Glyndebourne back in the aria
IT'S hard to believe that Glyndebourne celebrates its 25th annual visit to the Theatre Royal this month.
To mark the occasion the company is bringing two operas – one which surely ranks among the top-ten most-frequently-performed, and the other somewhat more of a rarity.
Mozart's Marriage of Figaro takes place within a single day, and its breathless circle of plots and counter-plots can still give even the most-seasoned aficionado a hard time to unravel.
Musically it is a treasure trove of familiar numbers, and this particular production, which transfers direct from the Glyndebourne Festival, is a new offering from celebrated director Michael Grandage, returning to the company following his critically-acclaimed Billy Budd from 2010.
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Dvorak's Rusalka, by comparison, is famed for its Song to the Moon aria from Act I, but is a relatively unfamiliar stable-mate for the Mozart.
It entwines elements from a number of familiar fairy stories, from Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, Slavic myths of lake and forest spirits, to the French tale of Undine – an opera, then, both fanciful yet arguably one of the most deeply-moving in the repertoire.
There will be three performances of Figaro (Tuesday 13, Thursday 15 and Saturday, November 17), with just one of Rusalka on Wednesday 14 – curtain up is at 7.15pm, and both operas will be sung in their original language, with English surtitles.
There are pre-show talks in the auditorium for both operas, together with an exclusive schools' performance of Rusalka on Friday, November 16 at 2pm – details on 01752 260960.
Evening tickets range from £20-£49, and are available from the box office (01752 267222), together with details of concessions, or online (www.theatreroyal.com).