Glyndebourne Festival Opera Season Preview

May 21 to August 28, 2011

Highlights of the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival

The 2011 Glyndebourne Festival will open with the first ever staging here of Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg, directed by David McVicar and conducted by Music Director Vladimir Jurowski. Gerald Finley makes his role debut as Hans Sachs, with Anna Gabler as Eva. This will fulfill the dream of Glyndebourne’s founder, John Christie, to stage this work, who himself performed the role of Sixtus Beckmesser in a concert performance of Scene 1 Act III in the Glyndebourne Organ Room in 1928.

  • Robert Carsen directs a new production of Rinaldo, continuing Glyndebourne’s exploration of Handel operas. Conducted by Baroque specialist Ottavio Dantone in his Glyndebourne debut, Sonia Prina sings the title role.

  • Former Glyndebourne on Tour Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts the revival of the 2010 Festival production of Jonathan Kent’s Don Giovanni. The cast includes Lucas Meacham as Don Giovanni.

  • Danielle De Niese sings the role of Adina in Annabel Arden’s L’elisir d’amore. Enrique Mazzola, original conductor for this production from the 2007 Tour, returns to conduct this revival.

  • Melly Still’s 2009 Festival production of Rusalka is revived, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Dina Kuznetsova sings the title role, with Pavel Cernoch as the Prince.

  • Jonathan Kent’s 2006 Festival production of The Turn of the Screw returns, with Glyndebourne on Tour Music Director Jakub Hrŭša conducting all performances. Kate Royal will return to sing the role of the Governess, with Toby Spence as Peter Quint.

Glyndebourne on Screen

The 2009 Festival production of The Fairy Queen will be screened nationally and internationally as part of the Opus Arte 2010/11 cinema season. There will also be international screenings of Falstaff and L’elisir d’amore from the 2009 Festival. Further details will be available nearer the time from www.glyndebourne.com

Glyndebourne CDs and DVDs

The Glyndebourne CD Label continues to expand, with the addition of two new titles released this autumn; Peter Grimes from the 2000 Festival and I puritani from the 1960 Festival.  In spring 2011, Glyndebourne plans to release DVD recordings of Don Giovanni and The Rake’s Progress, recorded live from the 2010 Festival.

Glyndebourne Festival Opera Season 21 May – 28 August 2011

2011 Box Office

General public booking opens on Saturday 26 March. Online booking will open at 12.01am via www.glyndebourne.com with telephone booking via the Glyndebourne Box Office (+44 (0) 1273 813813) from 10.00am.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Wagner

A new production directed by David McVicar

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Designer: Vicki Mortimer

Lighting Designer: Paule Constable

Movement Director: Andrew George

Cast includes Gerald Finley as Hans Sachs, Anna Gabler as Eva

With The Glyndebourne Chorus

10 performances between Saturday 21 May – Sunday 26 June

Don Giovanni WA Mozart

Jonathan Kent’s 2010 Festival staging will be revived by Ashley Dean

With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robin Ticciati

Designer: Paul Brown

Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson

Movement Director: Denni Sayers

Cast includes Lucas Meacham in the title role

With The Glyndebourne Chorus

16 performances between Sunday 22 May – Tuesday 12 July

L’elisir d’amore Donizetti

Annabel Arden’s 2007 Tour staging

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Enrique Mazzola

Designer: Lez Brotherston

Lighting Designer: Giuseppe di Iorio

Movement Director: Leah Hauseman

Danielle De Niese leads the cast as Adina

With The Glyndebourne Chorus

16 performances between Thursday 9 June – Thursday 4 August

Rinaldo Handel

A new production directed by Robert Carsen

With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Ottavio Dantone

Designer: Gideon Davey

Lighting Designer: Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet

Movement Director: Philippe Giraudeau

Cast includes Sonia Prina in the title role

14 performances between Saturday 2 July – Saturday 20 August

Rusalka Dvořák

Melly Still’s 2009 Festival staging

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

Designer: Rae Smith

Lighting Designer: Paule Constable

Movement Director: Rick Nodine

Dina Kuznetsova sings the title role, with Pavel Cernoch as the Prince

With The Glyndebourne Chorus

11 performances between Saturday 23 July – Saturday 27 August

The Turn of the Screw Britten

Jonathan Kent’s 2006 Festival staging

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Glyndebourne on Tour Music Director Jakub Hrŭša

Designer: Paul Brown

Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson

With Toby Spence as Peter Quint and Kate Royal as the Governess

8 performances between Thursday 11 August – Sunday 28 August

Vladimir Jurowski

Vladimir Jurowski will relinquish his position as Glyndebourne’s Music Director at the end of the 2013 Festival, after 13 years in the role. Vladimir will continue a close relationship with Glyndebourne post-2013 and continues to be Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; two artistic relationships that developed through his music directorship at Glyndebourne:

My appointment as Glyndebourne’s Music Director in 2001 was a seminal point in my career and one for which I will always be extremely grateful. Glyndebourne is the place where one’s operatic dreams come true! The commitment of Glyndebourne to meticulously detailed preparation of the operas during the lengthy rehearsal periods and the mixture of absolute professionalism and inspired enthusiasm of everyone in the organisation has allowed me over the years to achieve some of the finest operatic collaborations in my career so far.

I have also greatly enjoyed the close artistic partnership with Gus Christie, David Pickard, Steven Naylor and the rest of the team at Glyndebourne, who have continually supported new artistic ideas and in particular, innovation in the choice of repertoire and style of productions. I look forward to continuing as Music Director of Glyndebourne until 2013 and maintaining an association for many years beyond.’ -Vladimir Jurowski, Music Director

It has always been a great privilege to work with Vladimir on the artistic planning for Glyndebourne. He is a collaborator in the truest sense of the word and his musical contribution to Glyndebourne since 2001 has been enormous. I look forward to continuing to work with him until the end of the 2013 Festival as Music Director and well into the future as a greatly valued musician, conductor and friend.’ - David Pickard, General Director

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