Performances for Schools

Every autumn Glyndebourne enables thousands of young people across the country to experience opera

Since 2006, Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools have inspired and enriched the lives of over 24,000 students.

These performances enable young audiences to immerse themselves, often for the first time, in the excitement of opera. These are fully staged, full length performances with an on-stage introduction specifically for schools.

Performance for Schools this autumn at Glyndebourne

This year we have had two performances as part of the Glyndebourne Tour where your students enjoyed a fully staged production of either Verdi’s Rigoletto or Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Verdi’s Rigoletto

Tuesday 22 October, 11.00am – 1.45pm

Verdi’s own favourite opera, Rigoletto is a tragedy of Shakespearean scope. A dramatic score including some of the composers’ greatest tunes brings this dark opera to life. This bold new production will be premiering in the Tour – the first time Glyndebourne has staged this popular opera.

Rigoletto is suitable for students from Year 9 upwards (aged 13 and above).

Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore

Friday 25 October, 3.00pm – 5.30pm

Light, lyrical and bursting with energy, L’elisir d’amore was the biggest success of Donzietti’s career – a comedy with the softest of hearts and the sweetest of melodies. Updating the action to the 1940s, Annabel Arden’s production celebrates the opera’s original joyful, colourful spirit, painting an affectionate picture of an Italy on the brink of political change.

There will also be performances for schools at:

Canterbury on 7 November 2019, 2.00pm
Milton Keynes on 14 November 2019, 2.00pm
Liverpool on 21 November 2019, 2.00pm
Norwich on 5 December 2019, 2.00pm

To book a performance for schools at one of our touring venues, please contact the venue directly.

L’elisir d’amore is suitable for students from Year 4 upwards (aged 8 and above).

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What to expect

These performances are a unique experience – Glyndebourne’s world-famous auditorium filled entirely with students, a special introduction on stage, and then all the emotion, spectacle and intensity of a Glyndebourne opera, full-length and fully staged.


Free educational resources
  • Digital teaching resources for English, Music and Art & Design teachers
  • An on-stage introduction for schools before the performance
  • Programmes for students to take home
  • A poster for the classroom

Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools are supported by The Clore Duffield Foundation, The Pilot Trust, The Alchemy Foundation, The Davis Foundation, Tufton Charitable Trust, The Kowitz Family Foundation, Mike and Agatha Taylor, The John Jarrold Trust and an anonymous donor through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.

Glyndebourne’s education programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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