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Daniel Morrison
Fanfare, January 2015

The cast is excellent and competitive overall with its rivals…All major roles and almost all minor ones are well served. The singing seems thoroughly idiomatic, and the exquisite expressivity of the music is fully realized. Under Christie’s meticulous leadership, the playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is spirited and precise, and the Glyndebourne Chorus is excellent as well.

This release offers a fine musical performance as well as excellent sound and picture quality. I must also credit some interesting dancing and good acting by the singers… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Judith Malafronte
Opera News, December 2014

RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) OA1143D
RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7150D

…the superb Sarah Connolly embodies Phaedra’s obsessive love with impassioned and committed singing, especially in the grand “Cruelle mère des amours,” and is matched by Stéphane Degout’s masterfully detailed portrayal of the tormented Theseus.

…Emmanuelle de Negri, who exquisitely delivers the eleventh-hour “Rossignols amoureux,” is a standout. And…the excellent Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment mines each musical moment for handsome tone and real feeling. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Kirk McElhearn
MusicWeb International, October 2014

Musically, the work is impeccable, with William Christie at the helm of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, providing the impetus for an energetic production.

Rameau’s music makes liberal use of the chorus and the Glyndebourne Chorus shines here, with a beautifully homogeneous sound. Ed Lyon, Christiane Karg, Sarah Connolly and Stéphane Degout are all top-notch, and the rest of the singers well above average. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, October 2014

RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) OA1143D
RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7150D

Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg make touchingly innocent lovers, Stéphane Degout is convincingly anguished as Theseus, and Sarah Connolly formidably regal as well as despairing. This is at least the third production that William Christie has conducted and his enthusiasm inspires orchestra, chorus and all…you will enjoy this. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, August 2014

The company certainly stacked the deck with a strong vocal cast, orchestra and music director.

The overall quality of the soloists who are mostly Baroque specialists, the chorus, and maestro William Christie’s sensitive touch from the pit populated by a period instruments gives us a total production that is probably better than what composer Rameau ever heard in his lifetime.

This Hippolyte et Aricie is a Blu-ray premiere and is musically well served…[this opera] is filled with beautiful music that is well worth checking out. © 2014 Read complete review

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