The 2016 Glyndebourne Tour starts in just two weeks’ time, beginning with a new production of Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne itself on October 14th. The second production of the Tour will be the Jonathan Kent’s 2010 Festival production of Don Giovanni, and finally there will be a brand new event created for the Tour: Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain. This ‘behind-the-scenes’ exploration of what goes into putting a production on stage is intended as an introduction to opera for those new to it, as well as aiming to engage those who just want to find out more.
The new venture is a logical development from Glyndebourne’s pioneering work in education and in encouraging wider participation in opera: it will feature the Don Giovanni cast and orchestra, with Duncan Rock, whose Tarquinius in the 2015 Festival Rape of Lucretia promised much, in the title role. The first performance of Behind the Curtain is at Glyndebourne on October 28th, moving on to Milton Keynes (10/11) Canterbury (17/11) Norwich (24/11) Woking (1/12) and Plymouth (8/12).
The new Madama Butterfly is directed by Anneliese Miskimmon, conducted by John Wilson (14/10-12/11) and Gareth Hancock (16/11-10/12) and stars the South Korean soprano Karah Son as Cio-Cio San and the Italian tenor Matteo Lippi. Both principals will be making company debuts: Claudia Huckle, who sings Suzuki, will be more familiar to Glyndebourne audiences.
The Tour’s other offering will be a welcome revival of the 2010 Don Giovanni, conducted by Pablo González (15/10-25/11) and Ben Gernon (29/11-9/12). Duncan Rock’s Don will be supported by Anthony Gregory as Ottavio, Ana Maria Labin as Anna and Magdalena Molendowska as Elvira.
The Festival’s iconic production of Handel’s Saul, recorded ‘live’ in 2015, will be shown in cinemas from Edinburgh to Exeter, with one-off screenings in 31 different venues. Full details of the Tour can be found at glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/season/tour-2016