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Glorious Glyndebourne

The New Victoria Theatre, Woking is proud to be one of just seven regional venues at which Glyndebourne Tour will perform this Autumn. Opera lovers can delight in a glorious week of sublime opera from Tue 23 – Sat 27 October when Glyndebourne Tour will present two spectacular productions; Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Dvořák’s Rusalka.

Glyndebourne Tour first performed at the New Victoria Theatre back in 1994 and since then they have returned every year to delight the New Victoria Theatre’s large opera loving audience with their superb productions and showcasing rising opera stars.

The tour blends exciting new talent and exceptionally high production standards, offering something for everyone, whether an opera newcomer or seasoned aficionado.

Transferring direct from the 2012 Festival to Tour is the acclaimed production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). This is a new production of Mozart’s life-enhancing classic from celebrated theatre director Michael Grandage, returning to Glyndebourne for the first time since his critically acclaimed Billy Budd in 2010. Mozart’s brilliant observations of servants outwitting their masters to life brings the return of Guido Loconsolo who will be sharing the title role with Australian Bass-baritone Derek Welton who makes his Glyndebourne debut, while rising stars Layla Claire and Sarah-Jane Brandon take the helm as the Countess also making their Glyndebourne debuts. Le nozze di Figaro is performed on Tuesday 23, Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 October sung in Italian with English supertitles.  

The second opera in this wonderful repertoire is Melly Still’s production of Dvořák’s Rusalka which is on tour for the first time. The production is a staging which entwines elements of a number of familiar fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and Slavic myths of lake and forest spirits, to the French tale of Undine. Natasha Jouhl returns to Glyndebourne Tour as Rusalka following her performance as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2010, sharing the role with Maria Porubcinova making her Glyndebourne debut. They are supported by tenors Peter Berger and Ladislav Elgr who both make their Glyndebourne debut singing the role of Rusalka’s prince. Dvořák’s richly expressive music conjures up a world of dark forests and deep lakes and is noted as not only his finest and most enduringly popular work but arguably one of the most deeply moving operas of all. Rusalka will be performed Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 October sung in Czech with English supertitles.

There are some productions which, because of their scale, Glyndebourne will never be able to take on the road so this year for the first time Glyndebourne has added cinema screening to the Tour, making opera more accessible to more people. David McVicar’s brilliantly received production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) from the 2005 Festival will be screened at The Ambassadors Cinemas, Woking on Sunday 21 October. Flamboyantly slick and sexy song-and-dance staging is set against Handel’s sumptuous score. A powerful cast is led by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in the title role, and soprano Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra sung in Italian with English subtitles.

David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne, says:

'In 2012 Glyndebourne presents its largest Tour line up yet with more venues than ever before. This year we are also building on the success of our Festival cinema screenings by introducing these to Tour audiences. These new initiatives provide more opportunities for all generations of opera lovers to enjoy greater access to the art form and see opera at its best.'

Glyndebourne are once again offering their much valued pre-performance talks. The talks are free of charge to all ticket holders and begin at 6.15pm with Le nozze di Figaro on Tuesday 23 October and Rusalka on Wednesday 24 October.

The New Victoria Theatre’s superb stage and auditorium facilities make it an important venue for grand scale opera. The backstage area is large enough to hold Glyndebourne Tour’s vast opera productions and highly trained and experienced technical crew is able to meet the exacting requirements of large scale works. The orchestra pit can accommodate Glyndebourne Tour’s impressive orchestra and the auditorium offers the audience excellent sight lines, acoustics and seating comfort.

Performance Times & Ticket Information

The Ambassadors Cinemas, Woking
Handel- Giulio Cesare

Sunday 21 October at 3pm
Tickets £15

New Victoria Theatre
Tue 23 – Sat 27 October
Tue 23, Thu 25 & Sat 27 October –Mozart’s - Le nozze di Figaro
Wed 24 & Fri 26 October – Dvořák’s - Rusalka
All performances start at 7.15pm
Tickets £35 - £70 (premium seats available)

You can book tickets for the Tour operas by calling the Box Office on 0844 871 7645 (fees apply), Groups Booking Line 0844 871 7601 or online at www.atgtickets.com/woking (fees apply) and for the cinema screening on 0844 871 7643.