Glyndebourne has announced details of its 2013 Season, the 79th Festival, which marks the final year of Vladimir Jurowski’s 13 year tenure as Music Director. He will conduct a new production of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos directed by Katharina Thoma.
The year’s big anniversaries of Verdi, Wagner and Britten are all marked, with revivals of Falstaff and Billy Budd, plus a cinema screening of Tristan und Isolde. Full casting details are yet to be released, but Mark Padmore makes his role debut as Captain Vere, while Sarah Connolly is Phèdre in Hippolyte et Aricie. Danielle de Niese sings the role of Norina in a new production to the Festival of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, in Mariame Clément’s production previously seen on the 2011 Tour. Ailyn Pérez is Alice Ford in a revival of Richard Jones’ production of Falstaff.
Rameau makes his operatic debut at Glyndebourne; his opera Hippolyte et Aricie appears courtesy of director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown, conducted by William Christie, thus reuniting the team responsible for the successful production of Purcell’s Fairy Queen, revived this year.
Jurowski said: “I have relished my time at Glyndebourne as Music Director and am tremendously proud of the artistic work we have produced together, during which time I have realised many of my artistic dreams. I am delighted that in 2014 the enormously talented conductor Robin Ticciati will take over this role and have every confidence that he will cherish, as I have, the opportunity to create opera in the unique environment that Glyndebourne provides.”
The 2013 marks the Glyndebourne directing debut of Fiona Shaw in a new production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, to be conducted by Nicholas Collon.
In reviewing ticket prices, Glyndebourne is proud that in 2013, 30% of all tickets will be priced at £100 or less. All of its productions will be screened in cinemas and streamed live via The Guardian’s website.
Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Head of Music, Guardian News & Music, said "The Guardian is thrilled to be working with Glyndebourne for the third year and I am proud to be continuing our partnership with them. In 2013 we will present our largest operatic programme to-date, streaming the six opera titles from the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival. Glyndebourne is recognised as an international leader in the world of opera, and I am delighted that through the Guardian's website, we are able to let our readers experience these world-class productions.”
For more information, see Glyndebourne’s website.