Sam Mendes pulls out of making opera debut at Glyndebourne

April 30th, 2009 - 5:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 30 (ANI): Brit director Sam Mendes has pulled out of making his opera debut at Glyndebourne in 2010, saying that it was due to “massive theatre commitments”.

Mendes, 43, who was due to direct Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the festival, and whose appointment caused excitement in the opera world, said the decision to pull out had nothing to do with the production or cast, reports the BBC.

David Pickard, who is the director of the festival, called it “very sad news”, especially since he has been trying to get the Oscar-winning director for the Sussex festival for five years.

Mendes said that setting up his new theatre company had “turned out to be much more time- and energy-consuming than I ever could have guessed, and has tied me almost permanently to New York.”

He has insisted that when he does direct his first opera, it will be for Glyndebourne. (ANI)

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