A grand idea: Science Museum teams up with Glyndebourne for massive opera screenings

By Culture24 Staff | 17 May 2011
a photo of Glyndebourne House with the Opera House next to it seen through the trees
© Photo Leigh Simpson. Courtesy Glyndebourne Opera House
If you can’t sample the opulent glamour of Glyndebourne Opera House in person this summer, performances from the Sussex temple of tenors will be viewable at an equally vital cultural destination.

In a new partnership, the Science Museum will be screening a series of live operas on its resident giant cinema screen, starting with Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – which is already a sell-out – before proceeding to provide satellite spin-offs of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Even the picnic hampers will be there.

“So many great scientists are passionate music lovers,” reasons Director Ian Blatchford, who says planners at the museum are “delighted” to be entwined with Glyndebourne’s “quality and ambition”.

“This collaboration will send a signal that science is part of culture.”

His hypothesis is not a new one for the forward-thinking venue or its audience, but the 12,000-watt digital surround sound system the point is being made on this time around should emphasise the parallels in powerful style.

“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,” says David Pickard, the General Director at Glyndebourne.

“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.”

Screening dates (all 2011):
  • June 26  Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Live)
  • July 31 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Don Giovanni (pre-record)
  • August 21 Benjamin Britten, The Turn of the Screw (Live)

Tickets £30-£50. Call 0870 870 4868 or visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/glyndebourne to book.
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