The Times

'Flight was proclaimed a miracle of the age - a new opera that managed to be accessible, enjoyable, dramatic and musically adroit... The London Philharmonic land, take off, and sprint through Dove's ostinatos with enormous panache and authority under conductor David Parry.'
CHAN 10197
An opera in three acts
Libretto by April De Angelis

The Cast

Christopher Robson, countertenor - Refugee
Claron McFadden, soprano - Controller
Richard Coxon, tenor (PMF Scholar) - Bill
Mary Plazas, soprano (PMF Scholar)- Tina
Nuala Willis, mezzo-soprano - Older Woman
Ann Taylor, mezzo-soprano - Stewardess
Garry Magee, baritone - Steward
Steven Page, bass-baritone - Minskman
Anne Mason, mezzo-soprano - Minskwoman
Richard van Allan, bass-baritone -
Immigration Officer

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
London Philharmonic Orchestra
David Parry

Recorded in Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes
Producers - Channel 4 Television, Glyndebourne
& NVC Arts
The Daily Telegraph
'Few operas in recent decades have been instant hits with audience and critics, but Jonathan Dove's Flight, premièred at Glyndebourne by its touring arm in the autumn of 1998, is one of them. This live recording derives from the soundtrack to Channel 4's transmission of the opera a year later. The theatricality of the performance is immeasurably enhanced by the presence of an audience, the recording picking up reactive laughs and, at the end, an audible sigh of regret that it has finished.
Flight's mixture of farce and pathos as a group of staff and passengers pass a life-changing night in a storm-bound airport terminal comes magically to life on this recording, with Christopher Robson's Refugee and Claron McFadden's coloratura Controller outstanding in what is very much an ensemble production. The LPO seems to enjoy getting to grips with Dove's exuberant orchestral writing, and David Parry paces the drama expertly.'

The Sunday Times
'Recorded live at Glyndebourne in 1999, Jonathon Dove and April de Angelis's brilliant comic opera about travellers stranded at an airport is as engaging on disc as it was in the theatre... one of the few successful comic operas of recent musical history.’