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    A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists.

    Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.

    One of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores

    An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.

    Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama. Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut with this production, which promises to bring out the psychological tensions that sit just below the surface of this charged work.

    A new production for Festival 2018. Sung in English with English supertitles.


    Important dates for Festival 2018

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Jakub Hrůša
    Director Keith Warner
    Designer Ashley Martin-Davis
    Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
    Projection Designer Alex Uragallo

    Cast includes

    Vanessa Emma Bell
    Erika Virginie Verrez
    The Old Baroness Doris Soffel
    Anatol Edgaras Montvidas
    The Old Doctor Donnie Ray Albert

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus

  • Dates and times

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    Performance schedule Gardens Performance Transport
    Date Open Start Short interval *Long interval Finish Train departs Victoria Post opera coach
    Sunday 5 August  
    2.00 4.35 6.10 8.25 12.47 8.55
    Tuesday 7 August  
    3.00 5.10 6.45 9.00 1.47 9.25
    Friday 10 August  
    3.00 5.10 6.45 9.00 1.47 9.25
    Sunday 12 August  
    2.00 4.35 6.10 8.25 12.47 8.55
    Tuesday 14 August   <30
    3.00 5.10 6.45 9.00 1.47 9.25
    Friday 17 August  
    3.00 5.10 6.45 9.00 1.47 9.25
    Sunday 19 August  
    2.00 4.35 6.10 8.25 12.47 8.55
    Wednesday 22 August   <30
    3.00 5.10 6.45 9.00 1.47 9.25
    Friday 24 August   <30
    3.00 5.10 6.45 9.00 1.47 9.25
    Sunday 26 August   <30
    2.00 4.35 6.10 8.25 12.47 8.55
    Opening night
    Insider Talk
    Study event
    <30 Glyndebourne Under 30s performance
    Early Start
    Dining and ticket option available

    *Long dining interval
    Our long dining interval lasts for 90 minutes