Glyndebourne will launch its 2019 Festival season with its first production of La damnation de Faust, beginning May 18. Richard Jones will direct the Berlioz opera, with Glyndebourne Music Director Robin Ticciati at the podium conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Leading the cast will be Allan Clayton as Faust, Julie Boulianne as Marguerite, and Christopher Purves as Méphistophélès.
Two other new productions are on tap: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, marking the first new staging of the opera in 15 years, and Fiona Shaw’s production of the Massenet opera Cendrillon, which was part of the Glyndebourne Tour last year.
André Barbe and Renaud Doucet direct the former, with a cast featuring Sofia Fomina and Björn Bürger; Antonello Manacorda will conduct. Shaw’s staging of the latter will feature Danielle de Niese in the title Cinderella role, with Kate Lindsey singing opposite her as Prince Charmant. John Wilson makes his Festival debut conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rounding out the Festival roster are revival presentations of Dvořák Rusalka, Handel’s Rinaldo, and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
First, however, will be the Glynebourne-produced world premiere of Howard and Anna Moody’s eclectic community opera Agreed.
In the fall, three productions will travel the U.K. as part of the Glyndebourne Tour: a new production of Rigoletto from director Christiane Lutz, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and the aforementioned Rinaldo.
The East Sussex venue commemorates the 2019 season with a series of milestones: the 25th anniversary of its opera house, the 50th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Tour, and the inaugural season of its newly appointed artistic director, Stephen Langridge.