The Glyndebourne Festival 2018 opera screenings have become a staple in the Maltings’ summer season. If you’re looking to see opera in it’s grandest form outside of London, look no further than the esteemed opera house based in East Sussex.
Tue 26 Jun, 7pm
Updated to the time of post-Hiroshima Japan, Annelise Miskimmon’s production of Madama Butterfly resonates to this day with its themes of imperialism and exploitation, love and betrayal. Described by its director as “a beautiful red apple with a poisonous worm at its heart”, Puccini’s enduring classic tells the story of the American naval officer Pinkerton and his innocent young bride Butterfly.
Tue 31 Jul, 7pm
Handel’s Dead March has been played at the funerals of Washington, Lincoln and Churchill, but it originates in his biblical epic Saul. Following the young warrior David’s defeat of Goliath, the once-mighty King Saul descends in to a Lear-esque spiral of envy and madness which tears his family and his nation apart.
Tue 14 Aug, 6.30pm
An opera in the age of Hitchcock that bubbles with psychological tension, Vanessa is the perfect fusion of 20th Century cinema soundtracks and the majestic operatic heritage of Puccini, Mozart and Berg. Rumoured to be inspired by the pen of Karen Blixen (Out Of Africa), Samuel Barber’s Pullitzer Prize winning debut opera is a rare gem seldom seen on these shores.
See our full line-up of screenings from the NT Live, RSC Live, Met Opera and The Royal Ballet Live here.