Fidelio and Pelléas et Mélisande next releases on the Glyndebourne CD Label

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Glyndebourne is proud to announce the next two recordings to be released on its independent CD label: Fidelio conducted by Mark Elder from the 2006 Festival and Pelléas et Mélisande conducted by Vittorio Gui from the 1963 Festival.

The Glyndebourne Label reflects the desire to further extend Glyndebourne’s work beyond the opera house and draws upon the core values of a commitment to quality and inventiveness. Releases on The Glyndebourne Label draw on the extensive recordings which span the years from 1960 to the present day and are released in pairs with one recording from the old opera house and one from the new opera house which opened in 1994.

The recordings were originally made for archival purposes and effectively“eaves-drop“on live performances, the recorded sound being derived from microphones, of extremely high quality, located for the most part high above the orchestra pit. This practice has resulted in highly realistic recordings whose sound corresponds very closely to what the audience heard in the live environment. Recorded by the late John Barnes, with the blessing of the Christie family, this unique collection of performance recordings will now become available on CD for the first time.

The CDs are packaged as a hard bound book containing a full libretto in English, French and German along with a commissioned article about the opera, and a synopsis in English, French and German.

The new CD releases

Fidelio Beethoven

Beethoven’s only opera reflects the composers lifelong commitment to liberty, being suffused throughout with the composer’s deep humanity and passion for freedom.

Anja Kampe movingly portrays the brave and loving Leonore with Torsten Kerl as Florestan both making notable British stage debuts. Lisa Milne sings Marzelline with tenor Andrew Kennedy, making his Glyndebourne debut, as Jaquino. Established artists Henry Waddington as Don Fernando, Brindley Sherratt as Rocco and Peter Coleman-Wright as Don Pizarro complete the cast of Deborah Warner’s award-winning production, conducted by Mark Elder.

“Glyndebourne’s searing, sublime Fidelio is an example of what can happen – but seldom does – when everything comes together in opera…Do anything to get a ticket: opera simply does not come better than this.”

- The Sunday Telegraph

Pelléas et Mélisande Debussy

Set in a medieval dream-world, Debussy’s enigmatic opera Pelléas et Mélisande is a haunting and tragic fairytale telling the story of half brothers who fall in love with the same woman, Mélisande. The intense, poignant score allows the tragedy to be articulated in a way that words cannot express.

The highly acclaimed cast is led by Denise Duval, (Mélisande), the pre-eminent French soprano of her day, with Michel Roux in the central role of Golaud, Dutch baritone Hans Wilbrink as Pelléas and Guus Hoekman as Arkel. The internationally renowned conductor, Vittorio Gui conducts the RPO.

This recording is taken from the 1963 revival of the production and was the last opera produced by Carl Ebert. Ebert was Artistic Director at Glyndebourne for 30 years and of the vast body of his work, this production of Pelléas et Mélisande was considered by many to be his best ever.

“This remains one of Glyndebourne’s finest achievements, one not to be missed if possible.”

- The Sunday Telegraph