From the 82nd Glyndebourne Festival comes three very special broadcasts.
The 2016 cinema season starts with a bang, with a brand new production of one of the world’s best known and loved operas, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Recorded live from Festival 2011, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is the biggest opera production Glyndebourne has ever staged, featuring an 80-strong orchestra and enormous sets built on a huge stale.
Closing the 2016 season is a rarely-performed sparkling gem, inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict.
Tickets are now on sale to Picturehouse Members. General sales open on Monday 21 March.
Adults £20 / Members £15.50 / Students and Retired £15.50 / Student and Retired Members £13.50
Tuesday 21 June, 6.30
Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini’s most popular comedy
Figaro, the renowned Barber of Seville, uses every trick he can muster to outwit Dr Bartolo and ensure his master wins his chosen bride. He meets his match in the would-be-bride Rosina who has schemes of her own. Madcap disguises accompany twists and turns in a whirlwind plot, whilst Figaro’s cunning knows no bounds. Directed by Annabel Arden with sparkling wit and playful energy springing directly from Rossini’s joyous music, and conducted by Enrique Mazzola, this new production heralds the welcome return of a masterpiece not seen at Glyndebourne for 33 years. International star and Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese stars as Rosina.
With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Tuesday 12 July, 5.30
Grippingly original, Wagner puts singing and songwriting centre stage in Glyndebourne’s biggest production ever
Hans Sachs is the most celebrated of the Mastersingers, a group of poets and musicians who have created complex rules for composing and performing their songs. Their world is turned upside down by free-thinking Walther who enters their singing competition to win his beloved Eva. But can this inspired rule-breaker win the hand of the woman he loves?
With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. Sung in German with English subtitles.
Tuesday 9 August, 6.30
Love conquers all in Berlioz’s sparkling take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
From Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, to Hermione and Ron in the Harry Potter series, the age-old premise of verbal sparring to mask true feelings of love or passion is employed to magnificent effect in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict.
Berlioz selected the sunniest and funniest elements of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and set them to ravishing music to create this witty love-hate duel. The opera’s overture explodes with a buoyant sense of fun and elegant wit and there are several splendid numbers for the female characters, especially the sublime Act I duet-nocturne, described by one critic as a ‘marvel of indescribable lyrical beauty’.
Conducted by Robin Ticciati and seen through the unique vision of director Laurent Pelly, Berlioz’s comic gem makes its long-awaited Glyndebourne premiere in Festival 2016.
With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. Sung in French with English subtitles.