New guests announced for Festival events

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We’re delighted to confirm an exciting line up of speakers and guests for our Festival study events this season.

These events are designed to give an in-depth insight into the production and enhance your enjoyment of the opera.

On Sunday 10 May our study event ‘Saul – Handel and the Old Testament: Saint or Showman?’ will be hosted by opera and classical journalist Warwick Thompson. It will feature contributions from leading academics specialising in Handel’s oratorios and operas, and musical extracts with commentary from director Sinéad O’Neill. You can book tickets here.

On Sunday 17 May we will be holding an event titled ‘Poliuto – A Masterpiece Restored’. BBC Radio 3’s Christopher Cook will host the day, with insights from director Mariame Clément, conductor Enrique Mazzola and leading academics. The day will feature a morning of fascinating historical detail, exploring the story’s classical origins, followed by an afternoon of music with singers from the Poliuto cast. Book here.

We are also holding a Die Entführung aus dem Serail study event on Sunday 19 July titled ‘Culture Clash: East meets West in Mozart’, with speakers to be announced soon.

Other events this summer

Prospect events

This summer Prospect magazine’s acclaimed writers and journalists will go head-to-head with leading broadcasters, novelists and cultural commentators to debate the history and themes of Festival 2015’s most sought-after productions.

The panellists for ‘Is The Rape Of Lucretia a feminist work?’ on 14 August will be director Fiona Shaw, director of the opera*, classicist and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and the author of an acclaimed recent biography of Benjamin Britten, Paul Kildea. This event is free to ticket holders for The Rape Of Lucretia on 14 August. Read more.

‘Handel’s Saul: Taking on the Bible’ will see Handel biographer Jonathan Keates and BBC Radio 3 presenter Harriet Smith will examine examining why and how an artist should address Biblical themes. This event is free to ticket holders for Saul on 20 August. Read more.

Jerwood Young Artists recitals
27 June, 2 and 5 July, Ebert Room

An exclusive opportunity to hear our Jerwood Young Artists sing in a unique and intimate setting.

25, 27, 28 and 29 August, Jerwood Studio

Macbeth is a new one-act chamber opera with music by Luke Styles, Glyndebourne’s recent Young Composer-in-Residence.

The Jerwood Young Artists recitals and Macbeth are free to audience members with a ticket for the main stage performance on the same day, read more.

*UPDATE: Because of other commitments Fiona Shaw will not be able to appear on the panel as originally scheduled.