Glyndebourne 2016: Béatrice et Bénédict reviews

Continuing this year’s Shakespeare400 celebrations, Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, a take on Much Ado About Nothing, is brought to Glyndebourne this summer (ends 27 August). You can catch it on cinema screens around the UK on 9 August.

Read the reviews here:


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‘The choral singing thrills, and, in the pit, Antonella Manacorda ... proves to be an excellent Berliozian, getting classy playing from the London Philharmonic, on wonderful form’.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 24 July 2016

‘[Manacorda] finds a stronger pulse, inspired by the warm graceful playing of the London Philharmonic’.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 24 July 2016

‘The ravishing string textures and gorgeous wind melodies are delivered beautifully by the LPO under Antonello Manacorda’.
Barry Millington, The Evening Standard, 26 July 2016

‘Antonello Manacorda ... paced the fast music perfectly, the London Philharmonic playing with point and sensitivity’.
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 24 July 2016 (4 stars)

‘That filigree detail was ever present in the pit, Antonella Manacorda drawing nuanced playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 24 July 2016

‘The singing was faultless, as was the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antonello Manacorda, who perfectly brought out the sheer deliciousness of Berlioz’s music’.
William Hartston, The Express, 25 July 2016
(4 stars)

‘The excellent London Philharmonic Orchestra all deliver with spirit under the focused baton of conductor Antonello Manacorda’.
George Hall, The Stage, 25 July 2016

‘Antonello Manacorda ... conducts the London Philharmonia Orchestra with a rousing Gallic spirit’.
Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 24 July 2016

‘Antonello Manacorda made an auspicious Glyndebourne debut in the pit ... he revealed a sure sense of the nuance and detail of Berlioz’s gossamer score’.
Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 25 July 2016

‘The production has much to say musically’.
‘Conductor Antonello Manacorda sets the mood with an overture deftly caught between Gallic whimsy and the unexpectedly sober beauty that anticipates the opera’s exquisite nocturne’.
Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator, 30 July 2016

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays well throughout’.
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 28 July 2016

‘It’s played beautifully by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Antonello Manacorda’.
David Gillard, Daily Mail Scotland, 29 July 2016

‘Antonello Manacorda brings spit-spot clarity, shimmering delicacy and irresistible joie de vivre’.
Warwick Thompson, BLOUIN ARTINFO, 29 July 2016

‘The London Philharmonic sparkled: octave unisons sang, phrases were sculpted, the strings were luxurious, the brass gleaming’.
Opera, September 2016

‘Under Antonello Manacorda, the London Philharmonic Orchestra found the fun in Berlioz’s score’.
Jenna Douglas, Schmopera, 20 August 2016


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Find out more about this year's Glyndebourne summer festival here.