Aigul Akhmetshina, Danielle de Niese & Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Lead Glyndebourne Festival’s 2024 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The 2024 Glyndebourne Festival has been announced celebrating its 90th season.

The season will open with a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen,” directed by Diane Paulus in her Glyndebourne directorial debut. Music Director Robin Ticciati and conductor Anja Bihlmaier will share conducting duties with two casts. The first cast will include mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb in the role of Carmen and tenor Dmytro Popov as Don José. In August, those roles will be performed by Aigul Akhmetshina and Evan LeRoy Johnson.

Performance Dates: May 16-August 10, 2024

The second new production of the season will be Franz Lehár’s operetta “The Merry Widow.” Presented in a new English-language version by Stephen Plaice and Marcia Bellamy, it will be directed by Cal McCrystal and conducted by John Wilson. Danielle de Niese stars as Hanna Glawari alongside Germán Olvera, Thomas Allen,  and Soraya Mafi as Valencienne.

Performance Dates: June 9-July 28, 2024

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” will feature Constantin Trinks leading the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a cast that includes Paul Appleby as Tamino, Lauren Snouffer as Pamina, Aleksandra Olczyk as Queen of the Night and Rodion Pogossov as Papageno.

Performance Dates: May 18-July 21, 2024

Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” gets a revival with Laurence Cummings conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The cast will be led by Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen in the title role and Louise Alder as Cleopatra.

Performance Dates: June 23-August 23, 2024

The festival concludes with Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Robin Ticciati conducting a cast that includes tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Miina-Liisa Värelä in the title roles and bass-baritone Shenyang as Kurwenal.

Performance Dates: August 2-25, 2024