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Religion and romance clash in Donizetti’s Poliuto

The themes in Glyndebourne's opera season are powerfully dramatised in this superbly-sung new production

By Sameer Rahim  

Michael Fabiano as Poliuto and Ana Maria Martinez as Paolina in Mariame Clement's production of Donizetti's "Poliuto" @ Glyndebourne/Tristram Kenton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaetano Donizetti’s Poliuto (1848) is rarely performed. Mariame Clèment’s production, which opened Glyndebourne’s season last night, was the premiere of the work in this country (though the music has been heard in its longer form as Les Martyrs). You might have thought it…

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