Carmen at Glyndebourne

We’ve written before about our mini obsession with Glyndebourne – the fabulous house, the exquisite gardens, the absolute Englishness of it all and of course the brilliant opera. And last week we were very lucky indeed to whizz down to Sussex and see Bizet’s Carmen. David McVicar’s sumptuous 2002 production has been restaged by Marie Lambert and it’s a stunning entrée to Glyndebourne if you’ve never been. Stephanie d’Oustrac is incredibly sensual and mesmerising as the flighty Carmen, Pavel Cernoch brilliant as her stroppy spurned lover. The ensemble pieces are mesmerising – especially the finale with the procession of the most dazzling bull-fighters (thanks to Sue Blane’s terrific costumes) and the blood red crowds cheering them on. Carmen runs until 11th July and the UK premiere of Donizetti’s Poliuto until 15th July. Both are followed by Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, directed by Fiona Shaw, Handel’s Saul, Ravel’s L’Heure Espangnole & Les Enfants et les Sortileges finishing with Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. If you do decide to make a trip then make a day of it and come early in the afternoon to secure your picnic spot and to spend some time in the gardens. New this year is a pop up White Cube gallery which will host a series of artists over the summer.

Carmen at Glyndebourne
Until 11 July 2015
Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU