Glyndebourne Tito picnic with Team London
This unusually picture heavy post is meant as a lure to Glyndebourne for all of you who read this blog but haven’t been there yet. They were gathered over the past three times I’ve been there this year.
As Team London boarded the Glyndebourne bus (you can see it here, posing at Lewes station), the host let us know that we had brought back the sunshine – the weekend had been atrocious. Indeed, the rain returned yesterday in great form – at least in London. Today is all right.
But Monday was a gorgeous day, and as we sat down for cake and prosecco we decided it definitely felt in the low 20s rather than the expected 18C. That’s Summer in England for you, counting your blessings when the thermometer reads 21C 😉 to be fair, the first part of July was scorching. All two weeks of it!
Southern Rail, who operates the trains that take one to Lewes, has gone (together with its passengers) through a very bad year. I heard that last year Glyndebourne had to bus its audience from Haywards Heath to the Glyndebourne gardens (that’s about halfway from London), instead of just from Lewes station. Luckily, this year things went well, though I understand Southern Rail service is still iffy. We boarded an earlier (than recommended) train to Brighton and then took a connection from there. I’m telling you this because it is one of the several (cheaper) routes from London into Lewes.
It was a bit windy, but then again, it’s in the middle of the countryside. We sat on the grass on the other side of the manor, by the auditorium, so we had the chance to hear the singers warm up and even chuckle a bit (they didn’t rehearse any arias per se that I could tell and you know I can tell). We were also right next to the camera crew and the presenter rehearsing for today’s introduction to the livestream. I pretended to be too cool for school and didn’t take any pictures of that 😉
We overheard the presenter mention something about the “James Bond theme” and we looked at each other like say what? Before the show there was a talk given by the Costume Crew which we did not attend because it’s nicer outside. So whatever the Costume Crew was on about went straight over our heads. I couldn’t imagine something further from Tito than James Bond but who knows…? We were wondering who exactly would James Bond be in Tito? Surely not the strangely Trump-like Publio… So from a random piece of info to a random picture:
During the intermission I was a bit too excited to eat, but somehow managed to put away a couple of kebabs (thanks, Leander!) and quite a bit of cake (thanks, Baroque Bird!) by the end 😉 Due to the lovely weather we were able to leave our blankets and things outside (these days you need to check your picnic basket in if you’re not leaving it on the lawn, but most do).
I think I was trying my best to be informative in the post about the performance and didn’t hammer on just how excited I was to hear the overture unfold. In fact it felt a bit unreal but then the curtain rose and everyone tried to manage the reeds and the puddles and before I knew it we got to the act I finale. I don’t know if the marshy bottom layer of the stage is supposed to be Glyndebourne-y or not – because of course the marsh makes sense anyway – but I will reiterate how much I liked the feel.
I have since read Tim Ashley’s Guardian review and I didn’t understand what he meant by “in reimagining the Roman populace as civil servants on the make, however, Guth loses sight of the wider political implications, giving us little sense that lives are at stake beyond the corridors of power in which the drama plays itself out.” I didn’t take it the chorus are meant to be civil servants as much as self righteous mob, which I think does indeed hint at the lives at stake – if the beehive mind has so much say in what goes and what doesn’t, well, then you get Brexit.
But for me Tito has always been about personal relationships and the delicate balances within a close knit group. I wouldn’t usually think too much about the wider implications, though I admit perhaps I should (that would also explain the hitherto rather perplexing motley and meddling chorus in the classic Salzburg Tito).
But let’s get back to the garden, the furthest side of it, where things start to get a bit wilder:
In keeping with the mix of wild and nostalgic feel of this production:
Posted on August 3, 2017, in 1001 musings on la clemenza di tito, glyndebourne and tagged glyndebourne 2017, la clemenza di tito, mozart. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.
are you properly lured? 😉 and how do you like the production?
frustratingly i am boarding a flight and will miss the braodcast, bah! but i am more than sufficiently lured. remember i had a dream about coming here! and now with your proper shirt and jacket 😉
ah, annoying. Good to hear about the luring 😉 I may be improving my look next year, with actually matching bits 😀 and perhaps a tophat.
must be quite exiting covering the ground while streaming going on live! i really need plan better to avoid travelling on day mezzos wrestling and arranging offing the tenor!
hahaha, at least you have something to look forward to when you get some time to yourself.
I saw the broadcast last night and I loved it. I have my reservations about the production, but it didn’t seem offensive. I LOVED Stephany! I must hear her live somewhere. Alice Coote sounded a bit strained in the upper register, but her Non più di fiori was really something.
Overall I thought it was excellent, and I am extremely pissed that I didn’t make time for it this summer. Tonight we have a live broadcast of Clemenza from Salzburg! anybody watching?
ah, how annoying! I’m working but I’ll try to catch as much as I can. I hope someone “smuggles” it 😉 if so, please let me know.
very glad you enjoyed 🙂 it’s usually good to trust Glyndebourne, especially with established works.
actually, if it’s on medici, will it not stay put for a little while? It would be good to come back to another Tito feast tomorrow 😀 btw, I did listen to a bit of the radio broadcast and I have to say, Currentzis does make some good points, although it’s still a bit kitchen sink for me. But I didn’t even get to Deh se piacer mi vuoi yet.
Just stopping by to tell you that you managed to lure me to Glyndebourne… I was there on Thursday and it was WONDERFUL! I still can’t believe I really was there! It feels like a dream…
Very glad to hear this 😀 Opera dreams can come true. Were you there for Tito?
Yes, of course I was there for Tito. 😉 It was so lovely to see this production live! Definitely the highlight of this summer. 🙂
Mine as well! Now you should return next year 😉