"I have not seen a finer ‘Bohème’ at Glyndebourne": Rave reviews for Rory Macdonald

11 November 2022

Conductor Rory Macdonald has received sparkling reviews for his performances of La bohème in a return to Glyndebourne, and on the Tour:

Rory Macdonald, meanwhile, conducts with great energy and passion, and the playing and choral singing are first rate.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian****

The conductor Rory Macdonald relished all the detail of Puccini’s masterly orchestration, supported the soloists with emphatic rubato, and got terrific playing and singing from the chorus and orchestra. I have not seen a finer ‘Bohème’ at Glyndebourne than this festival-worthy performance.

Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine

…the most enjoyable Bohème I’ve seen… an absolutely heart-breaking young cast without a weak link, thrilling chorus and the orchestra all shining under Rory McDonald… this performance revealed exactly why it is an evergreen masterpiece in the right hands. Musically everything worked.

Hugh Canning, Twitter

Rory Macdonald conducted the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra with energy, maintaining the forward momentum as well as eliciting the rich lyricism of Puccini’s luscious scoring.

Nick Boston, Bachtrack****

… a performance that’s always very well conducted with subtle-sensuous orchestral sounds, the liveliness absolutely together.

David Nice, The Arts Desk****

Performances continue on the Glyndebourne Tour until 26th November.

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