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The London Philharmonic Orchestra continues its annual summer residency at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where it has been resident since 1964. Last Thursday saw the first performance this summer of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale – a revival of the 2011 Tour production conducted by Enrique Mazzola. See the full cast and production credits here.

Here’s what the press have been saying about the Orchestra’s performances …

‘A strong cast is conducted with élan by Enrique Mazzola.’
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

‘Enrique Mazzola’s taut conducting casts a beneficent spell over the entire evening.’
Andrew Clark, Financial Times

‘Enrique Mazzola, conducting a poised, energetic London Philharmonic, keeps the score on the boil.’
Erica Jeal, The Guardian

‘An opera in which the music is superior to, and always threatening to topple, the commedia dell’arte plot.’
Kate Kellaway, The Observer

‘Musically, the evening is no less accomplished, with Enrique Mazzola achieving a beautifully radiant sound as the London Philharmonic Orchestra sweeps through the score while maintaining crystal clarity.’ (5 stars)
Sam Smith, MusicOMH

‘Enrique Mazzola opened a superb evening with a spirited account of the Overture, the London Philharmonic Orchestra producing taut playing that ticked along the curtain-raiser’s merry and jovial way, with a just tinge of pathos and encapsulating the whole performance’
Kevin Rogers, Classical Source

‘…adorable bel canto tunefulness and exquisite orchestration, delivered here with incomparable style by the LPO under Enrique Mazzola’
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk

‘Conductor Enrique Mazzola bounces the score along. The overall result is Glyndebourne at its best.’
George Hall, The Stage

‘Enrique Mazzola conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra with a proper Italian panache’
Louise Schweitzer, The Argus

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra under the sensitive baton of conductor Enrique Mazzola gave an outstanding, superb performance of Donizetti’s beautiful, elegant music. Mazzola understands the score exceptionally well and truly honoured the composer, enhancing the delicacy and classicism of the music’
Margarida Mota-Bull, Seen and Heard International

‘There’s sensationally sparky conducting from Enrique Mazzola too. Glyndebourne’s on a roll.’
Warwick Thompson, Bloomberg

‘Wonderfully stylish conducting from Enrique Mazzola who had the London Philharmonic Orchestra illuminating many such Donizetti touches – like the flute and cello combo so striking from the Overture.’
Edward Seckserson (blog)

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra sounded absolutely glorious under Enrique Mazzola, deliciously plush, whilst remaining light and rhythmically bouyant – streaks ahead of the ROH’s recent bel canto efforts in this regard. It’s rare that one can comment so positively on the orchestra in a bel canto opera, but I thought they were exceptional throughout. Cello, trumpet and horn solos were all gorgeously delivered, but this was a marvellous ensemble effort.’
Capriccio (blog)

‘Mazzola got some finely brilliant playing from the orchestra’
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill (blog)

Neil Fisher, The Times (paid subscribers only)


Don Pasquale will be broadcast live in cinemas across the UK and online on Tuesday 6 August – venues and booking details on the ‘In Cinemas’ tab here.

Between now and the end of August, the Orchestra will also give performances of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with Vladimir Jurowski, and Britten’s Billy Budd with Sir Andrew Davis. Visit the Glyndebourne website for more details.

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