New partnerships with The Guardian, Science Museum and Picturehouse

Don Giovanni. Photo: Bill Cooper

Glyndebourne announces new partnerships with the Guardian, Science Museum and Picturehouse to increase access to its work, reaching a potential audience of millions

This summer, Glyndebourne will further develop its digital programme, breaking new ground in the transmission of opera both online and in cinemas and offering increased access to its work to new audiences worldwide.

David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne said:

“I am proud that Glyndebourne, as the first UK opera house to screen its productions into cinemas in 2007, will now become the first UK opera company to stream an opera live online with the Guardian, alongside live and pre-recorded cinema screenings at the Science Museum Cinema, one of the largest screens in the UK, and at renowned Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK. This will take us a step closer to realising our vision to create a digital Glyndebourne that is open to opera lovers at any time, anywhere in the world.”

Live internet streaming with the Guardian

On 26th June 2011 Glyndebourne and the Guardian will join forces to stream the last night of its sell-out production Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg live online via and This live streaming will be the first of its kind undertaken by any UK opera house or UK newspaper. The streaming will be available for seven days after the initial broadcast and will be free of charge to viewers. On 21st August Glyndebourne and the Guardian will stream the acclaimed production of The Turn of the Screw live from the Festival.

Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Music Editor, Guardian News & Media said:

"The Guardian is thrilled to be live-streaming these two productions at Glyndebourne on our website. We are celebrating a huge range of music throughout the summer months, and have a close involvement with festivals such as Glastonbury, but this is the most ambitious project we've ever undertaken – it's something no other newspaper has done before. Our 'Music Loves Summer' campaign for the months ahead is all about letting our readers and visitors to get closer to the action and to share their passion, and we're incredibly proud of this opportunity."

Read the Guardian's announcement of live streaming

Live screenings at the Science Museum

The Science Museum’s cinema seats 400 and will offer a unique experience by broadcasting three Glyndebourne opera productions on its giant screen in stunning High Definition and digital surround sound.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the acclaimed Glyndebourne Festival and to be associated with its quality and ambition. So many great scientists are passionate music lovers and this collaboration will send a signal that science is part of culture.”

  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg live on Sunday 26th June
  • Don Giovanni (pre-recorded) on Sunday 31st July
  • The Turn of the Screw live on Sunday 21st August

Tickets from: £30.00-£50.00 on sale from 9am 23 May or to Glyndebourne members from 16 May.

Booking: Tel: 0870 870 4868 or

Live cinema screenings with Picturehouse

Continuing on from a successful partnership in 2010, Glyndebourne has exciting plans for three further High Definition broadcasts into City Screen/Picturehouse Cinemas.

Lyn Goleby, Managing Director of City Screen/Picturehouse said: "Glyndebourne's line-up is perfect for the Picturehouses.  We love working with the creative team there who are putting together events that really are something very special for our customers.”

  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg live on 26th June
  • Don Giovanni (pre-recorded) on 31st July
  • The Turn of the Screw live on 21st August

Tickets from: £12-25

Booking: Tel 0871 902574 or

The following cinemas will be screening Glyndebourne operas this summer:

New cinemas are being added so please check the website for details.

The operas to be screened

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

(Live on the Guardian and Glyndebourne websites, at the Science Museum Cinema and PictureHouse Cinemas) 

A festive hymn to the transformative power of young love and natural talent to refresh tired traditions and remake the old world anew, Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a warm-hearted Midsummer's Day comedy and a glorious celebration of art and the shared joy of song. Directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Festival's Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, Gerald Finley makes his role debut as Hans Sachs, with Festival debuts from Marco Jentzsch as Walther, Anna Gabler as Eva and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Sixtus Beckmesser. Sung in German with English subtitles. This new production is supported by Jon and Julia Aisbitt and members of the Meistersinger Syndicate and Meistersinger Circle.

Mozart Don Giovanni

(Pre-recorded screening at the Science Museum Cinema and PictureHouse Cinemas) 

Set at a time of seismic social and cultural change - in a Fellini-esque vision of post-war life - Jonathan Kent's urgently propulsive production offers a 'white-knuckle rollercoaster ride' through the events of the Don's last day. Robin Ticciati conducts with American baritone Lucas Meachem in the charismatic title role, Albina Shagimuratova as the avenging Donna Anna, Miah Persson, Matthew Rose as Giovanni's much abused servant Leporello. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. This revival is generously supported by: John and Louise Dear, the late Elaine C Denby, an anonymous supporter and a generous donation from Glyndebourne Association America Inc.

Britten, The Turn of the Screw

(Live on the Guardian and Glyndebourne websites, at the Science Museum Cinema and PictureHouse Cinemas) 

Britten’s brilliantly scored, insidiously compelling adaptation of Henry James’s novella takes as its themes childish innocence and adult corruption, then twists and turns them to disturbing and ultimately devastating effect. Jonathan Kent’s eerily unsettling staging is conducted by Jakub Hrůša. The cast includes Giselle Allen as Miss Jessel, and Toby Spence as Peter Quint, while Miah Persson sings the part of the Governess. Sung in English with subtitles. This production is generously supported by Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson.

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Notes to Editors:

About the Guardian: The Guardian is a unique voice with an international reach. The newspaper is one of the UK's leading quality daily titles, and the website – regularly voted the best newspaper site in the world – now delivers the Guardian's liberal journalism to a global audience. Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes the Guardian and Observer national newspapers and the website. GNM has pioneered a mutualised approach to journalism based on digital engagement, openness and collaboration. The Guardian's partnership with Glyndebourne is part of Guardian News & Media's Music Loves Summer season which runs from now until September. The season promises ground-breaking coverage of every festival, exclusive interviews with the season's biggest stars, a special series of music supplements, a New Band of the Day night, ticket giveaways and much more – plus opportunities for readers to get involved.

About the Science Museum: For 100 years the Science Museum has been world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions. The Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science, engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise. In 2008/09 the Science Museum was proud to have been awarded the Gold Award for Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit London and a Silver Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Enjoy England. 

About Picturehouse Cinemas/City Screen: City Screen is the owner and operator of Picturehouse Cinemas, Britain’s largest circuit of independent cinemas. Formed in 1989 to challenge the modern multiplex, City Screen provides cinemas in city centre locations to serve local communities and offer a broader range of films. City Screen now owns and operates 19 cinemas, with their 20th. Cinema, the Hackney Picturehouse, opening this Autumn. City Screen also programmes for an additional 36 venues independently operated throughout the UK. The company uses over 18 years’ experience in tailoring diverse and commercially successful programmes spanning arthouse and independent features, world cinema and quality mainstream titles as well as short films and touring seasons. City Screen prides itself on being at the forefront of digital cinema and other business and technical developments, such as pioneering a wide variety of live cinecast events, including the screening of theatre from the National Theatre, operafrom the New York Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House, a live performance by heavy metal giants Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax plus regular filmmaker Q&As. Sister company Picturehouse Entertainment is a recently established distribution outfit that has enjoyed great success with its two releases to date: Jean Becker's My Afternoons with Margueritte, and the record-breaking Werner Herzog 3D documentary feature, Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

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