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Opera

Was Glyndebourne right to revive Donizetti's Poliuto? No, says Michael Tanner

Plus: David McVicar's Glyndebourne Carmen faces off against Calixto Bieito's at ENO - and a clear winner emerges

30 May 2015

9:00 AM

30 May 2015

9:00 AM

Poliuto; Carmen

Glyndebourne, in rep until 15 July

Carmen

ENO, in rep until 3 July

It’s been a busy operatic week, with a nearly great concert performance of Parsifal in Birmingham on Sunday (reviewed by Anna Picard in last week’s Spectator), Carmen at the Coliseum on Wednesday, Donizetti’s Poliuto at Glyndebourne on Thursday and Carmen, also at Glyndebourne, on Saturday. A trajectory that Nietzsche would have approved of, moving from brooding northern transfiguration to sunlit, brilliant southern violence and destruction.

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