About us

Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934.

Our history

Glyndebourne's founders, John Christie and wife Audrey Mildmay, opened the first Festival here in 1934. Explore our 80 year history here.

Our Archive

The Glyndebourne Archive holds a wealth of material about the people, productions and origins of our world–renowned opera house.

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup

Find out more about our singing competition, designed to discover and spotlight the best young singers from around the world.

Our resident orchestras and chorus

Glyndebourne is privileged to have two world-class resident orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, as well as the Glyndebourne Chorus, one of the pre-eminent choruses in international opera.

Glyndebourne and the environment

Glyndebourne holds a long term goal of making all our operations on site carbon neutral. Find out what we’ve been doing to work towards this aspiration.

Economic Impact Report

In January 2013 Glyndebourne and East Sussex County Council commissioned new research to examine for the first time Glyndebourne’s impact on the East Sussex economy.

Annual reports

View our annual report summarising the past year's activities