September 2015 – There is just one month to go until the 2015 Glyndebourne Tour which boasts a diverse line-up of operas from Donizetti, Mozart 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 premiered this summer.
First up is a revival of an opulent period staging of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; an acclaimed production which debuted on the Glyndebourne Tour in 2011.
An elegant new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail will follow straight from Festival 2015. 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.
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.”
Half Term family tickets and workshops
There are family tickets available for Don Pasquale on 26 and 28 October for only £10 each when one or more full price ticket is also purchased for £39 or above.
Families who book children’s tickets are invited to a special pre-performance workshop, starting at 2:30 on Monday 26 October and 5:30 on Wednesday 28 October in the Ebert Room at Glyndebourne. Ideal for 8 to 12 year olds and their companions, the workshop provides an energetic introduction to Don Pasquale for the whole family. The event is free.
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’.
The 2015 Tour will begin at Glyndebourne on 10 October before visiting Woking, Norwich, Canterbury, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.
Public booking for Glyndebourne Tour is open with ticket prices range from £8 – £68. Booking at other Tour venues is also open now.