Festival 2017 has seen the return of Tom Cairns’s popular production of La traviata to the Glyndebourne stage.
The summer there will be two runs of La traviata, featuring different singers in the main roles, and different conductors.
Here we take a look at what audiences and critics have been saying about the first run of Verdi’s timeless tale, which stars Kristina Mkhitaryan as Violetta, Zach Borichevsky as Alfredo and Igor Golovatenko as Giorgio. The conductor is Richard Farnes.
What the critics are saying
Soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan, as Violetta, rises magnificently to the occasion in her Glyndebourne debut, singing with remarkable poise and exquisite tonal colour’
– The Observer
‘The restrained naturalism of Cairns’s direction allows this Russian soprano’s performance to play off those of Zach Borichevksy’s boyish Alfredo and Igor Golovatenko’s graceful Germont père to profoundly moving effect. This Violetta has an ordinariness which melts the heart, and her delicately-inflected singing, abetted by Richard Farnes’s sensitive direction in the pit, is a delight.’
– The Independent
The overall impression is of deep, contained sadness rather than histrionic tragedy, and the evening is all the more effective for it.
– The Guardian
Glorious day at Glyndebourne yesterday. La Traviata with spine tickling performances by Kristina Mkhitaryan and Ivor Golovatenko. pic.twitter.com/qkS27GJxmm— Martin Granger (@mgrangerbooks) June 1, 2017
It is almost impossible to imagine Violetta sung more beautifully or acted more convincingly than by Kristina Mkhitaryan
glyndebourne</a> today</p>— David Sanderson (ds12kbw) May 28, 2017
Moved to tears by #violetta
glyndebourne</a>. Kristina Mkhitaryan has remarkable voice, terrific actor too <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/latraviata?src=hash">#latraviata</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hamlet?src=hash">#hamlet</a> in a fortnight</p>— Alisa (darty_sp) June 12, 2017
— guychapman (@guychapman2) May 22, 2017
LPOrchestra</a> on great form last night <a href="https://twitter.com/glyndebourne">glyndebourne for 1st night of La Traviata. Great weather too. pic.twitter.com/1BY8L3miJ3