French opera joins the repertory for Glyndebourne 2013 and the boss’s wife sings Norina
Vladimir Jurowski’s final new production as music director of Glyndebourne will be Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, with Soile Isokoski, Thomas Allen and the LPO, which will open next year’s festival on May 18.
Jurowski, who has been in the post at Glyndebourne since 2000, will be succeeded in 2014 by Robin Ticciati.
Next season’s plans were unveiled by Glyndebourne’s executive chairman Gus Christie in his traditional speech at the end of the 2012 season, which came to its close with a typically glorious performance of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen - one of Glyndebourne’s big successes form 2009. Glyndebourne’s first foray into French opera, next season’s second new production, will utilise the same Fairy Queen team for a production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. William Christie will conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with Sarah Connolly starring.
The last time the Festival staged Don Pasquale, the boss’s wife played the part of Norina. That was 1939, the boss was Glyndebourne’s founder John Christie and the soprano Audrey Mildmay, for whom Glyndebourne was built. No surprise then that the Norina next season, the first time the opera is being staged at the Festival since 1939, will again be the boss’s wife. Gus Christie is Audrey Mildmay’s grandson. His wife and mistress of Glyndebourne is Danielle de Niese. Enrique Mazzola will conduct the LPO.
Next year’s revivals will be of this year’s brilliant Le Nozze di Figaro, with a completely different cast; of Falstaff (celebrating Verdi’s bicentenary), with Mark Elder conducting the OAE; and of Billy Budd, with Mark Padmore as Vere, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, marking the Britten centenary.