Danielle De Niese, Louise Alder & Kristina Mkhitaryan Higlight Glyndebourne’s 2020 Festival

By Francisco Salazar

The Glyndebourne Festival has announced its 2020 season featuring two company premieres, three new productions, and three revivals. It will also feature international artists and some company favorites.

The Glyndebourne festival will open with the first production of Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites.”  The new production will be directed by Barrie Kosky and will be conducted by Music Director Robin Ticciati. Danielle de Niese will make her role debut as Blanche de la Force.

Handel’s “Alcina” follows in a new production overseen by director Francesco Micheli and conductor Gianluca Capuano. The opera’s appearance will mark the Glyndebourne premiere and will star Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan in the title role, with Armenian soprano Nina Minasyan as Morgana, Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany as Ruggiero and American contralto Avery Amereau as Bradamante.

The third new production of the season will be Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” directed by Frederic Wake-Walker and conducted by Robin Ticciati. It will mark the first new production of the opera at Glyndebourne in nearly twenty years and marks the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The opera will star soprano Emma Bell as Leonore and tenor David Butt Philip as Florestan.

John Cox’s production of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” will return with Jakub Hrůša conducting. Ben Bliss will star as Tom Rakewell, Matthew Rose will be Nick Shadow and Louise Alder will portray Anne Trulove.

The season will also include a revival of David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” and Annabel Arden’s production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”

Glyndebourne Tour 

The Glyndebourne Tour will return touring around England in productions of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” “Puccini’s Madama Butterfly” and the return of the Behind The Curtain series with “The Magic Flute: Behind the Curtain.” The 2020 tour is expected to run from Oct. 9 to Dec. 5, 2020, and will visit Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Woking, Norwich, and Liverpool. Further information and casting to follow.