Glyndebourne’s 80th-anniversary season

Robin Ticciati will open Glyndebourne’s 80th-anniversary season with Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, not seen at Glyndebourne since 1982, in a new staging by Richard Jones. The production stars Kate Royal who sings her first Marschallin and marks the start of Robin’s tenure as Music Director, being only the seventh conductor to hold the post in Glyndebourne’s 80-year history, and following in the distinguished line of Fritz Busch, Vittorio Gui, John Pritchard, Bernard Haitink, Andrew Davis and Vladimir Jurowski.

Robin’s second production of the season will see him conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. The production stars Christiane Karg, who returns to the festival after her triumphant success last year in Hippolyte et Aricie, critics saying she was ‘The star act’, and Joelle Harvey who has previously sung Adina in L’elisir d’amore, The Fairy Queen, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne. Timothy Robinson and Rosa Feola will then take over as Il Podestà and Sandrina when the production departs on tour in the autumn.

Andrei Bondarenko returns to Glyndebourne to sing the title role in Onegin, a role which he sang to great critical acclaim earlier this season at Cologne Opera and the Mariinsky Theatre. Irina Tchistyakova sings Filipievna in the production which opens on the 18th May 2014.

Following his success in 2008’s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea, Iestyn Davies also returns to Glyndebourne, this time to make his debut in the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo.

David Afkham makes his opera debut conducting 4 performances of a new production of La traviata by Tom Cairns, with Graeme Broadbent singing the role Dr Grenvil.

We were saddened by the announcement last week of the death of Sir George Christie, Chairman of Glyndebourne 1958 – 1999. Please click here to view an obituary on Glyndebourne’s website.
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