Or are you like me, and you dream of opera that is fresh and exciting, accessible and vibrant but does not compromise on quality, performed by one of the greatest opera houses in the world? Opera that leaves you giddy for more, that trail blazes for a theatre genre that has a reputation for being elitist and stuffy?
|La traviata, Tour 2014|
You just know that Mozart was the kind of kid that made everyone else feel bad about their life accomplishments when in conversation with him. Can you imagine? You: “What did you do this weekend? I didn’t die from cholera and drank a lot of gin. Mozart: “Well done, that’s really impressive! Me? Oh I just composed an entire opera”. Makes you go a little green around the gills, doesn’t it.
Their tours take them all over the world, performing live in opera houses and having their productions screened in cinemas from Tokyo to New York. Their education programme makes opera relevant to everyday life, with their work with schools, young composers, youth opera and supporting individuals with dementia and their carers.
In their words, they are an institution, not a museum and they are propelled by their sense of adventure. They take risks, they tackle materials in new ways, they take operas that are lesser known and underperformed (like La finta giardiniera) and newly commissioned and debuts them like young socialites at the Crillon Ball in front of expectant audiences. It can also act as a launching pad for the careers of young directors and actors, operatic and theatrical alike, allowing them the chance to let their creativity explode onto the Glyndebourne stage.
Hänsel und Gretel Tour 2013
|L'enfant et les sortilèges, Festival 2012. Photo: Simon Annand|
Glyndebourne is also trying to dispel the myth that opera is too expensive for people on average salaries. Of course, you can still fork out nearly £200 for a really superb seat and experience, but you can also pay £10 for standing room or £30 if you are under 30 on one of their under-30’s nights (there were a lot of 30’s in that sentence). Tour tickets obviously vary from theatre to theatre but can start from as little as £15. If you are still not convinced, you can always pop to the cinema and watch one of their live screenings for the price of a regular cinema ticket.
Tickets are currently on sale for the three highly acclaimed productions at the Marlowe Theatre, ticket prices vary from £29-£60pp (concessions available, booking fee applies)
- La finta giardiniera, Tuesday 4th November 7.15pm, Thursday 6th November 2pm
- La traviata, Wednesday 5th and Saturday 8th November 7.15pm
- The Turn of the Screw, Friday 7th November 7.15pm
In addition you can catch a screening of The Cunning Little Vixen at The Gulbenkian Theatre on the 2nd November.
I'll be going to see La finta giardiniera, so keep your eyes peeled for the post in the near future!
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