Glyndebourne On Tour 2010: 9 October - 4 December 2010

The Coronation of Poppea. Photo: Bill Cooper

Glyndebourne on Tour booking is open — Czech maestro Jakub Hrŭša’s first season as Music Director

 Now in its 42nd year, Glyndebourne on Tour (GOT) presents three productions for its 2010 touring programme. Booking is now open.

Incorporating both new and familiar productions, GOT is led by Czech conductor Jakub Hrŭša in the first year of his tenure as Music Director.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a new production from the 2010 Festival originally directed by Jonathan Kent, is revived for the Tour by director Ashley Dean. GOT Music Director Jakub Hrŭša will conduct the majority of the performances, with Norwegian-born baritone Auden Iversen in the title role.

Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Peter Hall’s 2005 Festival production, is revived by director Lynne Hockney. The baton is shared between Spanish conductor Enrique Mazzola, who conducted the 2007 GOT production of L’elisir d’amore, and former Glyndebourne Chorus Master Thomas Blunt. The role of Cinderella (Angelina) is sung by Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy.

Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea was first staged in the 2008 Festival, directed by Robert Carsen. A co-production with Opéra National de Bordeaux, it was shown there last June, before being hired to Vienna’s Theatre an der Wien this January. Revived for the Tour by director Bruno Ravella and conducted by Jonathan Cohen, the title role will be sung by German soprano Christiane Karg in her UK opera debut.  

GOT, together with the Glyndebourne Festival, reaches an audience of over 140,000 people annually, with the Tour continuing to be made possible thanks to the long-standing support of Arts Council England. After a three-week run at Glyndebourne, GOT travels to Woking (2nd -6th November), Milton Keynes (9th -13th November), Norwich (16th-20th November), Plymouth (23rd -27th November) and Stoke-on-Trent (30th November - 4th December).

GOT 2010 will also revive its hugely successful Performances For  Schools, offering students of various age-groups access to two performances at Glyndebourne, and for Stoke-on-Trent students, a Performance for Schools at the town’s Regent Theatre.

Booking now open. Tel: 01273 813813 or log on to

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni

The blackest of Mozart’s comedies, Don Giovanni charts the final 24 hours in the life of legendary seducer Don Juan before he meets his fiery end in the depths of hell. This new production from the 2010 Festival reuntites the immensely successful partnership of director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown. Ashley Dean revives this production.

Making his UK opera debut in the title role is prize-winning young Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen, who was a principal artist with The Royal Opera Copenhagan for the 2008/9 season, where his roles included Schaunard/La bohème and Viscomte Cascada/Die Lustige Witwe. He recently performed at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.

The role of Donna Anna will be sung by British-born soprano Natasha Jouhl. Engaged as First Wood Nymph in the GFO 2009 production of Rusalka, the 2009 John Christie award winner was given the opportunity to take over the title role for one performance, which was received to great acclaim.

A graduate of the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow made his Glyndebourne debut this summer as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and will sing the role of Leporello.

Italian tenor Emanuele D’Aguanno sings the role of Don Ottavio in his Glyndebourne debut.

A new production from the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Conductor Jakub Hrŭša/Leo McFall (9, 12, 30 November, 4 December)

Director Jonathan Kent

Revival Director Ashley Dean

Cast includes:

The Commendatore In-Sung Sim

Donna Anna Natasha Jouhl

Don Ottavio Emanuele D’Aguanno

Don Giovanni Audun Iversen

Leporello Robert Gleadow

Donna Elvira Nicole Heaston

Zerlina Eliana Pretorian

Masetto Callum Thorpe

Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus

Gioachino Rossini 

La Cenerentola

Full of magical enchantment and boasting a miraculous score, Rossini’s La Cenerentola is revived from the 2005 Festival. Originally directed by Peter Hall, this understated and sensitive production happily marries high comedy and heartfelt emotion, revived for the Tour by director Lynne Hockney.

Jonathan Veira, a much-loved Glyndebourne artist for over 20 years, performs the role of Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico. As well as performing internationally, the bass-baritone has sung in 18 Festival and Tour productions.   

Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy will sing Angelina, this production’s Cinderella role, in her Glyndebourne debut. She studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, on the Merola Programme at the San Francisco Opera and at the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company.

Don Ramiro, Cinderella’s prince, is sung by Brazilian tenor Luciano Botelho, making his Glyndebourne debut. He trained at the University of Rio de Janeiro, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice.

Spanish baritone Joan Martin-Royo sings the role of Dandini, the Prince’s servant. He studied at the Conservatori Superior de Mùsica del Liceu and also gained a degree in History of Art from the University of Barcelona.

Alidoro, the wise old philosopher in place of the fairy godmother, is sung by British bass-baritone Paul Whelan in a return to the Tour. A former member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, Paul understudied the role of Claggart in this year’s Festival production of Billy Budd, and took over the role for one performance.

