Glyndebourne Festival 2012 marks an environmental first

Photo: Leigh Simpson

When Glyndebourne Festival opens on 20 May it will be the first UK opera festival powered by renewable energy, establishing Glyndebourne as an environmental innovator in the arts. 

The Festival opens with a new production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen directed by Melly Still, who returns to Glyndebourne following her successful production of Dvořák’s Rusalka in 2009.  Renowned theatre director Michael Grandage, who made his Glyndebourne debut in 2010 (directing Britten’s award-winning Billy Budd) returns with a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro  -  the quintessential Glyndebourne opera and the first to be performed in 1934, and again in 1994 when the new opera house opened. 

The third new production for Festival 2012 comes in the form of a Ravel showcase; a double bill of L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges.  These productions reunite the artistic partnership of conductor Kazushi Ono and director Laurent Pelly, who previously collaborated in 2008 with Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel. Revival productions for 2012 are Rossini’s La Cenerentola directed by Sir Peter Hall, Puccini’s La bohème directed by David McVicar and Jonathan Kent’s staging of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.

2012 see’s Glyndebourne’s biggest cinema programme yet with more operas screening to more people, in more cinemas than ever before. Live performances will be shown in over 60 cinemas across the UK (in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment) and in 2007 Glyndebourne successfully became the first UK opera house to screen its work in cinemas to taking opera to broader audiences.

Following last year’s ground-breaking partnership with the Guardian, Glyndebourne has increased the operas streamed live from the Festival, and 2012 sees the three new productions streamed alongside streamings of La Cenerentola (2005) and The Fairy Queen (2009).  The operas are streamed on the Guardian and Glyndebourne websites and remain available on demand for two weeks. With over 250 performances on stage, cinema and online, the 2012 Festival expects to reach a global audience of millions.

Off stage, art and sculpture created by 12 local and international artists will be exhibited throughout the grounds at Glyndebourne. Leading the 2012 collection is renowned South African artist and Sculptor Deborah Bell, who unveils two new works, she widely known for her collaborative projects with William Kentridge and Robert Hodgins.

David Pickard, General Director at Glyndebourne said:

“It’s an exciting prospect to see the hard work and preparation come together for this year’s Festival, in particular the wind turbine, which supports our campaign to reduce Glyndebourne’s carbon footprint. I am delighted Glyndebourne is reaching new audiences through the expansion of its digital programme, bringing new audiences to opera across the UK and beyond.”

Tickets for Glyndebourne Festival 2012 are available now at glyndebourne.com and by telephone on +44 (0) 1273 815000. Ticket prices start at £10.

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