Glyndebourne Tour 2019 brochure

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We love touring. It’s a massive undertaking. Sets in and out on a daily basis, technicians, singers, actors, dancers and orchestra arriving and going. Each audience is different, each venue has a unique flavour. For us, it’s exciting to feel how the performances alter – it’s live: your reaction affects the show in real time. When you’re discussing the performance in the interval, guess what: the performers are discussing the audience reaction. This year, for the first time in 40 years, the Tour is visiting Liverpool. We are excited to be back and reboot our commitment to this great city, and, with Welsh National Opera, Opera North and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, to be a part of building a year-round programme of opera for a new audience. For Tour 2019 we are presenting Rigoletto – one of the best-loved operas – for the very first time. It’s one of those operas where even if you’ve never seen it before you find you know half the music: and it is very hard to avoid singing along. The brilliant young director Christiane Lutz leaves the 16th century and Mantua far behind in her fresh new interpretation of Verdi’s great tragedy. Add to this two of our most popular productions – Annabel Arden’s hilarious L’elisir d’amore and Robert Carsen’s imaginative Rinaldo – and you have a classic Glyndebourne mix. For over 50 years, the Tour has nurtured young, rising talent on stage and in the orchestra pit. This year is no different and as an added bonus the Tour Orchestra will support and play alongside up to ten young instrumentalists as part of our Pit Perfect scheme. Without the support of Arts Council England our Tour and education work would not be possible, so we thank them for their continued funding. Whether you are new to opera or a seasoned regular, Tour 2019 has something exciting to offer. We're looking forward to hitting the road and seeing you there! Stephen Langridge ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Cover Image: Shadric Toop painted collage/original photography Mike Hoban, Alastair Muir and Shadric Toop/other images Wikimedia Commons and Unsplash. Brochure design: Kate Benjamin

Welcome to Tour 2019

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Cover Image: Shadric Toop painted collage/original photography Mike Hoban, Alastair Muir and Shadric Toop/other images Wikimedia Commons and Unsplash. Brochure design: Kate Benjamin

Tour 2019 at a glance Rigoletto

Rinaldo

Verdi’s dark, knife-twisting tragedy makes its Glyndebourne debut in a bold new production directed by Christiane Lutz. See pages 4–5

Robert Carsen’s witty and irreverent production comes roaring back to the stage with a brand new cast. See pages 8–9

L’elisir d’amore

Glyndebourne Chorus Christmas Concert

Donizetti’s sun-drenched, small-town comedy makes a joyful return in Annabel Arden’s irresistible production. See pages 6–7

Woking, Norwich & Glyndebourne The Glyndebourne Chorus and Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra will be performing some operatic and seasonal favourites. See page 10

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Rigoletto

GI USEPPE VER D I

he Duke has it all: money, power, looks, and any woman he wants – any woman, that is, except Gilda, the innocent young daughter of hunchbacked jester Rigoletto. But when Gilda is kidnapped and seduced by his master, Rigoletto plots revenge – with tragic results. Verdi’s own favourite opera, Rigoletto is a tragedy of Shakespearean scope, a disturbing psychological portrait of a man caught in a corrupt world, an outsider in a system built on power and privilege. A dramatic score, heavy with menace, includes many of Verdi’s greatest tunes, including ‘La donna è mobile’. Christiane Lutz directs Glyndebourne’s first ever production, reimagining Verdi’s classic drama for our own age. After his ‘marvellous’ Pinkerton in 2016’s Madama Butterfly, Matteo Lippi returns to the Glyndebourne Tour as the seductive, powerhungry Duke. Georgian baritone Nikoloz Lagvilava makes his Glyndebourne debut as Rigoletto, with prize-winning South African soprano Vuvu Mpofu as his daughter Gilda, and Oleg Budaratskiy as assassin Sparafucile.

Would you like to be part of a dedicated Circle of supporters who bring Rigoletto to Glyndebourne for the very first time? To find out more about how you can support the production, contact our Development Team on +44(0)1273 815 400 or development@glyndebourne.com 4

A new production for Tour 2019 Sung in Italian with English supertitles Conductor ....................................... Thomas Blunt Director .......................................... Christiane Lutz Set Designer .................................... Christian Tabakoff Costume Designer .......................... Natascha Maraval Movement Director ........................ Volker Michl Lighting Designer .......................... Benedikt Zehm Projection Designer ........................ Anton Trauner CAST INCLUDES Rigoletto ......................................... Nikoloz Lagvilava Gilda ................................................ Vuvu Mpofu Duke of Manuta ............................. Matteo Lippi Sparafucile ...................................... Oleg Budaratskiy Maddalena ..................................... Madeline Shaw Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra The Glyndebourne Chorus This performance runs for 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one 20-minute interval.

