Glyndebourne Tour 2012 sets out on a nine week tour of the UK from 4 October beginning at Glyndebourne, the Tour then goes on to visit; Woking, Norwich, Wimbledon, Covent Garden (Linbury Studio), Plymouth, Canterbury, Milton Keynes and Stoke-on-Trent.
The Glyndebourne Tour blends exciting new talent and exceptionally high production standards, offering something for everyone, whether an opera newcomer or a seasoned aficionado.
In addition to two main stage productions, Le nozze di Figaro and Rusalka, Glyndebourne are also touring a contemporary chamber opera The Yellow Sofa, and we continue to reach out to digital audiences through cinema screenings of Giulio Cesare which are added to the Tour for the first time in its 44 year history.
The 2012 Tour will be the last to feature Jakub Hrusa as Music Director, during his three-year tenure he has inspired wonderful performances from the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra and the many talented young artists who form the backbone of the company.
It takes more than you might think to take Glyndebourne on the road – nearly 450 hours of rehearsal, the casts include 36 soloists, 40 choristers and 7 dancers. Ten 13.4m trailers each travel 1286 miles and 22 stage crew work 107 hours per week to change the sets daily, 63 musicians provide the music, taking not only instruments but chairs and music stands too; 80 scores are required for Le nozze di Figaro alone.
Transferring direct from the 2012 Festival to Tour is the acclaimed production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro directed by Michael Grandage. Guido Loconsolo returns sharing the title role with Australian Bass-baritone Derek Welton who makes his Glyndebourne debut, while rising stars Layla Claire and Sarah-Jane Brandon take the helm as the Countess also making their Glyndebourne debuts.
On tour for the first time is Melly Still’s production of Dvořák’s Rusalka, a staging inspired by traditional folk tales including the Hans Christian Anderson classic, The Little Mermaid. Natasha Jouhl returns to Glyndebourne Tour as Rusalka following her performance as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2010. She is supported by tenor Peter Berger who makes his Glyndebourne debut playing the role of Rusalka’s prince.
The Tour also presents an engaging tale of sex, a city and the seductive power of furniture; The Yellow Sofa, composed by Glyndebourne’s first Composer in Residence, Julian Philips, is an intimate new chamber opera, commissioned by Glyndebourne and first presented in the 2009 Festival. The cast features past and present members of the Glyndebourne Chorus directed by Frederic Wake-Walker.
This year for the first time Glyndebourne has added cinema screenings to the Tour. From the 2005 Festival, David McVicar’s brilliantly received production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare returns to cinema screens this autumn. A powerful cast is led by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in the title role, and soprano Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra.
Visiting more venues in more cities than ever before Glyndebourne Tour 2012 has to potential to reach audiences of thousands.
Glyndebourne is committed to developing the next generation of opera lovers. Its hugely successful Performances for Schools will take place in more venues than ever and subsidised tickets allow children to experience exceptional opera at accessible prices.
Performances for Schools take place on the following dates:
Le nozze di Figaro: Tuesday 16 October at Glyndebourne
Rusalka: Wednesday 17 October at Glyndebourne
Rusalka: Friday 16 November at Theatre Royal Plymouth
Le nozze di Figaro: Thursday 22 November at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Le nozze di Figaro: Thursday 6 December at Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Glyndebourne’s commitment to innovative digital developments continues on the 2012 Tour bringing audiences exceptional opera via stage, cinema and dedicated websites, and providing behind-the-scenes documentaries, artist blogs and educational resources free for anyone to access.
In addition, a host of Pre-Performance Talks for adults and children are available throughout the Tour.
The importance of Glyndebourne Tour and education work has again been recognised by Arts Council England which continues its support of these crucial areas of Glyndebourne’s work. The Daily Mail continues to provide valuable sponsorship of the Tour, allowing Glyndebourne to continue to deliver a varied programme.
David Pickard, General Director at Glyndebourne, says:
“In 2012 Glyndebourne presents its largest Tour line up yet with more venues than ever before, we also add Canterbury to the Tour schedule for the first time. This year we are also building on the success of our Festival cinema screenings by introducing these to Tour audiences. 2012 also sees the expansion of our Performances for Schools with performances in Plymouth and Canterbury for the first time. These new initiatives provide more opportunities for all generations of opera lovers to enjoy greater access to the art form and see opera at its best."
However you choose to engage with the 2012 Glyndebourne Tour there is something for everyone at an affordable price. To book your tickets call 01273 815 000 or visit glyndebourne.com, public booking is now open.