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La clemenza di Tito podcast

In this episode of the Glyndebourne podcast we explore Mozart’s discourse on the power of forgiveness - La clemenza di Tito - with contributions from Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati, Glyndebourne Dramaturg Cori Ellison, Mozart scholar Julian Rushton and Classicist William Fitzgerald.Presenter: Katie Derham​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Glyndebourne Festival 2017​​The music you’ve been listening to in this podcast is from the Warner Classics recording of La clemenza di Tito​. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the​ Orchestra of Zurich Opera House. Philip Langridge sings the role of Tito with Ann Murray as Sesto and Lucia Popp as Vitellia.Image: Glyndebourne Music Director, Robin Ticciati. Photographer: Giorgia Bertazzi

21mins

23 Mar 2017

Rank #1

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Le nozze di Figaro podcast

A guide to Glyndebourne's signature opera, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, with music from the live recording of our 1962 production. Presenter Peggy Reynolds explores the historical context of the opera, the politics behind its humour, and Mozart's sublime music of rage and forgiveness. With contributions from Conductor Jane Glover, General Director of Glyndebourne David Pickard, Head of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, Julian Johnson and Dr John Leigh of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge – a specialist in 18th Century French thought and literature. [Producer: Mair Bosworth for Festival 2013](Musical extracts from the 1962 Glyndebourne recording of Le nozze di Figaro)

21mins

13 Nov 2013

Rank #2

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Ariadne auf Naxos podcast

Ariadne auf Naxos brings together the 'high art' of opera seria and the lighter, comic entertainment of the commedia dell'arte. Peggy Reynolds provides a historical and musical introduction to this ambitious, witty and intricately crafted collaboration between Richard Strauss and his librettist, the poet and playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal. With contributions from the writer and broadcaster David Nice, who provides expert insight into Strauss's use of the orchestra to explore the theme of 'high' versus 'low' art. From theatre director Didi Hopkins of Commediaworks, who explains the history of the commedia dell'arte and introduces us to some of the art form's stock characters. And from the writer Michael Kennedy who explores the - at times rather fraught - working relationship between Strauss and Hofmannsthal and discusses the genius of Strauss's music. [Producer: Mair Bosworth for Festival 2013](Musical extracts used with kind permission of EMI Classics.)

23mins

13 Nov 2013

Rank #3

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Hippolyte et Aricie podcast

Peggy Reynolds provides a historical and musical introduction to one of the great works of French Baroque opera, Jean-Philippe Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie. We hear from Jeanice Brooks, Professor of Music at the University of Southampton, who identifies Rameau as an almost exact contemporary of Handel and Bach, who started his musical career as an organist and theorist and went on to stage lavish operas for Louis XV as 'Compositeur du Cabinet du Roi'. From writer and mythographer Marina Warner, who unfolds the myth which forms the basis of the opera's narrative, and explores the Racine play which inspired Pellegrin's libretto for Rameau's opera. And from Sarah Connolly, who marvels at the richness of invention in Rameau's music and explores the pivotal role of Phèdre, a woman doomed to an unattainable and incestuous love. [Producer: Mair Bosworth for Festival 2013](Musical extracts used with kind permission of Warner Music)

24mins

13 Nov 2013

Rank #4

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The Rape of Lucretia podcast

For Britten's centenary year, Fiona Shaw directs a new production of The Rape of Lucretia, which had its first performance at Glyndebourne in 1946. In this podcast, presenter Peggy Reynolds shares some of the recollections of the original production's star - the great mezzo Kathleen Ferrier - and the creative team who brought Britten's work to the stage. Glyndebourne's dramaturg Cori Ellison, considers the place of The Rape of Lucretia within Britten's canon of works, as the first of his 'chamber operas', and explores the source material for Ronald Duncan's libretto. The conductor, Nicholas Collon, reflects on the historical moment Lucretia was born out of and celebrates Britten's extraordinary vocal and orchestral writing. And Fiona Shaw unfolds the layers of the opera, telling Lucretia's story and considering the work's ongoing significance.[Producer: Mair Bosworth for Tour 2013]

