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Performer: Bruno Ravella

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High WycombeFidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Gérard Korsten; John Cox; Garsington Opera Company; Gary McCann; Johanni van Oostrum; Toby Spence
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Jolly hockey sticks! Orliński rules as Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

Jakub Józef Orliński (Rinaldo) © Robbie Jack
Robert Carsen's riotous production of Rinaldo returns to the Sussex Downs, a schoolboy fantasy colliding crusading knights with St Trinian's bad girls. 
****1
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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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Getting to the heart of Don Alfonso

Ilya Kutyukhin (Guglielmo), Bogdan Volkov (Ferrando) and José Fardilha (Don Alfonso) © Tristram Kenton
In Nicholas Hytner's chocolate box production, lovingly revived by Bruno Ravella for Glyndebourne's tour, Alfonso is the most charismatic character on the stage.
****1
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So foul and fair a day: Verdi's Macbeth at Iford

Iford's stone cloister makes a suitably eerie setting for a fine traditional account of Verdi's Macbeth, notable for its powerful male leads, from Iford Festival Opera and the CHROMA Ensemble.
****1
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Tragic tears of a clown: Cav and Pag at Hampstead Garden Opera

Benjie del Rosario ignites a thrilling Pagliacci, while Cavalleria rusticana is potentially as good but marred by intelligibility and balance issues.
****1
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