Date(s) - 19/05/2018 - 26/08/2018

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.