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Sunday 21 February 2021

Glyndebourne Committed To Staging This Summer's Festival In Line With Ongoing Restrictions

Glyndebourne has confirmed its plans to proceed with its annual opera festival in 2021, with adaptations to ensure the show can go on, even if social distancing is still in place.
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Glyndebourne Festival 2021 will run from 20th May until 29th August with new productions of Janáček's Kat'a Kabanova, Rossini's Il turco in Italia and Verdi's Luisa Miller, alongside a revival of Mozart's Così fan tutte

In a change to original plans, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde will be presented as a semi-staged concert with a full orchestra, seated on the stage, to do justice to the opera's epic score.

Performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte have been removed from the programme and in its place, Glyndebourne's resident orchestras, the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, will take centre stage in a series of specially-curated concerts.

Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director of Glyndebourne, said: 

"We have been planning for a variety of scenarios to ensure we could adapt the Festival, in any way necessary, without lowering our artistic ambition. 

"The plan we're announcing draws on our experience of staging socially-distanced events in 2020 and gives us flexibility to accommodate any restrictions that might be in place this summer. 

"I'm delighted to be going ahead with all three new productions, plans for which look astounding. 

"After these months of enforced isolation, we are looking forward to being together again in Glyndebourne's beautiful auditorium to share some extraordinary, inspiring evenings of live music and theatre. It promises to be a Festival like no other."

Glyndebourne is carefully managing performer numbers and has adapted its working practices to ensure that performing companies will maintain physical distancing on stage, in the pit and in rehearsals.

Mariame Clément, who directs a new production of Il turco in Italia at Glyndebourne this summer, said: 

"I am thankful that Glyndebourne has found a way to go ahead with the Festival and I'm sure that feeling is shared by every artist involved. 

"It's been a very difficult time for our industry, trying to find ways to perform that keep everyone safe. 

"Having experienced the fantastic working environment at Glyndebourne, I have every confidence that the team there will rise to this challenge and that together we can create a production that delivers the exceptional artistic standards for which the company is known."

All performances will take place inside the Glyndebourne opera house with audience numbers initially capped at 600 - half of the 1,200 person capacity. 

Tried-and-tested adaptations will be in place to ensure people can move around the event safely and the traditional ninety minute dining interval, during which visitors picnic in the gardens or dine in one of the on-site restaurants, is being extended slightly to allow for staggered entry and exit  from the auditorium.

Glyndebourne Festival 2021 will run from 20th May - 29th August 2021. Glyndebourne Members have priority booking, and all remaining tickets will go on sale to the public in April. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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