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Friday, June 24, 2022

Lorraine Kelly attends Glyndebourne opening night with daughter Rosie

Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie Glyndebourne were among the guests on the opening night of the opera festival.

Lewis, the annual event at the luxurious home near East Sussex, returned with his first event in three years to be unaffected by COVID-19.

Broadcasters and columnists Janet Street-Porter, Angelica Bell and Nina Maisco were also in attendance.

The festival, founded in 1934, features leading feminist composer Dame Ethel Smith’s The Wreckers, which has only been staged professionally a few times since it premiered in 1906.

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Musicians play in Early Night (Beresford Hodge/PA)

It is the first production by a major opera house since 1939 and the first to stage the original French-language version.

The opening night ended with the lighting of bonfires around the site, including floating platforms on the lake, echoing the opera’s plot.

The show is one of four new productions that will run at this year’s festival between May and August.

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Guests arrive on site (Beresford Hodge/PA)

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: “We are delighted to welcome everyone to the first night of the Glyndebourne festival.

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“We have had to revise our festival over the past two years for obvious reasons, so it is a great pleasure to be back in full swing this year.

“We return with a performance to shake things up. The Wreckers by leading feminist composer Dame Ethel Smyth is a neglected masterpiece and will be heard in French this summer, as intended by its extraordinary composer, with a new production by Mellie Still.

“There’s so much more great opera to come before the end of August and it’s the perfect way for us to start the season.”

Glyndeborn Festival runs until August 28

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