Act: Glyndebourne Tour 2012: The Yellow Sofa

A Live Performance
Date: Fri 30 Nov 2012, 3:00pm
Public Price: £15
Venue: Jim Marshall Auditorium
A handling charge of £2.80 applies to all bookings. Online bookings are also subject to a £1.80 per ticket processing fee.
Glyndebourne Tour 2012: The Yellow Sofa A Live Performance FREE pre-concert talk 2.00pm

Julian Philips: The Yellow Sofa (with a libretto by Edward Kemp)

This is a story of love and loss, of betrayal and deception, of sex and a city, of wounded pride and attempted retribution – of plumply inviting sofa cushions.

Godofredo is naturally indolent, adequately successful in his working life and quite happy with his seemingly comfortable marriage to Ludovina. When he discovers her in an extremely compromising position on his favourite yellow sofa with his business partner Machado, he doesn’t know how to react but knows he must do something. His honour has been offended, he will have to challenge Machado to a duel, but he would much prefer life to return to normal.

A new opera written specially for Glyndebourne by its first Composer-in-Residence Julian Philips, with a text by Edward Kemp, it is based on a short story by Eça de Queirós. Writing about Lisbon’s bourgeois society towards the end of the 19th century, Queirós is a shrewd observer of the human condition and writes with an intriguing mix of gentle satire and wry humour. All of this is reflected in the music, which also draws on the rich tradition of Portuguese folk song.

An original Glyndebourne commission, the cast features past and present members of the Glyndebourne Chorus. Sung in English.

The performance lasts approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes with no interval.

Conductor Gareth Hancock
Director Frederic Wake-Walker

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra

Cast includes
Godofredo Alves: Michael Wallace
Ludovina (Lulu): Gabriela Istoc
Teresa: Charlotte Beament
Nunes Vidal: Gareth Huw John

Performed by arrangement with Peters Edition Ltd, London

There is a FREE pre-concert talk at 2pm. Please reserve your place through the Box Office on 01908 280800.

Please note that customers can receive a further 10% off their booking by booking for both Guilio Cesare and The Yellow Sofa.
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