Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict ***
Glyndebourne, 23rd July 2016
It’s a delicious irony that Shakespeare is celebrated at this most English of opera festivals by a Frenchman directing a French comedy. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows in August, but first Glyndebourne serves up Laurent Pelly’s typically quirky take on Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, itself an oblique tribute to The Bard, taking the “merry war” between Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing as his wafer thin plot. It’s light and fluffy, making it perfect summer festival fare. Sadly, like a soggy soufflé, Pelly’s one-trick staging soon falls flat.
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