David Pickard’s introduction to Glyndebourne Tour 2015

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Glyndebourne’s General Director introduces our autumn performances (10 – 31 October at Glyndebourne and 3 November – 5 December around the UK). With three diverse operas brought to life by the next generation of opera stars, it is a season not to be missed…

This year, two of our productions come direct from the Festival – created over the summer but re-staged with completely new casts, they follow the thorough rehearsal process that is such a distinctive feature of all our work.

Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) was last presented on the Glyndebourne Tour in 1997 (and in the Festival in 1988), and is always a popular choice with our audiences. The themes in the opera, and the way it deals with the clash of cultures between East and West, feel particularly topical today and Mozart takes evident delight in bringing a distinctive Turkish colour to his music. Glyndebourne favourite David McVicar directs his first Mozart for the company – an exciting prospect.

Handel’s Saul is not, strictly speaking, an opera but an oratorio. However, those who were lucky enough to see Peter Sellars’ moving Glyndebourne production of Theodora will know that the dramatic power of an oratorio can be just as overwhelming. Certainly, Saul has all the passion and emotion we expect from opera, as well as a starring role for the wonderful Glyndebourne Chorus.

Mariame Clément’s production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale was highly acclaimed when it opened on the Tour in 2011 and I am delighted it is part of Tour 2015. It is a jewel of an opera – with an infectious energy to the music and a story that combines great comedy with more sinister undertones.

The 2015 Tour marks the first year of our new funding agreement with Arts Council England and we are immensely grateful to them for continuing to support our work. This will also be the fourth year of Tour sponsorship from the Daily Mail who are not only contributing to our core costs, but also working with us to seek out new audiences for our work. Without this additional public and private support we would not be able to fulfil our ambitious programme.

I hope you will find much to enjoy in this year’s Tour, whether a regular supporter or attending for the first time.

- David Pickard, General Director

Public booking for Tour performances at Glyndebourne opens on 8 June, and booking is now open at venues around the UK.

Find out more here.