Sebastian F. Schwarz, General Director of Glyndebourne, said: ‘Given my
first chance to programme a work at Glyndebourne, my thoughts quickly
turned to this neglected masterpiece. It’s remarkable that there has never
been a UK production of Vanessa, the first opera by such a popular
composer – and the man who wrote the Adagio for Strings. Sixty years on
from its 1958 premiere, I’m delighted that Glyndebourne will give it the UK
showcase it so richly deserves.’
The new production will be directed by British director Keith Warner,
fulfilling his long-held ambition to stage the piece and marking his
Glyndebourne directorial debut. Czech conductor Jakub Hr?öa returns to
Glyndebourne to lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The cast includes
British soprano Emma Bell in the title role, alongside Lithuanian tenor
Edgaras Montvidas as Anatol.
The second new production for Festival 2018 is Claude Debussy’s only
completed opera, PellÈas et MÈlisande. The new
production will mark the Glyndebourne debut of the in-demand Norwegian
director Stefan Herheim, and is conducted by Glyndebourne’s Music Director
Robin Ticciati. Leading the cast are Austrian soprano Christina Gansch as
MÈlisande and American baritone John Chest as PellÈas. British baritone
Christopher Purves returns to Glyndebourne in the role of Golaud.
Glyndebourne Festival 2018 opens with the Festival debut of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Originally staged for
Glyndebourne Tour 2016, Annilese Miskimmon’s production is the first
staging of the work at Glyndebourne. Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber
will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra, his first appearance at
Glyndebourne since he made his debut conducting Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at Glyndebourne Festival 2014. Taking on one of the
greatest soprano roles in the repertoire is Moldovian soprano Olga Busuioc
as Cio-Cio-San. The role of Lieutenant BF Pinkerton will be performed by
American tenor Joshua Guerrero, with American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth
DeShong as Suzuki.
Completing the 2018 Festival season are revivals of three of the most
popular productions in Glyndebourne’s recent history. Offering a chance to
compare and contrast one of Handel’s finest operas with one of his great
oratorios are revivals of David McVicar’s ground-breaking 2005 production
of Giulio Cesare and Barrie Kosky’s smash-hit
2015 staging of Saul.
A number of artists involved in the original Giulio Cesare
production return for next summer’s revival, including director David
McVicar, conductor William Christie and British mezzo-soprano Sarah
Connolly in the title role. American soprano JoÈlle Harvey takes the role
of Cleopatra. Barrie Kosky returns to Glyndebourne to oversee the first
Glyndebourne Festival revival of Saul, with Laurence Cummings
conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. German baritone
Markus Br¸ck will perform the role of Saul with British tenor Allan Clayton
as Jonathan and British countertenor Iestyn Davies returning to the role of
David, which he performed in the 2015 premiere.
Completing the season is the first Glyndebourne revival of British director
Richard Jones’s stylish and original take on Strauss’s masterpiece, Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
British soprano Kate Royal stars as the Marschallin, as she did in the
original 2014 staging, opposite American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as
Octavian. British bass Brindley Sherratt performs the role of Baron Ochs.
Glyndebourne Festival runs from 19 May – 26 August 2018.
Fifty years of the Glyndebourne Tour in 2018
Glyndebourne’s first-ever production of Massenet’s Cendrillon forms the highlight of the
Glyndebourne Tour, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Cendrillon will be directed by Fiona Shaw, who previously directed
a critically acclaimed production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne.
The second fully-staged opera in the 2018 Tour is a revival of Tom Cairns’s
opulent production of Verdi’s La traviata, which
had its premiere at Glyndebourne Festival 2014.
There will also be a return for Behind the Curtain – a new
style of event introduced in 2016 with Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain, to take audiences behind the
scenes on the creation of opera. On this occasion, the event will take an
in-depth look at La traviata, with performance extracts from the
cast and orchestra of the main Tour 2018 production.
Glyndebourne Tour runs from 13 October – 1 December 2018.
Education and outreach
Recruitment will get underway in 2018 for Glyndebourne’s latest large-scale
main stage community opera. The latest new commission will be composed by
Howard Moody and directed by Simon Iorio. It will be delivered in
partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and staged at
Glyndebourne in March 2019.
Also in 2018, a new Young Composer-in-Residence will join Glyndebourne. The
position is a three year, part-time residency for an emerging composer,
giving the holder an unrivalled opportunity to immerse themselves in the
work of an opera house and observe the creation of new operas, as well as
create new work of their own.
Based within Glyndebourne’s pioneering education department, the Young
Composer-in-Residence will also involve themselves in Glyndebourne’s
broader artistic, learning and audience development activities. An annual
bursary of £17,000 is provided to cover time, expenses and any work
composed for Glyndebourne during the residency. Recruitment for the
position is open now via glyndebourne.com
Glyndebourne will crown the latest winners of its two biennial awards for
young singers in 2018. The Gus Christie Award is for a young singer who has
demonstrated outstanding vocal talent, while the Bill Weston Young Singers
Award is for an exceptionally promising singer who would benefit from
financial support to continue their development. Both awards were launched
in 2016 to mark 30 years since the formation of Glyndebourne’s education