The 2015 Glyndebourne season kicks off with a Ravel double bill followed by live broadcasts of Mozart and Britten in July and August.
Ravel Double Bill (Recorded) – Sunday 21 June, 1.00
Hailed by the Financial Times as ‘pure magic’, Laurent Pelly’s unique interpretation of Ravel’s two short operas is a true spectacle.
L’heure espagnole is a sassy and funny sex farce; while L’enfant et les sortilèges is a touching mortality tale in which fantastical fairy tale characters, animals, furniture and crockery all come to life to teach a small boy about kindness. Captured live at Glyndebourne’s 2012 Festival, this award-winning recording stars French mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac and Canadian baritone Elliot Madore.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Live) – Sunday 19 July, 5.00
Mozart’s take on the glittering Orient: a stirring tale of abduction, escape and forgiveness.
Live from Glyndebourne – the home of Mozart – comes a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), the opera in which the 25-year-old composer is often said to have found his mature voice.
Both a popular comedy and a compassionate Enlightenment drama, Entführung tells the story of one man’s attempt to rescue his beloved from the harem of a Turkish despot and his fall to the mercy of his nemesis.The opera’s East/West clash and its surprising resolution defies all stereotypes and strikes a startlingly contemporary chord.
Directed by Glyndebourne favourite David McVicar (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Giulio Cesare) and conducted by Music Director Robin Ticciati, this new production features a stellar cast including Sally Matthews as Konstanze, Edgaras Montvidas as Belmonte, Tobias Kehrer as Osmin and Mari Eriksmoen as Blonde.
The Rape of Lucretia – Sunday 9 August, 6.00
Fiona Shaw’s award-winning production of a dark British masterpiece.
Britten’s extraordinarily tense and chilling treatment of this historic tale is explored in a brilliant production by Fiona Shaw, best known as an actress in films such as Harry Potter and TV series including True Blood. Lucretia is a model of fidelity among Roman wives until the Etruscan prince Tarquinius, provoked by his Roman army comrades, gallops back to Rome to ruin her virtue.
Described as ‘opera at its most nakedly powerful’ by the Daily Telegraph, this production live from the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival will be conducted by Leo Hussain and performed by some of the most exciting British singers on stage today, including Christine Rice, Kate Royal, Allan Clayton and Duncan Rock.