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Preview: Glyndebourne Festival Opera opens with a difference


Glyndebourne (Photo: Marc Eskenazi)

The 2011 Glyndebourne Festival opens on May 21st, with a new production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and goes on to present, among other delights, a new production of Handel’s Rinaldo and a revival of the acclaimed The Turn of the Screw. There are a few seats left, and if you’re under 30 you can take up the offer of a standing place for £10, or £20 for Meistersinger. MusicOMH is looking forward to covering the Festival.

Glyndebourne, despite its reputation as the elite opera house, perceived as only for the wealthy, the cognoscenti and those confident enough to show up at an English Country House in full dress, has in fact always gone well beyond the call of duty in reaching out to those who might feel intimidated by its image, or indeed those who simply can’t get to Sussex in the afternoon. This year, they have gone even further, with exciting partnerships with the Guardian, the Science Museum and Picturehouse, all of which will bring Glyndebourne’s unrivalled opera to a much wider audience.

Glyndebourne was the first UK opera house to screen its productions to cinemas, so it’s appropriate that once again it shows the way: on June 26th, it joins with the Guardian to stream the last night of Meistersinger live online, via guardian.co.uk and glyndebourne.com. This live streaming will be the first of its kind by any UK opera house or UK newspaper: it will be free to viewers and will be available for seven days after the initial broadcast.

There will also be screenings at the Science Museum: in addition to the Meistersinger on June 26th, the museum’s 400 seat cinema, with its giant screen and superb HD with surround sound, will show Don Giovanni on July 31st, and The Turn of the Screw on August 21st. You can book these on 08708704868 or on the Science Museum’s website.

Following on from the 2010 partnership, Glyndebourne and City Screen/Picturehouse are bringing those same performances to an even wider audience, bookable on 08719025747 or at the Picturehouse website: cinemas from Aberdeen to Southampton are included, with new ones still being added, so it’s fair to assume that no matter where you live in the UK, you will have a good chance of being able to experience at least some of the magic that is Glyndebourne.

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