Ivor’s performances of Mozart’s early opera Mitridate at the Bayerische Staatsoper in July has won great critical acclaim. Ivor conducted the Bavarian State Orchestra in a production by director David Bösch, starring Patricia Petibon, Barry Banks, Lawrence Zazzo and Anna Bonitatibus.
“Thanks to Ivor Bolton’s sizzling conducting of the playing of the Bavarian State Orchestra, four hours in the theatre passed quickly. I’ve rarely heard Bolton on such dynamic form, justifying his local reputation as a Handel and Mozart conductor of the highest quality.” – Hugh Canning, The Times
“Bolton’s al fresco conducting style delivers a fresh, crisp and rhetorically pithy sound…” – Karl Harbmünchen, Salzburger Nachrichten
“The Bayerische State Orchestra… finds itself under Ivor Bolton’s alert, never formulaic conducting, with a crisp, fresh tone combining a baroque core of sound and a youthful emotional sensibility.” – Die Welt
“The Bavarian State Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, playing in a historically-informed way, allowed not a touch of harshness to disturb the music, but emphasised its springing brilliance.” – Robert Braunmüller, Abendzeitung München
“Ivor’s Bolton’s rather vigorous conducting style is well-matched to the score” – Oliver Schneider, Dreh Punkt Kultur