Careers in opera

Hundreds of people are involved in bringing an opera to life – from performers, backstage crew, and designers to front-of-house teams, marketing specialists and fundraisers.

These films give a glimpse into who some of these people are, and what they do when they come to work each morning.

Head of Props

Paul Brown is Head of Props, which means he and his team are responsible for creating all the props for every Glyndebourne production.

In this film, he shows us around the Glyndebourne props workshop and finds some surprises waiting for the Tour 2013 production of The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten.


A choreographer creates and puts together dance steps, movements and sequences set to music as routines for dancers, actors or singers.

In this film, choreographer Ashley Page, director Jonathan Kent and the company of dancers in Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Hippolyte et Aricie explain how they’ve integrated the ballet into each of the five acts of Rameau’s masterpiece of French Baroque opera.


A director works closely with a whole team of creative individuals and staff to realise an artistic vision for an opera production, making decisions on the artistic concept and interpretation of the opera and its staging.

In this film, director Robert Carsen talks us through the process of creating a scene in the 2011 Glyndebourne production of Handel’s Rinaldo.


In this film, Duncan Rock of the Glyndebourne Chorus gives us a fascinating insight into his preparation for a cover role (understudy) in the Festival 2010 production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and the specialist training he receives so he’s ready for a performance.

See for yourself

Join us this autumn at our Performances for Schools, which are taking place around the country.

CDs and DVDs can be bought at the Glyndebourne Shop.

Watch 2015 Glyndebourne Festival productions in cinemas and online this summer, or watch on demand through Digital Theatre.

For any questions regarding this, or any other Glyndebourne education project, please contact us at any time.
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