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What you thought of: Il turco in Italia

Read a selection of press reviews and audience reactions for Il turco in Italia.

The curtain has now gone up on our production of Il turco in Italia.

Rossini’s sparkling and sophisticated, culture-clash farce. Mariame Clément directs Glyndebourne’s new production of Turco, conducted by Sesto Quatrini.

Read what the audience and critics had to say about the production.

Audience Reaction

What the critics are saying

‘Chasing away the shadows of lockdown, it’s perfect escapism, and quite brilliantly done.’

The Guardian

‘Glyndebourne has made a gloriously impressive start to its Festival, with the relaxation of Covid lockdown restrictions coming just in time for the season to begin as originally scheduled.’

The Express

‘Glyndebourne has a hit on its hands with Mariame Clément’s clever staging of a Rossini comedy’

The Stage

‘This Turco could – indeed should – become a Glyndebourne staple, possibly even a classic.’

The Arts Desk

‘It’s brilliantly innovative, it’s hilarious and it’s remarkable…’


‘Sesto Quatrini keeps the fun bubbling along in the pit. After a year with no opera, this makes us happy to be back.’

Financial Times

‘Physical and sung comedy here go hand in hand, thanks to a young cast of brilliant singer-actors’


‘This joyous production sends up all the stereotypes’

The Telegraph

Il turco in Italia is on stage until 20 June 2021

Image credits: Il turco in Italia, Festival 2021. Photos by Bill Cooper.

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