THE 46th Glyndebourne Tour will return to Stoke-on-Trent's Regent Theatre with the opera Verdi's La traviata later this year.
Since 1968 the Glyndebourne Tour has bought opera to millions across the country and now it will head to staffordshire on Tuesday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 10.
The tour was founded by Sir George Christie, whose father began Glyndebourne Festival in 1934, and continues today with the same two aims – to make opera more accessible to people across the UK and to develop emerging talent.
Transferring direct from Glyndebourne's renowned summer festival, a new production of Verdi's masterpiece La Traviata – the story of a 'fallen woman' who, in the shadow of death, grasps life and lives it to the full.
Director Tom Cairn's production of La Traviata will feature conductor David Afkham, fresh from conducting in the Glyndebourne Festival.
American tenor Zach Borichevsky makes his UK debut singing Alfredo Germont alongside Russian soprano Irina Dubrovskaya, who is singing at Glyndebourne for the first time.
Lauren Easton, who made her tour debut in 2012, makes a triumphant return to sing the role of Flora Bervoix.
David Afkham said: "What I love about conducting La Traviata at Glyndebourne is that it affords you the time to really work on a piece.
"At Glyndebourne, the music rehearsals are longer and allow for more exposure to the work to really get in to the piece.
"I grew up with La Traviata, studied the opera and feel a real connection to it, so it is wonderful to have the chance to tour with La Traviata."
David Pickard, general director at Glyndebourne, said: "I am proud that the Glyndebourne Tour enables our world class company to be seen in parts of the country where opera performances are comparatively limited.
"This makes our annual visits particularly special, not just for the venues we visit, but also for the company itself who experience the thrill of introducing live opera to new audiences."
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