Glyndebourne and Sky Arts announce new partnership

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Glyndebourne and Sky Arts today announced a new partnership, which will see Sky Arts become the official UK broadcast partner of Glyndebourne for 2009. The collaboration will centre on an exclusive live high definition broadcast from Glyndebourne of L’elisir d’amore on Sky Arts on Saturday 15th August. This live broadcast will be the culmination of a month of Saturday night programming of Glyndebourne operas on Sky Arts 2 and Sky Arts 2 HD. Highlights of the Glyndebourne opera series include the award-winning Giulio Cesare and Hänsel und Gretel.

The partnership will last for the whole of the 75th anniversary season of 2009, with initiatives planned for Glyndebourne on Tour, Glyndebourne on Screen and environmental-related projects.

“We are delighted to enter into this partnership with Sky Arts. We are always looking for ways of bringing opera from Glyndebourne to a wider audience and we are keen to engage a new generation with the art form. The opportunity for our performances to be broadcast in HD on Sky Arts provides another platform to complement our growing output in cinemas and on DVD.”
- David Pickard General Director of Glyndebourne

“The partnership with Glyndebourne embodies everything we are trying to do on Sky Arts – we are committed to quality, and Glyndebourne offers some of the best opera performances in the world. We’re particularly excited about our live broadcast, which we hope will offer the Glyndebourne experience to everyone that isn’t able to attend themselves. Sky Arts 2 is the home of opera on UK television, and a partnership with Glyndebourne, with its incredible reputation in the field, is an exciting addition to our repertoire.”
- John Cassy, Channel Director for Sky Arts

“Glyndebourne is another excellent addition to our growing stable of partnerships in the arts, reflecting Sky’s ongoing commitment to bringing our customers more of what they love. It’s a privilege – and a pleasure – for us to bring one of the best-loved classical festivals in the world to millions of sitting rooms across the UK.”
- Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Chief Executive

L’elisir d’amore

Annabel Arden’s 2007 production of L’elisir d’amore will be performed in the Festival for the first time this summer. Set amongst olive groves, Arden’s atmospheric staging places the opera in a sun-baked southern Italy in the 1940s. This witty moving opera tells the story of a love rivalry between Nemorino, a pauper with a passionate heart, and Sergeant Belcore, who is a charming womaniser with a fantastically inflated ego. They vie for the heart of the beautiful, self-assured Adina, who is looking for a grand passion, reflected in her fascination with the story of Tristan und Isolde.

The cast will be lead by Ekaterina Siurina in her Glyndebourne debut as Adina with Peter Auty singing the romantic lead Nemorino. Maurizio Benini makes his Glyndebourne debut conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

This revival of the 2007 Tour production is sponsored by Balli.

“A heart-warming show, reminiscent of Glyndebourne at its best.”

– The Sunday Times

‘This was an almost ideal performance, largely because Annabel Arden, though she has updated the piece to the 1940s, has left it its innocence’

- The Spectator

“This was as heart-warming an evening as any I have spent at Glyndebourne in October. Arden, Brotherston and their singers brought plenty of sunshine to the stage to dispel the chill outside.”

- Opera magazine

Director Annabel Arden
Conductor Maurizio Benini
Designer Lez Brotherston
Lighting Designer Giuseppe de Iorio
Movement / Assistant Director Leah Hausman

Adina Ekaterina Siurina
Nemorino Peter Auty
Sergent Belcore Alfredo Daza
Doctor Dulcamara Luciano di Pasquale
Giannetta Eliana Pretorian

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

About Glyndebourne

The internationally renowned Glyndebourne Festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his wife, Audrey Mildmay; their grandson Gus is now Executive Chairman with David Pickard the General Director. Carl Ebert was the first Artistic Director and Fritz Busch Music Director. Vladimir Jurowski is the current Music Director. Now is its 75th year the Festival repertoire has expanded to include operas from the baroque to the contemporary, including seven of Glyndebourne’s own commissions and 13 British premieres. The opera house itself was rebuilt in 1994 and now seats 1,200.

Glyndebourne on Tour was founded in 1968 taking productions to a wider audience and offering increased performance opportunities to young singers. Additionally, Glyndebourne’s Education department has an enormous commitment to new opera and community projects; it currently hosts over 230 different activities each year. With 124 opera performances annually reaching over 140,000 people, Glyndebourne’s continued employment of inspirational directors and performers, and the ongoing drive to commission new work, now goes hand in hand with digital innovations to reach new audiences.

About Sky Arts

Sky is all about providing choice. That includes giving arts lovers the content they are passionate about, and making great arts accessible to everyone.

On-screen – Sky Arts is the only stable of television channels in the UK dedicated entirely to the arts, screening 36 hours of content every day across Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Arts 1 HD and Sky Arts 2 HD. Recent highlights include a world first in opera simulcasting, screening the first night of ENO’s La bohème on Sky Arts 2 whilst simultaneously broadcasting all of the backstage action live on Sky Arts 1; Songbook, a series of one on one interviews and acoustic performances from seminal songwriters and The Book Show – the only television programme in the UK dedicated solely to books. We’re also launching 24 smaller scale partnerships a year with arts organisations from across the UK. Each partnership will see Sky Arts produce a specially filmed Sky Arts At… documentary, giving viewers a unique view of the artistic process from behind the scenes. 2009 partnerships include the UK tour of The Sixteen, as well as The Courtauld Institute’s permanent collection.

Online – showcases the variety of content available on Sky Arts’ channels with video clips, programme information and reviews.

On the streets – Sky is also one of the largest corporate sponsors of arts in the UK, working with The Guardian Hay Festival and the English National Ballet amongst others. Sky Arts has recently begun a two-year partnership with Artichoke, the UK’s leading public arts producer. The first project in the Sky Arts Artichoke Season will be Antony Gormley’s proposal for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. One & Other – – will see 2,400 people from all over the UK take to the plinth, for an hour each, 24 hours a day, for 100 days. Sky Arts will webcast all 2,400 hours live and broadcast a weekly live TV show from the plinth.