August 25, 2014

Glyndebourne Opera's 2015 season revealed

Handel's Saul to star Lucy Crowe & Christopher Purves, who sing Messiah together on a forthcoming CD.

The beloved English countryside opera festival has unveiled the program and casts for next year's musical idyll. Among the fruits, a new production of Handel's oratorio Saul from Barrie Kosky, the Australian renegade director and head of the Komische Oper in Berlin.

However controversial Kosky's concept and Katrin Lea Tag's staging may be, there can be no question that Glyndebourne has assembled a fine cast of British and American Baroque singers, including Lucy Crowe as Merab and Christopher Purves in the title role. Among the most in-demand Handelians of their generation, the English soprano and bass-baritone were also teamed up for performances of Messiah last year with Emmanuelle Haïm's Le Concert d'Astrée, recorded and slated for release late October 2014.

“I made the choice of four British singers, with a single countertenor rather than two altos – the configuration used in 1752 at Covent Garden,” Haïm explains of her Messiah soloists: countertenor Tim Mead and tenor Andrew Staples alongside Crowe and Purves.

Read the full Glyndebourne 2014 season announcement here.