First UK staging of Poliuto to open 2015 Glyndebourne Festival

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The first professionally staged UK performance of Donizetti’s Poliuto is to open Glyndebourne Festival 2015, an event that will see 15 Glyndebourne debuts and 23 role debuts. The Festival 2015 repertoire spans 300 years and will include Glyndebourne’s first staging of Handel’s Saul.

The full season line-up was announced today following the last performance of the 2014 Festival, a season which saw the following successes:

  • Box Office sales of 98% of financial capacity
  • A doubling of the live audience of 98,000 who attended Festival 2014 in person through cinema screenings and free online streamings
  • Sell-out of the first dedicated Festival performance for subscribers to Glyndebourne’s Under 30s scheme

David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne, said: “I am delighted that, as well as maintaining our high artistic standards and international reputation for discovering exciting young artists, Glyndebourne’s 2014 Festival reached broader audiences than ever before. As a privately funded Festival, I am particularly proud that we are the only UK opera company to offer our performances for free online to be accessed by audiences right across the globe. Those streamings, together with the success of our dedicated Under 30s performance, were highlights of the season for me. I hope that all those who saw Festival 2014 operas, whether on stage, on screen or online went away with a new, or renewed, love of live opera.”

Poliuto will be conducted by Enrique Mazzola and directed by Mariame Clément, the duo behind Glyndebourne’s acclaimed 2011 production of Don Pasquale. American tenor Michael Fabiano, who made his Glyndebourne debut in Festival 2014’s new production of La traviata (pictured right), will sing the title role alongside Ana María Martínez who returns to Glyndebourne for the second time in a role debut as Paolina, following her sensational 2009 debut in Rusalka.

Michael Fabiano said: “I’m happy to return to a theatre tasked with producing high-powered, high quality art and performing Poliuto at the Glyndebourne Festival fulfils that call.”

Saul is the fifth work by Handel to be staged by Glyndebourne since the opening of the current theatre in 1994. Brilliant and provocative Australian opera and theatre director Barrie Kosky will direct with Ivor Bolton conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Christopher Purves will sing the title role, Iestyn Davies will perform David, the acclaimed British soprano Lucy Crowe makes a role debut as Merab and American tenor Paul Appleby makes his Glyndebourne debut as Jonathan.

David McVicar – who has previously directed works as diverse as Giulio Cesare, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Carmen, and La bohème for Glyndebourne – will direct the Festival’s third new production, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, last seen in the Festival in 1988. Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati will undertake his fifth Mozart opera for Glyndebourne, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a world class cast including Sally Matthews, Edgaras Montvidas and Mari Eriksmoen, who makes her UK and Glyndebourne debut.

Robin Ticciati will also conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a revival of the 2012 Ravel Double Bill directed by the imaginative French director Laurent Pelly. Danielle de Niese will star as both Concepción in L’heure espagnole and the titular child in L’enfant et les sortilèges and will be joined onstage by an entirely Francophone cast.

Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Robin Ticciati, said: “My second year as Glyndebourne’s music director promises to be a fascinating one. Not only will I conduct Die Entführung aus dem Serail, my fifth Mozart opera for Glyndebourne and a piece I love dearly, I will also tackle the wondrous world of Ravel. Conducting two operas will enable me to work with both the London Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment again, something I consider an absolute privilege.”

Danielle de Niese said: “Coming home to Glyndebourne to sing is hugely special to me. Playing both an adulterous femme fatale and an androgynous young boy in the same evening will be an exciting challenge and transformation for me as an actress. I have labelled it my ‘Meryl Streep moment’- a chance for me to show different sides of my musical and dramatic palette. Glyndebourne and I share a common goal in constantly aiming to reach new heights and I am thrilled be taking audiences on this artistic journey.”

An ensemble of some of the most exciting British singers, many of whom began their careers at Glyndebourne, is to perform at Festival 2015 in a revival of the award-winning Glyndebourne Tour 2013 production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia . New to the Festival, Fiona Shaw’s acclaimed production sees Kate Royal make her role debut as Female Chorus after her much-praised portrayal of the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier . She is joined by Allan Clayton, Duncan Rock and Matthew Rose. The title role is taken by mezzo-soprano Christine Rice who, like Kate Royal and Duncan Rock, began her career in the Glyndebourne Chorus. Making his Festival debut is conductor Leo Hussain who leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

David McVicar’s 2002 production of Carmen will also be revived for Festival 2015. Former Glyndebourne Tour Music Director Jakub Hrůša returns to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Stéphanie d’Oustrac in the title role, the charismatic Polish-Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot as Escamillo, and Lucy Crowe in her second role debut for Festival 2015 as Micaëla.

