Breaking: opera links up with science geeks… and more

Breaking: opera links up with science geeks… and more


norman lebrecht

May 16, 2011

The Glyndebourne opera festival is about to announce live screenings of three productions at the Science Museum in London.

Breakthrough? Well it’s not penicillin but it’s rare bridge thrown across what C P Snow called the Two Cultures.

Glyndebourne, under Gus Christie’s and David Pickard’s enlightened leadership, is breaking out of the arts ghetto and seeking synergies with science and technology. The festival is going green with electricity derived from its own wind turbine. Talks have also been going on for some time with the Science Museum to explore common promotions and agendas. Sunday at the opera is a new one for science. Next year, maybe, we’ll have molecules and Mozart. The Science Museum, by the way, already has a dancer in residence.

Details: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg live on Sunday 26th June, Don Giovanni (pre-recorded) on Sunday 31st July, The Turn of the Screw live on Sunday 21st August. Tickets from: £30.00-£50.00 on sale from 9am 23 May. Booking: Tel: 0870 870 4868 or visit the website

Even more radical is Glyndebourne’s new link up with the Guardian newspaper, which will carry the last night of the sold out production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg live online via and The streaming will be available for seven days after the initial broadcast and will be free of charge to viewers. It will be followed by a second relay of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in August.

This is the first such link-up between any UK newspaper and an opera company. More remarkably, the Guardian lives on the left in slutwear

and Glyndebourne draws its funding from city folk and the filthy rich, stipulating a black-tie dress code.

Now what was it Isaiah said about lions lying downs with lambs? and which one here’s the vegetarian?

Oh, I could get so excited… we live in revolutionary times.