It’s always an event when Glyndebourne takes its stunning opera productions to Milton Keynes Theatre and this year is no exception.
Glyndebourne Tour is to honour the artistic vision of its founder Sir George Christie, by taking three world-class productions, two fresh from premieres at Glyndebourne Festival, on the road.
La traviata, La finta giardiniera and The Turn of The Screw arrive at the Bucks theatre November 18 for five days of magic.
Sir George, who died in May, established the tour in 1968, driven by an ambition to bring the highest quality opera to as many people as possible.
Now in its 46th year the company are performing two new productions direct from the internationally acclaimed Glyndebourne Festival, Verdi’s La traviata, and Mozart’s La finta giardiniera.
Also taking to the road is Jonathan Kent’s highly acclaimed 2006 production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.
Director Tom Cairn’s production of La traviata will feature exciting young conductor David Afkham, fresh from conducting in the Glyndebourne Festival.
American tenor Zach Borichevsky makes his UK debut singing Alfredo Germont alongside Russian soprano Irina Dubrovskaya.
Lauren Easton, who made her tour debut in 2012, makes a triumphant return to sing the role of Flora Bervoix.
David Afkham said: “I grew up with La traviata, studied the opera and feel a real connection to it, so it is wonderful to have the chance to tour La traviata with Glyndebourne and explore the work to its full potential.”
La finta giardiniera is directed by 32-year-old Frederic Wake-Walker and conducted by former Glyndebourne Chorus Master Christopher Moulds.
It features award winning Italian soprano Rosa Feola making her Glyndebourne debut as Sandrina, Tour favourite Eliana Pretorian as Serpetta and Polish mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp, a graduate of the Royal Opera House’s Jett Parker Young Artists programme, as Ramiro.
The Turn of the Screw is revived with a stellar cast including award-winning Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw in the role of the Governess and former Jerwood Young Artist Anthony Gregory as Peter Quint.
Also making her Tour debut is 13-year-old Louise Moseley playing the role of Flora.
David Pickard, general director at Glyndebourne, said: “I am proud that the Glyndebourne Tour enables our world class company to be seen in parts of the country where opera performances are comparatively limited.
“This makes our annual visits particularly special, not just for the venues we visit, but also for the company itself who experience the thrill of introducing live opera to new audiences.”
La finta giardiniera – 7.15pm, November 18 & 2pm, November 20. La traviata – 7.15pm, November 19 & November 22 Turn of the Screw – 7.15pm, November 21.