Announcing Festival 2022
It is with great pleasure that we can announce next year’s Festival, which will run from 21 May to 28 August 2022.
Festival 2022 (21 May - 28 August)
21 May – 24 June
When survival comes at the cost of another’s life, two lovers are faced with an impossible choice.
Melly Still directs a major new staging of Ethel Smyth’s opera – a powerful, cinematic psychodrama set on the Cornish coast, whose exhilarating score surges with stormy urgency. Robin Ticciati conducts.
Supported by Christopher and Sarah Smith with a Syndicate and Circle of individuals
Le nozze di Figaro
22 May – 16 July
Michael Grandage’s five-star production of Mozart’s greatest comedy
When a womanising aristocrat tries to seduce his valet’s pretty young fiancée, his wife and servants conspire to teach him a lesson he’ll never forget. Giancarlo Andretta and Nicholas Carter conduct.
Supported by Dr SJ and Mrs EK Orebi Gann with a Syndicate and Circle of Individuals
11 June – 14 August
A brand new production of one of opera’s greatest love stories
Mimi and Rodolfo are in love. But will it keep them together when jealousy, poverty and sickness all threaten? Floris Visser directs a new production of this Puccini classic. Jordan de Souza conducts.
Supported by Handel and Yvonne Evans and Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson
2 July – 24 August
Seductive sorceress Alcina can conjure anything she wants – anything, except love.
A beautiful island and its even lovelier queen have beguiled the knight Ruggiero. But is all really as it seems? Spectacle and sensation collide in Francesco Micheli’s sumptuous new staging of Handel’s magical fable, originally scheduled for Festival 2020. Jonathan Cohen conducts.
Supported by Dunard Fund
22 July – 27 August
Donizetti’s glittering, sharp-edged comedy cuts to the heart of human nature
When two young lovers conspire to outwit an elderly miser they set in motion an exhilarating comedy of deception, disguises and just deserts. Mariame Clément’s mischievous production takes no prisoners, an elegant period staging full of clear-eyed, contemporary wit. Ben Glassberg conducts.
6 – 28 August
From intimate tragedy to giddy, surreal comedy: this double-bill has it all
Director Laurent Pelly takes on two contrasting French masterpieces. Poulenc’s La voix humaine is a musical close-up of unblinking intensity – a portrait of despair and passion that couldn’t be further from the playful wit of Les Mamelles de Tirésias. Robin Ticciati conducts.
Supported by Hamish and Sophie Forsyth
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