Glyndebourne Festival announces 2012 programme

New productions include The Marriage of Figaro while Purcell’s The Fairy Queen leads the revivals

Glyndebourne’s sumptuous 2009 production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (right) will return to the festival next summer, along with new productions of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen and Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges.

Robin Ticciati, Glyndebourne’s music director designate (taking up the position in 2014) will conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Michael Grandage.

Janáček's opera is to be conducted by Glyndebourne’s current music director, Vladimir Jurowski, and will star British sopranos Lucy Crowe as the Vixen and Emma Bell as the Fox.

The third new production of the season – the Ravel double bill – will be conducted by Kazushi Ono and directed by Laurent Pelly, the partnership behind Glyndebourne's 2008 production of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel.  

Two more revivals make up the season: Rossini’s La Cenerentola, a production originally by Peter Hall and conducted by James Gaffigan, and Puccini’s La bohème, conducted by Kirill Karabits. Ekaterina Scherbachenko, the winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2009, will sing the role of Mimì.

The 2012 Glyndebourne Festival runs from 20 May and public booking opens on 24 March. For full details click here. Glyndebourne Opera's DVD of The Fairy Queen won the BBC Music Magazine Jury Award for Best DVD earlier this year.

Elizabeth Davis