In­clud­ing Glyn­de­bourne, Grange Park, Grange, Gars­ing­ton

BBC Music Magazine - - Festival Special -

When: 19 May – 26 Au­gust

Where: Glyn­de­bourne, East Sus­sex Tel: +44 (0)1273 815000

Web: www.glyn­de­bourne.com

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.

GLYN­DE­BOURNE HIGH­LIGHTS.

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

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