Find out everything you need to know about Glyndebourne Tour 2017.
Now in its 49th year, Glyndebourne Tour is our autumn season of world-class opera.
This year, following its October run at Glyndebourne (7-28 October), the Tour goes out on the road to theatres in:
Canterbury (31 October-4 November)
Woking (7-11 November)
Norwich (14-18 November)
Milton Keynes (21-25 November)
Plymouth (28 November – 2 December)
The Tour 2017 repertoire includes two of the world’s most beloved operas –Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Così fan tutte plus ‘the operatic event of the year’ (The Sunday Times), Brett Dean’s outstanding new Hamlet direct from Festival 2017.
In addition, throughout October and November, we will be screening Le nozze di Figaro at selected UK cinemas. Find a cinema near you.
What makes Tour so special?
Founded in 1968, the Glyndebourne Tour has the dual purpose of providing a showcase for emerging artists and giving broader audiences a chance to experience live opera.
The Tour not only enables us to reach new audiences across the UK, but our ever-popular Performances for Schools also present opportunities for students to experience the joys of opera for the first time, 30,000 since 2006.
‘The minibus was buzzing with their excitement and pleasure of being at the opera.’
The Towers Convent School
The Tour also provides a platform for young and emerging singers and conductors and the chance to see top opera artists before they become household names. Among the internationally acclaimed conductors and singers whose Tour appearances helped establish their careers are Robin Ticciati, Gerald Finley, Emma Bell, Alfie Boe, Roberto Alagna and Kate Royal.
Tour 2017 is supported by Arts Council England and sponsored by the Daily Mail. The generous support from our Tour Members also helps keep the Tour on the road.
Brush up on this year’s Tour operas
Delve deeper into this autumn’s repertoire with behind-the-scenes insights and background info on the cast and creative team in our bite-sized Introducing… blogs.
For even more in-depth knowledge, ticket-bookers are also encouraged to attend our pre-performance talks on 13 October (for Così fan tutte), 14 October (for Il barbiere di Siviglia) and 24 October (for Hamlet). See venue websites for pre-performance dates in Canterbury, Woking, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.
Seeing a Tour performance at Glyndebourne
Getting to Glyndebourne
The nearest railway station is Lewes and all Glyndebourne performances finish in time for audiences to return to London by train. We run a coach service between Lewes train station and Glyndebourne. The coach from Lewes Station leaves one hour before the start of scheduled Tour performances. There is also ample free on-site parking available. More info.
In keeping with the more informal feel of the Tour, the dress code is smart casual. Whilst some audience members do choose to make their visit to Tour performances a special occasion and dress accordingly, others may be arriving straight from work. Please wear whatever you find comfortable.
Since October is not ideal for picnics, Leith’s at Glyndebourne offer a range of interval drinks and pre-performance dining options. Find out more.
Before the performance: there are several dining options in our on-site restaurants open two and a half hours before the performance.
During the interval: The Long Bar will be serving Champagne, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, tea, coffee and mulled wine for chilly days. Avoid queuing for your interval drinks by ordering in advance online. Unlike the Festival there are no restaurant services during the interval.
Make the most of your visit
If the weather is kind, you are welcome to enjoy the gardens before you take your seat in the auditorium. The gardens will be open for two and a half hours before the performance starts. (If you can’t wait until October you are welcome to explore the gardens at your leisure at our Open Gardens day on 10 September.)
The Glyndebourne Shop also open two and half hours before performances and will remain open until after the curtain comes down. Our Christmas range, including Glyndebourne Christmas cards will be on sale during the Tour. All profits from the Glyndebourne Shop are fed directly back to Glyndebourne to support its opera productions and education programmes.
We will also be exhibiting the ten shortlisted artworks from this year’s ‘deception’ themed Tour Art Competition in the Stalls Gallery. The winner’s artwork is featured on the cover of the Tour Programme Book.
Looking ahead to Tour 2018
Richard Hubert Smith
Next autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Tour. In this celebratory year, Tour 2018 will include a new production of Massenet’s Cendrillon alongside a revival of Tom Cairns’s 2014 production of Verdi’s La traviata and a special Behind the Curtain of that production. Behind the Curtain is a unique theatrical event, providing audiences with a behind-the-scenes exploration of how an opera is staged.
Tour Members will enjoy priority booking for Tour 2018. Find out more.