Major new commission from Peter Eötvös to premiere at 2008 Glyndebourne Festival

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The 2008 Festival underlines Glyndebourne’s commitment to new opera with a major new commission from the Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös, together with new productions of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. The 2008 season fields new creative teams and important debuts by both international and British performers while welcoming back established artists and nurturing the talent of young singers.

New productions:

L’incoronazione di Poppea – Claudio Monteverdi

  • Glyndebourne will continue its exploration of the Baroque repertoire with a new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm and directed by Robert Carsen.
  • Glyndebourne began the resurgence of interest in Baroque repertoire with L’incoronazione di Poppea in 1962 and this new production marks the third in Glyndebourne’s history.
  • The cast is led by Danielle de Niese as Poppea and Alice Coote as Nerone, in her Glyndebourne debut.
  • 14 performances between 18 May and 4 July.
  • Hänsel und Gretel – Engelbert Humperdinck
  • This is the first staging at Glyndebourne of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel .
  • The international creative team is lead by conductor Kazushi Ono, Music Director at La Monnaie, and one of France’s most talented opera directors, Laurent Pelly.
  • Jennifer Holloway is Hänsel, while Gretel is sung by the Slovakian soprano Adriana Kučerová, who makes her Glyndebourne debut this autumn as Adina in the new production of L’elisir d’amore .
  • 15 performances between 20 July and 29 August.

Love and Other Demons – Peter Eötvös

  • Highlighting Glyndebourne’s commitment to new opera, the 2008 Festival will premiere a new commission from the Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös.
  • Love and Other Demons is based on the novel of the same name by celebrated author Gabriel García Márquez.
  • A tragic love story set in 18th-century Spanish Columbia, the catholic miracle story is set against a backdrop of slavery and decaying colonialism.
  • Following his compositions Angels in America, Le Balcon and Three Sisters, this is the first time an opera by Peter Eötvös has been premiered in the UK.
  • Love and Other Demons is conducted by Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski and directed by the Romanian director Silviu Purcarete.
  • The cast is led by Marisol Montalvo as Sierva Maria in her Glyndebourne debut, with Robert Brubaker, who made his house debut in 2004 as Laca in Jenufa, as Don Ygnacio and Nathan Gunn as Father Delaura.
  • This new work is commissioned jointly by Glyndebourne and the BBC.
  • 8 performances between 10 and 30 August.


Eugene Onegin – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • Vladimir Jurowski’s exploration of Russian repertoire at Glyndebourne continues with his conducting of a revival of Graham Vick’s 1994 production of Eugene Onegin .
  • The cast includes Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska as Tatyana, and Bratoslavian baritone Ales Jenis as Onegin.
  • 15 performances between 21 May and 11 July.

Albert Herring – Benjamin Britten

  • Peter Hall’s classic production is revived by James Robert Carson and conducted by Gérard Korsten.
  • Allan Clayton makes his house debut as Albert Herring with Jared Holt as Sid and Louise Poole as Nancy.
  • 10 performances between 14 June and 19 July.

Carmen – Georges Bizet

  • David McVicar returns to revive his production of Carmen , which is conducted by Stéphane Denève.
  • The title role is sung by Dutch soprano Tania Kross with Kate Royal as Micaëla.
  • 17 performances between 6 July and 31 August.


Glyndebourne’s resident orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, plays all but one of the 2008 operas. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Glyndebourne’s Associate Orchestra, performs L’incoronazione di Poppea.


Glyndebourne is proud to have secured support for all the 2008 Festival productions.

  • L’incoronazione di Poppea is supported by Carol and Paul Collins.
  • Hänsel und Gretel is supported by Jon and Julia Aisbitt.
  • The new commission of Love and Other Demons is supported by the John S Cohen Foundation and a group of individual donors.
  • The revival of Eugene Onegin is supported by a syndicate of individual donors.
  • The revival of Albert Herring is sponsored by Associated Newspapers Limited, Glyndebourne’s largest single corporate sponsor.
  • The revival of Carmen is sponsored by British American Tobacco.

2008 GFO Box Office

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Autumn/Winter 2007

Glyndebourne on Tour

  • Robin Ticciati, in his inaugural season as Music Director of the Tour, will conduct a revival of Richard Jones’ 2007 Festival production of Macbeth . Glyndebourne will also present a new production of Donizetti’s romantic comedy L’elisir d’amore, directed by Annabel Arden and conducted by Enrique Mazzola, and a revival of Peter Hall’s production of Albert Herring conducted by Rory Macdonald will complete the programme.
  • Glyndebourne on Tour begins on 9 October with three weeks at Glyndebourne, then Woking, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Sadler’s Wells.


  • Glyndebourne’s pioneering Education programme continues to flourish this autumn with schools’matinees during the Tour, the opera experience programme, a new composition Ghosts by Glyndebourne’s Composer in Residence Julian Philips, together with a visual arts co-commission entitled Photoperative.

Glyndebourne cinema screenings

  • This autumn Glyndebourne will be the first UK opera house to present world-class opera at cinemas across the country.
  • ODEON cinemas in eight UK cities, including London, Cardiff and Manchester, will be involved.
  • Giulio Cesare, Tristan und Isolde and Così fan tutte, will be screened, with ticket prices starting from just £7.50.
  • The 2007 Festival revival of Tristan und Isolde will be released on DVD with Opus Arte in December.