Opera

Glyndebourne Festival

Glyndebourne, Lewes

Saturday May 19-Sunday August 26

Glyndebourne Opera House promises rare gems and Glyndebourne classics in its Festival 2018 programme, a vocal and visual feast offering world-class opera. The programme kicks off with Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (below right), when East meets West with tragic consequences, from May 19-July 18, following it with Richard Strauss’s operatic masterpiece Der Rosenkavalier (above left), produced by Richard Jones with a new cast, from May 20-June 26. Glyndebourne classic Giulio Cesare (above right) by George Frideric Handel, a much-loved visually striking production by David McVicar, runs from June 10-July 28, while Claude Debussy’s passionate love triangle Pelléas et Mélisande, with Stefan Herheim, one of Europe’s most exciting directors, making his company debut, is on from June 30-August 9. The programme concludes with Barrie Kosky’s staging of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Saul (below left), which marries spectacle and psychology, from July 19-August 25, and finally a rare opportunity to see Vanessa, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Samuel Barber from the age of Hitchcock, from August 5-26. Pictures: Madama Butterfly by Clive Barda, Der Rosenkavalier by Bill Cooper, Giulio Cesare by Mike Hoban and Saul by Bill Cooper.

Read our feature with the full programme of the Glyndebourne Festival 2018.

Phone 01273 815000 or visit glyndebourne.com.

 


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Glyndebourne Encore: Saul

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Thursday July 26, 6pm

Tickets £9.50

This performance of Saul was recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2005. David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart. Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.


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Glyndebourne: Saul (12A)

Connaught Studio, Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Thursday July 26, 7.15pm

Tickets £11.50/child, senior and student £10.50

Recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2015 and sung in English, this is a screening of Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new. David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart. It stars Markus Bruck, Lestyn Davies and Allan Clayton.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


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Open Air Opera: La Boheme

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Friday July 27, 7.30pm-10pm

Tickets £35/Early Bird (before June 30) £30/child 5-16 £10. Booking essential

Outdoor touring company Opera Brava performs La Boheme with a chamber ensemble against the backdrop of the Elizabethan mansion house at Borde Hill. Set in Paris in the 1830s among a group of impoverished Bohemians, the opera centres around the tragic love affair between the seamstress Mimi and Rodolfo, a poet. Puccini’s masterpiece expresses frivolity, joy, tenderness and sorrow. Picture: Thomas Frost Photography.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit bordehill.co.uk.


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Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Saturday July 28, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Tickets £35/Early Bird (before June 30) £30/child 5-16 £10. Booking essential

Outdoor touring company Opera Brava performs The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a chamber ensemble against the backdrop of the Elizabethan mansion house at Borde Hill. With one wedding and a whole lot of great singing, it has all the ingredients of a classic piece of 18th century literature – passion, lust, betrayal, deception and ultimate forgiveness. The action takes place in just 24 hours and is liberally sprinkled with sparkling, farcical humour. It features a professional cast of top-class performers, lavish costumes and period sets. Picture: Thomas Frost Photography.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit bordehill.co.uk.


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Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore: Turandot (Puccini)

Screen One, The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Sunday August 12, 7.30pm

Tickets £15/concs £14

In this screening, Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings Nessun dorma and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.


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Glyndebourne: Vanessa – Live

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Tuesday August 14, 6pm

Tickets £15/discounts £12

Broadcast live from Glyndebourne, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, an opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all. 

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.


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Glyndebourne: Vanessa (12A)

Connaught Studio, Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Tuesday August 14, 6.30pm

Tickets £16.50/child, senior and student £15.50

An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera Vanessa boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all. Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama as Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut with this production.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


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Vanessa

Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead

Tuesday August 14, 6.30pm

Tickets £16.50/pensioners and children £15.50

Broadcast live from Glyndebourne, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, an opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all. 

Phone 01342 302000 or visit chequermead.org.uk.


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Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore: Il Trovatore (Verdi)

Screen One, The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Sunday August 19, 2pm

Tickets £15/concs £14

In this screening, soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display as Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her life for the love of the title troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with a troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s gritty, Goya-inspired production.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.


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