2013 Glyndebourne Festival unveils a series of firsts with new work on stage, on screen and online
When the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival opens on May 18 the seminal anniversaries of Verdi and Britten will be celebrated on stage, on screen and online. For the first time in Glyndebourne’s history, all six Festival productions (in a combination of live and recorded live transmissions) will be streamed into cinemas and online, cementing Glyndebourne’s longstanding commitment to using digital developments to bring the art form to new audiences. This comprehensive digital programme plays a vital role in ensuring audiences have more opportunity to experience Glyndebourne’s work than ever before.
More than £1million of tickets were sold in the first 24 hours of public booking for the 79th Glyndebourne Festival when it opened on March 18. The Festival opens with a new production of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his first fully-staged Strauss opera. Katharina Thoma makes her Glyndebourne debut directing this celebrated collaboration between composer Richard Strauss and writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski performs the title role as she makes her Glyndebourne Festival debut. US mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey makes her role and Festival debut as Composer and Russian tenor Sergey Skorokhodov makes his UK and Glyndebourne debut as Bacchus.
Following their celebrated artistic collaboration on Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, director Jonathan Kent, designer Paul Brown and conductor William Christie reunite for the second new production of the 2013 Festival; Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. This will be the first time Hippolyte et Aricie has been performed at Glyndebourne. William Christie, a leading exponent of the Baroque repertoire, will return to Glyndebourne to conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on period instruments of the time. The pivotal role of Phèdre is performed by Sarah Connolly in a welcome return to the Glyndebourne stage.
Four revivals complete the 2013 Festival season. Michael Grandage’s 2010 Festival production of Billy Budd returns once again to delight audiences and mark the Britten Centenary. Jacques Imbrailo returns in the title role and Mark Padmore makes his anticipated role debut as Captain Vere with Brindley Sherratt singing the role of Claggart for the first time. Sir Andrew Davis will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Michael Grandage’s 2012 production of Le nozze di Figaro makes an immediate return to the Festival with a new cast of singers; a production that will see conductor Jérémie Rhorer making his UK operatic debut. The opera has particular resonance as it was the first to be performed at Glyndebourne when it began in 1934, with founder John Christie’s wife and co-founder Audrey Mildmay in the role of Susanna. The 2013 production will see Czech bass-baritone Adam Plachetka take the title role for his Glyndebourne Festival debut. He is supported by Romanian-American soprano Laura Tatulescu in the role of Susanna, also making both her Festival and Glyndebourne debuts.
Verdi’s Falstaff is revived with Sir Mark Elder conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. American soprano Ailyn Perez makes both her role debut and Glyndebourne debut as Alice Ford in the 2009 revival of Richard Jones production. She marks her role debut as one of the objects of Sir John Falstaff’s misguided affection whilst baritone Roman Burdenko makes his Glyndebourne and role debut as Ford. The role of Fenton will be performed by Italian tenor Antonio Poli in his Glyndebourne debut.
Mariame Clément’s production of Don Pasquale, first seen on Glyndebourne Tour, makes its first Festival appearance with Danielle de Niese performing the role of Norina as she continues her exploration of Donizetti following her acclaimed debut as Adina in the 2011 Festival production of L’elisir d’amore. Celebrated Italian baritone Alessandro Corbelli sings the title role with Enrique Mazzola conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Danielle is joined by Belarusian baritone Nikolay Borchev as he makes his Festival debut as Malatesta.
The 79th Festival signals the end of Vladimir Jurowski’s 13- year tenure as Music Director, in which time he has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in many extraordinary and memorable performances.
The conductor’s final year will be marked with a celebration concert in August. Mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly and soprano Lucy Crowe will perform in this specially conceived concert with British actress and director Annabel Arden narrating. Performances of Mozart’s Symphony No 32 and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vladimir Jurowski also conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Wakening Shadow, a dramatic realisation of selected Britten Canticles interspersed with three new compositions from Luke Styles, Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence. Directed by emerging creative talent Daisy Evans, Wakening Shadow draws inspiration from Britten’s settings, further celebrating the 2013 Britten Centenary.
Vladimir Jurowski said: “I have relished my time here as Music Director and am tremendously proud of the artistic work we have produced. I am delighted that in 2014 the enormously talented conductor Robin Ticciati will take over this role and have every confidence that he will cherish, as I have, the opportunity to create opera in the unique environment that Glyndebourne provides.”
Glyndebourne reinforces its reputation as a digital pioneer in 2013 by broadcasting all six Festival operas into cinemas and online through a combination of live and recorded-live transmissions. This comprehensive digital programme is delivered in partnership with Guradian.co.uk and Picturehouse cinemas.
Digital developments play a vital role in ensuring audiences are provided with more opportunities to experience Glyndebourne’s work than ever before – on stage, on screen and online. Marking this positive step, Glyndebourne’s General Director, David Pickard said: “Glyndebourne has always taken great pride in the quality of the productions we create and we are delighted that in 2013 we will be sharing our work with as broad a range of audiences as possible through a multi-channel platform of stage, screen and online."
In 2013 Glyndebourne marks the 200th celebration of Richard Wagner’s birth with CD releases on the Glyndebourne label. Tristan und Isolde (2009) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2011) celebrate Vladimir Jurowski’s musical legacy as they are released alongside La Cenerentola (2007) and Love and Other Demons (2008) as four of Vladimir’s most memorable Glyndebourne performances. They will be released for the first time as digital downloads and in an exciting new phase for the Glyndebourne label, 2013 sees the entire independent CD collection available for download. Marking this new phase in the label’s growth, Glyndebourne is also producing its first ever compilation album containing a selection of tracks from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro.
Further digital expansion in 2013 sees additional Glyndebourne DVD releases which include The Cunning Little Vixen, Le nozze di Figaro and the Ravel double bill, L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges, filmed live during the 2012 Glyndebourne Festival.
New ticket pricing for the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival sees 30% of all Glyndebourne Festival tickets priced at £100 or less for the first time, confirming Glyndebourne’s commitment to broaden access to the art form and widen accessibility to the Festival.
An enhanced package for the Glyndebourne<30 (Under 30s) scheme has also been unveiled and is designed to support the next generation of opera lovers. Thanks to subsidies from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme this new approach will see more than 1000 Festival tickets for the under 30s priced at just £30. This will also extend the <30 scheme to offer access to a broader range of Glyndebourne activities including 2013 Tour performances and cinema screenings.