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Festival: Glyndebourne

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© Sam Stephenson
© Sam Stephenson

May 19th - August 26th, 2018

Escape the ordinary this summer for a Festival full of comic moments, compelling drama and captivating music. The Festival opens on 19 May with Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Glyndebourne is recognised internationally as one of the great opera houses, with a reputation that stems from a passion for artistic excellence. Glyndebourne Festival runs May to August with a programme of six operas in a 1,200-seat opera house. The company’s mission to reach new audiences is delivered via an annual Tour from October to December, a programme of cinema and free online streamings and reduced price tickets made available for the under-30s.

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GlyndebourneSaul

Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Handel: Saul
Laurence Cummings; Barrie Kosky; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Katrin Lea Tag; Markus Brück; Iestyn Davies

GlyndebourneVanessaNew Production

Virginie Verrez (Erika), Emma Bell (Vanessa) © Tristram Kenton
Barber: Vanessa
Jakub Hrůša; Keith Warner; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Ashley Martin-Davis; Emma Bell; Virginie Verrez
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Vanessa at Glyndebourne: repression in a cold climate

Virginie Verrez (Erika), Emma Bell (Vanessa) © Tristram Kenton
Brilliant staging, superb acting, a magnetic performance from Virginie Verrez and an excellent orchestral performance make a strong case for Samuel Barber's all-but-forgotten chiller.
****1
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Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Barrie Kosky's punchy, visually exhilarating take on Saul, with Iestyn Davies as a sublime David, makes for a powerful evening of drama at Glyndebourne.
****1
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An enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne

John Chest (Pelléas) and Christina Gansch (Mélisande) © Richard Hubert Smith
Stefan Herheim's dreamlike production of Debussy's opera sets it squarely in the Sussex manor house that gave birth to Glyndebourne's festival. 
***11
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