The first performance of this opera took place in January 1775, a few weeks before the composer’s 19th birthday. Mozart’s brilliance flowered astonishingly early and all his brightest powers of invention are on display here.
Before the opera begins Sandrina, the Marchesa Violante, has been attacked and left for dead by her jealous lover, Belfiore. Disguising herself as a gardener, she enters the employment of a small-town mayor and the scene is set for a complex tale of mistaken identity, thwarted passion and heartbreak.
Mozart contrives dazzling music around a plot which alternates between high comedy and serious drama. Seven characters, each in search of true love, enter a maze of delusion and confusion, from which they emerge sadder but wiser.
There is a deep uneasiness that lies beneath all this complexity, tipping some of the characters into genuine madness. Is Sandrina mad to want Belfiore back when he has tried to kill her? Does she try to drive him insane as part of the price he has to pay for their ultimate reconciliation? Does love make everyone crazy?
A new production from the 2014 Festival
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Conductor – Christopher Moulds
Director – Frederic Wake-Walker
Designer – Antony McDonald
Lighting Designer – Lucy Carter
Don Anchise (Il Podestà) – Timothy Robinson
Sandrina (La Marchesa Violante) – Rosa Feola
Arminda – Elenore Marguerre
Belfiore – Enea Scala
Ramiro – Hanna Hipp
Serpetta – Eliana Pretorian
Nardo – Mattia Olivieri
The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The performance lasts approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes, including one interval of 20 minutes.
A pre-performance talk will be held at the Athenaeum, behind the Theatre, on Tuesday 25th November at 6.15pm
Pricing & Concessions
Not all concessions are available online, please contact Box Office on 01752 267222
£15.70 – £50.20
Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Young Company, ANLO:
Half price tickets in A, B & C
£5 off A, B & C
£4 off A, B & C
£5 off A, B & C
£4 off A, B & C
£3.50 off A, B & C
Groups of 10+:
£2.50 off each ticket
Groups of 20+:
£3.50 off each ticket
Groups of 40+:
£4.50 off each ticket
School groups of 10+:
£10 tickets in A, B & C
There will be a dedicated schools performance (Thu mat – call Box Office):
Book two Glyndebourne operas at the same time and receive £4 off each ticket (A, B & C only)
Book three Glyndebourne operas at the same time and receive £6 off each ticket (A, B & C only)
Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee. Concessions exclude price band E in The Lyric.
Dates & Times
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