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Published on March 27th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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World’s First Wind-Powered Opera?



 
glyndebourne wind powered opera

This is probably not world-changing news, but it’s too fun to skip. An arts organization in the UK, Glyndebourne, plans to host the “world’s first” wind-powered opera festival. Glyndebourne is apparently a clean energy trendsetter — earlier in 2012, it became the first UK arts organization to get 100% of its power from wind energy.. one high-cultured wind turbine, to be specific.

The opera festival it’s hosting this summer is its 78th and will run from May 20 to Aug 26. It will include “new productions of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen directed by Melly Still, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro directed by Michael Grandage, and Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges presented as a double-bill and directed by Laurent Pelly.” Tickets went on sale over the weekend and start at £10.

Glyndebourne’s 900-kW Enercon turbine, which cost £1.5 million, is expected to produce 90% of the electricity needed for the operas.

“The 2012 Festival also offers the chance to see a showcase of 12 internationally renowned artists and sculptors whose work synchronises with the 2012 repertoire,” Glyndebourne writes. “Artists exhibiting at this year’s Festival include renowned South African artist Deborah Bell, Tuema Pattie who recently exhibited at the Royal Academy and collagist artist John Stazaker. Stezaker is the first artist to take a photographic approach to the cover design of the Glyndebourne programme book.”

Sounds like a wonderful cultural event and it’s great to see such a high-profile organization and event using and promoting the use of wind energy.

You can book a ticket at glyndebourne.com or by telephone from 10:00am at +44 (0) 1273 815000.

Source: Glyndebourne

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