Glyndebourne 2015: Carmen reviews

Following hot on Poliuto's heels in the 2015 Glyndebourne season came the perennial favourite, Bizet's Carmen (ends 11 July), conducted by Jakub Hrusa.

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 Jakub Hrusa led a fiery, passionate account of Bizet’s score, dripping with drama. A characterful rendition of the prelude ... featuring superb bassoon and clarinet contributions. The LPO impressed at every turn.
Mark Pullinger, bachtrack, 24 May 2015

In the pit, Jakub Hrusa conducts accordingly: with deftness and flexibility, matched by superbly transparent playing from the LPO.
Hugo Shirley, Financial Times, 26 May 2015 (subscription required)

Jakub Hrusa’s sensational conducting reinforces the vivacity and stylishness: the London Philharmonic sound brilliantly effervescent under his baton and a score too often taken for granted comes thrillingly alive.
Neil Fisher, The Times, 27 May 2015 4-star (subscription required)

Jaku Hrusa conducts the LPO with unbuttoned élan, bold tempo choices and the occasional magic tenuto that keep Bizet’s score sizzling.
Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 25 May 2015

Dynamic playing by LPO under conductor Jakub Hrusa brings a freshness and spontaneity to Bizet’s persistently popular score.
Clare Colvin, Sunday Express, 31 May 2015, 4-stars

... with a perfect cast and ideal conducting from Jakub Hrusa, this amounted to one of the absolute peaks of my opera-going life.
Michael Tanner, The Spectator, 30 May 2015

Jakub Hrusa steers a secure course through the score, even if extremes of fizzing brilliance or dramatic weight or Spanish colour are missing.
Edward Bhesania, The Stage, 25 May 2015