Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Tues 14 Aug 2018, satellite screenings
A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock.
Please note that the role of 'The Old Baroness' is now played by the eminent British Mezzo-Soprano Rosalind Plowright OBE, replacing Doris Soffel.
Sung in English with English subtitles and broadcast live from Glyndebourne, Vanessa is a rare opportunity to see 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, waiting and hoping 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 the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.
An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first 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 in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.
Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama. Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut with this production, which promises to bring out the psychological tensions that sit just below the surface of this charged work.
Creative team: Conductor Jakub Hrůša Director Keith Warner Designer Ashley Martin-Davis Cast includes: Vanessa Emma Bell Erika Virginie Verrez The Old Baroness Doris Soffel London Philharmonic Orchestra The Glyndebourne Chorus