Guide to the Glyndebourne Festival

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© 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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Theatrical feast: Hipermestra at Glyndebourne

This year's festival opens with the most lavish work of an exceptionally important composer. So why has it languished unperformed for so long?
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El-Khoury transcends Cairns’ chilly Traviata

Glyndebourne's second Traviata cast of the summer saw the festival field three principals worthy of any major international opera house. 
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One for sorrow: La clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne

A grimly dark setting for Mozart's final opera, Sesto and Tito haunted by childhood memories. 
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Buffa as blood sport: Glyndebourne's Don Pasquale

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.
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