Booking for 40th anniversary year of Glyndebourne on Tour opens

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To mark its 40th year, Glyndebourne presents three productions for its 2008 touring programme. Booking now open.

Led by Music Director Robin Ticciati, who is fast establishing himself as an exciting conducting talent both here and abroad, Glyndebourne On Tour’s 2008 repertoire incorporates both new and familiar productions.

Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be conducted by Douglas Boyd. Making his Glyndebourne debut with the Tour, he is already known to UK audiences through his performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Manchester Camerata.

Bizet’s Carmen will be brought to the stage following its run at this year’s Glyndebourne Festival. Jakub Hruša, who is conducting some of the Carmen performances during the Festival and has recently taken over as Music Director of the Prague Philharmonia, will conduct.

Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel completes the programme; a new production to be shown for the first time at Glyndebourne during this year’s Festival. Described by Richard Strauss as’a masterpiece of the highest quality’, Robin Ticciati will conduct.

In 2007 over 43,000 people attended Glyndebourne on Tour performances, and the Tour continues to be made possible through the long-standing support of Arts Council England. After a three week run at Glyndebourne (14th October– 1st November), the tour will travel to Woking (4th –8th November), Stoke-on-Trent (11th –15th November), Milton Keynes (18th –22nd November), Norwich (25th –29th November) and Plymouth (2nd –6th December), continuing its mission to nurture new talent and bring opera to the widest possible audience.

Glyndebourne on Tour 2008 will also revive its hugely successful initiative of performances for schools, offering students of various age-groups access to three performances at Glyndebourne and, for the first time, a performance in Stoke-on-Trent.

Booking now open, tel: 01273 813813

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Magic Flute

Revival director Frederic Wake-Walker makes his Glyndebourne debut with Mozart’s The Magic Flute , having assisted on the productions of Così fan tutte in 2006 and Die Fledermaus in 2007 for the Tour.

German tenor Lothar Odinius makes his Glyndebourne debut as Tamino. A regular performer of Baroque and classical repertoire, he has worked internationally with leading conductors.

The role of Pamina will be performed by Ana James. Born in New Zealand, she is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music’s Benjamin Britten International Opera School.

Following her Metropolitan Opera debut as Queen of the Night, soprano Mari Moriya will reprise the role for this year’s Tour. She represented Japan in the 2007 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Daniel Schmutzhard will perform the role of Papageno. Australian born, he studied at the Tyrolean Conservatory of Innsbruck and the University of Music and Drama in Vienna.

A revival of the 2004 Festival production, sung in German with English supertitles.

Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director Adrian Noble
Revival Director Frederic Wake-Walker
Designer Anthony Ward
Revival Lighting Keith Benson
Cast includes:

Tamino Lothar Odinius
Pamina Ana James
Sarastro Carlo Malinverno
Queen of the Night Mari Moriya
Papageno Daniel Schmutzhard
Monostatos Alasdair Elliott

Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Georges Bizet – Carmen

David McVicar brings his 2002 revival of Carmen, shown at this year’s Festival, to the Tour. Born in Glasgow, he has enjoyed a hugely successful career directing productions in several of the world’s major opera houses.

The title role will be performed by Katherine Rohrer, who returns to the Tour following her role as Mercédès in this year’s Festival. Katherine played Nadine in GOT’s Tangier Tattoo in 2005.

Soprano Natasha Jouhl will sing the role of Micaëla. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, she sang Fiordiligi in the 2006 Festival’s Così fan tutte.

Edel Shannon, a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, will return to the Tour as Frasquita.

The role of Mercédès will be performed by Julie Pasturaud. In 2006 she was awarded the Wessex Glyndebourne Association Award, and has performed many roles including Lady-in-waiting in Macbeth at the 2007 Festival.

A revival of the 2002 Festival Production, sponsored by BAT, sung in French with English supertitles.

Conductor Jakub Hruša
Director David McVicar
Revival Director Lee Blakeley
Set Designer Michael Vale
Costume Designer Sue Blane
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Choreographer Andrew George

Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes:
Carmen Katherine Rohrer
Don José Yonghoon Lee (Oct 17, 21, 24, 29, Nov 1, Dec 2, 5 ) and John Daszak (Nov 5, 8, 11, 15, 19, 22) and tbc (Nov 26, 29)
Mica?la Natasha Jouhl
Escamillo Jean-Luc Ballestra
Frasquita Edel Shannon
Mercédès Julie Pasturaud

Engelbert Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel

Robin Ticciati conducts this new production from the 2008 Festival. Recently described as“…_a talent that is unquestionably one to watch”_ (Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, May 2008), he made his Tour debut as Musical Director last year.

The role of Mother is played by Miranda Keys, who returns to the Tour following previous roles as Lady Billows in Albert Herring in 2007, Musetta in La bohème in 2004, and Elektra in Idomeneo in 2003 (all Tour performances).

Romanian Eliana Pretorian returns to the Tour as the Dew Fairy, following her 2007 performance as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore.

A new production from the 2008 Festival, supported by Jon and Julia Aisbitt, sung in German with English supertitles.

Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Laurent Pelly
Revival Director Stéphane Marlot
Set Designer Barbara de Limburg-Stirum
Costume Designer Laurent Pelly
Lighting Designer Joel Adam

Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra

Cast includes:
Hänsel Elizabeth Deshong
Gretel Bernarda Bobro
Mother Miranda Keys
Father Klaus Kuttler
Witch Sally Burgess
Dew Fairy Eliana Pretorian

For Schools

‘The most imaginative opera-education department in the country’.
(Michael Church, The Independent, March 2007)

Glyndebourne Education works with over 70 schools and 3000 students and teachers in all Tour venues.

Opera Experience

Opera Experience workshops are led by a team of artists from Glyndebourne and are designed to introduce secondary school students to opera through a range of engaging workshop activities, run in conjunction with attendance at a Glyndebourne on Tour performance. For the past five years, Glyndebourne Education has also led highly successful workshops in primary schools. The Opera Experience workshops are sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation.

Performances for Schools

Performances for schools are an exciting opportunity to introduce students to opera, by providing them with their own particular chance to watch an unabridged live performance at Glyndebourne, and now for the first time, in Stoke-on-Trent.

For Audiences

Pre-performance Talks

Pre-performance talks are given by experts in the operatic field and are available to ticket holders on the Tour at all venues.

Glyndebourne Day School

These study events are designed to enhance the audience’s enjoyment and understanding of the operas. This year, the event will be based on Hänsel und Gretel.