Performances for Schools

Performances for Schools on Tour

This year our Performance for Schools on Tour will be La traviata: Behind the Curtain. Click below for more information on tour venues, dates and how to book.

La Traviata: Behind the Curtain

Performance for Schools at Glyndebourne

Massenet’s Cendrillon

Tuesday 16 October 2018, 14.00pm – 16.40pm, Glyndebourne

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 an opera. These are fully staged, full length performances with an on-stage introduction specifically for schools.

In 2018 there is an exclusive matinee Performance for Schools for Cendrillon (Cinderella).

A brand new production

Glyndebourne is delighted to welcome back actor-director Fiona Shaw to direct the company’s first-ever staging of this enchanting French opera. Shaw’s new production – a rare opportunity to see Cendrillon staged in the UK – is a celebration of the power of fantasy and imagination, probing the pastel-coloured surface of the familiar fairytale to reveal the darker human questions and truths beneath. With its combination of enchanting love story and broad, burlesque comedy, it is a Cinderella that looks back to Charles Perrault’s original story in all its richness and ambiguity.

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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.

Part of Tour 2018, Massenet’s Cendrillon on Tuesday 16 October 2018, 14.00pm – 16.40pm at Glyndebourne.

The opera is recommended for Year 7 upwards (aged 11 and above) and tickets are only £7 per student.

A glittering comic opera celebrating the power of fantasy, Cendrillon is Jules Massenet’s musical fairytale. An enchanting retelling of the familiar Cinderella story, it balances the exquisite beauty of its romantic and fantasy scenes with deft, witty portraits of Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters. The most successful French opera composer of the turn of the century, Massenet’s blend of colourful characters, generous melodies and sumptuous orchestral textures is both heady and bewitching.

Plan your visit

Glyndebourne is in the heart of the Sussex countryside, just 10 miles outside Brighton. There’s plenty of on-site parking for coaches, and 12 acres of gardens for pupils to enjoy.

We understand that, for some children, the behaviour expected during a theatre performance may become overwhelming during their visit. To ensure that all members of the audience enjoy the experience, we provide a relaxed space adjacent to the auditorium in which students can continue to watch the opera via a live link to the stage. To find out more about this and other resources for any children who may need additional support, please contact us at

Free educational resources

  • Online Guides and teaching resources for English, Music and Art & Design teachers, available from May 2018
  • An on-stage introduction for schools before the performance
  • Programmes for students to take home
  • A poster for the classroom

‘We have, on our back door, a world class performance venue giving superlative operatic productions. It is important that our students can experience the thrill of operatic performances that will touch them and that they will remember, as we all do with significant cultural events, for the rest of their lives”

Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools are supported by Arts Council England with additional support from The Consuelo and Anthony Brooke Charitable Trust, The Chalk Cliff Trust, The Kowitz Family Foundation and an anonymous donor through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.