Vanessa (12A)

Glyndebourne 2018

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Glyndebourne's Vanessa

A rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists.

Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and threaten to destroy them all.

An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final, poignant quintet – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.

Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut with this production.

Sung in English with English subtitles. Broadcast live from Glyndebourne.

‘Jakub Hrůša’s sensitive conducting and Warner’s superbly judged production combine to make a deep and abiding impression.‘

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