Tickets have gone on sale for the Glydebourne tour this autumn with world-class performances to tempt opera-lovers.
The tour begins in Glyndeobourne in October and takes in Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Plymouth and finally Woking in December.
The tour will include Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail which tells the tale of the young Spanish nobleman Belmonte as he attempts to rescue his fiancé Konstanze from the harem of Pasha Selim, a Turkish despot, and will be performed on October 11, 15, 25 and 29. The opera’s humane and surprising resolution defies all stereotypes, capturing a contemporary resonance in a story of cultural collision between East and West. Die Entführung is considered Mozart’s first fully mature opera and boasts some of his most spectacular vocal music. Transferring direct from Festival 2015 this elegant production is directed by David McVicar.
Handel’s Saul is up next, on October 24, 27 and 30, which boasts a musical score of heart-breaking beaty and intensity, taking the audience into a nightmare world of madness and despair. The first of Handel’s great English oratorios, Saul is an evening of dramatic choruses, bravura solo singing and the famous ‘Dead March’. Transferring direct from Festival 2015, this is the first Glyndebourne production directed by the brilliant, provocative Australian director, Barrie Kosky.
First to be performed is Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale on October 10, 13, 17, 23, 26, 28, 31. Directed by Mariame Clément, this opulent period staging catches the sparkling essence of Donizetti’s tuneful tale of an old bachelor’s romantic delusions and the young lovers who outwit him. Pasquale, a man no longer in the first flush of youth, hopes to marry and produce an heir, being dissatisfied with the current holder of that position, his nephew Ernesto, who has had the audacity to fall in love with Norina, an impoverished widow.
Don Pasquale’s witty musical score combines graceful lyricism with rollicking comedy, all fuelled by the seductive rhythm of the waltz.
Meanwhile the 2015 continues this month and tickets are available for some performances which include Fiona Shaw’s take on The Rape of Lucretia, www.glyndebourne.com