Glyndebourne is no ordinary opera
Glyndebourne Tour 2019 returns for their annual visit bringing something for everyone. On a dark November night there’s a much needed burst of Mediterranean heat followed by some powerful Shakespearean-style tragedy which is balanced against a breath of whimsical magic – and, as always, some cracking good tunes.
Full of warmth and laughter, Annabel Arden’s sun-drenched production of Donizetti’s small-town romantic comedy, L’Elisir d’Amore, stars Korean tenor Sehoon Moon and Italian soprano Benedetta Torre.
Glyndebourne’s first-ever production of Verdi’s classic Rigoletto, directed by rising star Christiane Lutz, features Georgian baritone Nikoloz Lagvilava as the titular jester, with prize-winning South African soprano Vuvu Mpofu as his daughter, Gilda. It’s a bold new production of this well-loved masterpiece that includes many of Verdi’s greatest tunes.
Lastly, Robert Carsen’s witty production of Rinaldo, packed with magic and visual sensation, moves Handel's setting from the Crusades to a Harry Potter / St Trinians-style school, with a cast including Jake Arditti and Anna Devin as the thwarted lovers and Glyndebourne Opera Cup runner up Jacquelyn Stucker as scheming sorceress Armida.
Ben Glassberg, Principal Conductor of the Glyndebourne Tour, lifts the baton on all three productions with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra.
Glyndebourne prides itself on developing artistic talent, and many names who started their careers in the Tour have gone on to international acclaim, including Robin Ticciati, Gerald Finley, Emma Bell, Alfie Boe, Roberto Alagna, Edward Gardner and Kate Royal.
Accessibly priced and with a more casual dress code than the main Glyndebourne Festival, the Glyndebourne Tour is open to all, with ticket prices starting from as little as £13.
*Milton Keynes Theatre is one of only five venues nationwide to host Glyndebourne Tour and is proud to have done so every year since the theatre opened in 1999.
Performances: Tue 12 – Sat 16 Nov (Check online for days and times of each opera)
Tickets: From £13
Box Office: 0844 871 7652*
Groups Hotline: 0333 009 5393
Access Booking: 0800 912 6971*
Online Booking: ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes*
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