This year Glyndebourne Festival celebrates its 80th birthday, and in recognition of this Opus Arte release ‘Glorious Glyndebourne’ on DVD and Blu-ray.
This celebration includes excerpts from 12 classic Glyndebourne productions from the last 13 years, ranging from ‘signature’ works such as the acclaimed Le nozze di Figaro (the first opera performed by the company on 28 May 1934) to Melly Still’s 2012 production of The Cunning Little Vixen. We witness Nicholas Hytner’s superb staging of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Jacques Imbrailo’s memorable Billy Budd directed by Michael Grandage, Gerald Finley’s powerful Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger from David McVicar, and the compelling production of The Rake’s Progress with designs by David Hockney. Other artists featured include Anne Sofie von Otter, Danielle de Niese, John Mark Ainsley, William Christie and Mark Elder.
The two and a half hours of world-class opera on this release is testament to Vladimir Jurowski’s 13 year tenure as Music Director of the Festival and the diverse range of productions feature Glyndebourne’s resident orchestras, the London Philharmonic and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, both displaying their superlative verve and finesse. Young maestro Robin Ticciati, who fittingly conducts the opening scenes from Le nozze di Figaro on this DVD, takes the directorial reins this year as the seventh Music Director in Glyndebourne’s 80 year history.