This week has been half-term and somehow I’ve not had time to blog about the wonderful musical treat we had last Sunday: Cosi Fan Tutti at Glyndebourne
Grandpa took control at home, and G and I escaped for a much anticipated treat, courtesy of Gs VERY kind aunt and uncle. Armed with a cold box we set off in the morning across country, eventually taking a detour to find a lunch spot – which turned out to be this wonderful place; Devil’s Dyke on the South Downs Somewhere to return to – en famille.
We arrived in good at Glyndebourne (after a brief stop to view an Alpaca farm) to be greeted by the family, and with plenty of time to change into appropriate finery (I’ve never worn a proper evening dress before, and it’s only Gs second outing in a DJ) before wandering the beautiful grounds, and enjoying some ‘light refreshment’ before the performance.
We’ve not heard much opera and never live, but this was huge fun: it was in period costume, with a young cast and a very witty libretto. The music was truly wonderful but then with the batton in the hands of one of the worlds greats (Sir Charles Mackerras) at one of opera’s most acclaimed venues, this was no surprise. We were also wined and dined during the long-interval with great care and delightfully light food.
What was a surprise was the level of involvement Gs aunt and uncle have at Glyndebourne as sponsors, and thus the access we had afterwards to the cast. They tumbled out of the showers to talk to people in an interesting array of clothing – old jeans and t-shirts being favoured by the leading men… the ladies taking their time and being rather more fashion concious! They were happy to chat about how productions differ, the rehearsal and production pattern, where they are from, how their families are enjoying the UK (in the case of the Toronto born Robert Gleadow) and any number of other things to interest folk who are new to opera.
It was all a great experience for which we are tremendously grateful to the relevant relatives and the caring staff Glyndebourne who hosted us, which, if we’re ever offered the chance, we will happily repeat.
The other best bit of the day? 4 hours of car journey just talking and being with my lovely husband, with no other distractions than the scenery!