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A silly, bouncy delight: Glyndebourne's In the Market for Love reviewed

17 October 2020

9:00 AM

17 October 2020

9:00 AM

In the Market for Love

Glyndebourne, until 25 October

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tong

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Offenbach at Glyndebourne! Short of Die Soldaten with a picnic break or a period-instrument revival of Jerry Springer: The Opera, it’s hard to imagine a less probable operatic outcome— even this year. I mean, Offenbach: the saucy skewerer of middle-class pretension; the dazzling, vulgar arriviste of 19th-century opera. It couldn’t have been more incongruous had the sideburned showman himself razzed up, bass thumping, in a pimped Renault 5 and started pulling skids on the ha-ha.

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