Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2016 Season

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Glyndebourne Opera House has hosted the world famous Glydebourne Festival Opera since 1934.
The opera on tour season is from October to November.

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
by Richard Wagner

Performances of this opera are staged at Glyndebourne Opera House between 21 May-27 June 2016.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (German: [diː ˈmaɪ̯stɐˌzɪŋɐ fɔn ˈnʏʁnbɛʁk]; "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg") is a music drama (or opera) in three acts, written and composed by Richard Wagner. It is among the longest operas commonly performed, usually taking around four and a half hours. It was first performed at the Königliches Hof- und National-Theater, today the home of the Bavarian State Opera, in Munich, on 21 June 1868. The conductor at the premiere was Hans von Bülow.
The story is set in Nuremberg in the mid-16th century. At the time, Nuremberg was a free imperial city and one of the centers of the Renaissance in Northern Europe. The story revolves around the city's guild ofMeistersinger (Master Singers), an association of amateur poets and musicians who were primarily master craftsmen of various trades.

Source: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - an opera
 by Richard Wagner

The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček

Performances of this opera are staged at Glyndebourne Opera House between 12 June-21 July 2016.

The Cunning Little Vixen (CzechPříhody lišky Bystroušky, lit. Adventures of the vixen known as Sharp-Ears, and, until the 1970s, generally referred to in English as Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears) is an opera byLeoš Janáček, composed 1921-23. Its libretto was adapted by the composer from a serialized novella (daily comic) by Rudolf Těsnohlídek and Stanislav Lolek, which was first published in the newspaper Lidové noviny. The opera incorporates Moravian folk music and rhythms. Described as a comic opera, it has nonetheless been noted to contain a serious theme. Interpretations of the work, however, remain more varied, ranging from children's entertainment to a tragedy.

Source: The Cunning Little Vixen - an opera by Leoš Janáček



The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
by Gioachino Rossini

Performances of this opera are staged at Glyndebourne Opera House between 22 May-17 July 2016.

TThe Barber of Seville, or The Futile Precaution (ItalianIl barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione [il barˈbjɛːre di siˈviʎʎa osˈsiːa l iˈnuːtile prekautˈtsjoːne]) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossiniwith an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini's opera (under the title Almaviva, o sia L'inutile precauzione) took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". Even after two hundred years, it remains a popular work.

Source: The Barber of Seville - an opera by Gioachino Rossini

The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  

Performances of this opera are staged at Glyndebourne Opera House between 3 July-24 August 2016.

The Marriage of Figaro (Italian: Le nozze di Figaro, pronounced [le ˈnɔttse di ˈfiːɡaro]), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written byLorenzo Da Ponte. It premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786. The opera's libretto is based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro ("The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro"), which was first performed in 1784. It tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity.

Source: The Marriage of Figaro - an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart



Beatrice and Benedick (Béatrice et Bénédict)
by Hector Berlioz

Performances of this opera are staged at Glyndebourne Opera House between 23 July-27 August 2016.

The Béatrice et Bénédict (Beatrice and Benedick) is an opéra comique in two acts by Hector Berlioz. Berlioz wrote the French libretto himself, based closely on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

Berlioz had been interested in setting Shakespeare's comedy since his return from Italy in 1833, but only composed the score of Béatrice et Bénédict following the completion of Les Troyens in 1858. It was first performed at the Theater der Stadt, Baden-Baden on 9 August 1862. Berlioz conducted the first two performances of a German version in Weimar in 1863, where, as he wrote in his memoirs, he was "overwhelmed by all sorts of kind attention."Rome.

Source: Beatrice and Benedick (Béatrice et Bénédict)
 - an opera by Hector Berlioz

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by Benjamin Britten

Performances of this opera are staged at Glyndebourne Opera House between 11-28 August 2016.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, comedy believed to have been written by William Shakespeare between 1590 and 1597, portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, toHippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

Source: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - an opera by Benjamin Britten