It’s almost time for the Glyndebourne Tour, which this year brings a new production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and revivals of two much-loved productions in the shape of the candy-soaked Hänsel und Gretel and the romantic L’elisir d’amore. In keeping with its policy of bringing in new audiences and disputing the perception that opera is for the old and / or elite, the focus this year is on bringing opera to the under-30s.
New this year is Encore Week, which runs from November 24-30 at Glyndebourne, featuring a series of events designed to inspire the next generation of opera lovers; there will be exclusive schools performances, one dedicated performance for under-30s only, with all seats at just £20, and a newly commissioned children’s opera. Five of the six Tour venues will also be holding schools performances for Years 5 to 13 of L’elisir d’amore and Hänsel und Gretel.
As always, the Tour provides both regulars and newbies with the chance to hear some of the brightest emerging talent: The Rape of Lucretia features the rising star Claudia Huckle in the title role, and the conductor for this eagerly anticipated production will be another exciting new name, Nicholas Collon. Another emerging star is the Venezuelan Ilyich Rivas, who has been making impressive debuts all over the place of late – he will conduct Hänsel und Gretel. The rising American tenor Christopher Tiesi will make his UK debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, alongside Joélle Harvey as Adina.
Glyndebourne’s now-classic production of Tristan und Isolde, too large-scale to be toured, can nevertheless be seen in cinemas all over the country to mark Wagner’s bicentenary year.
After its opening at Glyndebourne (6-26 October) the Tour then visits Woking (29 October-2 November) Norwich (3-9 November) Canterbury (10-16 November) Milton Keynes (17-23 November) then back to Glyndebourne for ‘Encore Week’ (24-30 November) and finally Plymouth (1-7 December) and Stoke-on-Trent (11 & 14 December). Find out more here.