Glyndebourne announces first indoor performances since lockdown, and unveils 2021 Festival repertoire

The events are in place of the company’s annual autumn tour which was due
to start at Glyndebourne on 9 October and visit Canterbury, Woking, Milton
Keynes, Liverpool and Norwich before returning home for Christmas concerts.
The ongoing restrictions on the size and scale of indoor performances mean
that it is no longer possible to present the season as planned. Instead
Glyndebourne will remain in Sussex with a programme of indoor concerts and
small-scale opera in front of a reduced audience.

The autumn season opens with Glyndebourne’s new production of In the Market for Love, a new version by Stephen Plaice of Jacques
Offenbach’s Mesdames de la Halle. It became the first full-length
opera to be performed to a live audience since lockdown when it premiered
in the Glyndebourne gardens at the start of August. It will be followed by
performances of a reduced, semi-staged version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and five festive Christmas Concerts.

Stephen Langridge, Glyndebourne’s Artistic Director, said:
‘For more than 50 years the Glyndebourne Tour has been a crucial part of
our artistic programme, allowing us to bring world-class opera to thousands
of people around the country, and continue our commitment to talent
development. We are deeply disappointed that the COVID-19 pandemic has
prevented us from going on the road this year, but we remain determined to
find ways to keep performing. We have learned many useful lessons about how
to present opera in a way that’s safe for audiences and performers
throughout this summer’s special and memorable run of concerts and opera in
our gardens, and now we are excited to be able to apply this knowledge and
welcome audiences back into our beautiful opera house for the touring
equivalent of a “staycation”.’

Sarah Hopwood, Managing Director of Glyndebourne, said:
‘We’re delighted to be resuming indoor performances but as long as social
distancing is in place the situation will continue to be incredibly
challenging for theatres like ours whose business relies on a healthy box
office. It is vital that the industry is given as much support as possible
to ensure its survival through this crisis and we remain incredibly
grateful to our members, donors, staff and the general public for their
backing as we navigate a path to reopening the doors of the opera house.’

The autumn performances will be the first to take place inside
Glyndebourne’s auditorium since lockdown. Following the cancellation of the
2020 Glyndebourne Festival, the company launched a digital festival of
weekly, full-length opera broadcasts and invited everyone, everywhere to
enjoy its productions for free during lockdown and throughout the summer.
Between 24 May and 7 September, when the series ends, Glyndebourne Open
House will have broadcast over 2,500 hours of world-class
opera, attracting more than 750,000 views.

This was followed in July by the launch of a mini-festival of outdoor
events in the Glyndebourne gardens, which continues until 13 September.

Glyndebourne Festival 2021

Glyndebourne has also announced the repertoire for the 2021 Glyndebourne
Festival, including the company’s first ever production of Verdi’s early
masterpiece Luisa Miller, a devastating tragedy
fuelled by jealousy and desire.

The opera will be staged by Christof Loy, one of the most sought-after
directors of his generation, who returns to Glyndebourne for the first time
since 2002, working alongside conductor Enrique Mazzola and the London
Philharmonic Orchestra.

Starring as the country girl Luisa is the award-winning Russian soprano
Kristina Mkhitaryan, returning to Glyndebourne following acclaimed
performances in La traviata and Rinaldo. Sharing the role
of her lover Rodolfo are American tenor Charles Castronovo and Italian
tenor Ivan Magri, both making Glyndebourne debuts.

Boasting some of the most striking ensembles that Verdi would ever create,
the production will showcase the Glyndebourne Chorus, one of international
opera’s foremost ensembles.

The 2021 Glyndebourne Festival opens on 20 May with a new production of
Jan·?ek’s shatteringly powerful opera, K·t’a Kabanov·, a classic of the 20th century
that hasn’t been performed at Glyndebourne in nearly 20 years. It will be
only the second staging of the opera in Glyndebourne’s history and is
directed by Damiano Michieletto, making his Glyndebourne directorial debut.

Robin Ticciati, in his eighth season as Music Director of Glyndebourne,
conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and an impressive cast led by
Czech soprano Kate?ina Kn?ûÌkov· in the title role of a young woman forced
to choose between love and life itself. British tenor David Butt Philip
performs the role of her lover Boris, with Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina
Dalayman as her domineering mother-in-law, Kabanicha.

Robin Ticciati, Glyndebourne’s Music Director, said:
K·t’a Kabanov· is a gift for music theatre – a story that cuts
straight to the heart of the human condition. Jan·?ek’s twentieth-century
score has the searing lyricism of Puccini and the taut rigorous intensity
of Beethoven and yet he remains a voice that is totally unique in Western
music. I am thrilled to embark on our new production with Damiano and
explore this extraordinary work. The mixture of folk song, a huge
orchestral world that summons all the sounds of nature and a harrowing tale
makes this one of those perfect operas’

The third new production of the 2021 season is Rossini’s sparkling and
sophisticated comedy, Il turco in Italia.

Following her critically acclaimed production of Don Pasquale,
Mariame ClÈment returns to Glyndebourne to direct the first new production
of the opera at Glyndebourne in 50 years. It will be conducted by Giancarlo
Andretta, making his Glyndebourne debut.

Leading the ensemble cast as the man-eating Fiorilla is Russian soprano
Elena Tsallagova, last seen at Glyndebourne in the title role of 2016’s The Cunning Little Vixen, with Italian baritone Mattia Olivieri as
the poet Prosdocimo and Italian bass Andrea Mastroni as ladies’ man Selim.

Among the productions being revived next summer is Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s
timeless production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, back at
Glyndebourne for the first time since 2009. The production will be
conducted by Robin Ticciati and unites an impressive cast that includes New
Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill and Finnish soprano Miina-Liisa V‰rel‰ as the
doomed lovers, Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill as Brang‰ne and
Canadian bass-baritone John Relyea as King Marke.

The season is completed with revivals of two Mozart operas –Die Zauberflˆte and CosÏ fan tutte.

First seen at the 2019 Glyndebourne Festival, Barbe & Doucet’s
bewitching, fantasy-filled production of Die Zauberflˆte will be
conducted by German conductor Constantin Trinks for its first revival.
American tenor Paul Appleby performs the role of Tamino, with German
baritone Johannes Kammler as Papageno, American bass Solomon Howard as
Sarastro and Russian soprano Galina Benevich as the Queen of the Night.

A much-loved Glyndebourne classic, Nicholas Hytner’s staging of CosÏ fan tutte finds both the charm and the darkness in Mozart’s
opera. The celebrated Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi makes his
Glyndebourne debut conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and
an international cast of young singers that includes Swedish soprano Ida
Falk Winland as Fiordiligi, American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella as
Dorabella, Russian lyric tenor Alexey Neklyudov as Ferrando and British
baritone Huw Montague Rendall as Guglielmo.

Glyndebourne Festival 2021 runs from 20 May – 29 August 2021. Visit

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