Press Briefing Sadler's Wells 6th December
The 2008 Glyndebourne Festival promises to be an exciting season, which will build on the successes of 2007 when Festival Box Office closed at 97% capacity, 41,000 people attended Tour performances and Glyndebourne rapidly extended its new media plans to great effect.
The pursuit of excellence is fundamental to Glyndebourne’s ethos and the 2008 season reflects this by fielding dynamic new creative teams and important debuts by both international and British performers and directors, while also welcoming back established artists and nurturing the talent of young singers.
Reaching out to new audiences and offering them fresh contact with the operatic art form is a priority for Glyndebourne and the opera house’s long term investment in digital media will continue to bear fruit in 2008.
As an independent charity, Glyndebourne receives no public subsidy and, to a large extent, relies on ticket sales to fund its operatic work. Therefore Glyndebourne is particularly proud to have secured support and sponsorship for all the 2008 Festival productions.
Glyndebourne has sought to engage the best directors working in the field today, and is proud to announce that acclaimed theatre and film director Sam Mendes will be staging his first opera, a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the 2010 Festival. Music has consistently played a pivotal role in Mendes’s productions and he has a long association with music theatre. After many years of discussions, we are delighted that he has chosen to make his opera debut at Glyndebourne. Michael Grandage will be directing Glyndebourne’s other new production in 2010, Billy Budd and this will be his operatic debut.
In 2008 Glyndebourne will launch an internet radio station to be run via Glyndebourne’s re-launched website, which has been designed by Zone. The radio station will feature Glyndebourne recordings and regularly changing editorial programmes. Glyndebourne will announce further details of this new facility in 2008.
The Glyndebourne CD Label
In November Glyndebourne announced the launch of its own independent CD label. The new CD label will feature current productions as well as archive recordings and reflects Glyndebourne’s desire to further extend its work beyond the opera house.
The Glyndebourne CD Label will launch to coincide with the 2008 Festival. The first releases will be the 2006 Festival production of Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monasteryconducted by Vladimir Jurowski and the 1962 production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaroconducted by Silvio Varviso, with Mirella Freni and Heinz Blankenburg.
The pairing of archive productions with current repertoire will continue with a further two productions to be released on CD in the autumn. Thereafter four CDs will be released each year in the Spring and Autumn. The Glyndebourne CD Label will be distributed in the UK by Select Distribution and in other territories by Codaex.
This autumn Glyndebourne became the first UK opera house to present world-class opera at cinemas across the country. The partnership with ODEON, the largest cinema chain operating in the UK, enabled Glyndebourne to reach a new audience country-wide with three celebrated productions Giulio Cesare, Tristan und Isolde and Così fan tutte, (all filmed with Opus Arte), at ticket prices starting from just £7.50. The 31 screenings were very popular with audiences up and down the country and as a result Glyndebourne plans to extend the cinema programme in the new year.
The fêted 2007 Festival revival of Tristan und Isolde will be released on DVD with Opus Arte on 1st January 2008. Glyndebourne has committed to recording the productions of L’incoronazione di Poppea and Hänsel und Gretel in 2008 for release on DVD.
2008 promises to be an ambitious season for Glyndebourne and will include three new productions; Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and, underlining Glyndebourne’s commitment to new opera, a major new commission from the Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös.
Glyndebourne’s 12th new work is commissioned jointly by Glyndebourne and the BBC. Love and Other Demons is based on the novel of the same name by celebrated Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez. Following on from Hungarian Peter Eötvös’s compositions Angels in America, Le Balcon and Three Sisters, this is the first time one of his operas has been premiered in the UK. Since its premiere in 1998, Three Sisters has been widely performed in Europe and recorded for CD. Love and Other Demons is to be conducted by Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski and directed by the Romanian director Silviu Purcarete.