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Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, March 2017

Fiona Shaw’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in Michael Levine’s simple and dark set is a gripping psychodrama with high quality acting and singing. © 2017 Pizzicato



Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, January 2017

The performance is solid, excellent even. The close-ups of the rape scene are quite disturbing, a bit more realistic than necessary. Christopher Maltman, a real bari-hunk, goes shirtless for the rape. Vocally he is ideal for Tarquinius—suave, sensitive, rich in voice. Sarah Connolly is a truly noble Lucretia, rotund, lush of voice, and a sensitive actress. Orla Boylan and John Mark Ainsley excel as the two Choruses. It is quite remarkable that Ainsley can dash about the stage while singing the rapid, tongue-twisting ‘Tarquinius’s Ride’. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bill White
Fanfare, January 2017

…Glyndebourne has gathered here some fine singing actors, starting with the Lucretia of Christine Rice. Her performance is near to harrowing in its intensity and power. She almost alone carries this production. Also good are the Collatinus of Matthew Rose and the Junius of Michael Sumuel. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, October 2016

Benjamin Britten’s oratorio-like opera—which premiered in 1946—is given an incisive staging by actress-turned-director Fiona Shaw in 2015 at England’s Glyndebourne Festival. The dramatically static work isn’t obscured by Shaw’s modern-dress production, which has an exceptional cast led by sumptuous soprano Kate Royal as Female Chorus Christine Rice’s shattering Lucretia. Britten’s exemplary score sounds vibrant in the hands of conductor Leo Hussain and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Hi-def video and audio are perfectly realized; extras comprise a Shaw interview and opera featurette. © 2016 The Flip Side




Tim Ashley
Gramophone, October 2016

BRITTEN, B.: Rape of Lucretia (The) (Glyndebourne, 2015) (NTSC) OA1219D
BRITTEN, B.: Rape of Lucretia (The) (Glyndebourne, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7206D

…beautifully acted and sung. Rice wrings your heart throughout and her self-lacerating final scenes have a harrowing immediacy. Clayton and Royal are engrossing as their relationship buckles under strain before winning through to newly found mutual understanding: both are in fine voice; Royal, sometimes castigated for slipshod diction, has no difficulty projecting the text here. Rock, lethally handsome, superbly captures the violence beneath Tarquinius’s surface charm. Lyrical yet incisive in his approach, conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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