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Guide to the Glyndebourne Festival

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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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GlyndebourneMadama ButterflyNew production

Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Omer Meir Wellber; Annilese Miskimmon; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Nicky Shaw; Olga Busuioc; Joshua Guerrero

GlyndebourneDer Rosenkavalier

Der Rosenkavalier
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Robin Ticciati; Richard Jones; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Paul Steinberg; Nicky Gillibrand; Rachel Willis-Sørensen; Michaela Kaune

GlyndebourneGiulio Cesare

Giulio Cesare
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
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El-Khoury transcends Cairns’ chilly Traviata

Joyce El-Khoury (Violetta) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne's second Traviata cast of the summer saw the festival field three principals worthy of any major international opera house. 
****1
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One for sorrow: La clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne

Richard Croft (Tito) and Anna Stéphany (Sesto) © Monika Rittershaus
A grimly dark setting for Mozart's final opera, Sesto and Tito haunted by childhood memories. 
***11
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Buffa as blood sport: Glyndebourne's Don Pasquale

Renato Girolami (Don Pasquale) and Chorus © Bill Cooper | Glyndebourne Opera
Lisette Oropesa gives a coloratura star turn; Renato Girolami and Andrey Zhilikhovsky give the buffo patter; Mariame Clément's staging focuses on the work’s dark side.
***11
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