Glyndebourne firsts

Love and Other Demons, Glyndebourne Festival 2008, Photo: Mike Hoban

Glyndebourne’s commissions and premieres

  • 1938  Macbeth (Verdi) - first professional production in England

  • 1946 The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) - World premiere - production by Britten’s group (later known as the English Opera Group) but rehearsed and performed at Glyndebourne

  • 1947 Albert Herring (Britten) - World premiere - production by English Opera Group at Glyndebourne

  • 1950 Ariadne auf Naxos (R Strauss) - Version with preceding play Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme translated (for this Glyndebourne production at the Edinburgh Festival)  by Miles Malleson

  • 1951 Idomeneo (Mozart) - first professional production in England

  • 1953 The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky) - first professional stage performance in Britain. Mounted by Glyndebourne at the Edinburgh Festival

  • 1954 Arlecchino (Busoni) - first stage production in Britain

  • 1957 Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart) - story and spoken dialogue newly devised for this production after G Stephanie by Hanns Hammelmann and Michael Rose at Glyndebourne’s instigation

  • 1960 La Voix Humaine (Poulenc) - first performance in Britain. Mounted by  Glyndebourne at the Edinburgh Festival

  • 1961 Elegy for Young Lovers (Henze) - world premiere in original language

  • 1962 L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) - realisation by Raymond Leppard. First professional production in England

  • 1967 L’Ormindo (Cavalli) - so far as is known this was the first time L’Ormindo had been performed anywhere since 1644. Arranged by Raymond Leppard.

  • 1970 La Calisto (Cavalli) - so far as is known this was the first time La Calisto had been performed since 1651. Arranged by Raymond Leppard.

  • 1970 The Rising of the Moon (Maw) - world premiere. First opera to be specially commissioned by Glyndebourne

  • 1972 Il Ritorno d’Ulisse (Monteverdi) - According to Kobbe’s Complete Opera Book this was the first time the opera had been staged in Britain. Certainly first performance of  Raymond Leppard’s version.

  • 1973 The Visit of the Old Lady (Von Einem) - first performance in England

  • 1974 Intermezzo (R Strauss) - first professional stage performance in England.

  • 1975 Der Freischutz (Weber) - first performance in an English translation, which was made for Glyndebourne by John Cox and David Parry. Performed by Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

  • 1983 The Love for Three Oranges (Prokofiev) - first performance in an English translation, which was made for Glyndebourne by Tom Stoppard. Performed by Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

  • 1984 Where the Wild Things Are (Knussen) - performed by Glyndebourne at the National Theatre. (Wild Things was originally commissioned from Knussen by Brussels Opera  in 1978. It was produced for them in an incomplete form in 1980. In 1982 London  Sinfonietta gave a concert performance of the revised but still incomplete work. Glyndebourne then commissioned the completion of the work as premiered in 1984)

  • 1984 Higglety Pigglety Pop! (Knussen) - World premiere. Commissioned by the BBC for Glyndebourne and performed in an incomplete edition in 1984 by Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Performed complete in the Glyndebourne Festival, 1985.

  • 1986 Porgy and Bess (Gershwin) - first British production in Britain. (Previously toured to Britain by an American company which appeared at the Stoll Theatre 1952-3 according to Kobbe)

  • 1987 The Electrification of the Soviet Union (Osborne) - World premiere. Commissioned for Glyndebourne by the BBC. Performed by the Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

  • 1990 New Year (Tippett) - European premiere. Commissioned by Glyndebourne, Houston Grand Opera and the BBC receiving its world premiere at Houston Grand Opera, 1989.

  • 1991 La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) - with newly composed secco recitatives by Stephen Oliver.

  • 1993 Beatrice et Benedict (Berlioz) - Glyndebourne at the South Bank in concert. Sung in the original French but with a new English translation by John Wells specially commissioned for these performances.

  • 1993  Die Lustige Witwe (Lehar) - Glyndebourne at the South Bank in concert. Sung in the original German but with new English narration by Tom Stoppard specially commissioned for these performances (Premiered in Birmingham)

  • 1993 Cornet Christoph Rilke’s Song of Love and Death (Matthus) - British premiere. Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

  • 1994 The Second Mrs Kong (Birtwistle) - World premiere. Commissioned by Glyndebourne. Performed by Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

  • 1995 Ermione (Rossini) - first staging in the UK.

  • 1997 Misper (Lunn) – opera for 8 to 12 year olds, commissioned by Glyndebourne Education , and performed by local school children at Glyndebourne.

  • 1998 Flight (Dove) - World premiere. Commissioned by Glyndebourne. Performed by Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

  • 2000 Zoë (Lunn) – youth opera  for 13 to 16 year olds, commissioned, organised and run by Glyndebourne Education and performed by young people.

  • 2000 The Last Supper (Birtwistle) – UK premiere. Co-commissioned by Glyndebourne, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and Royal Festival Hall. Performed by Glyndebourne on Tour (GTO).

  • 2005 Tangier Tattoo (Lunn) – opera for 18 year olds and upwards, commissioned by Glyndebourne  Education Department, and performed by Glyndebourne on Tour  (GTO).

  • 2006 School 4 Lovers – a Hip H’Opera version of Cosi fan tutte. Glyndebourne and Finnish National Opera co-production

  • 2006 Betrothal in a Monastery (Prokofiev) - first professional production in the UK.

  • 2008 Love and Other Demons (Eötvos) – World premiere. Co-commissioned by Glyndebourne and Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

  • 2010 Knight Crew (Philips) - youth opera for 13 to 16 year olds. Commissioned, organised and run by Glyndebourne Education, and performed by local young people. The process was filmed and broadcast by the BBC.

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