Glyndebourne’s new Pelléas et Mélisande: Robin Ticciati, Christina Gansch & Brindley Sherratt

Saturday evening sees the opening night of a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande by Stefan Herheim at the Glyndebourne Festival. Robin Ticciati conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Christina Gansch making her Glyndebourne debut as Mélisande, and Brindley Sherratt singing Arkel. The cast is completed by John Chest (Pelléas), Christopher Purves (Golaud), Karen Cargill (Genevieve) and Chloé Briot (Yniold).

This rounds off Christina’s 2017/18 season beautifully, following Marzelline in a new production of Fidelio for the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Papagena Die Zauberflöte in her debut with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Future seasons include her American debut as Dorinda Orlando for the San Francisco Opera; the title role in Rodelinda for the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen; Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Gretchen in a new production of Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust for the Hamburgische Staatsoper; Dew Fairy in a new production of Hänsel und Gretel for the Royal Opera and Italienische Sängerin Capriccio for the Opéra national de Paris.

This is Brindley’s second Glyndebourne production of the summer, having just finished a fantastic run as Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, also conducted by Robin Ticciati, and starring Louise Alder as Sophie. The Stage wrote:

“the comprehensive excellence of Brindley Sherratt’s Ochs – a tour-de-force of comic acting defined through masterly singing – and equally to conductor Robin Ticciati’s ability to highlight the infinitesimal detail of Strauss’s writing without sacrificing the broader picture.”

Next season sees him perform Fafner in the revival of Keith Warner’s Ring Cycle and Claggart in Deborah Warner’s award-winning Billy Budd at the Royal Opera House, as well as Sarastro at English National Opera, and Judge Turpin in a new production of Sweeney Todd at the Opernhaus Zurich.

Pelléas et Mélisande will be performed at Glyndebourne on 30 June, 4, 7, 11, 21, 23, 26, 29 July, and 1, 4, 6, 9 August. More information is available on the Glyndebourne website.

A semi-staged performance of the production will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall on 17 July as part of the BBC Proms.

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