Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.
A rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, broadcast live from its debut in Festival 2018; Vanessa is an opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Fulfilling the ambition of a lifetime, award-winning British director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut.