Two firsts for Glyndebourne Tour 2016

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Glyndebourne’s first-ever staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and an exclusive new event to introduce new audiences to opera mark two firsts for Glyndebourne Tour 2016.

One of the world’s most popular operas, Madama Butterfly, will make its first appearance at Glyndebourne when it opens the 2016 Glyndebourne Tour on 14 October.

Directing the new production is Annilese Miskimmon, Director of Danish National Opera. British conductor John Wilson, founder of the John Wilson Orchestra, makes his Glyndebourne debut conducting the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra.

Leading the cast are the South Korean soprano Karah Son as Cio-Cio-San and Italian tenor Matteo Lippi, both making company debuts. Claudia Huckle, who performed the title role in The Rape of Lucretia in 2013, returns to the Glyndebourne Tour as Suzuki.

The second main-stage opera on the Tour is a revival of Jonathan Kent’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni, featuring a cast of up-and-coming young singers, a number of whom started their careers in the Glyndebourne Chorus.

Australian baritone Duncan Rock takes the title role with British tenor Anthony Gregory as Don Ottavio. Romanian soprano Ana Maria Labin performs the role of Donna Anna and Polish soprano Magdalena Molendowska is Donna Elvira.

Tour 2016’s third live performance marks another first – a new event created exclusively for Glyndebourne to offer a unique insight into how an opera is created.

Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain is a fully staged theatrical production going behind-the-scenes to see how an opera comes to life.

Using extended live excerpts from Don Giovanni, the event will examine the elements that make up an opera to show how music, movement, drama and design unite to deliver a theatrical experience so much greater than the sum of its parts.

Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain will be presented by Paul Rissmann, the man behind the critically acclaimed series of music discovery concerts Naked Classics, and is aimed at audiences new to opera as well as those interested in finding out more about the art form.

Paul Rissman, presenter of Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain, said: “It is a completely unique operatic experience that explores how the world of classical music combines with all the magic of theatre for a special performance that not only features some of the highlights of Mozart’s Don Giovanni but also uncovers some of the secrets of the opera.”

Off-stage, selected cinemas will be screening Glyndebourne’s award-winning production of Handel’s Saul, which premiered at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival before transferring to the 2015 Tour.

Now in its 48th year, Glyndebourne Tour was founded in 1968 to act as a showcase for emerging artists and to enable Glyndebourne to share its work with bigger audiences.

The 2016 Tour will begin at Glyndebourne on 14 October before visiting Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich, Woking and Plymouth.

Public booking for Glyndebourne Tour performances at Glyndebourne opened today; ticket prices range from £5-£70. Booking at other Tour venues is also open now.

View the Glyndebourne Tour 2016 trailer and find full details here.