A revival of the 2005 Glyndebourne Festival production

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Conductor Enrique Mazzola/Thomas Blunt (3rd, 6th November, 1st November)

Director Peter Hall

Revival Director Lynne Hockney

Set Designer Hildegard Bechtler

Costume Designer Moritz Junge

Lighting Designer Peter Mumford

Cast includes:

Don Ramiro Luciano Botelho        

Don Magnifico Jonathan Veira

Angelina Allyson McHardy

Alidoro Paul Whelan

Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus


Claudio Monteverdi

The Coronation of Poppea

With Cupid on her side and sex as her weapon, no power on earth or in heaven can resist Poppea’s relentless rise from imperial mistress to empress of Rome. Originally directed by Robert Carsen, Bruno Ravella revives this production from the 2008 Festival.

Jonathan Cohen, who was assistant conductor to Emmanuelle Haïm in the original  Festival production, conducts this revival.

Singing the title role of Poppea is German soprano Christiane Karg, in her UK opera debut. She studied at the Conservatorio di Verona and the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg. 

South African countertenor Christopher Ainslie sings the role of Poppea’s rejected lover Ottone. While qualifying as a chartered accountant in Cape Town, Christopher studied singing part-time at the University of Cape Town College of Music. He makes his Glyndebourne debut.

Italian mezzo-soprano Lucia Cirillo sang the role of Valletto in the original Festival production, and here she makes her Tour debut in the role of the degenerate emperor Nerone.

Poppea’s nurse, Arnalta, is sung by established British mezzo-soprano Jean Rigby. Having sung numerous roles at the Glyndbourne Festival, she returns to the Tour for the first time in almost a decade.

A revival from the 2008 Glyndebourne Festival

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Conductor Jonathan Cohen

Director Robert Carsen

Revival Director Bruno Ravella

Set Designer Michael Levine

Lighting Designer Peter Van Praet

Costume Designer Constance Hoffman

Cast includes:

Poppea Christiane Karg

Nerone Lucia Cirillo

Ottone Christopher Ainslie

Arnalta Jean Rigby

Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus

For Schools

"The most imaginative opera-education department in the country" - The Independent

Throughout the Tour Glyndebourne Education works with over 70 schools and 3,000 students and teachers in all Tour venues.

Opera Experience workshops

Opera Experience workshops, led by a team of artists from Glyndebourne, are designed to introduce secondary school students to opera through a range of engaging workshop activities, followed by attendance at a Glyndebourne on Tour performance. For the past seven years, Glyndebourne Education has also led highly successful workshops in primary schools. Opera Experience is supported by Arts Council England.

Performances for schools

Performances For  Schools are an exciting opportunity to introduce students to opera, by providing them with their own particular chance to watch an unabridged live performance at Glyndebourne, and for the second time, in Stoke-on-Trent.

Performances For Schools are supported by Arts Council England and will take place on the following dates:

Mozart’s Don Giovanni: Glyndebourne, Tuesday 19 October at 11.00am

Rossini’s La CenerentolaGlyndebourne, Thursday 21  October at 3.00pm, Stoke-on-Trent’s Regent Theatre, 3  December at 2.00pm


For Audiences

Pre-performance talks

Pre-performance talks are given by experts in the operatic field and are available to Tour ticket holders at all venues.

Glyndebourne <30

Glyndebourne is continuing its highly successful under 30s’ initiative, which sees best available seats for £30 for those aged under 30. For the performance of La Cenerentola at Glyndebourne on October 19th, a limited number of tickets will be available for just £15. Visit for details of how to register or call the Glyndebourne Box Office on 01273 813813.

Glyndebourne Study Event

This year Glyndebourne presents a full-day study event exploring The Coronation of Poppea, in collaboration with the University of Sussex’s Centre for Community Engagement. Early music specialists and members of the production team and cast will be exploring Monteverdi’s opera in depth. To book, call the Glyndebourne Box Office on 01273 813813.

Family Performances

For the 24 October performance of La Cenerentola at Glyndebourne, and the 27 November performance at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, children’s tickets (for those aged under 18) are available for only £10 each when buying one or more full price ticket, and can be booked via the Glyndebourne Box Office on 01273 813813 and the Plymouth theatre Royal Box Office on 01752 267222 respectively. Family ticket holders for these performances can also attend special pre-performance workshops exploring La Cenerentola.

Notes to Editors

A page-turn electronic version of the GOT brochure can be viewed and downloaded from

Glyndebourne on Tour press contact:

 Chandra Fifield

Tel: 01273 812321 Fax: 01273 815018


Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU


Glyndebourne Press Office

Jo Townsend, Press & Publications Manager

Emma Menniss, Press & PR Manager

Chandra Fifield, Press Officer

Tel: 01273 812321


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