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Curtain up for Glyndebourne 2001
Glyndebourne's new opera season starts with a fresh production of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio.

Fidelio, which begins tonight (Thursday), is one of two new productions in a season which also promises two revivals and a festival conducting debut for GMN Artistic Director David Atherton.

Deborah Warner's production of Beethoven’s only opera promises a contemporary look at the opera's famous story of imprisonment, injustice and redemption, with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment accompanying on period instruments, conducted by Simon Rattle.

Glyndebourne's 2001 season, which runs from 17 May to 26 August, will also see the opera house's first production of Verdi's Otello, directed by Peter Hall and designed by John Gunter.

Peter Hall is in the spotlight again for a revival of his famous production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, specially adapted for the new opera house. David Atherton will make his Glyndebourne Festival debut conducting these performances, which begin on Monday, 21 May.

Le nozze di Figaro will start on 10 June, Verdi’s Otello will begin on 21 July, and Janácek's The Makropulos Case will begin on 29 June. The opera house will also be staging Harrison Birtwistle's latest stage work, The Last Supper, a haunting and startling retelling of Christian history, beginning on 4 August.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra - playing their 38th consecutive year at Glyndebourne - will accompany all the productions apart from Fidelio.

Glyndebourne will also tour three productions this year – Le Nozze di Figaro, Fidelio and Handel's Rodelinda. There will also be three recitals, with the baritone Simon Keenlyside, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Lieder specialist Matthias Goerne.

Thu May 17 2001 (3:03:53 PM)