The curtain has now gone up on Festival 2017 with the UK premiere of Cavalli’s Hipermestra
The piece has only been performed once since it’s premiere in 1658 and for many this production offers the first chance to see the opera.
In this video the opening night audience share their thoughts on the production:
You can read a selection of press reviews and audience reactions below.
What the critics are saying
‘Graham Vick and William Christie unite for a rare production of Francesco Cavalli that you’re unlikely to see better staged anywhere else’
– The Guardian
‘Emoke Barath is superb in the title role, and Raffaele Pe, Benjamin Hulett, Ana Quintans and Renato Dolcini seize their moments to rant or lament.’
– The Times
‘…Vick’s wittily inventive stagecraft is matchless and Stuart Nunn’s scenery magnificent.’
– The Telegraph
If you haven’t got a ticket for #Hipermestra
glyndebourne</a> yet, get one quick. It's brilliant. <a href="https://t.co/AwguXchOB1">https://t.co/AwguXchOB1</a></p>— Alice Gribbin (AliceGribbin) May 21, 2017
First night Glyndebourne #hipermestra gets top marks from moi – who knew Cavalli was such a rock star with a countertenor and harpsichord?— Zoe Strimpel (@zstrimpel) May 20, 2017
— Matt Rhodes (@mattrhodes) May 20, 2017
glyndebourne</a> A joy from beginning to end. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hipermestra?src=hash">#Hipermestra</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/glyndebourne">glyndebourne is a rare treat this year.
Just back from Hipermestra at Glyndebourne. A fantastic show, brilliant spectacle. Better than 5 star.— Kelvin Roberts (@Kelvin_Roberts) May 21, 2017
— frasergrant (@Frasergrant) May 20, 2017
mattrhodes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/glyndebourne">glyndebourne Every opera should have a flying peacock!
Hipermestra is on stage 20 May–8 July