Performances for Schools

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 two performances as part of the Glyndebourne Tour where your students can enjoy a fully staged production of either Verdi’s Rigoletto or Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Verdi’s Rigoletto

Tuesday 22 October, 11.00am
Tickets: £8

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
Tickets: £8

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.

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

How to book

Look out for the brochure that will be with you shortly with information on how to apply for tickets and in the meantime, save the dates of the performances for Tuesday 22 October and Friday 25 October.

If you want any more information please do not hesitate to contact us.


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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 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.