Glyndebourne on Tour has been coming to MK Theatre annually for the past 16 years, and more than 50,000 people have enjoyed their first-class opera during that time.
This week coming, Glyndebourne are back – and two of the three productions comprising the programme are premieres that have transferred straight from the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival.
Things begin on Tuesday with a revival of an opulent period staging of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
Opulent period setting aside, this piece still has some very recognisable modern plot lines: A rich old man in search of a young wife; a rebellious teenager sulking in his bedroom and an ambitious woman longing for money (and for a young lover).
Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) will follow.
Among the cast is the up-and-coming American tenor Benjamin Bliss, currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Also transferring is a new production of Handel’s oratorio Saul, which tells the well-known Biblical tale of the first King of Israel’s love and loathing for his eventual successor, David.
“Triumph, joy, madness, death, battles, jealousy, rage; what more do you want from a night at the opera?” asks the provocative, brilliant Australian director Barrie Kosky who was at the helm.
He did quite the job too – the work gathered amazing reviews.
All three main stage productions have a central role for the Glyndebourne Chorus, an ensemble with a well-earned reputation for showcasing the soloists of tomorrow.
Off stage, The Stables at Wavendon will be screening Glyndebourne’s award-winning production of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd on Sunday.
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