1/3. Pursuing the Vision
Peggy Reynolds presents the first of three programmes exploring the history of Glyndebourne to mark the 70th anniversary of the festival and 10 years in the new opera house. With extracts of operas staged there from the 1930s to the present day, and archive interview recordings of its founder John Christie, the series begins by charting Glyndebourne's close association with Mozart and John Christie's ambition to stage Wagner.
2. Branching Out
Continuing this short series, Peggy Reynolds looks at how Glyndebourne has invested in some of the more unusual or lesser known areas of the repertoire, from Monteverdi, Handel and Gluck through to Rossini and Richard Strauss, often prompting a re-evaluation of these composers' work in the wider operatic world. Featuring extracts from the operas and a specially recorded interview with Sir George Christie.
3. Championing the New
Concluding this short series, Peggy Reynolds explores Glyndebourne's commitment to contemporary works, including its collaboration with Benjamin Britten, the rediscovery of the operas of Janacek and new commissions from composers such as Oliver Knussen and Jonathan Dove. Featuring extracts from the operas and a specially recorded interview with current chairman Gus Christie.