Science Museum makes sweet music with live Glyndebourne link-ups

15/05/2011

The Science Museum is launching a unique chance to experience opera this summer, by announcing an exciting partnership with Glyndebourne to show a series of live opera link-ups on its giant cinema screen.

The screenings commence on 26 June with Glyndebourne's new sell-out production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, to be shown live. Further, high-definition performance transmissions, to be shown this summer, include a new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni and a live screening of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Screenings will take place in the Science Museum's cinema, one of the biggest screens in the UK, accompanied by 12,000 watts of digital surround sound.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with the acclaimed Glyndebourne Festival and to be associated with its quality and ambition. So many great scientists are passionate music lovers and this collaboration will send a signal that science is part of culture."

David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne said: "I am delighted that Glyndebourne has started this exciting new partnership with the Science Museum. Glyndebourne strives to make its work available to as wide an audience as possible and this new association with the Science Museum will further this ambition. The huge screen and wonderful sound quality at the Science Museum cinema should offer a very exhilarating experience and it will be thrilling to see three Glyndebourne productions on screen there."

Come down and trade the Glyndebourne estate and opera house, for the state-of-the-art Science Museum. Enjoy the very best world class opera performances in style, with refreshments including, in true Glyndebourne fashion, a picnic hamper.

Screening dates:

26 June - Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Live)

31 July - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Don Giovanni (pre-record)

21 August - Benjamin Britten, The Turn of the Screw (Live)

Tickets, which go on sale from May 23, can be booked by calling 0870 870 4868 or visit the website for further details www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/glyndebourne

  • Silver package (ticket only, with access to a pop up café / bar to purchase refreshments) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg £35.00, Don Giovanni £30.00, The Turn of the Screw £30.00

  • Gold package (ticket and picnic hamper in the 2nd interval) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg £50.00, Don Giovanni £45.00, The Turn of the Screw £45.00

For further information please contact, Science Museum Press Office nicola.osmond-evans@sciencemuseum.org.uk / 020 7942 4328

Visitor Information

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December www.sciencemuseum.org.uk / 0870 870 4868

Notes to Editors

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About Glyndebourne:

The Glyndebourne Festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay. They began with two Mozart operas, but the repertoire has expanded to include works from the baroque to the contemporary. New works premiered at Glyndebourne include two by Benjamin Britten, 13 new commissions on the main stage and over 20 more through the Education programme. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934. Although it receives valued Arts Council support for the Tour and some educational work, the Festival receives no public subsidy. Glyndebourne is a registered charity, funded by box office income, its members and supporters. Today the Festival runs from May to August with a programme of six operas in a world-class 1,200-seat opera house. Together with Glyndebourne on Tour it presents about 120 performances each year to a total audience of around 150,000. Its resident orchestras are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Glyndebourne began the Tour in 1968 to bring opera to new audiences and create performance opportunities for young singers in the Glyndebourne Chorus. As part of Glyndebourne’s commitment to developing new talent, the Chorus plays a vital role in discovering and training young singers. As part of Glyndebourne’s mission to reach new audiences, it has maintained a widely respected Education programme since 1986. Glyndebourne also offers reduced-price tickets to under-30s for selected performances, and has pioneered using recordings to open-up its work to a worldwide audience through broadcasts, cinema screenings, DVDs and internet streaming.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

A festive hymn to the transformative power of young love and natural talent to refresh tired traditions and remake the old world anew, Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a warm-hearted Midsummer's Day comedy and a glorious celebration of art and the shared joy of song Directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Festival's Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, Gerald Finley makes his role debut as Hans Sachs, with Festival debuts for Marco Jentzsch as Walther, Anna Gabler as Eva and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Sixtus Beckmesser. Sung in German with English subtitles. This new production is supported by Jon and Julia Aisbitt and members of the Meistersinger Syndicate and Meistersinger Circle.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Don Giovanni

Set at a time of seismic social and cultural change - in a Fellini-esque vision of post-war life - Jonathan Kent's urgently propulsive production offers a 'white-knuckle rollercoaster ride' through the events of the Don's last day. Robin Ticciati conducts with American baritone Lucas Meachem in the charismatic title role, Albina Shagimuratova as the avenging Donna Anna, Miah Persson and Matthew Rose as Giovanni's cast-off lover Elvira and his much abused servant Leporello, Sung in Italian with English subtitles. This revival is generously supported by: John and Louise Dear The late Elaine C Denby, an anonymous supporter, and a generous donation from Glyndebourne Association America Inc.

Benjamin Britten, The Turn of the Screw

Britten's brilliantly scored, insidiously compelling adaptation of Henry James's novella takes as its themes childish innocence and adult corruption, then twists and turns them to disturbing and ultimately devastating effect. Jonathan Kent's eerily unsettling staging is conducted by Jakub Hrůša. The cast includes Giselle Allen as Miss Jessel, and Toby Spence as Peter Quint, while sings the part of the Governess. Sung in English with subtitles. This production is generously supported by Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson.