And its not over yet! So far it has been two performances of Alcina, and one of Don Giovanni. This evening we have Adam Pollock's 80th birthday party and, as mentioned before, tomorrow I am off to Gütersloh for Neue Stimmen business, back on Sunday and off to Wexford on Monday until Thursday. I am hoping that November will be quieter......
The Royal Academy Opera seems to be in good form under the new leadership of Gareth Hancock. There are some interesting young singers there who are developing really well and between the two casts of Alcina we had an opportunity to have a reasonable survey of the new vintage. It is hard to choose between the two excellent Morganas, Lorena Paz Nieto on Monday and Ilona Revolskaya last night. There is very much room for each of these bright young things - one Spanish the other Russian. I hope they will stay around - they should both make a fine contribution to opera in the UK. And the American counter tenor Patrick Terry, who sang Ruggiero last night, is hugely valuable too. He is a real stage animal as well as a fine voice is this most elusive of voice categories. Good news.
On Monday the Ruggiero was a mezzo, Emma Stannard who is already making waves - really excellent. And last night the Bradamante was another fine mezzo - this time from Malta - Marvic Monreal. We will be hearing much more of her and I look forward to that. The very fine Melisso last night was the fast developing baritone Nicholas Mogg - quite striking vocally. He is English so wont be going anywhere - except that he is likely t be in demand internationally before long.
The general level was very high and Iain Ledingham drove the splendid Royal Academy Sinfonia with high energy and extracted very polished playing from them.
Brandon Cedel (Leporello) and Louis Alder (Zerlina) in a new situation in Act 2
On Tuesday there was a remarkable recovery act at Glyndebourne. Both the original Don Giovanni, Duncan Rock, and his understudy were off sick. And Jacques Imbrailo stood in a only a few hours notice and cool as a cucumber delivered a polished performance in a not uncomplicated production. In fact the production was further complicated with some edits to Act 2 resulting in my hearing music from the appendix (to the Bärenreiter edition I assume) that I have not encountered in 60 years of attending performances of Don Giovanni. This was a duet for Zerlina and Leporello. I felt it should have stayed in the appendix - but always good to hear something different I suppose! But I was sad to lose Il mio tesoro..........particularly since there was a fine young Don Ottavio in Anthony Gregory. And how good it was also to see even more of Brandon Cedel's Leporello and Louise Alder's Zerlina - classy casting.
But it was another invigorating evening at my beloved Glyndebourne - always wonderful to be back there!