Glyndebourne announce 2012 season, but where is Wagner?

Written By The Wagnerian on Thursday, 1 September 2011 | 12:53:00 pm

After the success of Tristan and Meistersinger, no Wagner? I never have understood opera companies especially given that Glyndebourne  exceeded its Box Office target and the Festival closed at 99.3 per cent capacity over 76 performances – the highest since the opening of the new theatre in 1994. Was this related to the success - and level of publicity - of Meistersinger? Who  knows. However, while of little surprise, at least they will be releasing Meistersinger on DVD  in 2012. Also, we get a new Figaro and Glyndebourne's Mozart is always a plus.
20 May – 26 August 2012

The 2012 Glyndebourne Festival opens on 20 May and features new productions of Le nozze di Figaro, The Cunning Little Vixen and a double bill of L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges. There are also revival productions of La Cenerentola, La bohème and The Fairy Queen.

Melly Still and Michael Grandage, both of whom made their operatic directing debuts at Glyndebourne with Rusalka (2009) and Billy Budd (2010) respectively, return to Glyndebourne to direct new productions of The Cunning Little Vixen and Le nozze di Figaro.

Music Director Vladimir Jurowski will conduct the new production of The Cunning Little Vixen, and Music Director designate, Robin Ticciati (who takes up this position in 2014) will conduct Le nozze di Figaro.

Director Laurent Pelly and conductor Kazushi Ono, who made their Glyndebourne debuts with Hänsel und Gretel in 2008, are reunited for the new productions of Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges.

The season also includes three revivals: Sir Peter Hall’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, David McVicar’s production of La bohème and Jonathan Kent’s production of The Fairy Queen.

Following the success of its premiere in 2009, Julian Philips’ The Yellow Sofa will be presented as part of the Jerwood Chorus Development Scheme.

Festival ticket prices for 2012 will range from £10 - £230.

With support from the New Generation Programme, there will be approximately 1,500 tickets available over the season priced at £30 for our Under 30s’ programme and Family performance initiatives.

All three new productions will be recorded for future release through a variety of distribution channels to include cinema screenings, online streaming and other forms of broadcast.

CD releases on The Glyndebourne Label in autumn 2011 include the 1960 Festival production of Verdi’s Falstaff with Hugues Cuénod and Geraint Evans, and the 2006 Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Kate Royal and Matthew Rose.

DVD releases for 2012 will feature three productions from the 2011 Festival; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Gerald Finley and Johannes Martin Kränzle; Rinaldo with Luca Pisaroni and Sonia Prina; and The Turn of the Screw with Miah Persson and Toby Spence.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera season
20 May – 26 August 2012
2012 Box Office

General public booking opens on Saturday 24 March 2012. Online booking will open at midnight and telephone booking via the Glyndebourne Box Office (+44 (0) 1273 813813) will open at 10am.
New Productions:

Leoš Janáček
The Cunning Little Vixen

  • A new production directed by Melly Still 
  • With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski 
  • British sopranos Lucy Crowe and Emma Bell make their role debuts as the Vixen and the Fox respectively, and Russian baritone Sergei Leiferkus will sing th e role of the Gamekeeper 
  • With design by Tom Pye, lighting by Paule Constable and movement by Maxine Doyle 
  • With The Glyndebourne Chorus 
13 performances between 20 May and 28 June 2012

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro

  • A new production directed by Michael Grandage 
  • With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robin Ticciati 
  • American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard makes her Glyndebourne debut as Cherubino 
  • British soprano Sally Matthews, who sang Fiordiligi in the GFO 2010 production of Così fan tutte, will sing the Countess in her role debut. 
  • With design by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement by Ben Wright 
  • With The Glyndebourne Chorus 
16 performances between 27 June and 22 August 2012

Maurice Ravel
Ravel Double Bill: L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges

  • New productions directed by Laurent Pelly 
  • With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kazushi Ono 
  • French mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac, who made her Glyndebourne debut in the GFO 2009 production of Giulio Cesare, will sing the role of Concepción in L’Heure Espagnol 
  • Soprano Khatouna Gadelia will make her Glyndebourne debut as L’Enfant 
  • With design by Barbara De Limburg Stirum and lighting by Joël Adam 
  • With The Glyndebourne Chorus 
10 performances between 4 August and 25 August 2012 


Gioachino Rossini
La Cenerentola

  • Sir Peter Hall’s 2005 staging will be revived by Lynne Hockney 
  • With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan 
  • Chinese Baritone Shenyang will make his Glyndebourne debut as Alidoro 
  • American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, who sang Hänsel in the GOT 2008 revival production of Hänsel und Gretel and Kitchen Girl in this year’s revival production of Rusalka, will sing the role of Angelina 
  • With design by Hildegard Bechtler and lighting by Peter Mumford 
  • With The Glyndebourne Chorus 
13 performances between 23 May and 10 July 2012

Giacomo Puccini
La bohème

  • David McVicar’s 2000 Glyndebourne on Tour production will be revived by Lee Blakely 
  • With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits 
  • Bondarenko will make his Festival debut in the role of Marcello, following his Tour debut as Malatesta in the 2011 production of Don Pasquale 
  • Winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Prize 2009, Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko will make her Glyndebourne debut as Mimì 
  • With design by Michael Vale, lighting by Paule Constable and movement by Leah Hausman 
  • With The Glyndebourne Chorus 
14 performances between 6 June and 31 July 2012

Henry Purcell
The Fairy Queen

  • Jonathan Kent returns to revive his 2009 Festival production 
  • Winner of the 2010 Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine DVD awards, and nominated for the South Bank Show Opera Award 
  • With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Laurence Cummings 
  • Cast includes British soprano Carolyn Sampson and 2007 John Christie Award winner, Peter Gijsbertsen 
  • With design by Paul Brown, lighting by Mark Henderson and choreography by Kim Brandstrup 
  • With The Glyndebourne Chorus 
11 performances between 20 July and 26 August 2012