Now booking for opera festival

PUBLIC booking for the 78th Glyndebourne Festival, the first opera festival in the world to be powered by renewable energy, is now open.

Spokesman Michael Eppy said: “This year’s season includes new productions of Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen directed by Melly Still, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Michael Grandage, and Ravel’s L’heure espangnole and L’enfant et les sortiléges presented as a double bill and directed by Laurent Pelly.

“As the first UK arts organisation to generate its own power using a large-scale wind turbine, Glyndebourne also secures its place as an environmental leader in the arts as the first opera festival powered by renewable energy. Launched by Sir David Attenborough in January this year, the aim is for the wind turbine to contribute 90 per cent of the power necessary to stage Glyndebourne’s operas.

“The 2012 Festival will reach wider audiences after the expansion of Glyndebourne’s digital programmes; five of the six Festival operas will be broadcast in cinemas nationally and internationally in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment and in partnership with the Guardian they will also be available free online and hosted on demand via guardian.co.uk and glyndebourne.com.”

Michael added: “The 2012 Festival also offers the chance to see a showcase of 12 internationally-renowned artists and sculptors whose work synchronises with the 2012 repertoire. Artists exhibiting at this year’s Festival include renowned South African artist Deborah Bell, Tuema Pattie who recently exhibited at the Royal Academy and collagist artist John Stazaker.

“Stezaker is the first artist to take a photographic approach to the cover design of the Glyndebourne programme book. Previous covers have been designed by many great artists including Anish Kapoor, David Hockney and Grayson Perry.”

Tickets on 01273 815000. The season runs from May 20–August 26.