The Wreckers, Glyndebourne, May 2022

Ethel Smyth’s third opera opened the Glyndebourne season, performed in its original French without cuts. Odd since it is by an English composer, and its first performance was in a cut down German translation that the composer refused to tolerate. She removed all the orchestral scores in Leipzig, and when Beecham gave the first British performance in 1909 she complained about the rehearsal process— my review in The Article.

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