Glyndebourne presents ‘fringe’ festival this August
Glyndebourne is presenting a ‘fringe’ festival this August thanks to support from the New Generation Programme (NGP) and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Ranging from an exciting new promenade opera by renowned composer Julian Philips to a double bill from Glyndebourne Youth Opera, the extra performances will be held before the main Festival productions on dates throughout August.
The pre-performance events aim to give audiences a taste of the work Glyndebourne produces away from the main stage, while showcasing the many talented young artists in its ranks.
Open to audience members who have tickets for the main Festival performances only, tickets are free but must be booked in advance. To book, call the Glyndebourne Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813.
The programme of extra performances includes:
Jerwood Chorus Development Scheme
Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers
Performances on 16, 18, 19 August, Jerwood Studio
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation has funded the Chorus Development Scheme since 2004, giving further training and performance opportunities to Glyndebourne choristers.
Showcasing some of Glyndebourne’s most talented young singers, this year’s Jerwood project presents Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers. This classic chamber opera follows the story of Orpheus, who rescues his wife Eurydice from the underworld after she dies from a snake bite.
Directed by Bruno Ravella, who is also the Assistant Director on the GFO 2011 production of Rinaldo, and conducted by Robert Howarth, who has a growing reputation as a conductor and director of early repertoire. With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Daphné Rebecca van den Berg
Enone/Proserpine Charlotte Beament
Arethuze Marianne Vidal
Euridice Gwawr Edwards
Orphée Oliver Mercer
Apollon/Titye John Mackenzie-Lavansch
Ixion Magid El-Bushra
Tantale Niel Joubert
Pluton Michael Parle
Generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation
Performances on 21, 24, 26 August, Organ Room
Complimenting this year’s Jerwood Chorus Development Scheme performances, Julian Philips, Glyndebourne’s first composer-in-residence (2006-09), presents Followers, a three-part promenade opera based on the Orpheus myth. Julian enjoyed previous success at Glyndebourne with The Yellow Sofa (2009) and Knight Crew (2010).
Directed by Frederic Wake-Walker, whose production credits for Glyndebourne include Renard and Mavra (2010), The Yellow Sofa and Die Zauberflöte (GOT), the opera follows three characters through three musical periods and spaces at Glyndebourne. The opera will take place in the Organ Room, the Old Green Room and the Ebert Room, with the audience following the singers and musicians to each venue. With players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andrew Dickinson Orpheus
Gabriela Istoc Eurydice
Alexander Hargreaves Hades
Generously supported by the Alan and Karen Grieve Charitable Trust
Ebert Room recitals
17, 22 August, Jerwood Studio
To celebrate the opening of the refurbished Ebert Room, Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists will perform a recital programme of operatic excerpts from a range of repertoire. The 2011 Jerwood Young Artists are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and receive increased rehearsal, training and performance opportunities as part of Glyndebourne's commitment to supporting the development of young singers. With piano by Gareth Hancock.
David Butt Philip
Alexander Robin Baker
Glyndebourne Youth Opera Double Bill
23 August, Jerwood Studio
Glyndebourne Youth Opera 3, formed of young people between 13 and 21 years-old, present two new short works.
Composer Orlando Gough, who has directed previous Glyndebourne Education projects including On the Rim of the World (2009), presents On Off, a vocal ensemble piece in celebration of the forthcoming Glyndebourne wind turbine. The libretto has been written in partnership with the young people taking part.
When I am Old forms the second half of the double bill. Composed by Hannah Conway, Music Director of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, with a libretto by Hazel Gould, When I am Old is a new work inspired by the memos of Rachel Corrie, a young American peace activist killed in Gaza in 2003.
Researched and developed with members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera 3, When I am Old is presented with the blessing of the Corrie family.
On Off is generously supported by Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme
When I am Old is generously supported by Linda Christmas
Glyndebourne Youth Opera is generously supported by the Charles Peel Charitable Trust, Dr and Mrs John Padfield and Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme
Notes for editors:
The New Generation Programme (NGP) was launched by Glyndebourne in 2009 to help continue Glyndebourne’s commitment to developing talented young artists and to introduce opera to the audiences of the future. As well as Glyndebourne’s existing Jerwood Chorus Development Scheme, Under-30s’ programme and pioneering education work, the NGP is enabling Glyndebourne to develop a range of exciting new initiatives.
About Glyndebourne: The 77th Glyndebourne Festival opened on 21 May 2011 and includes new productions of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Handel’s Rinaldo. These are complemented by revivals of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Box Office: 01273 813813 or www.glyndebourne.com
The Glyndebourne Festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay. They began with two Mozart operas, but the repertoire has expanded to include works from the baroque to the contemporary. New works premiered at Glyndebourne include two by Benjamin Britten, 13 new commissions on the main stage and over 20 more through the Education programme. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934. Although it receives valued Arts Council support for the Tour and education work, the Festival receives no public subsidy. Glyndebourne is a registered charity, funded by box office income, its members and supporters. Today the Festival runs from May to August with a programme of six operas in a world-class 1,200-seat opera house.
Together with Glyndebourne on Tour it presents about 120 performances each year to a total audience of around 150,000. Its resident orchestras are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Glyndebourne began the Tour in 1968 to bring opera to new audiences and create performance opportunities for young singers in the Glyndebourne Chorus. The Chorus plays a vital role in our commitment to developing new talent through the discovery and training of young singers. As part of Glyndebourne’s mission to reach new audiences, it has maintained a widely respected Education programme since 1986. Glyndebourne also offers reduced-price tickets to under-30s for selected performances, and has pioneered using recordings to open-up its work to a worldwide audience through broadcasts, cinema screenings, DVDs and internet streaming.
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