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    Our pre-performance talks have been designed to enhance your enjoyment of the opera that follows. Each afternoon talk is presented by an expert, lasts 45 minutes and costs £9. The talks end 30 minutes before the start of each performance.


    Sunday 29 May, 12.30pm
    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Sarah Lenton

    Sarah Lenton is an opera historian, lecturer and BBC Broadcaster.

    Start your afternoon at Glyndebourne on 29 May with Sarah Lenton’s insightful introduction to Wagner’s comic masterpiece Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. This opera is highly distinctive among Wagner’s works as it is set in a historically well-defined place and time rather than in the realms of mythology. Many also believe it is one of the composer’s lightest works.

    Sunday 12 June, 4.00pm
    The Cunning Little Vixen
    Melly Still

    Melly Still is the director of Glyndebourne’s The Cunning Little Vixen and has been nominated for four Olivier and six Tony Awards.

    Begin your day at Glyndebourne on 12 June with an introduction to Janáček’s incomparable The Cunning Little Vixen. It has frequently been described as Janáček’s lightest and funniest opera and was quite possibly the composer’s own favourite work.

    Sunday 26 June, 3.00pm
    Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Stefano Castelvecchi

    Stefano Castelvecchi is a lecturer at the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge and has published extensively on Rossini.

    Start your afternoon at Glyndebourne on 26 June with a fascinating introduction to Rossini’s sparkling masterpiece Il barbiere di Siviglia, one of the two brand new productions for Festival 2016.

    Sunday 3 July, 2.45pm
    Le nozze di Figaro
    Nicholas Till

    Nicholas Till is Professor of Opera and Music Theatre at the University of Sussex and author of the seminal Mozart and the Enlightenment.

    Enrich your afternoon at Glyndebourne on 3 July with a unique insight to Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

    Saturday 30 July, 4.00pm
    Béatrice et Bénédict
    Hugh Macdonald

    Hugh Macdonald is Emeritus Professor at Washington University and a global expert on Berlioz. He was instrumental in introducing the French composer’s work to a wider audience.

    Berlioz was riveted when he first saw Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as a young man. 30 years later the composer’s reinterpretation of the play came to life. Start your afternoon at Glyndebourne on 30 July with an introduction to Berlioz’s exuberant comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict.

    Sunday 31 July, 4.00pm
    The Cunning Little Vixen
    Jakub Hrůša

    Jakub Hrůša is a conductor who has recently been awarded the Sir Charles Mackerras Award. Hrůša is experienced in conducting the work of his Czech compatriot Janáček. In fact, he grew up a stone’s throw away from the forest that inspired The Cunning Little Vixen.

    Begin your day at Glyndebourne on 31 July with a very special and personal introduction to Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with conductor Jakub Hrůša, who will also be leading the performance of the London Philharmonic Orchestra later that evening.

    Sunday 7 August, 2.45pm
    Le nozze di Figaro
    Thomas Irvine

    Thomas Irvine is Associate Professor in Music at the University of Southampton.

    Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro was the first opera ever performed at Glyndebourne. Start your afternoon at Glyndebourne on 7 August by delving deeper into its illustrious background and getting to know its formidable characters.

    Friday 26 August, 3.00pm
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Lucy Walker

    Lucy Walker is Director of Learning at Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh and author of Britten in Pictures.

    Step into a dreamworld and enrich your afternoon at Glyndebourne on 26 August with an exclusive introduction to Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s dazzling comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Saturday 27 August, 4.00pm
    Béatrice et Bénédict
    Hugh Macdonald

    Hugh Macdonald is Emeritus Professor at Washington University and a world-leading expert on Berlioz. He was instrumental in introducing the French composer’s work to a wider audience.

    Start your afternoon at Glyndebourne on 27 August with an expert introduction to Berlioz’s comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict, the composer’s lightest but also last major work.


    How to book

    Places at pre-performance talks are limited and available only to ticket holders to the performance on the same day. Book places online by adding them to your order when purchasing tickets for your performance.