Booking is now open for the 2015 Glyndebourne Tour which boasts a diverse line-up of operas from Mozart, Donizetti and Handel.
Now in its 47th year, Glyndebourne Tour will present three main stage productions, two of which transfer straight from the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival where they premiere this summer.
An elegant new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which opens to sell-out audiences at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival on 13 June, heads the line-up. Among the cast is the up-and-coming American tenor Benjamin Bliss, currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Also transferring from the 2015 Festival is a new production of Handel’s oratorio Saul, which tells the well-known Biblical tale of the first King of Israel’s love and loathing for his eventual successor, David. Directed by the brilliant, provocative Australian director, Barrie Kosky, it features Henry Waddington in the title role opposite the South African countertenor Christopher Ainslie as David.
The third production to be seen on stage is a revival of an opulent period staging of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; an acclaimed production which debuted on the Glyndebourne Tour in 2011.
All three main stage productions have a central role for the Glyndebourne Chorus, an ensemble with a well-earned reputation for showcasing the soloists of tomorrow. Previous Glyndebourne Chorus members include such familiar names as Gerald Finley, Sarah Connolly and John Tomlinson.
David Pickard, General Director at Glyndebourne, said: “Glyndebourne Tour was founded in 1968 to give more people a chance to see our world-class productions and to provide a platform for some of the opera world’s most talented young singers. This year alongside an international cast of up and coming soloists, the Glyndebourne Chorus take a central role in all three productions providing rich opportunities for audiences across the country to watch the stars of tomorrow. It’s a diverse season which I hope will offer much to enjoy for audiences of all musical and theatrical tastes.”
Off stage, cinemas in selected Tour locations will be screening Glyndebourne’s five star production of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, a production which, because of its scale, Glyndebourne is unable to take on the road. An all-male piece which presents the tense and stifling atmosphere on board a British man of war during the Napoleonic wars, the production was described by The Stage as ‘a masterpiece of emotional ambiguity’.
During the 2015 Tour, Glyndebourne will once again offer subsidised tickets to schools across the UK to attend full-length, fully-staged opera. Glyndebourne Performances for Schools offer priority booking and reduced price tickets to schools to take their students to see an opera, often for the first time.
Now in its ninth year, Glyndebourne Performances for Schools will present Don Pasquale by Donizetti in Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Plymouth and at Glyndebourne. In addition, Glyndebourne will host a Performance for School of the Mozart classic, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at home.
The 2015 Tour will begin at Glyndebourne on 10 October before visiting Woking, Norwich, Canterbury, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.
Public booking for Glyndebourne Tour performances at Glyndebourne opened today, ticket prices range from £8 – £68. Booking at other Tour venues is also open now.