Glyndebourne Open House opens its doors every Sunday at 5PM, starting on 24 May with Michael Grandage's very smart production of Mozart's upstairs-downstairs comedy, The Marriage of Figaro. First staged in 2012, this 1960s-set production, complete with sports car, brought the power struggles between classes right up to date.
A manservant and his betrothed, Susanna, have to use every trick in the book to get the better of their lustful and faithless employer. There is something of a classic farce about this fast-moving comedy, which is sung in Italian with English surtitles. But really, the amazing music does all the talking. Listen out for the breathtaking build at the end of Act One, when more and more characters pile in to an ever more complicated plot.
Glyndebourne suggests viewers of Open House create a sense of occasion at home. Photo: Leigh Simpson
Glyndebourne's reputation for matchless music-making, from its founding in the 1930s, was built on its exceptional Mozart. Fittingly, the second of the three Mozart operas that open the season of relays, is Don Giovanni. It's another class struggle, and another lustful boss, but this time his comeuppance is his shocking end. Jonathan Kent directs, and Vladimir Jurowski conducts.
Così Fan Tutte on Sun 7 June lightens the mood again, with two couples swopping partners. The men pose as strangers, but in the great theatrical tradition, the women don't recognise their own lovers... Nicholas Hytner's 2006 production, with luscious Mediterranean designs by Vicki Mortimer, is conducted by Iván Fischer.
Glyndebourne Open House is the perfect way to get the best seat in the house at the prestigious home of country house opera. Each production is available for one week from first streaming.
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24 May 20 – 07 Jun 20, Three Sunday performances initially, others to follow