Tristan und Isolde: the London Philharmonic rise to epic heights, an inspired conductor … and two Tristans

I’m often left wondering with a great performance of Tristan und Isolde whether the true emotion of the work comes from the orchestra rather than the singers.  There were moments…

Glyndebourne’s Così fan tutte provides welcome reassurance and orderliness

When I last saw Nicholas Hytner’s 2006 Glyndebourne production of Così fan tutte – at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury during the 2017 autumn tour, at the time reportedly the…

Glyndebourne announces two new trustees and Creative Conspirators ‘think tank’

Glyndebourne has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees – Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE, Chair of NICE, and top solicitor Helen Ward, a partner at Stewarts…

Glyndebourne Archive to exhibit photographic works by pioneering female photographer Ilse Bing

The Glyndebourne Archive holds a wealth of material about the people, productions and origins of its world-renowned opera house. During the 2021 Glyndebourne Festival the archive will be exhibiting a…

Kát’a Kabanová at Glyndebourne: a caged bird sings

“I’d go out into the garden early in the morning, just as the sun was rising, I’d fall to my knees and pray and weep, and I wouldn’t know what…

Free opera broadcasts from Glyndebourne return this summer

Glyndebourne Open House returns this summer with a series of free online streams of some of Glyndebourne’s best-loved productions. Glyndebourne Open House first launched in May 2020 as a virtual…

Sky Arts to broadcast new documentary following Glyndebourne’s battle to ensure that the show could go on

A new documentary going behind-the-scenes of an extraordinary summer at Glyndebourne will be free for everyone to watch on Sky Arts on Sunday 20 December 2020. Glyndebourne: No Ordinary Summer tells the…

Il barbiere di Siviglia at Glyndebourne

Director Annabel Arden believes that Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia is ‘all about playfulness, theatricality, light and movement’. It’s certainly ‘about’ those things and they are, as Arden suggests, ‘based…

Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie, Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne revitalizes Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. Baroque tastes were extravagant. Louis XIV, Le Roi Soleil, and his successor Louis XV, epitomized the aesthetic: audacity, not gentility, vigour, not timidity.

Glyndebourne: Ariadne auf Naxos

Utterly mad but absolutely right — Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos started the Glyndebourne 2013 season with an explosion. Strauss could hardly have made his intentions more clear. Ariadne auf…