Glyndebourne 2016: A Midsummer Night's Dream reviews

The final production of the 2016 Glyndebourne festival is Britten’s fantastical A Midsummer Night’s Dream, continuing this year's jam-packed Shakespeare400 celebrations (ends 28 August).

Read the reviews here:



‘Jakub Hrůša takes his time over Britten’s music, but the reward is high-class playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra that finds not only the moonlit sparkle of the score, but also its sinister shadows’.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 14 August 2016 (5 stars)

‘It’s a wonderful evening that ravished both eye and ear, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jakub Hrůša finding all the delicious delicacy of this shimmering, spellbinding score’.
David Gillard, The Daily Mail, 19 August 2016 (5 stars)

‘There was joy in the pit too: Jakub Hrůša conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a marvellously robust account of a score that in lesser hands can sound a bit etiolated and dainty in terms of texture. Here there were strong contrasts of light and shade, but nothing flat-footed’.
Rupert Christiansen, The Sunday Telegraph, 14 August 2016 (5 stars)

‘Jakub Hrůša’s conducting is as idiomatic as his Janacek earlier on this season, and the London Philharmonic once again are at their best. What bliss’.
David Mellor, The Mail on Sunday, 21 August 2016 (5 stars)

‘An exquisite reflection of the score: the swooping and gliding lower strings, which accompany our first glimpse of the gentle shivering forest, and which return throughout the evening as a leitmotiv, are more than enough to fire the imagination’.
Michael Church, The Independent, 16 August 2016 (5 stars)

‘Jakub Hrůša ... drawing wiry string playing from the reduced London Philharmonic Orchestra’.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 12 August 2016 (5 stars)

‘The London Philharmonic played superbly’.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 15 August 2016 (4 stars)

‘The excellent London Philharmonic ably conducted by Jakub Hrůša’.
Barry Millington, The Evening Standard, 12 August 2016 (4 stars)

‘Jakub Hrůša, the conductor of this revival, isn’t afraid to reveal the seamy underbelly of the score – the creepy-crawly low brass lines for instance’.
Richard Morrison, The Times, 15 August 2016 (subscription only)

‘There was some very fine playing to savour, most notably from the flutes and ‘cellos, and the orchestra’s conjuring up of the work’s different worlds was superb’.
Melanie Eshkenazi, MusicOMH, 14 August 2016 (4.5 stars)

‘Jakub Hrůša ... conducts the London Philharmonic in an idiomatic account, sprinkled with Britten’s fairy glitter of harp, celesta and tuned percussion’.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 21 August 2016 (subscription only)

 ‘Superb playing and an extraordinary level of detail from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’.
Peter Reed, Classical Source, 13 August 2016

‘Jakub Hrůša conducts a neat, carefully shaded performance from the LPO, making much of Britten’s generous string writing’.
Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 12 August 2016

‘Jakub Hrůša conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, whose palette is as rich as the stage is monochrome in Britten’s brilliant, witty score’.
Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper, 11 August 2016 (5 stars)

‘What luxury to have Claudia Huckle for the cameo role of Hippolyta, plus the London Philharmonic Orchestra to unveil the mysterious beauties that ripple through Britten’s score’.
Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 12 August 2016 (4 stars) 

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra seem to shine for Hrůša, even more than they usually do ... Orchestrally, this was an exceptionally vivid performance, so strong that it will live in the memory’. 
Anne Ozorio, Opera Today, 19 August 2016

‘Under maestro Jakub Hrůša, the Glyndebourne orchestra made beautiful work of the technicolour score’.
Jenna Douglas, Schmopera, 19 August 2016


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