Glyndebourne's wartime history as a home for evacuee children is the ingenious context for a new production of this unclassifiable entertainment in which low comedy and high tragedy compete for our attention, "borne aloft by Strauss's divine music and Hofmannsthal's visionary poetry".
At the centre of this production from Katharina Thoma is the noble, tragic figure of the abandoned Ariadne herself, in a haunting performance from Soile Isokoski, 'with brilliant support from the pit' (The Independent).
Photo: © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd: Photo Alastair Muir.
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Gulbenkian Choir
Vladimir Jurowski, Jonathan Kent – Gerald Finley (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Kate Royal (Donna Elvira) – Glyndebourne Festival
London Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Mackerras