Lower Sixth enjoyed our sixth annual trip to Glyndebourne Opera House to see Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in a new production by Barbe & Doucet.  The production was a really zany, crazy interpretation which was set in a hotel, but the producers were absolutely committed to the idea and the cast saw it through with great authenticity.  We marvelled at Aleksandra Olczyk’s acrobatic Queen of the Night aria, and the profundity of James Platt’s Sarastro.  The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment were crisp and beautifully fresh-sounding.  Weather: perfect; company: superb; luxury picnic from our catering team: divine.  We also had the chance to chat to chorus member Charles Cunliffe in the interval, which was an inspiring extra for the hard-core classical singers amongst our group!  My thanks to Miss Roux for her help in leading this trip.

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