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The Yellow Sofa

An intimate opera by Glyndebourne’s first composer-in-residence Julian Philips explores infidelity, jealousy and revenge.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Yellow Sofa. It was last on stage 5 November 2012.


The ordered life of Godofredo Alves is turned upside-down when he discovers his wife Ludovina in the arms of his best friend Machado on his favourite yellow sofa. Tormented, he seeks to restore his honour.


The Yellow Sofa was given its premiere at the 2009 Glyndebourne Festival as part of the Jerwood Chorus Development Scheme. It is based on the short story ‘Alves and Co’ by one of Portugal's best-loved writers Eça de Queirós. The destructive power of sexual jealousy is explored in a production of great invention and humour, which sees a yellow sofa given human characterization and take centre stage.

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra brings The Yellow Sofa to the Linbury Studio Theatre in a staging by Frederic Wake-Walker.