New Wimbledon Theatre to host Glyndebourne Tour 2012


The tour aims to bring affordable, world-class opera to audiences all over the country.


By Jemima Owen

The New Wimbledon Theatre will host five nights of operatic magic this November when Glyndebourne Tour 2012 arrives in London.

Targeting newcomers and seasoned opera fans alike, Glyndebourne Tour 2012 aims to bring affordable, world-class opera to audiences all over the country.

On Tour for the first time will be Dvorak’s Rusalka, a tale of love and heartbreak.

Based on traditional folk tales including Han’s Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, director Melly Still says the story is as human as it is magical.

“It’s a dark tale and one that appeals to many people,” she said. “Rusalka falls in love with a human, not knowing how fickle humans can be.

“It’s about being a fish out of water, an outsider. Dvorak himself was a bit of a country bumpkin but had to spend a lot of time in the city. It’s about the force of love and being an outsider.”

Ms Still hopes that the tour will encourage people of all ages to engage with opera.

“It’s not an elitist art form, it’s very emotional. We have included a lot of choreography so the performance is very visual.

“We had a school performance a couple of days ago and it was just electric, the kids loved it. They had no operatic knowledge or experience, they were just completely absorbed.”

Along with Rusalka, acclaimed director Michael Grandage will bring a 60’s edge to Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, [The Marriage of Figaro] a satirical portrayal of mistaken identity and aristocratic scheming.

 Le nozze di Figaro debuts on November 6 and Rusalka on November 7.

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