On the road again, Glyndebourne presents an autumn feast on stage and screen.

Rusalka, credit Bill Cooper

This autumn the Glyndebourne Tour offers its most extensive range of opera yet; there are more venues, more operas and more chances to experience Glyndebourne at its best. From October to December the Tour presents ten weeks of thrilling performances bringing world-renowned, affordable opera to audiences across the country. Eight venues stage an eclectic mix of Glyndebourne productions, performed by a wealth of talented young artists and, for the first time on Tour, Glyndebourne is extending its work to include cinema screenings.

Transferring direct from the 2012 Festival to Tour, is a widely anticipated new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Michael Grandage who returns to Glyndebourne following his critically acclaimed production of Billy Budd in 2010. On Tour for the first time, is Melly Still’s production of Dvorák’s Rusalka, a re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic, The Little Mermaid. The Tour also presents a powerful tale of sex, a city and the seductive power of furniture, The Yellow Sofa, composed by Glyndebourne’s first Composer in Residence, Julian Philips. This is an intimate new chamber opera, commissioned by Glyndebourne and first presented in the 2009 Festival. The outstanding cast features past and present members of the renowned Glyndebourne Chorus directed by Frederic Wake-Walker.

As ever, Tour 2012 will present a number of exciting artists at the start of international careers. Rising stars Layla Claire and Sarah-Jane Brandon take the helm in Figaro as the Countess and Australian Bass-baritone Derek Welton makes his Glyndebourne debut as Figaro. The sensational Natasha Jouhl returns to the Glyndebourne Tour as Rusalka following her “powerful” performance as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2010. She is supported by admired tenors Peter Berger and Ladislav Elgr who take the helm as Rusalka’s Prince.

Tour 2012 builds on the central Glyndebourne ethos of presenting exceptional productions, now extended to include performances of chamber works and cinema screenings – a first for the Glyndebourne Tour. From the 2005 Festival, David McVicar’s iconic production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare returns to cinema screens this autumn. This is a production which, due to its scale, could never be taken beyond Glyndebourne’s main stage – but is now supporting the Tour in cinemas across the country. A powerful cast is led by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, performing as the imperious Roman general and soprano Danielle de Niese as the irrepressibly coquettish Cleopatra, ever ready to render unto Caesar whatever it takes to gain control of her kingdom.

 David Pickard, General Director at Glyndebourne said:
“In 2012 Glyndebourne presents its largest Tour line up yet with more venues and more opportunities to experience Glyndebourne than ever before. We are delighted to be building on the success of our Festival cinema screenings by introducing these to Tour audiences and in 2012 we have extended our commitment to the next generation of opera lovers by enhancing our Performances for Schools offer and increasing our family engagement providing specially priced children's tickets and family workshops. These new initiatives provide more opportunities for all generations of opera lovers to enjoy greater access to the art form and see opera at its best."

Glyndebourne has been a digital pioneer since the BBC made their first radio broadcast from Glyndebourne in 1936. In 1951, the BBC returned to film Così fan tutte - the first complete opera to be shown live on British television. We are continuing Glyndebourne’s commitment to innovative digital developments on the 2012 Tour by bringing opera via stage, cinema and dedicated websites and providing essential behind the scenes documentaries, artist blogs and educational resources - free for everyone to access.

However you choose to engage with the 2012 Glyndebourne Tour there is something for everyone at an affordable price. To book your tickets (public booking is now open) and to learn more about which venues are offering schools performances, family performances, workshops and lectures go to: Glyndebourne.com/tour

2012 Tour venues and repertoire:  
Glyndebourne (Thursday 4 - Sunday 21 October)
Woking (Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 October)
Norwich (Tuesday 30 October – Saturday 3 November)
Wimbledon (Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 November)
Plymouth (Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 November)
Canterbury (Tuesday – Saturday 24 November)
Milton Keynes (Tuesday 27 – Saturday 1 December)
Stoke-on-Trent (Wednesday 5 – Saturday 8 December)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro - sung in Italian with English supertitles:

Conductor Jonathan Cohen / Ilyich Rivas
Director Michael Grandage
Revival Director Ian Rutherford         
Designer Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Movement Director Ben Wright

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes:

Figaro Guido Loconsolo / Derek Welton
Susanna Joélle Harvey / Anna Devin / Ellie Laugharue
Countess Layla Claire / Sarah-Jane Brandon
Count John Moore / Dawid Kimberg
Bartolo Andrew Slater
Marcellina Jean Rigby
Cherubino Kathryn Rudge
Don Basilio Daniel Norman
Antonio Sion Goronwy

For full cast information for specific performances: glyndebourne.com/figarotour2012

 Antonín Dvořák, Rusalka - Sung in Czech with English supertitles:

Conductor Jakub Hrůša / Leo McFall   
Director Melly Still
Designer Rae Smith
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Movement Director Rick Nodine

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes:

Rusalka Maria Porubcinova / Natasha Jouhl
Prince Peter Berger / Ladsilav Elgr
Foreign Princess Tatiana Pavlovskaya
Vodnik Mischa Schelomianski
Ježibaba Anne Mason
1st nymph Evgeniya Sotnikova
2nd nymph Michaela Kapustová
Gamekeeper Robert Poulton

For full cast information for specific performances: glyndebourne.com/rusalkatour2012

Julian Philips, The Yellow Sofa with a libretto by Edward Kemp - Sung in English:

Conductor Gareth Hancock
Director Frederic Wake-Walker

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra

Cast includes:

Godofredo Alves Michael Wallace
Ludovina (Lulu) Gabriela Istoc
Teresa Charlotte Beament
Nunes Vidal Gareth Huw John

For full cast information for specific performances: glyndebourne.com/production/yellow sofa

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