This autumn Glyndebourne is offering an expanded programme of backstage tours to give an insight into the history and workings of its internationally famous opera house.
The tour takes in the theatre, including a chance to tread the Glyndebourne stage, which has played host to opera stars including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Alfie Boe and Danielle de Niese. It also visits the backstage area, dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces and the historic Organ Room, where the very first musical performances at Glyndebourne took place in the 1930s.
During the tour, visitors will be given a brief history of Glyndebourne, learn about what’s involved in staging an opera and hear anecdotes of singers forgetting their lines, and an occasion when the cast of extras for one production included a number of live chickens.
Glyndebourne launched backstage tours for individuals in the autumn of 2012 and has increased the number on offer this year. The half-day tours run from 4 November – 16 December and 11 January – 8 March. Morning visits start at 10.15am and afternoon tours start at 2pm. Book here.