New production of Samuel Barber’s ‘Vanessa’ opens at Glyndebourne Festival 2018 on 5 August

A new production of Samuel Barber’s seldom performed operatic thriller, Vanessa, opens at Glyndebourne Festival on 5 August 2018, offering audiences a rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

Thought to have been inspired by Karen Blixen’s Seven Gothic Tales (written under the pen name, Isak Dinesen), and composed in 1956 at the height of the Hitchcock thriller, Vanessa boasts a beautiful, atmospheric score and a book full of tense, psychological twists.

Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner directs this new production, which stars Soprano Emma Bell in the title role, alongside Edgaras Montvidas as Anatol, Virginie Verrez as Erika and Rosalind Plowright as The Old Baroness. Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vanessa will also be broadcast live in cinemas from Glyndebourne Festival 2018 on 14 August.



Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company.

But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women.

Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.


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