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Tuesday 14 August - 6.30pm

Glyndebourne presents

Vanessa

Broadcast live from Glyndebourne

A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists.

Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.

An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.

Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama. Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut with this production, which promises to bring out the psychological tensions that sit just below the surface of this charged work.

Sung in English with English subtitles. Broadcast live from Glyndebourne.

Creative team:
Conductor Jakub Hrůša
Director Keith Warner
Designer Ashley Martin-Davis

Cast includes:
Vanessa Emma Bell
Erika Virginie Verrez
The Old Baroness Doris Soffel

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

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Tickets: Adults £16, Concessions £10.50
Please note that senior citizens are no longer automatically eligible for concessions. See our guidelines

Cert: 12A as live
Running time 210 mins approx

Sung in English with English subtitles