Highlights over the next year include our first production of Berlioz’s thrilling ‘dramatic legend’ La damnation de Faust, an exciting new staging of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Glyndebourne’s first production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Spring of 2019 sees the world premiere of Agreed on Glyndebourne’s stage. Written by Howard Moody and directed by Simon Iorio it tells a story of love and divided lands, and will feature an professional cast and intergenerational chorus from the local area. Filled with emotions, Festival 2019 is painted in bold musical colours, whether in the thrilling sonic spectacle of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust or the sunny, heat-soaked comedy of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Meanwhile witches and wizards, sorceresses and fairy godmothers sprinkle magic through a season that gathers together some classic operatic fairy tales.
- BERLIOZ La damnation de Faust
A rare opportunity to see Berlioz’s genre-defying masterpiece fully staged. Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Richard Jones.
- ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia
A revival of Annabel Arden’s 2016 production of opera’s greatest comedy. Conducted by Rafael Payare.
- MASSENET Cendrillon
Fiona Shaw’s production of this Cinderella story makes its Festival debut, conducted by John Wilson with Danielle de Niese in the title role.
- DVOŘÁK Rusalka
This heartbreaking tale of love and loss is a revival of the Festival 2009 production from Melly Still, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
- MOZART Die Zauberflöte
Enchantment meets enlightenment politics in this new production from André Barbe and Renaud Doucet conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.
- HANDEL Rinaldo
A revival of the Festival 2011 production from Robert Carsen, returns with an all-new cast, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev.
Photo: Bill Cooper