29mins

13 Nov 2013

Rank #5

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Don Pasquale podcast

Peggy Reynolds explores Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale. With expert insights from the conductor, Sir Mark Elder, who argues that Don Pasquale is "a brilliant refilling of an old mould". From Francesco Izzo, Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton, who sets the opera into the wider historical context of the development of opera buffa, arguing that Don Pasquale was a new kind of comic opera, one which treats its characters with great empathy and warmth. From Glyndebourne's dramaturg, Cori Ellison, on the origins of the Basso Buffo character in Italian commedia dell'arte and Donizetti's use of the waltz as a signifier for youth throughout the opera. And from Danielle de Niese, who introduces us to Norina, the opera's feisty heroine and considers the moral of the story. [Producer: Mair Bosworth for Festival 2013](Musical extracts used with kind permission of Decca Classics)

24mins

13 Nov 2013

Rank #6

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Hamlet podcast

Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been realised in thousands of versions. The story of the Danish Prince whose father is murdered by his uncle, who then marries Hamlet’s mother, is perhaps the most fascinating of all Shakespeare’s tragedies. In this podcast, composer Brett Dean and librettist Matthew Jocelyn discuss the creation of their new operatic version of the tale. British tenor Allan Clayton looks forward to playing the title role and Shakespeare scholar Ann Thompson reveals how Hamlet passed into popular culture. Presenter: Katie Derham​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Glyndebourne Festival 2017Musical extracts are from Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay, commissioned and recorded by BBC Radio 3 and given its world premiere by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joshua Weilerstein at the Barbican on Tuesday 1 November 2016. With thanks to the Barbican Centre and the Corporation of London. Music is courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.Image: Matthew Jocelyn and Brett Dean in a Hamlet workshop at Glyndebourne. Photographer: Sam Stephenson

19mins

24 Feb 2017

Rank #7

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Falstaff podcast

Peggy Reynolds explores Giuseppe Verdi’s last, great work: the comic opera Falstaff. With contributions from the conductor Sir Mark Elder, who celebrates the delicacy, wit and humanity of Verdi’s score. From Glyndebourne’s dramaturg, Cori Ellison, who reflects on the quicksilver pace of this wonderfully funny work by a composer who we do not tend to associate with comedy. And from the baritone Laurent Naouri, who discusses the role of Falstaff, and the words and music written for the character by Verdi and his librettist, the prodigiously talented Arrigo Boito. [Producer: Mair Bosworth for Festival 2013]Musical extracts from the 1960 Glyndebourne recording of Falstaff. Available from the Glyndebourne shop: https://www.glyndebourneshop.com/verdi-giuseppe-falstaff-cd-1960/

27mins

13 Nov 2013

Rank #8

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Billy Budd podcast

As part of the celebrations of Britten's centenary year, Peggy Reynolds explores one of his best-loved works - Billy Budd. With contributions from Sir Thomas Allen, who introduces us to the character of Budd and sets the drama into historical context, against the backdrop of the French revolutionary wars. From Ellie Stedall, who tells us more about the source of the libretto - a short novella by the American writer Herman Melville - which explores ideas of free will, conscience and the fugitive nature of truth. And from the music writer Gavin Plumley, who celebrates the huge range of musical styles and textures found in Billy Budd and the unique soundworld created by Britten's all-male cast. [Producer: Mair Bosworth for Festival 2013]

26mins

13 Nov 2013

Rank #9

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Hamlet Bonus: Tenor Allan Clayton and actor Samuel West in conversation

