31 May 2011

If you don’t know already, the Glyndebourne is an opera house in the Sussex countryside and is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses.  The Glyndebourne Festival is a massive event, running from May – August each year with a programme of 6 operas and a total audience of over 85,000. Opera Director, Michael Grandage rightly says that “the Glyndebourne is for people who love opera or for people who want to get to love opera”.

In partnership with The Glyndebourne Festival, Picturehouse at FACT will be screening Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Mozart’s Die Giovanni live, as well as the pre-recorded Britten’s, The Turn of the Screw. These screenings are one of the only opportunities to see the works of the Glyndebourne in the North West so are not to be missed.

To book tickets you can visit the Picturehouse website here.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Richard Wagner
16 June 3.30pm
£25.00, £21.50, £19.50 (full price, concessions, members)

Wagner's warm-hearted Midsummer's Day comedy is a hymn to the transformative power of young love and natural talent to refresh tired traditions and remake the old world anew. The production has had outstanding reviews, such as this one from The Guardian’s Tim Ashley, where he says that nothing in the production is what you might expect. Given its sheer scale alone (it is 6 hours long), any production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is always a major event and as the production is now sold out at the festival, the screenings will be your only chance to see it live.

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
31 July 6.00pm
£15.00, £13.00, £12.00 (full price, concessions, members)

Compulsive philandering is one thing, but brutal rape and murder are quite another. Don Giovanni follows 24 hours in the live of Don Juan as he continues to elude his earthly pursuers. Other-worldly powers are forced to intervene, leading to a fire-and-brimstone climax that ranks among Mozart's most earth-shattering achievements. Like Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, this production has already received 4 star reviews.


The Turn of the Screw
Benjamin Britten
21 August 6.00pm
£15.00, £13.00, £12.00 (full price, concessions, members)
A horror-story of a production, The Turn of the Screw is set in a remote English country house where an old and faithful housekeeper, two young orphan children and an eager new governess sent down from London to look after them. But all is not quite as it seems in the sheltered world of Bly. Spirits from the past increasingly encroach upon the realm of the living. This production was recorded at the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival.