Tito under the mulberry tree (more Glyndebourne)

Intermission notes:

This time I cried during Del piu sublime soglio. Awesome performance from Croft.

Everybody is more relaxed by now, the acting flows beautifully. There are no more cameras.

Rookie audience:

Young woman at intermission: is Sesto sung by a woman? I kept wondering…
Other ladies in the loo queue: Yes, yes, he is. There was a cast change. But the reviews are about the one we’re seeing.
Young woman: oh, wow! Sesto is the star of the evening!
Other ladies: YES!

The only applause came after Parto. I was confused as it had been so beautifully performed, light and gentle, with some swoony ppp along the way (really moving) but also funny (Vitellia putting the moves on Sesto).

Especially in the wake of the Currentzis Tito I want to commend Ticci and Gupta on the fortepiano continuo for a very light, unfussy touch.

It’s raining. I took refuge under a very friendly mulberry tree with a cute little sleepy bird. How appropriate!

We had a weird incident on the way here, that held up the trains for almost an hour and a half. Luckily I was on a train ahead of the suggested train. The shuttle waited for the stragglers 🙂 but we only had 20min to settle and have a bite before curtain up.

Loud thunder was overheard in the auditorium just as the insurrection started on stage.

Staff offered umbrellas but I like my tree. Too bad I couldn’t visit with the sheep properly (now grazing on the adjacent meadow) ❤

Gent next to me in the auditorium: nobody dies! Not very operatic.
Dehggi: nobody should die. It’s all about the search for a better, more forgiving society.

the mulberry is split in two and the side on the right is propped up.

After the intermission:

This was an all around emotional day, as it was my last time at Glyndebourne this year, the end of “my” season (though I really would’ve liked to come back again a couple of times, but you have to observe life-opera balance). Also going to the opera on your own makes for a very different atmosphere, perhaps even moreso when it’s your favourite opera. Even so, a few conversations happened:

Lady who sat next to me for act 2: I saw you talking to the usher about those free seats up there.
dehggi: yes, I want to possibly upgrade because this is my favourite opera.
Lady: …of all operas?!
dehggi: YES! I really like the ideals, forgiveness… and the music is beautiful.
Lady: well, someone is always forgiven at the end of Mozart operas.
(dehggi: someone, even some ones but not everyone.) I didn’t actually say it, because I didn’t particularly want to chat, I was in my own world and cried again during Eterni dei. After the curtain calls I dashed out for fear somebody would notice how tearful I was. Also to be first in line at the loo.

On the bus there were two French people behind me. The woman thought the production was too “brutalist” and concluded “this was the new tendency”. I wanted to turn around and ask where she had been for the past 20 years. She did think the voices very good, though this opera was “by no means” one of her favourites (dehggi: eyeroll). Then she went on to wax lyrical about some wonderful production of Giselle at Opera Garnier.

At 21:30 the train station was almost deserted and the train board let us know the 19:30 was delayed. Some ladies started to make plans in case the trains were still disrupted. I said I’d help them split the taxi bill to London if it came to that. We co-opted some very excited Japanese ladies, so all in all, we would’ve been 5 to split that bill.

The train was on time. I’ve never heard the Glyndebourne crowd whoop so freely outside the opera house before 😀

Everybody said they liked the performance, very good voices. One of the “taxi planning” ladies explained trousers roles to me 😀 Then I somehow got to talking about the earlier Hamlet production/opera with the other taxi lady. She, like the gent sat next to me at that performance, loved it (the actual music)! She also thought the production was “more modern” than this one. (dehggi: head scratching moment. Maybe we were thinking of different things?).

In the end, there were three arias that received applause: Sesto’s and Se all’impero (<- a lot more than for the livestreamed performance). However, there was very loud thumping at curtain calls. I guess this audience is more used to lieder? Heh. I’m not quite sure why they kept their appreciation to the end if they actually liked it this much. There was, however, a lot of laughter, even during Vengo…! Aspetatte! I agree, it’s a funny moment.


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Posted on August 11, 2017, in 1001 musings on la clemenza di tito, favourite opera productions, glyndebourne, live performances, mezzos & contraltos, mozart, tenors and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. (you got me humming “Non più di fiori” on my walk to work)

  2. “nobody should die. It’s all about the search for a better, more forgiving society.” stopping by to read this while mostly watching what’s happening in Charlottesville, and this line made me cry.

  3. I was there on the 11th and 13th, and both times everyone I eavesdropped on at intermission seemed to be discussing whether Anna Stephany was female XD

    Also, trains were cancelled both days. Got to love the British rail service.

    • You were there on the 11th?! We could’ve met! Southern Rail is apparently the worst. Let me know if you’re at Glyndebourne for Giulio Cesare next year, I’m trying to lure everybody 🙂 I also decided I don’t want to shell out for the Paris Opera Tito later this year. I don’t like the looks of it, though I’d’ve enjoyed hearing either Sesto.

      • Cesare is tempting but still uncertain… I will let you know. It’s so far (from San Francisco). Obviously Europe this summer was a no-brainer with Titos at both Salzburg and Glyndebourne, but there hasn’t been quite as strong a lure announced for next summer (yet).

    • ps: I am curious how the 13th went compared with the 11th?

      • I was happier on the 13th. Partly it was because I had a better seat and could really see everyone’s facial expressions (and therefore really appreciate how psychologically messed up this Sesto was). Partly it was because the conducting was better — I noticed some timing issues with the singers on the 11th that had mostly vanished on the 13th.

  4. oh, you added a lot more to this! a lady explaining trouser roles to you? 😉
    is that a magpie?! This sounds too fun. It’s quite nice when almost the entire crowd to/from on train is heading from/to similar destination (opera)!

  5. I’ve just discovered your amazing blog and have been compulsively reading all the Tito posts! I’ve been working on the current Glyndebourne production in wardrobe and am feeling very emotional and bereft as it’s the last night tonight. This was my first Tito but I hope the first of many. Really looking forward to reading your thoughts on the DVD when it comes out 😄

    • Thank you, Eleanor 🙂 You all have done an excellent job with Tito! I hope the production returns soon 🙂

      • Thank you! Very sad to finish tonight, and it was a really beautiful performance – lots of crying by curtain down! But it’s on the BBC proms live on Monday to listen to, and at the Albert Hall if you can get down there!

        • I will surely listen to it on BBC on Monday but I can’t be there in person, seeing as I’m on holiday. Thank you for dropping by 🙂 and good luck with future productions.

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