Tag Archives: Vicki Mortimer

Humour and humanity: McVicar’s Meistersinger touches the heart at Glyndebourne

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg **** Glyndebourne Festival, 21st May 2016 Eurovision last weekend, Nuremberg’s Got Talent this evening – it’s evidently song contest season. And what finer work to launch Glyndebourne Festival’s season, under the watchful eye of new General … Continue reading

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Return to the crime scene: fresh blood improves Royal Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor **** Royal Opera, 11th May 2016 Double casts are a mixed blessing. When they play side by side, there’s a temptation to indulge in ‘fantasy casting’, mixing and matching your ideal team from those available. But … Continue reading

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Flawed and floored: Katie Mitchell delivers a powerful Lucia at Covent Garden

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor *** The Royal Opera, 7th April 2016 The warning signs were there. Patrons had received the email warning of graphic scenes of sex and violence. Katie Mitchell herself said at a Friends’ Insight evening that “I … Continue reading

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McVicar’s stylish Entführung emerges as a strong moral tale at Glyndebourne

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail **** Glyndebourne, 13th June 2015 “Too many notes, Herr Mozart,” was Emperor Joseph II’s response to the composer’s new Singspiel Die Entführung aus dem Serail. I feared “Too many words, Sir David,” would be my response … Continue reading

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