Glyndebourne 11, 14, 17, 24, 27, 30 October, 2 November Canterbury 6, 9 November Milton Keynes 13, 16 November Liverpool 23 November Woking 27, 30 November Norwich 4, 7 December

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ophisticated and wealthy, Adina is the toast of her small Italian town. Country boy Nemorino loves her, but she only has eyes for Belcore, the smooth-talking sergeant who has swept her off her feet. So when a travelling doctor arrives in town Nemorino pins all his hopes on a magical love potion. But nothing in this topsy-turvy comedy is ever quite as it seems… Light, lyrical and bursting with energy, L’elisir d’amore was the biggest success of Donizetti’s career – a comedy with the softest of hearts and the sweetest of melodies, including Nemorino’s much-loved aria ‘Una furtive lagrima’. Updating the action to the 1940s, Annabel Arden’s production celebrates the opera’s original joyful, colourful spirit, painting an affectionate picture of an Italy on the brink of political change. Korean tenor Sehoon Moon stars as the lovesick Nemorino, with Glyndebourne debuts from soprano Benedetta Torre as the flirtatious Adina and baritone Matthew Durkan as rival suitor Belcore. Ben Glassberg, Principal Conductor of the Glyndebourne Tour, conducts.

Revival of the Tour 2007 production Sung in Italian with English supertitles Conductor ....................................... Ben Glassberg Director ........................................... Annabel Arden Designer........................................... Lez Brotherston Movement Director......................... Leah Hausman Lighting Designer........................... Giuseppe Di Iorio CAST INCLUDES Adina............................................... Benedetta Torre Nemorino......................................... Sehoon Moon Belcore............................................. Matthew Durkan Dr Dulcamara.................................. Mikheil Kiria Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra The Glyndebourne Chorus This performance runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 20-minute interval.

Glyndebourne 13, 15, 19, 22, 28, 31 October Canterbury 5, 7 November Milton Keynes 12, 14 November Liverpool 21 November Norwich 3, 5 December

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Rinaldo

G EO R G E F R I D ER I C HAND EL

hristian knight Rinaldo loves Almirena, but she has been kidnapped by the scheming sorceress Armida. A magical battle of wits and wills ensues between Rinaldo’s Crusaders and the Saracen army, as the fate not just of two lovers but two nations hangs in the balance. Robert Carsen’s exuberant schoolroom staging is well on its way to becoming a Glyndebourne classic, bringing out all the energy and excess in Handel’s first opera for the London stage. The composer’s colourful, tune-filled score – bright with brass fanfares and memorable arias including Lascia ch’io pianga – is one of his finest, sweeping the audience from laughter to love and back again, in this exotic, East-meets-West musical fantasy. Two young British singers lead the cast. Countertenor Jake Arditti takes the title role and Anna Devin, who played Michal in Glyndebourne Festival’s 2018 revival of Saul, is Almirena. American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker makes her Glyndebourne debut as Armida, with bass-baritone Aubrey Allicock as Saracen king Argante.

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Revival of the Festival 2011 production Sung in Italian with English supertitles Conductor ..................................... David Bates Director ......................................... Robert Carsen Designer......................................... Gideon Davey Lighting Designers........................ Robert Carsen & Peter Van Praet Movement Director....................... Philippe Giraudeau CAST INCLUDES Rinaldo.......................................... Jake Arditti Almirena ....................................... Anna Devin Goffredo ........................................ James Hall Eustazio ........................................ Tom Scott-Cowell Armida .......................................... Jacquelyn Stucker Argante ......................................... Aubrey Allicock Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra This performance runs for 3 hours and 10 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals.

Glyndebourne 26, 29 October & 1 November Canterbury 8 November Milton Keynes 15 November Liverpool 22 November Woking 29 November Norwich 6 December

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Concerts Glyndebourne Chorus Christmas Concert Woking 28 November, 7.15pm Norwich 5 December, 7.30pm Glyndebourne 14 and 15 December, 3.00pm Join us this winter for a heart-warming festive concert for all of the family showcasing the delights of the Glyndebourne Chorus and Tour Orchestra.

Glyndebourne only: The Glyndebourne Shop will be open on 14 & 15 December – mulled wine and mince pies will be on offer as well as a chance to browse the shop with seasonal stock and gift ideas.

Part 1 will be packed with opera highlights – rousing tunes that will stay in your head long after the curtain comes down. Yuletide classics and carols for all will follow in Part 2, with a chance to sing along with the Chorus. What better way is there to start the Christmas countdown?’

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Extra Events

STUDY EVENT

PERFORMANCE FOR SCHOOLS

Rigoletto

As part of Glyndebourne’s continuing commitment to nurture audiences of all ages schools will be joining us at Glyndebourne for a matinee performance of Rigoletto (22 October) and L’elisir d’amore (25 October). Tickets for students are £8 and booking opens on 25 March.

Ebert Room, Glyndebourne Sunday 6 October, 10:30am – 4:30pm £16 (£10 concessions) Dig deeper into Rigoletto – a new Glyndebourne production in 2019. Led by operatic experts with members of the production team and singers from the Glyndebourne Chorus, the event will provide you with in-depth insight into the opera. To book visit our website or call the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 815 000. FREE PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS Join us for bite-sized introductions to the operas – in all Tour 2019 venues. Each talk is presented by an operatic expert, lasts 30 minutes and starts an hour before the beginning of the opera. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. To book contact the Box Office at each venue.