Taking Festival 2015 into the 21 st century, Glyndebourne will also present the world premiere of a studio opera of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Glyndebourne’s Young Composer in Residence, Luke Styles.

Festival 2015 tickets cost between £10 and £250. Priority booking is available for Glyndebourne Members from October 2014. Public booking opens on 9 March 2015. For more information, visit glyndebourne.com.

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Glyndebourne Festival 2015 – 21 May to 30 August

New productions

Gaetano Donizetti Poliuto

  • A new production directed by Mariame Clément.
  • Enrique Mazzola conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Michael Fabiano as Poliuto, Ana María Martínez as Paolina.
  • Designed by Julia Hansen with lighting by Bernd Purkrabek.
  • 15 performances from 21 May to 15 July.
  • The production is supported by the Peter Moores Foundation and Jon and Julia Aisbitt.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail

  • A new production directed by David McVicar.
  • Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Sally Matthews as Konstanze, Mari Eriksmoen as Blonde and Edgaras Montvidas as Belmonte.
  • Designed by Vicki Mortimer with lighting by Paule Constable and choreography by Andrew George.
  • 17 performances from 13 June to 10 August.
  • The production is supported by a syndicate of individuals led by Michael Javett in memory of Ingrid Maggs.

George Frideric Handel Saul

  • A new production directed by Barrie Kosky.
  • Ivor Bolton conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Christopher Purves in the title role, Iestyn Davies as David, Lucy Crowe as Merab. American tenor Paul Appleby makes his Glyndebourne debut as Jonathan.
  • Designed by Katrin Lea Tag with lighting by Joachim Klein and choreography by Otto Pichler.
  • 13 performances from 23 July to 29 August.
  • The production is supported by Vahid Alaghband and a syndicate of individuals

Revivals

Georges Bizet Carmen

  • A revival of David McVicar’s 2002 Festival production, last seen in the Festival in 2008.
  • Jakub Hrůša conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Stéphanie d’Oustrac in the title role, Paulo Szot as Escamillo, Lucy Crowe as Micaëla.
  • Revived by Marie Lambert with set design by Michael Vale, costume design by Sue Blane and lighting design by Paule Constable.
  • Original choreography by Andrew George, revived by Emily Piercy.
  • 15 performances from 23 May to 11 July.
  • The production is supported by a syndicate of individuals led by Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE.

Benjamin Britten The Rape of Lucretia

  • A revival of Fiona Shaw’s 2013 Tour production, which makes its Festival premiere.
  • Leo Hussain conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his Festival debut.
  • Kate Royal as Female Chorus, Allan Clayton as Male Chrous, Christine Rice as Lucretia, Duncan Rock as Tarquinius.
  • Set design by Michael Levine, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, and lighting by Paul Anderson.
  • Winner of best new production in the 2013 What’s On Stage Opera Poll.
  • 9 performances from 5 July to 19 August.
  • The production is supported by Carol and Paul Collins through the Glyndebourne Association America Inc.

Maurice Ravel L’heure espagnole/ L’enfant et les sortilèges

  • The first revival of Laurent Pelly’s 2012 Festival production.
  • Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Danielle de Niese stars as both Concepción in L’heure espagnole and the titular child in L’enfant et les sortilèges .
  • Set design by Barbara de Limburg for L’enfant et les sortilèges ; by Caroline Ginet and Florence Evrard for L’heure espagnole .
  • Costume design by Laurent Pelly in collaboration with Jean Jacques Delmotte. Lighting design by Joël Adam.
  • 10 performances from 8 to 30 August.
  • The production is supported by The Monument Trust.

New commission

Luke Styles Macbeth

  • Composed by Glyndebourne’s Young Composer in Residence, Luke Styles.
  • Directed by Ted Huffman.
  • Words adapted by Ted Huffman from Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
  • Performed in the Jerwood Studio by soloists from the Glyndebourne Chorus and Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists programme.