Glyndebourne 2016: Il Barbiere di Siviglia reviews

Enrique Mazzola conducts the second opera in the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival Opera season, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year (ends 17 July).

Read the reviews here:



‘We must thank the conductor Enrique Mazzola, who teases out the wit in the score with barbed delicacy, including players and singers to deliver the music with perfectly judged precision’.
Michael Church, The Independent, 25 May 2016 (5 stars)

‘Everyone benefits from the energy generated by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Enrique Mazzola: they are the production’s real powerhouse’.
Nick Kimberley, The Evening Standard, 23 May 2016

‘The expert Enrique Mazzola is conducting and, with the help of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’.
Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2016

The London Philharmonic plays with admirable spirit and finesse’.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 24 May 2016

‘Sparks fly from the lean, characterful playing of the London Philharmonic, astutely paced by conductor Enrique Mazzola’.
Neil Fisher, The Times, 24 May 2016 (subscription only)

‘Razor-sharp playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra at helter-skelter speeds’.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 23 May 2016 
(4 stars)

‘The musical fireworks from the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the ebullient Enrique Mazzola brings out the heady fizz of Rossini’s score’.
Clare Colvin, Sunday Express, 29 May 2016 (4 stars)

‘For much of its first act, I was entertained, above all by Enrique Mazzola’s fizzing conducting of the overture and his precision in Rossini’s “clockwork” ensembles” which never sound mechanical or devoid of wit’.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 29 May 2016 (subscription only)

‘The revelation comes from the pit where the conductor Enrique Mazzola and the London Philharmonic Orchestra deliver a performance so stylish that you start to wonder whether Stendhal had a point. The period articulation is breath taking, the switch from lyricism to menace bracing, the Beethovenian colour arresting, the percussion dry’.
Anna Picard, TLS, 9 June 2016 (subscription only)

‘The London Philharmonic's phrases and the many solos…breathe vocal delight, and inner details like the lower string patterns in the big crescendo register beautifully in the wonderful acoustics’.
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 23 May 2016

‘The LPO responded to every nuance … It sounded as if the players were having a ball and Mazzola, bobbing up and down, was sharing the fun’.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 23 May 2016

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra – on sparkling form with their witty woodwind and scintillating string sound’.
Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper, 22 May 2016
(5 stars)

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra is in the pit, offering spruce and vital playing under conductor Enrique Mazzola, who presents every number from the overture to the Act II finale with exemplary character and point’.
George Hall, The Stage, 23 May 2016 (4 stars)

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra gave a sparkling account of the score under Enrique Mazzola’.
Melanie Eshkenazi, MusicOMH, 23 May 2016

‘Enrique Mazzola’s affable, patrician overture skips along with understated ease – no hint of slapstick here – keeping the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the balls of their feet’.
Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator, 11 June 2016

‘It’s well worth begging, borrowing or stealing any opportunity you can get one of the few remaining tickets’.
Alex Larman, The Arbuturian, 25 May 2016

 ‘Add great playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a brisk, energetic pace maintained by conductor Enrique Mazzola and it adds up to a production of pure delight’.
William Hartston, The Express, 1 June 2016 (4 stars)


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