The Glyndebourne debut of Berlioz's delightful comic opera to mark the Shakespeare anniversary. Hector Berlioz's lifelong love of Shakespeare bore musical fruit in the form of such pieces as his King Lear overture and the great dramatic symphony Romeo et Juliette. After completing the grand opera Les Troyens, he fulfilled a long-held ambition with what was to become his last major work: a marvellous two-act comic opera inspired by the Bard's Much Ado About Nothing. Now the opera is fully staged at Glyndebourne for the very first time in a landmark production to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. It's directed by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Glyndebourne Music Director - and ardent Berlioz champion - Robin Ticciati, who describes the opera as "a magical piece which fizzes with texture and lightness." French mezzo soprano Stephanie d'Oustrac will make her role debut as Beatrice opposite US tenor Paul Appleby as Benedict.