Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour 2018

In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo.

The Glyndebourne Festival presents six productions each year in a 1,200-seat opera house built in 1994. The Glyndebourne Tour, founded in 1968, takes three productions around the UK each autumn. Together, Festival and Tour present about 120 performances a year to an audience of around 150,000.

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2018 Festival Lineup

GIACOMO PUCCINI
Madama Butterfly

19 May – 18 July
17 performances

Festival debut of the Tour 2016 production

Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Director: Annilese Miskimmon
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast includes: Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio-San), Joshua Guerrero (Pinkerton), Michael Sumuel (Sharpless), Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki), Carlo Bosi/François Piolino (Goro)

RICHARD STRAUSS
Der Rosenkavalier

20 May – 26 June
11 performances

Revival of the Festival 2014 production

Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Director: Richard Jones
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast includes: Kate Royal (The Marschallin), Kate Lindsey (Octavian), Brindley Sherratt (Baron Ochs), Erin Morley (Sophie), Michael Kraus (Herr von Faninal)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Giulio Cesare

10 June – 28 July
12 performances

A revival of the Festival 2005 production

Conductor: William Christie
Director: David McVicar
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Cast includes: Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), John Moore (Achilla), Kangmin Justin Kim (Nireno)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Pelléas et Mélisande

30 June – 9 August
12 performances

A new production for Festival 2018

Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Director: Stefan Herheim
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast includes: Christina Gansch (Mélisande), John Chest (Pelléas), Christopher Purves (Golaud), Brindley Sherratt (Arkel), Karen Cargill (Geneviève)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Saul

19 July – 25 August
13 performances

A revival of the Festival 2015 production

Conductor: Laurence Cummings
Director: Barrie Kosky
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Cast includes: Markus Brück (Saul), Iestyn Davies (David), Allan Clayton (Jonathan), Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal)

SAMUEL BARBER
Vanessa

5 – 26 August 2018
10 performances

UK premiere

Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
Director: Keith Warner
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast includes: Emma Bell (Vanessa), Edgaras Montvidas (Anatol), Doris Soffel (The Old Baroness), Donnie Ray Albert (The Old Doctor)