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Glyndebourne Competition

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The 2016 Glyndebourne season begins on Tuesday 21 June with Rossini’s fresh and funny Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Glyndebourne’s world-class opera broadcasts are live in HD from the Glyndebourne opera house, in the heart of the Sussex Downs, in glorious surround sound. They will be at Picturehouse Cinemas around the country.

Tickets are now on sale for the whole season, check your closest cinema for availability.

To celebrate the season, Glyndebourne have given us some extraordinary prizes, including:

  • First prize (one winner) – A pair of tickets to see The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne in the heart of the Sussex countryside this summer.
  • Second prize (one winner) – A pair of tickets to see Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain at Glyndebourne this autumn, a behind-the-scenes exploration of how an opera is staged with performances from the Don Giovanni cast and orchestra.
  • Third prize (five winners) – A four CD set of the music from Wagner’s compelling Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, captured live at Glyndebourne in 2011.

For the chance to win, simply pre-book tickets for any of the Glyndebourne shows and you’ll be automatically entered into a prize draw closing on Friday 8 July. The winner will be contacted by email by Tuesday 12 July. Terms and conditions apply.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia – 21 June

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, while Figaro’s cunning knows no bounds.

Conducted by Enrique Mazzola and directed by Annabel Arden with sparkling wit and playful energy springing directly from Rossini’s joyous music, this new production heralds the welcome return of a masterpiece not seen at Glyndebourne Festival since 1982.

International star and Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese stars as Rosina.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – 12 July

Wagner puts singing and songwriting centre stage in Glyndebourne’s biggest ever production.

Conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and directed by David McVicar, this acclaimed production was captured live at Festival 2011 and stars Gerald Finley as Hans Sachs.

“A masterstroke”The Independent
“Grippingly original”Opera

Hans Sachs is the most celebrated of the Master Singers, 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?

Béatrice et Bénédict – 9 August

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 directed with unique vision by Laurent Pelly, Berlioz’s comic gem makes its long-awaited Glyndebourne premiere at Festival 2016.

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