Glyndebourne Open House – Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Brett Dean’s Hamlet

Glyndebourne Open House throws open our doors to everyone, everywhere: join
us at 5.00pm each Sunday and enjoy world-class opera in your living room
for free.

In true Festival style, we hope you’ll use this as an opportunity to make
memories – dust off your finery, clink a glass with friends and family and
be united with opera lovers from across the globe. We can’t conjure the
smell of the Glyndebourne roses or a view of the lake, but we can still
create an experience to share.

Coming up on Sunday 9 August is David McVicar’s production of Giulio Cesare, followed on 16 August by Neil Armfield’s staging of
Brett Dean’s Hamlet. These two operas will be available to watch
on Glyndebourne’s website and YouTube channel.


9 August – Giulio Cesare:
from 5pm on 9 August and on demand for one week.

Watch on the Glyndebourne website or YouTube channel.

When Egypt’s seductive queen meets Rome’s powerful ruler, the stakes are
high, both for politics and passion. Horrified by the brutal murder of his
rival by Cleopatra’s brother Tolomeo, Cesare joins forces with Cleopatra to
depose her unscrupulous sibling. But is their alliance one of love, lust or
just mutual ambition?

A true Glyndebourne classic, David McVicar’s production brings all-singing,
all-dancing energy to one of Handel’s greatest scores. Sumptuous designs
that nod to Britain’s colonial history transform a tale of political
intrigue into a dazzling spectacle, sweeping the audience up in its tangled
web of power, revenge and romance.

The resourceful, complicated Cleopatra and smooth statesman Cesare are two
of Handel’s most fascinating creations – characters whose music, by turns
heart-breaking and ecstatic, includes so many of the composer’s finest

William Christie conducts a cast led by Sarah Connolly as Cesare and
Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra.

16 August – Hamlet:
from 5pm on 16 August and on demand for one week.

Watch on the Glyndebourne website or YouTube channel.

Tormented by his father’s death, Hamlet plots revenge. But it’s a long way
from anger to murder, and soon the Prince finds himself losing his grip on
sanity, strength, love and even life itself.

Rapturously received at its 2017 premiere, Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn’s Hamlet is an award-winning reimagining of Shakespeare’s most
famous play. Placing his audience at the heart of the drama, immersing them
in sound and even physical sensation, Dean invites us all into Hamlet’s
consciousness, to inhabit the mind of one of the cleverest, wittiest, most
troubled heroes in all literature.

Transforming the Glyndebourne auditorium into a ‘theatre of sound’, Dean’s
richly lyrical score finds the music of Shakespeare’s language, amplifying
it to create an evocative, disturbing soundscape. This is Hamlet,
but not as you’ve ever heard it before.

Neil Armfield directs an all-star cast led by Allan Clayton and Barbara
Hannigan. Vladimir Jurowski conducts.