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Introduction to Glyndebourne

Discover our complete beginner’s guide to Glyndebourne. You will find information about the varied ways you can experience our operas and what you can expect from a visit here.

Glyndebourne is an opera house in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

It all began with a love story in 1934, when founder John Christie met soprano Audrey Mildmay. Glyndebourne is now one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world, delivering performances to some 150,000 people across a summer Festival and an autumn Tour.

Due to COVID-19 Festival 2020 has been cancelled – read our full statement

We have launched Glyndebourne Open House, a weekly series of operas available for free on You Tube.

Glyndebourne is facing a devastating impact due to the loss of performances. For our artists and seasonal staff these cancellations mean the loss of their livelihoods. We rely on 95% ticket sales to support our artists, staff and to subsidise our Tour and Education Programmes. Please help support our staff and secure Glyndebourne’s future by donating to our COVID-19 emergency appeal.

Festival

Each summer, from May to August, we stage the Glyndebourne Festival – our flagship season of world-class opera during which audiences can enjoy opera in our state-of-the-art indoor auditorium.

The Festival has a tradition of formal dress, and our audience members relish the opportunity to dress up for a day.

A key part of the Glyndebourne Festival experience is our 90-minute interval – a chance to enjoy a picnic in the gardens or dinner at one of our three on-site restaurants. You’re welcome to bring your own picnic, or order one to pick up when you arrive.

The support of our Members

Glyndebourne is a charity and the Festival receives no public subsidy. It is funded entirely through ticket sales and the kind support of our Members and donors. Each year, as Membership places become available, we welcome new Associate Members into our family of supporters. Members enjoy early priority booking for the Festival, and tickets go on sale to the public in March.


Tour

Unfortunately the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 has forced us to cancel our visits to our touring venues this year. Though the Government’s policy on indoor performances is evolving, we’ve already concluded that it won’t be possible to stage our original schedule of performances at Glyndebourne this October. We’re now working on an alternative plan for this autumn. Read more
On stage at Glyndebourne

In autumn, the auditorium comes to life once more, with three weeks of performances on the main stage.

Our autumn Tour performances have a more casual dress code than the Festival, and a shorter interval. Many visitors choose to dine at one of our restaurants before or after the performance, depending on the start time of the show.

On the road

Following the performances at Glyndebourne, we hit the road, taking our productions to venues around the country.

The Tour prides itself on developing upcoming talent, and many artists who started in the Tour have gone on to international acclaim, including Robin Ticciati, Gerald Finley, Emma Bell, Alfie Boe, Roberto Alagna, Edward Gardner and Kate Royal.

On screen

We aim to share the wonder and joy of our operas with as many people as possible. Each summer, we bring three of our productions to cinemas, including live broadcasts from the auditorium and pre-recordings of some of our best-loved productions.

Our cinema broadcasts are also available to watch for free online, and you can enjoy many of our productions on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, and on a host of online streaming platforms. For excerpts from our operas and exclusive peeks behind the curtain, visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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Education

For more than 30 years, our award-winning education department has been staging new work and spearheading projects to open all hearts and minds to opera. Recent projects include Balancing the Score, a new development scheme for female composers, and Agreed, an opera by Howard Moody, commissioned by Glyndebourne, which features a chorus of around 80 local auditioned singers.

Glyndebourne Shop

Whether you’re searching for a gift for a discerning music lover, treating yourself to a framed print or a child to their first book about opera, our shop offers an impressive selection of products inspired by Glyndebourne. Profits from every purchase directly support our work, so be sure to stop by during your visit or shop online.

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Membership and Support
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