Round-up of Askonas Holt artists’ phenomenal Glyndebourne Festival 2011 season.
On Sunday the curtain came down on the final performance of the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival in a season during which Askonas Holt artists covered themselves in glory.
L’elisir d’amore saw the Festival debuts of Stephen Costello as Nemorino and the charismatic conductor Enrique Mazzola, and the welcome return in his Glyndebourne role debut as Belcore of Rodion Pogossov.
Festival favourite Luca Pisaroni returned for the new production of Rinaldo, also seen at the BBC Proms.
In Dvorak’s Rusalka the formidable doyenne of the Mariinsky Theatre Larissa Diadkova sang Jezibaba. Tatiana Pavlovskaya returned as the Foreign Princess.
Bayreuth’s reigning Sachs, James Rutherford, stepped in at the eleventh hour to save a performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, in which Graeme Broadbent sang Hans Foltz.
Miah Persson and Toby Spence each achieved a rare double: she made her role debuts as Donna Elvira and the Governess in Jonathan Kent’s productions of Don Giovanni and The Turn of the Screw, and Toby Spence sang Don Ottavio and his role debut as Peter Quint. The Turn of the Screw was recorded for DVD and broadcast in cinemas worldwide.
The performances of Don Giovanni were also notable for John Christie Award Winner Matthew Rose as Leporello, David Soar as Masetto and Albina Shagimuratova as Donna Anna, triumphantly conducted by Robin Ticciati who, during the season, was announced as the new Glyndebourne Festival Music Director from 2014.
Please click here to view a video of our artists at Glyndebourne this summer.