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Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, March 2018

There is good choral and orchestral music, sung and played very well by the Glyndebourne forces. The composer wrote lovely music for the ladies—Beatrice, Hero, and Ursule, Hero’s confidante. Hero has two arias in the first act, as well as a beautiful duet with Ursule. In the second act there is an extended scena for Beatrice and a really beautiful long scene where Hero and Ursule help Beatrice figure out her feelings for Benedict. This cast has excellent singers for all three roles, especially Stephanie d’Oustrac as Beatrice. The ensembles of these three are easily the high point of the recording. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



James H. North
Fanfare, January 2018

[Stéphanie d’Oustrac] has not only a velvet soprano but displays a subtle French style we were afraid had disappeared. …The on-stage composer/conductor (Lionel Lhote) hurling imprecations at his chorus is hilarious—reactions to comedy are personal, of course—his ire doubly funny because the Glyndebourne Chorus is singing a Berlioz fugue so beautifully.

Much of the music is breathtakingly lovely; Berlioz wrote superbly for chorus as well as for orchestra. …There is lots of lively humor here, and some fine singing, especially in ensembles. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review




David Shengold
Opera News, December 2017

Middleweight mezzo Stéphanie d’Oustrac’…has the right format for Béatrice and excellent diction. Plus, she’s a lively, specific actress. …Paul Appleby makes an outstanding showing—stylish, amusing and consistently dulcet, with heady resonance. The aptly beautiful Sophie Karthäuser sings Héro’s lovely Act I aria with cold, tremulous tone, but she improves notably for the gorgeous Duo nocturne that ends that act: this rapturous piece—from the same well-spring that produced the wondrous ensembles of Act IV of Troyens—finds Karthäuser’s voice blending well with the fine-grained Serbian contralto Katerina Bradič (Ursule). © 2017 Opera News Read complete review




BBC Music Magazine, September 2017

Stéphanie d’Oustrac is a perfect Béatrice, a comic actress with impeccable timing… © 2017 BBC Music Magazine



Mike Ashman
Gramophone, August 2017

BERLIOZ, H.: Béatrice et Bénédict [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2016) (NTSC) OA1239D
BERLIOZ, H.: Béatrice et Bénédict [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7219D

…such sweetness and neatness, a classical ballet of movement and placing, requires the hardest work and drill from cast and production team. And that is fully achieved here.

…Manacorda is a natural-sounding guide to the stage events shown here. His cast sound and work together naturally. Stéphanie D’Oustrac (an expressive face to enjoy in close-up) and Paul Appleby spar well. The Ursule of Katarina Bradić is quite a find, more comfortable with notes and character than Sophie Karthäuser’s Héro, accurate but less ethereal than ideal. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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