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RENOWNED OPERA COMPANY GLYNDEBOURNE VISITS LIVERPOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME

AS PART OF 2019 UK TOUR AT THE LIVERPOOL EMPIRE 21 – 23 NOVEMBER

Glyndebourne visits Liverpool for the very first time as part of its annual tour, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Glyndebourne’s first production of Verdi’s Rigoletto opens Glyndebourne Tour 2019, along with revivals of Handel’s Rinaldo and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Tickets are on-sale this week. ATG Theatre card pre-sale opens 13th March. General on-sale from 15th March

Since 1968 Glyndebourne has been taking to the road with its annual Tour providing an opportunity to experience affordable world-class opera on your doorstep.

Glyndebourne’s first visit to the city coincides with the recently launched Opera Liverpool project. Renowned opera companies Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera and Opera North have joined forces with the Liverpool Empire Theatre and Liverpool Philharmonic to make opera more accessible, highlighting the increasing opera experiences on offer in the city.

The Tour is focused on what always lies at the heart of Glyndebourne: exceptional opera. It is renowned for nurturing emerging talent and launching the careers of young artists. With intervals of 20 minutes and the opportunity to either dress up or dress down, the Tour has a more relaxed feel – except on stage, where the attention to detail doesn’t falter.

The Tour opens at Glyndebourne on 11 October 2019 for three weeks of performances. It then visits Canterbury (5–9 November), Milton Keynes (12–16 November), Liverpool (21–23 November), Woking (27–30 November) and Norwich (3–7 December).

Rinaldo

Christian knight Rinaldo loves Almirena, but she has been kidnapped by the scheming sorceress Armida. A magical battle of wits and wills ensues between Rinaldo’s Crusaders and the Saracen army, as the fate not just of two lovers but two nations hangs in the balance.

Carsen’s exuberant schoolroom staging is well on its way to becoming a Glyndebourne classic, bringing out all the energy and excess in Handel’s first opera for the London stage. The composer’s colourful, tune-filled score – bright with brass fanfares and memorable arias including Lascia ch’io pianga – is one of his finest, sweeping the audience from laughter to love and back again, in this exotic, East-meets-West musical fantasy.

Two young British singers lead the cast. Countertenor Jake Arditti takes the title role and, fresh from playing Michal in Glyndebourne Festival’s Saul, soprano Anna Devin is Almirena. American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker makes her Glyndebourne debut as Armida, with bass-baritone Aubrey Allicock as Saracen king Argante.

L’elisir d’amore

Sophisticated and wealthy, Adina is the toast of her small Italian town. Country boy Nemorino loves her, but she only has eyes for Belcore, the smooth-talking sergeant who has swept her off her feet. So when a travelling doctor arrives in town Nemorino pins all his hopes on a magical love potion. But nothing in this topsy-turvy comedy is ever quite as it seems…

Light, lyrical and bursting with energy, L’elisir d’amore was the biggest success of Donizetti’s career – a comedy with the softest of hearts and the sweetest of melodies, including Nemorino’s much-loved aria “Una furtive lagrima”. Updating the action to the 1940s, Annabel Arden’s production celebrates the opera’s original joyful, colourful spirit, painting an affectionate picture of an Italy on the brink of political change.

Korean tenor Sehoon Moon stars as the lovesick Nemorino, with Glyndebourne debuts from soprano Benedetta Torre as the flirtatious Adina and baritone Matthew Durkan as rival suitor Belcore. Rising star Ben Glassberg conducts.

Rigoletto

The Duke has it all: money, power, looks, and any woman he wants – any woman, that is, except Gilda, the innocent young daughter of hunchbacked jester Rigoletto. But when Gilda is kidnapped and seduced by his master, Rigoletto plots revenge – with tragic results.

Verdi’s own favourite opera, Rigoletto is a tragedy of Shakespearean scope, a disturbing psychological portrait of a man caught in a corrupt world, an outsider in a system built on power and privilege. A dramatic score, heavy with menace, includes many of Verdi’s greatest tunes, including “La donna e mobile”. Rising star Christiane Lutz directs Glyndebourne’s first ever production, reimagining Verdi’s classic drama for our own age.

After his “marvellous” Pinkerton in 2016’s Madama Butterfly, Matteo Lippi returns to the Glyndebourne Tour as the seductive, power-hungry Duke. Georgian baritone Nikoloz Lagvilava makes his Glyndebourne debut as Rigoletto, with prize-winning South African soprano Vuvu Mpofu as his daughter Gilda, and Oleg Budaratskiy as assassin Sparafucile.

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