Performances for Schools tickets are also available for the matinee performances of L’elisir d’amore in Canterbury (7 November), Milton Keynes (14 November), Liverpool (21 November) and Norwich (5 December). For more information please visit glyndebourne.com/schools Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools are supported by The Clore Duffield Foundation, The Pilot Trust and an anonymous donor through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future. Glyndebourne’s education programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Tour 2019 performances GLYNDEBOURNE 11 October - 2 November 11 October

Rigoletto

7.00 pm

13 October

L'elisir d'amore

4.00 pm

14 October

Rigoletto

7.00 pm

15 October

L'elisir d'amore

7.00 pm

17 October

Rigoletto

7.00 pm

19 October

L'elisir d'amore

4.00 pm

22 October

L'elisir d'amore

7.00 pm

24 October

Rigoletto

4.00 pm

26 October

Rinaldo

4.00 pm

27 October

Rigoletto

4.00 pm

28 October

L'elisir d'amore

4.00 pm

29 October

Rinaldo

4.00 pm

30 October

Rigoletto

4.00 pm

31 October

L'elisir d'amore

7.00 pm

1 November

Rinaldo

6.30 pm

2 November

Rigoletto

4.00 pm

14 December

Glyndebourne Chorus Christmas Concert

3.00pm

15 December

Glyndebourne Chorus Christmas Concer

3.00pm

GLYNDEBOURNE

Pre-performance talk School tickets available

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Glyndebourne Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU

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How to book: Glyndebourne Rigoletto & L’elisir d’amore (weekends)

L’elisir d’amore (week days) & Rinaldo (weekends)

Rinaldo (weekdays)

Christmas Concert

Stalls/Foyer Circle & FC Boxes A, B, C, D, E & F*

£72/£66

£67/£61

£62/£54

£57/£52

Foyer Circle Sides

£66/£50

£61/£46

£54/£39

£52/£46

Circle & Boxes, G,H, I &J

£72/£66

£67/£61

£62/£54

£57/£52/£46

Circle sides

£50/£39/£29

£46/£36/£27

£39/£29/£22

£46/£25/£20

Upper Circle & FC Side Boxes 4, 5, 8 & 9 only

£50/£39

£46/£36

£39/£29

£46/£25

Slips*

£39/£29

£36/£27

£29/£22

£25/£20

Standing*

£10

£10

£10

£10

* Please note that some seats in these areas may have restricted view of the stage or supertitles. This will be indicated when booking seats online or by telephone.

BOOKING DATES

CONCESSIONS & FAMILY TICKETS

Glyndebourne Tour Member ballot begins Tuesday 23 April

Half-price tickets are available priced £39 or above for selected concession groups. For the performance of L’elisir d’amore on Sunday 13 October children’s tickets are also available for only £10 each when one or more full price ticket is purchased at £39 or above. The performance is recommended for children aged 8 and above. See the website for full details.

Group bookings for parties of 12 or more opens Monday 20 May Booking opens to the general public on Monday 3 June (8.00am online and 10.00am on the telephone) ACCESSIBILITY Wheelchair and companion spaces are available (but limited) for all performances. For any access requirements please call our Box Office on +44 (0)1273 815 000.

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Tour performances on the road CANTERBURY 5 – 9 November 5 November

L'elisir d'amore

7:15 pm

6 November

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

7 November

L'elisir d'amore

2:00 pm

8 November

Rinaldo

7:15 pm

9 November

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

MILTON KEYNES 12 – 16 November 12 November

L'elisir d'amore

7:15 pm

13 November

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

14 November

L'elisir d'amore

2:00 pm

15 November

Rinaldo

7:15 pm

16 November

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

LIVERPOOL 21 – 23 November 21 November

L'elisir d'amore

2:00 pm

22 November

Rinaldo

7:15 pm

23 November

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

27 November

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

28 November

Glyndebourne Chorus Christmas Concert

7:15 pm

29 November

Rinaldo

7:15 pm

30 November

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

3 December

L'elisir d'amore

7:15 pm

4 December

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

5 December

L'elisir d'amore

2:00 pm

5 December

Glyndebourne Chorus Christmas Concert

7:30 pm

6 December

Rinaldo

7:15 pm

7 December

Rigoletto

7:15 pm

WOKING 27 – 30 November

NORWICH 3 – 7 December

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Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre

Woking, New Victoria Theatre

5 – 9 November Book now on 01227 787 787 marlowetheatre.com

27 – 30 November Book now on 0844 871 7645* atgtickets.com/woking

Milton Keynes Theatre

Norwich, Theatre Royal

12 – 16 November Book now on 0844 871 7652* atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

3 – 7 December Book now on 01603 630 000 theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Liverpool Empire Theatre

*Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge

21 – 23 November Book now on 0844 871 3017* atgtickets.com/liverpool

Thank you A special thank you to all our Tour Members, donors and audiences. Your generosity keeps the Tour on the road; supporting up-and-coming young artists and introducing new audiences to the joy of opera. Become a Tour Member today to support our work and enjoy priority booking for autumn performances at Glyndebourne. Membership starts from £45. Find out more glyndebourne.com/tour +44 (0)1273 815 400 (Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 5.00pm) membership@glyndebourne.com

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