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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NSO: The Elixir of Love

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Monday May 28, 7pm

Tickets £20

New Sussex Opera Chorus presents The Elixir of Love by Donizetti, sung in English with professional soloists and orchestra. A beach on the Sussex coast is the setting in NSO’s re-imagining of Donizetti’s operatic masterpiece. Director David Foster seizes every comic opportunity in a plot about tangled webs of love in this comedy with a heart. The music is performed by NSO’s young professionals, conducted by Ben Knowles.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.


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The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Thursday May 31-Saturday June 2, 7pm with a 2pm show on Saturday

Tickets £15/concs £12. Age 12+

This UK premiere of a Finnish musical comedy hit combines opera, musical variety and funny physical comedy. Baritone Jouni Bäckström has invited his brother Petri to spend some quality time cruising across the States, as only opera-singing brothers can, on the famous Route 66. Petri has other ideas – he has brought his pianist Jukka with him, who is working on his magnum opus The God Particle. Picture: Alejandro Lorenzo.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.


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Ensemble Orquestra 2018 Opera Academy

St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings

Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3, 7pm on Saturday, 5pm on Sunday

Tickets £22.50 and £17.50

Singers from all over the world take part in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, a production by Marcio da Silva featuring Hastings Philharmonic Chamber Choir,  Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra and young and talented rising professional soloists. This sparkling comic opera on the nature of love was Mozart’s third and final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Phone 01424 715880 or visit stmaryinthecastle.co.uk.


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NSO: The Elixir of Love

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

Saturday June 9, 7pm

Tickets £20/children and students £10

New Sussex Opera Chorus presents The Elixir of Love by Donizetti, sung in English with professional soloists and orchestra. A beach on the Sussex coast is the setting in NSO’s re-imagining of Donizetti’s operatic masterpiece. Director David Foster seizes every comic opportunity in a plot about tangled webs of love in this comedy with a heart. The music is performed by NSO’s young professionals, conducted by Ben Knowles.

Phone 01342 302000 or visit chequermead.org.uk.


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Iolanthe

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Tuesday-Saturday June 19-23, 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday

Tickets £16.90-£35.90

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Iolanthe is a topsy-turvy love story between fairies and members of the House of Lords, performed by Sasha Regan’s award-winning all-male company. Picture: Kay Young Photography.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit atgtickets.com.


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Glyndebourne: Madama Butterfly (12A)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Wednesday June 27, 7.15pm

Tickets £15.50, £14.50 and £13.50

The opera Madama Butterfly is a classic love story set to Puccini’s seductive score and blending Japanese music with European harmonies and orchestration. A fusion of East and West, Annilese Miskimmon’s production updates the action to the 1950s, which brings to the fore the darker elements of Puccini’s story. When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


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Operatic High Tea

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Sunday July 1, 3pm-5pm

Normal admission charges apply/booking essential

Enjoy a high tea listening to an afternoon of operatic highlights performed by Opera Brava.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit bordehill.co.uk.


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Sussex Symphony Orchestra

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Sunday July 15, 6pm

Tickets £10, £15 and £25/£60 includes pre-show reception

Sussex Symphony Orchestra presents a celebration of Puccini, visiting many of his operas and exploring his life in music. The performance features soprano Joanna Appleby and tenor Andrew Rees, with BBC TV’s Sally Taylor and Coronation Street’s Richard Hawley as Puccini.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.


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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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