Including Glyndebourne, Grange Park, Grange, Garsington
When: 19 May – 26 August
Where: Glyndebourne, East Sussex Tel: +44 (0)1273 815000
After the world premiere of Brett
Dean’s Hamlet and a Cavalli unknown last summer, Glyndebourne turns its attention to more familiar territory this year. Even so it comes as a shock to discover that Puccini’s Madam Butterf ly has never graced the festival proper before. This is resolutely put right by the summer festival programming of Annilese Miskimmon’s production from the 2016 Glyndebourne Tour.
With Omer Meir Wellber conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the update to the 1950s features soprano Olga Busuioc as the fragile Cio-cio-san and tenor Joshua Guerrero as Pinkerton.
Handel scores twice over this summer, with David Mcvicar’s 2005 Giulio
Cesare and Barrie Kosky’s 2015 Saul as welcome revivals. The former reunites mezzo Sarah Connolly (pictured below) with conductor William Christie, while Saul returns countertenor Iestyn Davies to East Sussex as the Goliathslaying David.
Three 20th-century pieces counterbalance the Baroque works. Richard Jones’s production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier completes the revivals and is conducted by Glyndebourne music director Robin Ticciati – who also presides over a new staging of Pelléas et Mélisande by Stefan Herheim to mark the centenary of Debussy’s death. And bringing the season to a transatlantic close, 60 years after it was premiered at New York’s Met, there’s a rare UK outing for Barber’s Vanessa, his poignantly lyrical operatic debut.
19 May – 18 July Puccini Madam Butterfly; Olga Busuioc (Cio-cio-san), Joshua Guerrero (Pinkerton), Elizabeth Deshong (Suzuki) et al, London Philharmonic Orchestra/omer
Meir Wellber 20 May – 26 June R Strauss Der Rosenkavalier; Rachel Willis-sørensen/ Michaela Kaune (The Marschallin), Kate Lindsey (Octavian) et al,
London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Robin Ticciati 10 June – 28 July Handel Giulio Cesare; Sarah Connolly (Cesare), Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) et al, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/william Christie/jonathan Cohen 30 June – 9 August Debussy Pelléas et
Mélisande; Christina Gansch (Mélisande), Pelléas ( John Chest), Christopher Purves (Golaud) et al, London
Philharmonic Orchestra/robin Ticciati
5-26 August Barber Vanessa; Emma Bell (Vanessa), Virginia Verrez (Erika) et al, Lpo/jakub Hru° a
Puccini revival: Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s Madam Butterfly