We return to Glyndebourne for our 9th visit this autumn with two performances - Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Mozart's The Magic Flute and in a break from our traditional stay in Brighton, we will be staying at the luxurious 5* Grand Hotel, Eastbourne. There truly is no better operatic experience in the UK than the perfectly designed 1200 seat opera house at Glyndebourne (built in 1994) and this year we have two worthy performances for your enjoyment.
The thought-provoking production of Puccini's masterpiece Madama Butterfly by Belfast born Annilese Miskimmon was first seen at Glyndebourne in 2016. See here the scene when Butterfly hears the port cannon beining fired to announce the return of Pinkerton's ship........
Mozart's epic Die Zauberflöte come to the tour in a production first seen last summer which gained a 4* review from the Guardian "This magical, witty, irreverent production updates the action and politics to 1900s Vienna"
The Arts Desk said "The Franco-Canadian design-and-direction duo of (André) Barbe & (Renaud) Doucet have actually set their Flute within an Edwardian grand hotel. Here, in this stratified society in miniature, the Queen of the Night – an anguished, smoking Suffragette who seems to have drifted in from a Henry James novel – rules uneasily from her top-floor suite. Meanwhile, head chef Sarastro commands his all-male cult of mystical cooks – should we call it the pastry patriarchy? – in the lower depths of the kitchens and cellars below. Lavishly designed and staged, strongly sung, stuffed with arresting and (sometimes) inspired titbits of stage business"
See Brindley Sherratt talking about last year's new production for the summer season https://youtu.be/OFDTTaSARDo
Full details and costs will be published week of April 27th - Please register your interest now to receive Priority Booking. We will have pick up points across the northwest.