The intimate surroundings of the opera house at Glyndebourne provide the perfect setting for these three operas by Mozart.
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Mozart’s opera was chosen for the 1994 opening of the new opera house at Glyndebourne. The cast includes Gerald Finley and Alison Hagley who give touching performances as Figaro and Susanna, Andreas Schmidt as a strong and handsome Count Almaviva, Renée Fleming as a ravishing Countess, and Marie-Ange Todorovitch as an irrepressibly love-sick Cherubino. Bernard Haitink draws polished playing from the London Philharmonic.
Deborah Warner's enthralling production sets Don Giovanni in modern dress in the twentieth century. The cast is led by Gilles Cachemaille's powerfully sung Giovanni, Steven Page's crafty Leporello, Adrianne Pieczonka's passionate Elvira, Hillevi Martinpelto's poignant Anna and John Mark Ainsley's exquisitely-sung Ottavio. Juliane Banse and Roberto Scaltriti also make an engaging couple as Zerlina and Masetto. Yakov Kreizberg conducts the period-instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
This production marked the operatic debut of Trevor Nunn. It has been much-acclaimed for its dramatic effect, blending Minoan Crete with the ritualistic delicacy of Japanese theatre. Idomeneo, King of Crete (Philip Langridge), has been away from home during the long years of the Trojan War. Idamante, his son (Jerry Hadley), awaits his return, heralded by the arrival in Crete of Trojan prisoners. One of these is Ilia (Yvonne Kenny). Idamante has fallen in love with Ilia, but is loved by Electra (Carol Vaness), daughter of the Greek King Agamemnon, who has taken refuge in Crete. Bernard Haitink conducts the London Philharmonic in a forceful account of the music.
THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT
A fascinating view of the construction of Glyndebourne’s new opera house.