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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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GlyndebourneDer Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Robin Ticciati; Richard Jones; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Paul Steinberg; Nicky Gillibrand; Rachel Willis-Sørensen; Michaela Kaune

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

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
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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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