The Arts Desk: La bohème, Glyndebourne review – a masterpiece in monochrome

“Under the baton of the young Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza, the London Philharmonic Orchestra lent an incredible level of detail to Puccini’s score, with vivid swathes of orchestral colour rising from the pit. Souza’s careful attention to detail and meticulous shaping of the music was deftly done, and a key component to what made this performance really sparkle.”

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Opera Wire–Glyndebourne Festival Opera Review 2022: La Bohème

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“Jordan de Souza dashed through the early scenes with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, infusing the horseplay then (and at the top of Act four) with verve, offering a highly responsive, sparkling commentary from the pit. The following scenes were handled with tenderness, with sensuous string playing and remarkable warmth in brass and woodwind; de Souza coordinated the challenging ensembles of Act two with ease and elan, keeping the orchestra’s energies under control. In his hands it is music that strives, like a fervently beating heart, against the forces of death and time, rendered with such power in Visser’s vision.”

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