A worthy successor to Glyndebourne's smash hit production of Handel's Theodora the year before. A more conventional stage work than that predecessor (Theodora is officially an oratorio, but that's a weak distinction) there are a stock number of coloratura arias in familiar recapitulating forms. Their repetitiveness could have been the death of a stage show but they're well dealt with, including Ulberto Chiummo's infamous aria-whilst-smoking.
Unusually, Glyndebourne wasn't breaking new talent but showcasing already impressive names, principally countertenor Andreas Scholl who's competent on stage and Anna Caterina Antonacci who's wildly brilliant. The staging is a stylistic curiosity, recreating silent films of the late 1920's with a monochromatic by detailed set design. Impressive if not awe-inspiring. 5/10
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