Composer Brett Dean and librettist Matthew Jocelyn are retelling Shakespeare’s Hamlet as an opera. In this bonus podcast episode, we’re eavesdropping on a specially recorded conversation between actor Samuel West, who has played Hamlet to great acclaim at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and British tenor Allan Clayton who is about to take up the role of the Danish Prince in this new opera version. Recorded February 2017.Presenter: Katie Derham​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Glyndebourne Festival 2017Musical extracts are from Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay, commissioned and recorded by BBC Radio 3 and given its world premiere by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joshua Weilerstein at the Barbican on Tuesday 1 November 2016. With thanks to the Barbican Centre and the Corporation of London. Music is courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.Image: Allan Clayton (Hamlet) Photographer: Richard Hubert Smith

31mins

24 Feb 2017

Rank #10

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Hipermestra podcast

In this episode we explore Cavalli’s Hipermestra – an Italian baroque masterpiece that is given its UK premiere at Glyndebourne Festival 2017. Renowned soprano Dame Janet Baker recalls a glorious summer spent singing Cavalli at Glyndebourne in 1970. And conductor William Christie, Cavalli historian Christine Jeanneret and Glyndebourne dramaturg Cori Ellison reveal just how important Cavalli is to the history of opera. Presenter: Katie Derham​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Glyndebourne Festival 2017Music courtesy of NPO Radio 4Image: William Christie in rehearsals at Glyndebourne. Photographer: Mike Hoban

20mins

24 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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Madama Butterfly podcast

Nagasaki, Japan at the turn of the 20th century; the trees are laden with cherry blossom and a beautiful young Geisha’s fate is about to be determined by her marriage to a handsome American. In this podcast, explore Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of a clash between East and West. With contributions from Glyndebourne Dramaturg, Cori Ellison, Fusako Innami from the Japanese studies department of the University of Durham, and Alexandra Wilson, Reader in Music at Oxford Brookes University.Presenter: Katie Derham​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Glyndebourne Tour 2016.Music from the EMI Classics recording of Madama Butterfly featuring Sir John Barbirolli conducting the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

20mins

1 Jul 2016

Rank #12

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream podcast

Darkness is never far beneath the enchanted surface in Benjamin Britten’s version of William Shakespeare’s comedy. In this podcast Julie Sanders Professor of English at Newcastle and Professor Mervyn Cooke of the University of Nottingham explain how Britten’s rendering of A Midsummer Night’s Dream manages to be both exceptionally faithful to its source, and one of his most imaginative works.We also hear from Dame Felicity Lott and tenor James Bowman who performed in Sir Peter Hall’s iconic production of the opera when it debuted at Glyndebourne in 1981 and bass Matthew Rose who has performed the role of Bottom in the same production.Presenter: Katie Derham​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Festival 2016Music from the Glyndebourne Label recording of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Ilan Volkov conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

20mins

30 Mar 2016

Rank #13

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Béatrice et Bénédict podcast

Sparks fly in Hector Berlioz’s witty, offbeat opera Béatrice et Bénédict. Taking inspiration from one of the greatest comic works ever written – William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing – it’s a meditation on the complexities of love and partnership.Actress Zoe Wanamaker, music critic David Cairns, conductor Robin Ticciati and Glyndebourne’s dramaturg Cori Ellison explore the characters and music of this concise gem from the master of epic composition.Presenter: Katie Derham​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Festival 2016.Music from the LSO Live recording of Béatrice et Bénédict., conducted by Sir Colin Davis

19mins

30 Mar 2016

Rank #14

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Il barbiere di Siviglia podcast

Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia - a comedy with a dark heart and some of the greatest operatic earworms ever written. Widely held to be Rossini’s comic masterpiece, it is an opera with real depth, explored here by Stephen Wadsworth, Director of Opera Studies at The Julliard School, Francesco Izzo, Professor of Music at Southampton University and the internationally renowned soprano Danielle de Niese.​Presenter: Katie Derham​​Produced by Katherine Godfrey for Whistledown Productions for Festival 2016.Music from the EMI Classics recording of Il barbiere di Siviglia featuring Vittorio Gui conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

20mins

30 Mar 2016

Rank #15