Every now and again there comes an occasion when one runs out of superlatives to describe productions, and this is one such production! Everything about it is excellent; this is a revival of the famous 1975 Glyndebourne production with costumes and sets designed by David Hockney which he based on the original cartoons of Hogarth. True the cross hatching is a tele visual nightmare as it can flair occasionally, but it is a design masterpiece!
The performances throughout are superb, there is not a single weak link in the production, the three main protagonists are as well balanced a trio as you could wish for, Topi Lehtipuu is an apt Tom with Miah Persson as his beautiful Trulove, although for me it is Matthew Rose as Nick Shadow, the Mefostofele figure of the opera, who stands out! The Glyndebourne Chorus is in really good form as are the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski
The extras are good also, along with the usual cast gallery, we get two short films, one, a discussion with the director, Johan Cox, Vladimir Jurowski and David Hockney about the staging of the opera, the other, a behind the scenes with contributions from cast members as well as the Cox and Hockney, I must admit, I could have listened to more Hockney discussing the work and his designs!
All in all, from start to finish this production is a real joy, one which I will no doubt get hours of pleasure from in the future, and one which whole heartedly recommend!