BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 11 March '15

PACK UP YOUR PICNIC AND DUST OFF YOUR TAILS – PUBLIC BOOKING IS NOW OPEN

A programme of six operas will be presented between 21 May and 30 August, featuring a host of international opera stars including Michael Fabiano, Iestyn Davies and Ana Maria Martinez.

As well as experiencing world-class opera, visitors to Glyndebourne Festival 2015 will have the chance to explore the famous gardens, learn about the on-site wind turbine and take in art by Georg Baselitz.

Introduction to Glyndebourne

 

White Cube at Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne is partnering with White Cube for the opening exhibition of a new pop-up gallery space debuting at Glyndebourne Festival 2015.

White Cube is one of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in the world, with exhibition spaces in London, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. White Cube represents leading artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anselm Kiefer and Gilbert & George.

‘White Cube are delighted to be collaborating with Glyndebourne on ‘White Cube at Glyndebourne’. This is a unique opportunity to present the work of acclaimed international artists to new audiences, as part of Glyndebourne’s world-renowned programme. One of the most celebrated artists of his generation, Georg Baselitz, will inaugurate the collaboration with a series of new paintings.’

Jay Jopling, White Cube

Georg Baselitz

Over the next three summers, one of White Cube’s artists will exhibit new work at the annual Glyndebourne Festival. The inaugural artist is painter, sculptor, printmaker and draughtsman, Georg Baselitz. One of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, Baselitz has created a series of new paintings depicting the motif of whirling legs, an image which is a recurring theme throughout his distinguished 50-year career.

A custom-designed gallery to house the exhibition by Baselitz has been created by the award-winning London-based architectural studio Carmody Groarke, also responsible for Frieze London 2011-2013. This temporary gallery will be situated in the Glyndebourne gardens to enhance the experience for Festival 2015 ticket holders, when the event opens on 21 May.

‘The Glyndebourne Festival has always offered more than opera – with the beautiful surroundings and gardens, it is an experience which unites music, performance, design and art, to stimulate and entertain all those who come here. This year, we are taking our visual art programme to another level and putting up, for the first time, a custom-built pop-up gallery within the grounds and are delighted to announce the start of a collaboration with White Cube.’

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne

The famous gardens

In addition to opera, visual art and debate, 2015 Festival visitors can enjoy the famous Glyndebourne gardens, recently described as ‘must-see’ by The English Garden magazine.

This year Glyndebourne’s 20-acre gardens will feature a new addition in the form of the Mary Christie Rose Garden. The first major development of the gardens since the building of the new opera house in 1994, it honours the contribution of Lady Mary Christie to the Glyndebourne landscape.

Wind-powered performances

In December 2011, after many years of planning, Glyndebourne commissioned its own wind turbine site – estimated to produce 90% of the annual electricity requirements and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 50%.

‘We are deeply concerned about the impact of climate change and our dependency on the dwindling supply of fossil fuels and are committed to reducing our own impacts on the environment…

‘We believe it is our duty to protect natural resources, so we aim to conserve energy, water, wood, paper and other resources. We will reduce waste through re-use and recycling and by using refurbished and recycled products and materials where such alternatives are available and provided that this does not compromise the high standard of our productions.’

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne

Ultimately, the long-term goal is for Glyndebourne to become carbon neutral in its direct operations, and to raise environmental awareness among employees, artists, audiences, suppliers, supporters and partners.

Click here to see what’s on at Glyndebourne Festival 2015 and to book your tickets.