Saturday 11 August 2018

Stephen Langridge to move from Göteborg Opera to Glyndebourne

Stephen Langridge
Stephen Langridge
Glyndebourne Opera has announced that Stephen Langridge, currently artistic director of opera & drama at Göteborg Opera, will be its next artistic director. Stephen Langridge, who is the son of the late tenor Philip Langridge, will return to the UK as artistic director Glyndebourne in 2019. Langridge has been at Göteborg for five years, and is creating a new Ring cycle with them, beginning with Wagner's Das Rheingold in November 2018. He will continue with the Ring Cycle, returning each year to direct it.

For the Göteborg Opera Ring Cycle, Langridge has devised an ecologically-sustainable production to explore Wagner's theme of the exploitation of the earth's natural resources. The Göteborg Opera is a champion of ecological sustainability and a leader among opera houses. Each department within the House has had to consider the environmental impact in every aspect of its planning.

Langridge's work in the UK has include Parsifal for the Royal Opera n 2013, and the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's The Minotaur in 2008 with John Tomlinson and Philip Langridge [see my review of the first run, and my review of the 2013 revival], as well as Bellini's I Puritani at Grange Park Opera in 2013 [see my review].

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