Glyndebourne’s dramaturg Cori Ellison on the rare, perfect combinations of music and libretto that make great operas surpass the sum of their partsDesigning a festival opera season is a delicate dance. For 2013 at Glyndebourne we have balanced in the six repertory slots homages to the centenary and bicentenary of two operatic giants, in the form of Britten’s mighty Billy Budd and Verdi’s quicksilver Falstaff; a lively emblem of Glyndebourne’s proud Mozartean heritage, Le nozze di Figaro; a fresh look at a repertory staple, Strauss’s mercurial Ariadne auf Naxos; the company’s first foray into the French Baroque, Rameau’s sparkling Hippolyte et Aricie; and a beloved confection, Donizetti’s vivacious Don Pasquale.As company dramaturg, part of my job is to find the thematic threads that bind together and contextualise all of the season’s works, disparate as they may be. And now you, too, can watch them all together: Michael Grandage’s production of Billy Budd will be streamed online from 23 August, and all of our other 2013 season productions are now available to watch online.So what links this season’s works? Commedia dell’arte, the seminal street theatre of the Renaissance, is a strong presence, as well as ancient mythology – Ariadne and Phaedra, …read more

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