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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Glyndebourne, United Kingdom

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GlyndebourneMadama ButterflyNew production

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Omer Meir Wellber; Annilese Miskimmon; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Benjamin Glassberg; Nicky Shaw; Olga Busuioc

GlyndebourneSaul

Saul
Handel: Saul
Laurence Cummings; Barrie Kosky; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Katrin Lea Tag; Markus Brück; Iestyn Davies

GlyndebourneGiulio Cesare

Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
William Christie; Sir David McVicar; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Jonathan Cohen; Robert Jones; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Dame Sarah Connolly

GlyndebournePelléas et MélisandeNew Production

John Chest (Pelléas) and Christina Gansch (Mélisande) © Richard Hubert Smith
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Robin Ticciati; Stefan Herheim; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Philipp Fürhofer; Christina Gansch; John Chest

GlyndebourneVanessaNew Production

Vanessa
Barber: Vanessa
Jakub Hrůša; Keith Warner; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Ashley Martin-Davis; Emma Bell; Virginie Verrez
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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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Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey triumphs at Glyndebourne

Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Interviewed at the time of this production's first outing, McVicar declared that “Entertainment is not a dirty word”. His Giulio Cesare remains a hugely entertaining opera production.
****1
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
After dipping its toe in the cherry blossom for Glyndebourne's Tour in 2016, Annilese Miskimmon's staging of Puccini's gut-wrencher hits the main festival.
***11
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“Or not to be”: Hamlet revived for Glyndebourne’s tour

David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Richard Hubert Smith
A restless score, a stylish modern setting and gripping central performances from David Butt Philip (trading Laertes at the festival for the title role here) and Jennifer France (Ophelia) do much to commend this new work
***11
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Getting to the heart of Don Alfonso

Ilya Kutyukhin (Guglielmo), Bogdan Volkov (Ferrando) and José Fardilha (Don Alfonso) © Tristram Kenton
In Nicholas Hytner's chocolate box production, lovingly revived by Bruno Ravella for Glyndebourne's tour, Alfonso is the most charismatic character on the stage.
****1
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