2011 Glyndebourne Festival Programme Book now published

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Royal Academician and Turner Prize winner, Grayson Perry has designed the programme book cover for this year’s Festival.

The Glyndebourne Festival Programme book has been published annually since 1952, with beautifully illustrated articles to complement each season’s repertoire. Each year an eminent artist has been commissioned to design the cover and recent artists include including Sir Hugh Casson, Peter Doig, Erté, Mary Fedden, David Hockney, Sir Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Sir Osbert Lancaster, Oliver Messel Chris Ofili and Maurice Sendak.

Since it was first produced for Glyndebourne, the book has become highly collectable. In addition to its editorial content written by a range of distinguished authors, the book is renowned for its production quality. It is available to order from the “Glyndebourne Shop”: .

This year the programme book includes a foreword by Gus Christie, synopses, cast lists, artist biographies and articles on each of this Festival’s productions.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Richard Wagner’s Nuremberg by Tom Blanning (Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge)

Die Meistersinger: baptism and shoes by Michael Tanner (opera critic of The Spectator and Fellow of Corpus Christie College, Cambridge)

Wagner on the Sussex Downs by John Allison (editor of Opera magazine and music critic of The Sunday Telegraph) in discussion with Sir George Christie

Don Giovanni

* Don Giovanni , the very model of a modern masterpiece* by Emanuele Senici (a former Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford and Professor of Music History at the University of Roma La Sapienza)

L’elisir d’amore

* L’elisir d’amore : tapping the roots by Roger Parker* (Roger Parker teaches music at King’s College, London)


Orpheus among the savages by Russ McDonald (Professor of English at Goldsmiths, University of London and President of the Shakespeare association of America)

Handel’s favourite pudding by Hugh Canning (Chief Classical Music critic of The Sunday Times)


* Rusalka , Dvo?ák’s‘lyric fairy tale’by Jan Smaczny* (An authority on Czech opera and the life and work of Dvo?ák. He is Hamilton Harty Professor of Msuic at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Between two worlds by Erica Wagner (Literary Editor of The Times) in discussion with the stage director Melly Still

The Turn of the Screw

Degrees of Disclosure by Paul Kildea (conductor and biographer of Benjamin Britten)

At home with Britten by Laura Battle (journalist with the Financial Times) in discussion with the conductor Jakub Hrusa

Other articles include:

Chorus line by George Hall (regular writer on classical music for the Guardian, The Stage and Opera magazine) discussing how Glyndebourne nurtures the careers of young singers

The widest possible audience by Kate Molleston (critic for the Guardian) discussing the heritage of recording and broadcast at Glyndebourne

School’s in: Celebrating 25 years of Glyndebourne Education by Henrietta Bredin (writes on opera and theatre and is production coordinator with the Philharmonia and LPO)

Sculpture at the Glyndebourne Festival 2011 by David Worthington (Vice President of The Royal British Society of Sculptors)

‘The Genius of the place’by John Hoyland (Garden writer and plantsman and garden adviser to Glyndebourne)