5* reviews for Laurence Cummings and "thrilling" Glyndebourne Saul

6 August 2018

Laurence Cummings returned to Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer to conduct a revival of Barrie Kosky’s highly acclaimed production of Handel’s Saul, having previously conducted it there in 2015.

The production continues to receive glowing reviews from the national press, with the Rupert Christiansen in the Daily Telegraph (5*****) writing that “it has a brilliant precision, and a largely new cast brings fresh energy to it, galvanised from the pit by Laurence Cummings and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment”.

The Times (4****) says “there is also the bustling Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to enjoy, conducted again by Laurence Cummings, so devoted to the composer of Saul that Handel might be his middle name”, whilst George Hall in The Stage (5*****) praises “the thrilling playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the focused baton of conductor Laurence Cummings”. Richard Fairman, writing for the Financial Times, says “the chorus is predictably excellent and Laurence Cummings and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play the music with plenty of zest”.

Performances at Glyndebourne run until August 25 2018.

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