Sun 23 June 7.00pm
Glyndebourne Opera Presents
Verdi’s farewell to the stage - with a Shakespearian laugh. Falstaff tries to seduce two of the merry wives of Windsor at once, but they prove too clever for him and in a riotous finale in Windsor Forest all is eventually forgiven.
Captured live in June 2009. Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Wed 10 July 7.00pm
Captured live in July 2012. Sung in Italian with English subtitles Michael Grandage’s production of Mozart’s greatest comedy. Figaro and his bride Susanna cleverly outwit their master the Count in his attempts at seduction, until, in one of the most touching moments in the whole of opera, he begs his Countess’s forgiveness and the whole household is happily reunited.
Thurs 25 July 6pm
Glyndebourne Opera Live
The great 18th century opera composer Rameau – remembered as “the God of Harmony” - sets a great classical legend, that of Phedre’s incestuous love for her stepson Hippolyte. He tries to flee with his lover Aricie, but is killed; only the gods’ intervention can resurrect him and reunite the pair. This is Glyndebourne’s first production of an opera by Rameau.
Sung in French with English subtitles
Approx length 3h 45 mins
Tues 6 August 7pm
Glyndebourne Opera Live
Don Pasquale is the 64th of Donizetti’s 66 operas, written a year before the onset of the syphilis-induced dementia that eventually overwhelmed him. Given the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the diamond-bright wit and brilliance of this opera also has a distinctly dark side. Danielle de Niese, acknowledged as one of the world’s most talented and charismatic artists and described as “the world’s coolest soprano” by the New York Times, performs the role of Norina.
Approx length 2h 45 mins
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Fri 23 Aug 7.00pm
This year marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten, and this is one of his most powerful operas, set on shipboard in Napoleonic times. The seaman Billy is lured into violence against the evil master-at-arms Claggart, and Capt. Vere, though sympathizing with Billy, is compelled to order his execution. Jacques Imbrailo takes the title role with Sir Mark Elder conducting.
Approx length 3h 25 mins (incl intervals)
Captured live in August 2010. Sung in English with English subtitles
Sat 31 Aug 7.30pm
The VaCO was formed in 1994 and led by Xenophon Kelsey MBE in response to gaps in the provision of orchestral training in universities and conservatoires. Running holiday residential chamber orchestral courses for advanced young musicians their holiday courses provide the perfect opportunity for the participants to explore repertoire that isn’t usually covered by Youth Orchestras, some of which we will hear tonight. In the last few years the orchestra has toured abroad to 12 different countries featuring students from 33 nationalities from aged 16. VaCO is committed to bringing live music to the widest possible audience in rural areas. These performances take place in churches and schools across the Pennines, Dales and the North York Moors.
Sun 29 Sept 3pm followed by tea
North Star Series
Jenny Lewisohn - Viola
Gunel Mirzalyeva – Piano
These outstanding young musicians will play an hour’s recital of works by Schumann, Bridge and Brahms for viola and piano.
Violinist Jenny Lewisohn graduated with the highest honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was also awarded the Concert Recital Diploma. In April this year she won joint first prize at the Kenneth Page Foundation Competition.
Gunel Mirzalyeva is a pianist from Azerbaijan, who met Jenny at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Sun 13 Oct 7.30pm
The Gould Piano Trio have remained at the forefront of the chamber music scene for over twenty years, having been launched into an international career by winning the first Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
The programme they will play tonight is:
The wonderfully bright and humorous beginning of Beethoven’s Trio Op.1 no.1 sets a sparkling atmosphere of joie de vivre! However the mood of Faure’s D minor Trio at the outset is troubled and pensive, only to be dispelled by the consoling Andantino. In Mendelssohn’s 2nd Piano trio’s finale, we hear the juxtaposition of his Jewish background with a Lutheran Chorale, indicative of his family’s conversion.
Sun 20 October, 11.00am
Another Of Our North Star Series Of Recitals
JULIA PUSKER – violin / TADASHI IMAI – piano
Julia Pusker was born into a family of musicians in Hungary, the recipient of many major awards in her country, before studying at the Royal Academy of Music. In this hour’s recital Julia will play works by Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy and Hubay’s Romance and Carmen.
Her accompanist, Tadashi Imai, has been a junior fellow of the Royal Academy for the last four years and his New York debut at the Carnegie Hall, was reviewed as ‘a performance of great virtuosity and deep lyricism. Absolutely Bravura’.
Sun 20 Oct 4.00pm
Bolshoi Ballet Live
One of the Bolshoi's masterpieces, this spectacular epic ballet recounts the adventures of the legendary slave who became a gladiator. Amazing choreography and set design to start the season with a bang.