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Benvenuto Cellini reviews

BBC Proms - Monday 2 September

“Gardiner’s dazzling semi-staging, in tandem with the director Noa Naamat, is the finest performance of this problematic work I have seen… it was the crowd, in the shape of Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir, who swept all before them, throwing confetti in the Roman Carnival scene and pretending to work bellows in the furnace to cover the appearance of the statue (Duncan Meadows). This was ‘semi-staging’ as elaborate and effective as I have ever seen it at the Proms.”
Hugh Canning The Sunday Times - click here to read the full review

“The Monteverdi Choir sounded thrilling… It was impossible not to be swept away.”
Tim Ashley ★★★★★ The Guardian - click here to read the full review

“This performance could not have been more alive… the most visually alive prom of the season.”
David Nice ★★★★★ The Arts Desk - click here to read the full review

“A Benvenuto Cellini of unfailing gusto from John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique at the Proms.”
Rupert Christiansen ★★★★ The Telegraph - click here to read the full review

“The chorus was knockout… To hear it brilliantly articulated at breakneck speed by a jiving, swaying choir was jaw-dropping.”
Richard Morisson ★★★★ The Times - click here to read the full review

“Choir and orchestra were unsurpassed.”
Fiona Maddocks ★★★★
The Observer - click here to read the full review

“This performance unleashed a torrent of musical exuberance and rhythmic vitality.”
Curtis Rogers ★★★★★ Classical Source - click here to read the full review

“Best of all were the high energy antics of The Monteverdi Choir, racing around the stage, dispatching the complex choruses with élan.”
Mark Pullinger ★★★★ Bachtrack - click here to read the full review

“Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads a Berlioz performance of awe-inspiring scope at the Proms.”
Colin Clarke – Seen and Heard International - click here to read the full review


Berliner Festpiele - Saturday 31 August

“The surprising evening with nearly 200 minutes of play, almost as if in flight, will be remembered as a light and joyful revelation.”

“The audience seemed to be out of control with excitement and witnessed a true celebration of the old but eternally young Gardiner and his master troopers.”
Andre Sokolowski – der Freitag - click here to read the full review


Festival Berlioz, La Côte-Saint-André - Thursday 29 August

“[A]n impeccable musical and vocal performance… The Monteverdi Choir is absolutely remarkable.”
François Jestin ★★★★ Bachtrack - click here to read the full review

“The venue was transformed into a place of carnival celebration.”
Vojin Jaglicic – Ôlyrix - click here to read the full review