Glyndebourne's first production of Billy Budd to open Glyndebourne Festival 2010

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‘Glyndebourne’s 2010 season brings Britten’s Billy Budd to the Festival for the first time and also marks the operatic debut of director, Michael Grandage, the highly acclaimed Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. Following the huge success of last summer’s The Fairy Queen , Jonathan Kent returns to direct a new production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Music Director Vladimir Jurowski. Revivals of Così fan tutte, Macbeth, Hänsel und Gretel and The Rake’s Progress complete the season.’
- David Pickard, General Director

Glyndebourne Festival Opera 20 May – 29 August 2010

New productions:

Billy Budd Britten

Continuing Glyndebourne’s long relationship with Britten, this production is presented at the Festival for the first time. Featuring multi-award winning Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, in his opera directing debut. Conducted by Mark Elder and designed by Christopher Oram.

The all-male cast is led by South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd, who made his Glyndebourne debut as Guglielmo in last year’s GOT production of Così fan tutte. Both returning to Glyndebourne, John Mark Ainsley makes his first UK appearance as Captain Vere and Alasdair Elliott sings Red Whiskers. British bass Matthew Rose and Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson, who both most recently for Glyndebourne performed in the 2006 Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, sing Mr Flint and Mr Redburn respectively. Making their Glyndebourne debuts, Canadian bass Phillip Ens sings Claggart and bass-baritone Darren Jefferey sings Lieutenant Ratcliffe.

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Performances on 20, 23, 26, 29 May, 2, 5, 8, 11, 16, 19, 22, 27 June

Don Giovanni Mozart

For Glyndebourne’s first new production of the opera in a decade, the highly successful artistic partnership of director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown reunites following their acclaimed GFO 2009 production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. Conducting is shared between Glyndebourne Festival Music Director Vladimir Jurowski, with new Glyndebourne on Tour Music Director Jakub Hrŭša taking the baton from 31st July.

Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley, who has appeared in numerous Glyndebourne productions since joining the Chorus in 1986, takes the title role. Italian bass Luca Pisaroni, who sang Guglielmo in the 2006 Festival production of Così fan tutte, will sing Leporello.

British soprano Kate Royal, who most recently for Glyndebourne sang Micaëla in the 2008 Festival production of Carmen, will sing Donna Elvira, with Russian soprano Anna Samuil making her Glyndebourne opera debut as Donna Anna. Swedish bass Mats Almgren will sing the Commendatore, following his performances as Don Toribio in the 2008 Festival production Of Love and Other Demons.

With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Performances on 4, 7, 9, 15, 18, 20, 23, 31 July, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 23, 27 August


Così fan tutte Mozart

A revival of Nicholas Hytner’s 2006 Festival production. Conducted by Charles Mackerras and from 18th June by American James Gaffigan, who made his Glyndebourne debut in the 2009 GOT production of Falstaff.

A fresh cast of young lovers features British soprano Sally Matthews as Fiordiligi, who sang Lauretta in the 2004 Glyndebourne production of Gianni Schicchi. British tenor Allan Clayton, who made his Glyndebourne debut in the title role of Albert Herring for the 2008 Festival, sings the role of Ferrando. German mezzo-soprano Barbara Senator, who sang Second Nymph in last year’s Festival production of Rusalka, will sing Dorabella. Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow will make his Glyndebourne debut as Guglielmo. Italian baritone Pietro Spagnoli sings Don Alfonso following his role as Dandini in the 2007 Festival production of La Cenerentola, with French soprano Anna Maria Panzarella as Despina, following her performances as Susanna in the 2005 GOT production of Le nozze di Figaro.

With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Performances on 22, 27, 30 May, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 23, 25, 30 June, 3, 8, 11, 14, 17 July

Macbeth Verdi

Geoffrey Dolton revives Richard Jones’ 2007 Festival production with design by ULTZ and Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko in his Glyndebourne debut.
Polish baritone Andrzej Dobber sings the title role following his performances as Kurwenal in the 2009 Festival revival of Tristan und Isolde. Swedish-American soprano Erika Sunnengårdh makes her Festival debut as Lady Macbeth, while Russian bass Stanislav Shvets reprises the role of Banquo. South Korean tenor Yonhoon Lee, who sang some performances of Don José in the 2008 GOT production of Carmen, will sing Macduff.

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Performances on 13, 17, 20, 26, 29 June, 2, 6, 10, 12, 16, 21, 24 July

Hänsel und Gretel Humperdinck

Stéphane Marlot revives Laurent Pelly’s 2008 Festival production. Robin Ticciati, formerly Music Director for Glyndebourne on Tour, conducts.
British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, who sang Nero in the 2008 Festival production of L’incoronazione di Poppea, will sing Hänsel, with German soprano Lydia Teuscher making her UK debut as Gretel.
Both reprising their roles from the 2008 Festival production, German soprano Irmsgard Vilsmaier sings Mother and Austrian tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacker the role of the Witch. British baritone William Dazeley sings Father, having most recently for Glyndebourne sung Eisenstein in the 2006 Festival production of Die Fledermaus.

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Performances on 25, 30 July, 1, 4, 7, 10, 14, 17, 22, 25, 28 August

The Rake’s Progress Stravinsky

Festival Music Director Vladimir Jurowski continues his exploration of the Russian repertoire conducting this revival of the 1975 production. Originally directed by John Cox and designed by David Hockney, the esteemed pair return to oversee this revival.

Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu and Swedish soprano Miah Persson – previously heard together as Ferrando and Fiordiligi in the 2006 Festival production of Così fan tutte- are reunited for the roles of Tom Rakewell and Anne Trulove. British basses Matthew Rose and Clive Bayley sing the roles of Nick Shadow and Father Trulove respectively. British mezzo-soprano Susan Gorton, who has sung numerous roles at Glyndebourne, sings Mother Goose, with Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Manstina as Baba the Turk and British tenor Graham Clark as Sellem, both making their Glyndebourne debuts.

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Performances on 8, 11, 13, 16, 19, 21, 24, 26,29 August


Glyndebourne is proud to have secured support for the 2010 Festival productions:

  • Billy Budd is supported by The Monument Trust in memory of Simon Sainsbury
  • Così fan tutte is supported by a syndicate of individuals
  • Macbeth is supported by Jon and Julia Aisbitt
  • Don Giovanni is supported by Handel and Yvonne Evans
  • Hänsel und Gretel is supported by Glyndebourne Association America Inc (GAA).
  • The Rake’s Progress is supported by Carol and Paul Collins through GAA and Balli