On the road – an insider’s guide to Tour 2015

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On 1 November Glyndebourne touring company hits the road. We’re packing up and heading out to five different venues with three world-class productions.

Since Tour 2015 started here at Glyndebourne in early October, the company has been putting on performances nearly every night to great critical success and the building has been positively buzzing with activity.

With our last performance at Glyndebourne taking place on Halloween, it’s nearly time to re-acquaint ourselves with some of our favourite cities around the country. First stop, Canterbury! Then it’s on to Milton Keynes on 8 November, Norwich on 15 November, Plymouth on 24 November and finally Woking on 1 December.

Tour 2015 in numbers

It’s hard to imagine the scale of what’s required to get a whole opera company ready for touring:

12 trucks

A total of 159m of cargo

120 wigs

217 costumes

100 lights

Everything but the kitchen sink… although we do actually have one washing machine, one dryer, and two ‘hot boxes’, which are used to wash and dry costumes as quickly as possible in between performances. (The hot boxes came in very useful last year when I got caught in the rain in Canterbury – my shoes and coat were dry in 5 minutes!)

Exciting new talent

Tour 2015 presents world-class opera and showcases a range of artistic talent, with a number of exceptional international and UK debuts that have impressed critics and audiences alike.

The Glyndebourne Tour was founded by the late Sir George Christie in 1968 with two purposes in mind: to take our operas to those further afield, and to give new and promising singers opportunities to perform principal roles.

Credit: Sam Stephenson

You can read about the new artists performing in our Tour 2015 productions in our blogposts. Here’s a link to the first one, which introduces US soprano Rebecca Nelsen, who sings Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Follow my posts on the road

My name’s Hannah Rose Cooper and I’m the Company Office Assistant. Whilst on tour, the Company Office becomes the first port of call for all the performing companies, stage teams and touring staff, acting as a primary hub for communication.

Company Office exists to ensure the smooth running of all things artistic on the road. We look after directors and conductors, music and production staff, singers, actors, dancers, wigs, wardrobe and make-up (amongst a myriad other stage-related activities…)

My role involves liaising with directors, conductors, music and production staff, singers, actors, dancers, stage management, costume, wigs and make-up.

I’ll be writing a blogpost from each Tour venue to report on life on the road – I hope you enjoy them and please leave a comment.

Oh, and here’s a picture of Blonde playing the trumpet in Company Office, and Malatesta taking a selfie… just some of the things our artists get up to behind the scenes! Enjoy.

Rebecca Nelsen (Blonde in Entführung) and John Brancy (Malatesta in Don Pasquale)