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Festival 2020 staff picks

In anticipation of public booking, we've asked some of the Glyndebourne staff which opera they're looking forward to the most.

It’s less than a week until public booking for Festival 2020 opens. In anticipation, we’ve asked some of the Glyndebourne staff which opera they’re looking forward to the most.
2020 brings a Festival of contrasts, from the hilarious to the tragic, the political to the mythic. Join us for a summer of exceptional opera in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

Dialogues des Carmélites

Alexandra Coghlan, Opera Content Consultant
‘I can’t think of another opera that floored me more utterly and left me more shocked, overpowered and generally in pieces the first time I saw it than Dialogues des Carmélites. I think it’s the combination of ravishingly beautiful music and the violent horror of the plot that is so devastating. I’m a sucker for a tragedy, and operas don’t come more tragic – in the truest and least melodramatic sense – than this one. Add Barrie Kosky into the mix and I’ll be queuing up for every show with armfuls of tissues!’

L’elisir d’amore

Jo Wettern, Education Projects Manager

‘My highlight for this summer will be to experience once again the joy of L’elisir d’amore! I watched this production seven times during our tour last autumn, welcoming over 1800 young people through our Performances for Schools programme, and found it fascinating to see how every performance felt fresh and how much fun the performers were having on stage each night. It’s a delightful production, with beautiful design and lighting, superb music and is very family-friendly.’


Sarah Piper, Head of Make-Up

‘We will soon be starting the creative process for the make-up in Alcina and the whole make-up department are really looking forward to bringing the stunning designs to life. It’s going to be glamorous and spectacular; we love Handel’s music and what a treat it’ll be to have this beautiful opera at Glyndebourne for the first time.’

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Martyn Bennett, Head of Music Library and Resources

‘This summer I’m really excited that we are reviving Die Entführung aus dem Serail. The production is a classic, with excellent attention to detail that creates beautiful imagery on stage. Musically, I’m really looking forward to Lisette Oropesa’s Konstanza, particularly the aria ‘Marten aller arten’ which is both technically demanding and dramatically fascinating, requiring about 10 minutes of virtuosic performance.’


Bethany Moore, Senior Philanthropy Manager

‘When I hear the music of Beethoven’s one and only opera, Fidelio, I am swept away by its beauty. Combine that with Frederic Wake-Walker’s sublime direction and some striking visuals and I have a sneaky feeling we’re in for a birthday-sized treat, especially with the ongoing generous help of so many of our supporters who are helping fund this fantastic production. What better way to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday?’

The Rake’s Progress

Sarah Luke, Head of Retail

‘It’s really exciting to see the return of The Rake’s Progress this Festival. It’s meant that myself and the rest of the retail team have been able to delve back into David Hockney’s designs which are going to be inspiring some brand new products (much more news on that soon). It is going to be such a thrill to see his designs back on stage again, it is what makes this production of this opera so iconic and unforgettable.’

Public booking opens online on Sunday 8 March 2020 at 6.00pm

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