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Glyndebourne Festival 2018 open for public booking

Glyndebourne Festival 2018 has opened to public booking on Sunday 4 March.

  • Madama Butterfly | Copyright: © Glyndebourne Productions Limited. Photographer Clive Barda

    Madama Butterfly © Glyndebourne Productions Limited. Photographer Clive Barda

  • Glyndebourne auditorium | Copyright: © Glyndebourne Productions Limited. Photographer Leigh Simpson

    Glyndebourne auditorium © Glyndebourne Productions Limited. Photographer Leigh Simpson

  • Glyndebourne audience in the gardens | Copyright: © Glyndebourne Productions Limited. Photographer Sam Stephenson

    Glyndebourne audience in the gardens © Glyndebourne Productions Limited. Photographer Sam Stephenson

The event opens on 19 May with the Festival debut of Glyndebourne’s first-ever production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, directed by Annilese Miskimmon.

Other highlights include a rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Vanessa, in a new production from director Keith Warner. One of the great American operas, Vanessa was hailed as a triumph at its premiere in 1958 but quickly fell out of the repertoire and has only been staged intermittently since.

The third new production will be Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, an opera that sought to rewrite the rules of the art form. It will be staged by the in-demand Norwegian director Stefan Herheim and conducted by Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati.

The season is completed with revivals of three popular productions from Glyndebourne’s recent history - Richard Jones’s elegantly colourful 2014 production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, David McVicar’s legendary production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Barrie Kosky’s smash-hit staging of Saul, also by Handel.

Public booking for Glyndebourne Festival 2019 opens online at 6.00pm on Sunday 4 March. Tickets start from £10.

Original title Madama Butterfly
Composer Puccini
Original title Der Rosenkavalier
Composer Strauss
Original title Giulio Cesare
Composer Handel
Original title Pelléas et Mélisande
Composer Debussy
Original title Saul
Composer Handel
Original title Vanessa
Composer Samuel Barber

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