Hippolyte et Aricie - Glyndebourne, 29 June 2013 (first night)
Hippolyte et Aricie is Rameau's first opera. It's also Glyndebourne's first step into the French baroque, and something of a risky prospect to stick in front of audiences more used to trad Mozart, Verdi and Britten. Three whole hours, undisturbed by tunes, punctuated by ballets, interweaving psychological tragedy, moral education and wham-bam entertainment. High disaster potential in need of a sure hand.