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Glyndebourne Festival Now Streaming Poulenc Double Bill


Glyndebourne is now streaming a Poulenc double bill on its official platform Glyndebourne Encore. Audiences can check out “La Voix Humaine” and “Les Mamelles de Tirésias” in a production by Laurent Pelly. The production premiered during the 2022 festival. Of the staging, The Telegraph said, “‘Glyndebourne’s final offering of the season is both scintillatingly brilliant in its own right and {…}

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Glyndebourne Festival Opera Review 2022: La Bohème


Photo credit: © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. “La bohème”, as the archetypal verismo opera, tends to resist stagings that take it much beyond the confines of nineteenth-century Paris, and indeed non-naturalistic approaches to the work. (Audiences tend to resist them too.) The two most successful in London recently have been John Copley’s recently retired version at the Royal Opera House – {…}

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Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2022 Review: The Wreckers


(© Richard Hubert Smith) Ethel Smyth’s opera “The Wreckers” opened the Glyndebourne Festival Opera last weekend, receiving its first-ever performance in the original French – libretto by Henry Brewster – and with many savage cuts restored. Its journey has been a long one: Smyth was repeatedly thwarted by war, misogynistic attitudes, musical conservatism, and meddling conductors. For some context – {…}


Francesco Micheli to Make History at Glyndebourne Festival


(Credit: Gianfranco Rota) Francesco Micheli is set to make history by becoming the fourth Italian director to stage a new opera production in the 88-year-long history of the Glyndebourne Festival. Micheli will make his debut at the 2022 edition of the Festival, staging Georg Friedrich Händel’s “Alcina.” He follows such Italian directors as Damiano Michieletto, Franco Enriquez, and Franco Zeffirelli {…}

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Glyndebourne Festival 2021 Review: Tristan und Isolde


(Credit: © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. Photo: Bill Cooper) Glyndebourne’s final production of this year’s festival is a semi-staged realization of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” conceived by Daniel Dooner and featuring Glyndebourne music director Robin Ticciati in the pit, accompanied by their resident orchestra the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s a production that boldly sets out several role debuts, in Simon {…}

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Glyndebourne Festival 2021 Review: ‘Il turco in Italia’


Rossini’s operatic world is a crossroads of things: the formal conventions of arias, duets, cavatina, patter number, the stock characters of the Commedia dell’arte, a hotchpotch of contemporary patriarchal and orientalist stereotypes, and reheated scenarios from various librettists. How do modern audiences, relatively unmoored from this world, connect with these shows? A Brilliant Production In this new production of “Il {…}

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Glyndebourne Festival 2021 Review: Kat’a Kabanova


It is an under-appreciated coincidence that Janacek’s searing opera of bourgeois repressiveness and psychological collapse appears in the same year as fellow Moravian Sigmund Freud’s “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” and his study of “Mass Psychology” (they were, in fact, born mere miles apart). “Kat’a Kabanova” is a psychic drama of shame and self-hatred. As in Freud’s work, Janacek creates a {…}


Glyndebourne Festival to Team up with Marquee TV


Marquee TV has announced a new collaboration with Glyndebourne as the Festival’s official digital partner. For the 2021 program, Marquee TV will stream Glyndebourne: Summer Symphonies which will comprise four concerts live from the Festival and featuring Glyndebourne’s resident orchestras. The concerts will stream from July 2 through Sept. 10 and will feature the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment {…}


Glyndebourne Festival Announces Revised 2021 Season


The Glyndebourne Festival has announced a revised 2021 season that will run from May 20 to August 29. “Kát’a Kabanová” will open the festival in a new production by Damiano Michieletto. The cast will include Kateřina Knĕžíková, Aigul Akhmetshina, Katarina Dalayman, Nicky Spence, Alexander Vassiliev, David Butt Philip, and Thomas Atkins.  Performance Dates: May 29-June 19, 2021 Giancarlo Andretta conducts Mariame Clément’s production of Rossini’s {…}