From rare gems to Glyndebourne classics, Festival 2018 promises to be a vocal and visual feast – the very best in world-class opera.

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In this short video Alexandra Coghlan, Glyndebourne’s Opera Content Specialist, introduces the Festival 2018 programme:

Glyndebourne Festival 2018: what’s on

Madama Butterfly
19 May – 18 July
17 performances

Festival debut of the Tour 2016 production
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Director: Annilese Miskimmon
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast includes: Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio-San), Joshua Guerrero (Pinkerton), Michael Sumuel (Sharpless), Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki), Carlo Bosi/François Piolino (Goro)

Madama Butterfly is supported by Christopher


Der Rosenkavalier
20 May – 26 June
11 performances

Revival of the Festival 2014 production
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Director: Richard Jones
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast includes: Kate Royal (The Marschallin), Kate Lindsey (Octavian), Brindley Sherratt (Baron Ochs), Erin Morley (Sophie), Michael Kraus (Herr von Faninal)

Der Rosenkavalier is supported by The Monument Trust


Giulio Cesare
10 June – 28 July
12 performances

A revival of the Festival 2005 production

Conductor: William Christie
Director: David McVicar
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Cast includes: Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), John Moore (Achilla), Kangmin Justin Kim (Nireno)

Giulio Cesare is supported by Dunard Fund

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande
30 June – 9 August
12 performances

A new production for Festival 2018
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Director: Stefan Herheim
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast includes: Christina Gansch (Mélisande), John Chest (Pelléas), Christopher Purves (Golaud), Brindley Sherratt (Arkel), Karen Cargill (Geneviève)

Pelléas et Mélisande is supported by André and Rosalie Hoffmann

19 July – 25 August
13 performances

A revival of the Festival 2015 production
Conductor: Laurence Cummings
Director: Barrie Kosky
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Cast includes: Markus Brück (Saul), Iestyn Davies (David), Allan Clayton (Jonathan), Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal)

Saul is open for ​Syndicate & Circle Support


5 – 26 August 2018
10 performances

UK premiere
Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
Director: Keith Warner
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast includes: Emma Bell (Vanessa), Edgaras Montvidas (Anatol), Doris Soffel (The Old Baroness), Donnie Ray Albert (The Old Doctor)

Important dates for Festival 2018

2018: other highlights

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – the international competition for opera singers

Next March, join us in our discovery of the very best emerging artists from around the world.

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Tour 2018

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.

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Our generous supporters

Listed above are the names of the generous supporters who are helping to make Festival 2018 possible. We are delighted to announce that Saul is open for ​Syndicate & Circle support.

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