You’ve read the worst. These are the best, on current form in our opinion, in descending order (marks from 0-10).
10 Glyndebourne …. 7.1
Remarkably helpful for so snooty a fest.
9 Orchestre de Paris
Fastest in France (that’s not saying much, but still…)
8 London’s Barbican Centre …. 7.2
Streets ahead of the South Bank
7 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden …. 7.8
Depends who picks up the phone, but they’re usually good.
6 Chicago Symphony Orchestra …. 7.9
Smart, literate, non-verbose.
5 La Scala, Milan … 8.1
Until a month ago, Bayreuth’s close rival for worst opera press office on earth. Now under new management. Very sharp.
4 Cleveland Orchestra …. 8.2
Under change of guard… but still very much on the ball
3 Bavarian State Opera … 8.3
Alert, outgoing, initiating. A living reproach to Bayreuth.
2 Salzburg Festival …. 8.5
Prompt, polite, polyglot. Good coffee.
1 Los Angeles Philharmonic … 9
Run by ex-record-biz wiz, a really sharp and happy bunch of Dudies. The rest should emulate.