Celebrating Opera Passion Day

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On Thursday 19 October Glyndebourne took part in Opera Passion Day – an online celebration of the art form.

Eight leading opera houses from around the UK took part, broadcasting live throughout the day, giving audiences a unique insight into the world of opera.

We asked ‘To sing or not to sing’ as we took a look at Brett Dean’s acclaimed opera Hamlet, exploring how music can convey the emotion of a story in a completely different way to theatre. Actor Samuel West gave a performance of the ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy, followed by a recital of the comparable passage from the opera by David Butt Philip and Jennifer France, who are playing Hamlet and Ophelia in Glyndebourne Tour 2017 and accompanied by Tim Anderson.

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What else is happening on Opera Passion Day?

Throughout the day you can also enjoy live performances and peeks behind the scenes from the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera.

Also taking part are the V&A, BBC Radio 3, Tomorrow’s World and Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, supported by the British Council.

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How can I take part?

You can join in the celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #OperaPassion and #HamletOpera.

Courage and Fear

For Opera Passion Day, each opera house is exploring a pair of emotional themes and Glyndebourne’s are courage and fear – two emotions which Hamlet oscillates between as he deliberates whether to steel himself and avenge his father’s murder or commit suicide. We also explore these emotions with clips from our operas in these two articles: Five moments of fear in opera and Five courageous moments in opera.

Also this autumn

Hamlet is on stage as part of Glyndebourne Tour this autumn with performances at Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich, Woking and Plymouth.

On Sunday 22 October BBC Four will be screening Brett Dean’s Hamlet as part of their Opera Season. The broadcast offers another chance to see the critically-acclaimed production, directed by Neil Armfield with a stellar cast including Allan Clayton, Barbara Hannigan, Sarah Connolly and John Tomlinson.

V&A’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition explores the story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day. Visitors can enjoy a binaural sound experience of the ‘Pur ti Miro’ duet from Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea featuring Alice Coote and Danielle de Niese, recorded at Glyndebourne this summer. You can also see a selection of costumes and props from our production of Rinaldo, which was directed by Robert Carsen, artistic director of the exhibition.