This autumn the Glyndebourne Tour offers its most extensive range of opera yet; there are more venues, more operas and more chances to experience Glyndebourne at its best. From October to December the Tour presents ten weeks of thrilling performances bringing world-renowned, affordable opera to audiences across the country. Eight venues stage an eclectic mix of Glyndebourne productions, performed by a wealth of talented young artists and, for the first time on Tour, Glyndebourne is extending its work to include cinema screenings.
Transferring direct from the 2012 Festival to Tour, is a widely anticipated new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro , directed by Michael Grandage who returns to Glyndebourne following his critically acclaimed production of Billy Budd in 2010. On Tour for the first time, is Melly Still’s production of Dvorák’s Rusalka , a re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic, The Little Mermaid. The Tour also presents a powerful tale of sex, a city and the seductive power of furniture, The Yellow Sofa , composed by Glyndebourne’s first Composer in Residence, Julian Philips. This is an intimate new chamber opera, commissioned by Glyndebourne and first presented in the 2009 Festival. The outstanding cast features past and present members of the renowned Glyndebourne Chorus directed by Frederic Wake-Walker.
As ever, Tour 2012 will present a number of exciting artists at the start of international careers. Rising stars Layla Claire and Sarah-Jane Brandon take the helm in Figaro as the Countess and Australian Bass-baritone Derek Welton makes his Glyndebourne debut as Figaro . The sensational Natasha Jouhl returns to the Glyndebourne Tour as Rusalka following her“powerful“performance as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2010. She is supported by admired tenors Peter Berger and Ladislav Elgr who take the helm as Rusalka’s Prince.
Tour 2012 builds on the central Glyndebourne ethos of presenting exceptional productions, now extended to include performances of chamber works and cinema screenings