A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists.
Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.
You can see the production live in cinemas and online on Tuesday 14 August.
One of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores
An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.
Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama. Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut with this production, which promises to bring out the psychological tensions that sit just below the surface of this charged work.
A new production for Festival 2018. Sung in English with English supertitles.
Enhance your experience
Insider talk – Vanessa: Exploring an operatic thriller
Friday 17 August, 4.00pm – 4.45pm, £9
Insider talks gives you a behind the-scenes glimpse in to the workings of Glyndebourne – find out more
Study event – Vanessa: The great American opera?
Sunday 12 August, 10.30am-1.30pm, £25
Moderated by journalist Warwick Thompson and featuring expert talks, panel discussions and musical previews, study events are designed to give you an in-depth insight into our Festival 2018 operas. Book now
Vanessa is supported by The Aisbitt Family
Cast and creative team
Conductor Jakub Hrůša / Leo McFall (17 and 24 August)
Director Keith Warner
Designer Ashley Martin-Davis
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
Projection Designer Alex Uragallo
Vanessa Emma Bell
Erika Virginie Verrez
The Old Baroness Doris Soffel
Anatol Edgaras Montvidas
The Old Doctor Donnie Ray Albert
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Dates and times
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Performance schedule Gardens Performance Transport Date Open Start *Long interval Finish Train departs Victoria Post opera coach Sunday 5 August
2.00 4.45 5.45 8.25 12.47 8.55 Tuesday 7 August
3.00 5.20 6.20 9.00 1.47 9.25 Friday 10 August
3.00 5.20 6.20 9.00 1.47 9.25 Sunday 12 August
2.00 4.45 5.45 8.25 12.47 8.55 Tuesday 14 August <30
3.00 5.20 6.20 9.00 1.47 9.25 Friday 17 August
3.00 5.20 6.20 9.00 1.47 9.25 Sunday 19 August
2.00 4.45 5.45 8.25 12.47 8.55 Wednesday 22 August <30
3.00 5.20 6.20 9.00 1.47 9.25 Friday 24 August <30
3.00 5.20 6.20 9.00 1.47 9.25 Sunday 26 August
2.00 4.45 5.45 8.25 12.47 8.55
<30 Glyndebourne Under 30s performance
Dining and ticket option available
*Long dining interval
Our long dining interval lasts for 90 minutes
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