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Glyndebourne Festival Opera

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Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU United Kingdom
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In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo.

Yet it remains a very English institution. The opera house stands next to the country home of John Christie, who founded it in 1934. Now run by his grandson Gus, it is still very much a family concern. Its Festival audiences arrive from far and wide and an extended interval gives them time for an evening meal. Many choose to picnic in the garden. Some sprawl on rugs, others bring tables, candlesticks and ice buckets. Almost all wear evening dress.

Such eccentricities are part of Glyndebourne’s charm. But its global reputation stems from a passion for artistic excellence. Founder John Christie insisted on “doing not the best we can do but the best that can be done anywhere”. For over 80 years, that has remained Glyndebourne’s touchstone.

Glyndebourne’s commitment to quality has earned it a loyal following, enabling it to preserve its financial independence through good times and bad. Its reputation enables it to attract the world’s finest artists. Today, its Festival and Tour present over 120 performances each year, to some 150,000 people. It’s an institution, but not a museum. Glyndebourne (and its audiences) are noted for their sense of adventure. Its programmes balance well-known repertoire with less familiar works, both old and new, including British premières and new commissions. In addition to established opera directors, Glyndebourne invites talented theatre directors to bring their creative vision to opera, often for the first time.

And Glyndebourne has always looked to the future, developing new talent, new works and new audiences. Artists whose careers started here include Kate Royal, Thomas Allen, Edward Gardner, Joan Sutherland, Janet Baker, John Tomlinson, Simon Rattle and John Pritchard.

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May 2018

Madama Butterfly by Puccini @Glyndebourne Festival Opera, England

May 19 - June 18
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New Rd
Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU United Kingdom
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East meets West with devastating consequences in Puccini’s tragic romance. Madama Butterfly makes its Festival debut in Annilese Miskimmon’s thought-provoking production. When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice. Bursting with exotic…

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Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss @Glyndebourne Festival Opera, England

May 20 - June 26
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New Rd
Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU United Kingdom
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A timeless production of Strauss’s operatic masterpiece. Moving through history in a sequence of striking sets, Richard Jones’s colourful production returns with an exciting new cast. The Marschallin adores her lover Octavian. But, at nearly 20 years his senior, she knows that their affair cannot last. So when Octavian meets the beautiful Sophie, she must find a way to let him go. Can she keep Sophie from the clutches of her boorish cousin, the libidinous Baron Ochs, and ensure that young…

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June 2018

Guilio Cesare by Handel @Glyndebourne Festival Opera, England

June 10 - July 28
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New Rd
Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU United Kingdom
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David McVicar’s much-loved production makes a triumphant return. This legendary production is a Glyndebourne classic – a visually striking, brilliantly choreographed response to one of Handel’s finest scores. 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? Bollywood meets…

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Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy @Glyndebourne Festival Opera, England

June 30 - August 9
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New Rd
Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU United Kingdom
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A mysterious woman, a forbidden love, a family torn apart. Stefan Herheim, one of Europe’s most exciting directors, makes his company debut with Glyndebourne’s first new production of Pelléas in nearly 20 years. When Prince Golaud meets the mysterious Mélisande, he falls instantly in love with this beautiful, broken girl. So does his brother Pelléas. Cloaked in the darkness of the shadowy kingdom of Allemonde, this passionate love triangle unfolds in hints and suggestions, glimpses and glances, elusive right up to…

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