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Glyndebourne announces 2019 programme
We are pleased to announce Glyndebourne’s 2019 programme with operas composed by Berlioz, Mozart, Rossini, Massenet, Dvořák and Handel.
Highlights over the next year include our first production of Berlioz’s thrilling ‘dramatic legend’ La damnation de Faust, an exciting new staging of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Glyndebourne’s first production of Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Agreed: A world premiere at Glyndebourne
Spring of 2019 sees the world premiere of Agreed on Glyndebourne’s stage. Written by Howard Moody and directed by Simon Iorio it tells a story of love and divided lands, and will feature an professional cast and intergenerational chorus from the local area.
Filled with emotions, Festival 2019 is painted in bold musical colours, whether in the thrilling sonic spectacle of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust or the sunny, heat-soaked comedy of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Meanwhile witches and wizards, sorceresses and fairy godmothers sprinkle magic through a season that gathers together some classic operatic fairy tales.
Photo: Bill Cooper
- BERLIOZ La damnation de Faust
A rare opportunity to see Berlioz’s genre-defying masterpiece fully staged. Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Richard Jones.
- ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia
A revival of Annabel Arden’s 2016 production of opera’s greatest comedy. Conducted by Rafael Payare.
- MASSENET Cendrillon
Fiona Shaw’s production of this Cinderella story makes its Festival debut, conducted by John Wilson with Danielle de Niese in the title role.
- DVOŘÁK Rusalka
This heartbreaking tale of love and loss is a revival of the Festival 2009 production from Melly Still, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
- MOZART Die Zauberflöte
Enchantment meets enlightenment politics in this new production from André Barbe and Renaud Doucet conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.
- HANDEL Rinaldo
A revival of the Festival 2011 production from Robert Carsen, returns with an all-new cast, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev.
Members have priority access to Festival 2019 tickets. Register your interest in Membership today.
The Glyndebourne Festival Society ballot will open on Saturday 1 December 2018. Associate Members’ ballot opens Friday 18 January 2019.
Public booking opens Sunday 3 March 2019.
Photo: Mike Hoban
Glyndebourne’s first production of Verdi’s Rigoletto opens Glyndebourne Tour 2019, along with revivals of Handel’s Rinaldo and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. All three productions will be touring the country, including a stop in Liverpool.
Tour Members get priority booking for Tour 2019.
Glyndebourne begins recruitment for new Artistic Director
Glyndebourne has begun recruitment for a new Artistic Director who will be responsible for the company’s artistic vision and all creative output.
The Artistic Director will work alongside a Managing Director, responsible for the business and financial operations, both reporting to Executive Chairman, Gus Christie.
Gus Christie said: ‘Glyndebourne is in a strong position both artistically and financially. Turnover has more than doubled over the past 20 years – reaching a record high of £30.4 million in 2017 – and staffing has grown by 50%. This increasing scale of our operation has led to the decision to split the responsibilities previously undertaken by one General Director between these two new roles.
‘I’m delighted to announce that we have appointed Sarah Hopwood as our Managing Director. Sarah has been instrumental in driving the innovation and investment that has contributed to our success. I have every confidence this pairing will bring us both the stability and inspiration we need to maintain Glyndebourne’s place as a leader in the opera world.’
Glyndebourne is currently investing in its largest capital project since the construction of the new theatre. The new £6 million state-of-the-art Production Hub will house the costume, props and wig departments, and will help Glyndebourne maintain its high production values and ensure it can continue to attract the best creative staff.