By Logan Martell
On August 1, 2022, Glyndebourne will launch the recording of their new production of Ethel Smyth’s “The Wreckers,” on their Glyndebourne Encore streaming platform.
The production is the first professional staging of the work in recent years, and was presented with its original French libretto and a fully-restored score.
In OperaWire’s review of the production, Benjamin Poore noted that “It is neither a solid-gold masterpiece nor a mediocrity, at least in musical terms, and – like many operas with visible seams or formulaic shapes in their music – could live an interesting life as a repertory piece if directed and produced with imagination, as it certainly was here. The drama continued even when we left the theatre – the Glyndebourne gardens had their shroud of darkness punctuated by great burning braziers, like those Marc and Thurza light to warn the ships.”
The upcoming productions of Glyndebourne will be made available on Glyndebourne Encore, including “Alcina,” “La Bohème,” and the Poulenc double-bill, along with past recordings. GE can be accessed by any web browser, Android, iPhone, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV devices. Annual subscriptions are available for 80 Euros, or 60 Euros for Glyndebourne Members.