led the London Philharmonic Orchestra through Mozart’s score with exquisite finesse and attention to both stage and pit.’
Francesca Vella, Bachtrack, 9 June 2014

‘Andres Orozco-Estrada’s conducting is driven but generally well-paced; the London Philharmonic plays with precision, energy and Mozartean character.’
Graham Rogers, The Stage, 9 June 2014

‘The new tone is set right from the start by the conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Making his Glyndebourne debut, the Colombian musician – who next year becomes principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic – plunges in with a lean, period-conscious performance that holds the dark and light aspects of this dramma giocosa in perfect balance. His tempos are never extreme, and he draws playing of cultivated buoyancy from the LPO, tightening the dramatic screw to produce a gripping climax.’ (4 stars)
John Allison, The Telegraph, 10 June 2014

‘Glyndebourne is fortunate to have the compelling young Andrés Orozco-Estrada as the conductor of this revival ... he provides clarity, urgency and an unflinching sense of direction. The London Philharmonic Orchestra supports him with crisp playing…’
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 10 June 2014

‘This was a variegated performance which did not harry the music, and which permitted both the on-stage drama to develop and the excellent London Philharmonic Orchestra to have its say.’
Mark Berry, Opera Today, 10 June 2014

‘The London Philharmonic stayed clean and neat’
Geoff Brown, The Times, 11 June 2014 (online access to subscribers only)

‘Orozco-Estrada, the orchestra’s principal conductor designate, combined traditional modern-instrument tonal allure with briskish ‘period’ tempos in almost ideal balance.’
Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine, August 2014 (not online)