2008 promises to be another ambitious year for Glyndebourne

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2008 promises to be another ambitious year for Glyndebourne with a huge variety of work taking place, not least three new productions in the Festival, of which one is a new work commissioned jointly by Glyndebourne and the BBC.

New media is also playing an expanding role in Glyndebourne’s future, with the first releases on a new CD label, new DVD recordings, and a growing network of distributors negotiating to screen Glyndebourne’s productions in cinemas.

  • New Commission: The Festival will feature a major new work commissioned jointly by Glyndebourne and the BBC from the Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös entitled Love and Other Demons. 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. The Festival will also include two further new productions; Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel; and three classic revivals Eugene Onegin, Carmen and Albert Herring.
  • Directors: Glyndebourne continues to seek to engage the most creative directors working in the field today, and is proud that Laurent Pelly, Silviu Purcarete and Robert Carsen, will be directing the new productions.
  • Developing young artists: The pursuit of excellence and the nurturing of young artists are both fundamental to Glyndebourne. 2008 will show a significant display of new singers and important debuts by both international and British performers and directors. In the Festival nine artists will make their British debuts, while 14 make house debuts. Many singers in the Festival and Tour this year started their careers in the Glyndebourne Chorus.
  • Education: Glyndebourne’s pioneering education programme continues to flourish with various national and regional projects which aim to create a legacy of effective creative learning. Highlights include an autumn season of fully-staged performances exclusively for young people which offer an unrivalled opportunity to be introduced to opera, Opera Experience, a comprehensive education scheme to primary and secondary schools, Youth Opera groups, the OAE Festival Project on L’incoronazione di Poppea and Glyndebourne Education’s long-standing relationship with HMP Lewes.
  • The Glyndebourne CD Label: Glyndebourne’s own independent CD label launches with the release of two recordings on 2nd June 2008. The twin first releases are Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery conducted by Glyndebourne’s Music Director Vladimir Jurowski (2006 Festival) and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Silvio Varviso (1962 Festival). The new CD label reflects Glyndebourne’s desire to extend its work beyond the opera house. Future releases on The Glyndebourne Label will draw on the extensive archive of recordings which span the years from 1960 to the present day.
  • Cinemas: In 2007 Glyndebourne became the first UK opera house to screen opera (recorded in high definition and Dolby 5.1 sound), at cinemas across the country. The 31 screenings were very popular with audiences throughout the country and as a result Glyndebourne is in conversation with several distributors to develop plans for an annual cinema programme in the UK and internationally.
  • DVD Label: The 2007 Festival revival of Tristan und Isolde was released on DVD with Opus Arte in January 2008. This season Glyndebourne has committed to audio visual recordings of L’incoronazione di Poppea and Hänsel und Gretel for release on DVD.
  • Glyndebourne on Tour celebrates its 40th year in 2008: Founded by George Christie in 1968, GOT aims to take Glyndebourne productions to a wider audience and to offer performance opportunities to talented young singers at the start of their careers.
  • Under 30s: As part of Glyndebourne’s commitment to audience development, three performances in this year’s Festival will have all stalls seats made available exclusively to people aged 30 and under at £30 each.
  • Funding: Glyndebourne is an independent charity. The Box Office contributes approximately 65% of what is needed to stage the Festival and with no public subsidy the Glyndebourne Festival relies on support from members, donors, sponsors, trusts and foundations. Glyndebourne is particularly proud to have secured support and sponsorship for all the 2008 Festival productions.
  • Glyndebourne and the Environment: Recognising the implications of climate change Glyndebourne has undertaken a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment to look at a number of measures to improve our impact on the environment. Glyndebourne has applied to build a single wind turbine to provide all the electricity for the opera house. The output of the wind turbine would reduce our current direct carbon emissions by about 70%. A Public Inquiry will be held from 26th February 2008. A decision will be made by the Secretary of State later in the year.

New commission:

Love and Other Demons Peter Eötvös

Highlighting its commitment to new opera, Glyndebourne’s 12th new work is an opera composed by the Hungarian Peter Eötvös and is commissioned jointly by Glyndebourne and the BBC.

  • 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 drama is set against a backdrop of slavery and decaying colonialism.
  • Love and Other Demons is conducted by Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski and directed by the Romanian director Silviu Purcarete who will be making his Glyndebourne debut.
  • The cast is led by Marisol Montalvo as Sierva Maria, with Robert Brubaker, who made his house debut in 2004 as Laca in Jenufa, as Don Ygnacio and Nathan Gunn as Father Delaura.
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 8 performances between 10 and 30 August.
  • Supported by The John S. Cohen Foundation, Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation and a number of individuals donors.

New productions:

L’incoronazione di Poppea Claudio Monteverdi

  • Glyndebourne will continue its exploration of the Baroque repertoire with a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm and directed by Robert Carsen.
  • The 1962 Glyndebourne production of L’incoronazione di Poppea sparked a resurgence of interest in Baroque repertoire and this new production of Poppea is 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.
  • The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • 14 performances between 18 May and 4 July.
  • Supported by Carol and Paul Collins.

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, currently Music Director at La Monnaie and newly appointed Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon, with one of France’s most talented opera directors, Laurent Pelly making his Glyndebourne debut.
  • Jennifer Holloway is Hänsel, while Gretel is sung by the Slovakian soprano Adriana Kučerová, who made her Glyndebourne debut last autumn as Adina in the new production of L’elisir d’amore.
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 15 performances between 20 July and 29 August.
  • Supported by Jon and Julia Aisbitt.


Eugene Onegin Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • Vladimir Jurowski’s exploration of Russian repertoire at Glyndebourne continues in 2008 when he will conduct the revival of Graham Vick’s 1994 production of Eugene Onegin.
  • The cast includes Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska as Tatiana, and Bratoslavian baritone Ales Jenis as Onegin.
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 15 performances between 21 May and 11 July.
  • Supported by a syndicate of individual donors.

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.
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 10 performances between 14 June and 19 July.
  • Sponsored by Associated Newspapers Limited, Glyndebourne’s largest single corporate sponsor.

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.
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 17 performances between 6 July and 31 August.
  • Sponsored by British American Tobacco.

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Glyndebourne on Tour – 14 October to 6th December 2008

Glyndebourne on Tour celebrates its 40th year in 2008 and will be presenting three productions, Carmen, The Magic Flute and Hänsel und Gretel.

After three weeks at Glyndebourne, GOT will give a week of performances in Woking, Stoke-on-Trent, Milton Keynes, Norwich and Plymouth. Supported by Arts Council England.

Hänsel und Gretel Engelbert Humperdinck

  • Robin Ticciati, Glyndebourne on Tour’s Music Director, will conduct Hänsel und Gretel, straight from the 2008 Festival.
  • Both Bernarda Bobro and Elizabeth Deshong make their debuts as Hänsel and Gretel respectively.

Miranda Keys will sing Mother and Sally Burgess the Witch.

Carmen Georges Bizet

  • Jakub Hruša, in his house debut, will conduct the revival of David McVicar’s Carmen.
  • Katherine Rohrer will take the title role, with Yonghoon Lee singing Don Jose and Jean-Luc Ballestra singing Escamillo both making their debuts. Natasha Jouhl, who made her Festival debut as Fiordiligi in 2007, will sing Micaëla.

The Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • This revival of Adrian Noble’s production will be directed by Frederic Wake Walker and conducted by Douglas Boyd in his house debut.
  • Leading members of the casts will make their debuts including Lothar Odinus as Tamino, Ana James as Pamina, Mari Moriya as Queen of the Night and Daniel Schmutzhard as Papageno.