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Barrie Kosky’s 2015 staging of Saul

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Glyndebourne announces 2018 Festival

11:06, 2nd May 2017

The Glyndebourne Festival 2018 (19 May – 26 August 2018) will feature the UK’s first professional production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa.

The new production will be directed by Keith Warner, with Jakub Hrůša conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a cast including Emma Bell in the title role and Edgaras Montvidas as Anatol.

The Festival’s second new production is Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. The production will be directed by Stefan Herheim, with Robin Ticciati conducting. Christina Gansch will appear as Mélisande and John Chest as Pelléas, with Christopher Purves as Golaud.

Following performances as part of the Glyndebourne Tour in 2016, Annilese Miskimmon’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will make its Festival debut. Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Olga Busuioc as Cio-Cio-San, Joshua Guerrero as Lieutenant BF Pinkerton and Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.

The 2018 Festival will be completed by three revivals, including David McVicar’s 2005 production of Giulio Cesare and Barrie Kosky’s 2015 staging of Saul.

A number of artists involved in the original Giulio Cesare production will return for the revival, including director David McVicar, conductor William Christie and Sarah Connolly in the title role. Barrie Kosky will oversee the first revival of Saul, with Laurence Cummings conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the cast including Markus Brück as Saul, Allan Clayton as Jonathan and Iestyn Davies as David.

Completing the season is the first Glyndebourne revival of Richard Jones’s 2014 production of Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Robin Ticciati. Kate Royal will return to the role of the Marschallin, with Kate Lindsey appearing as Octavian and Brindley Sherratt as Baron Ochs.

Glyndebourne’s first-ever production of Massenet’s Cendrillon – created by Fiona Shaw – will be the highlight of the Glyndebourne Tour (13 October – 1 December 2018), which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. The Tour will also include a revival of Tom Cairns’s production of Verdi’s La traviata (2014); this will be the focus of a Behind The Curtain event, which will feature performance extracts from the cast and orchestra of the main Tour 2018 production.

The company also revealed that another new main stage community opera will be staged in March 2019. The latest new commission will be composed by Howard Moody and directed by Simon Iorio and will be delivered in partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

In addition to its 2018 Festival announcement, Glyndebourne unveiled plans for a new production hub that will bring all of its making departments under one roof.

The organisation’s biggest capital investment since the rebuilding of its opera house in 1994, the building will contain technical workspace, three music practice rooms and an extra rehearsal space.

A targeted fundraising effort will seek to raise the money for the project, underwritten by reserves that have been built up in recent years for this purpose.

Nicholas Hare Architects have been appointed to the project and an architect’s model of the development will be on display to visitors during the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival. Work on the new building is expected to begin this winter.


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