Glyndebourne Academy (ages 16-26)

Glyndebourne Academy 2019 – Applications now closed

Applications received between 12 December and 6 January will be shortlisted and notified if they have been selected to audition week commencing 7 January.

About Glyndebourne Academy

Glyndebourne Academy is an operatic development project that aims to support gifted and talented young singers.

We look for outstanding young singers who are not currently able to consider a standard path towards music college or a career as a professional singer. This could be for reasons including personal circumstances, lack of career guidance, lack of skills development, financial barriers or other factors. Singers will normally be aged between 16 and 26, although in some exceptional cases older singers will be considered.

The Academy will focus on a small number of singers who show exceptional potential. Participants will be offered intensive training, mentorship, advice and guidance on future development and career pathways.

Up to eight students will be selected to take part in the full programme. During the academy programme they will work intensively with leading opera professionals and will have an opportunity to perform at Glyndebourne in front of an invited audience in an informal concert at the end of the programme.

Who are we looking for

Please click here for full information on eligibility.


Glyndebourne Vocal Talent Consultant, Mary King, will lead the Glyndebourne Academy, assisted by a team of opera professionals.


Tuition, room, board and transport at the Glyndebourne Academy for successful applicants are fully funded. In most cases you’ll need to pay your own travel costs for attending auditions, but if this is likely to be a significant barrier to your attending, please let us know on your application.

Application process

Applications for Glyndebourne Academy are managed via YAP Tracker. To submit an application you will need to create an account on YAP Tracker is free of charge. There are no application or audition fees for Glyndebourne Academy.

Academy Format

The Academy will consist of five phases:

1. First-round auditions

3 hour workshop auditions to be held as follows:
Leeds College of Music (Leeds), Saturday 19 January 2019
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Liverpool), Sunday 20 January 2019
National Opera Studio (London), Thursday 31 January 2019
National Opera Studio (London), Friday 01 February 2019

2. Recall auditions

A full weekend of workshops concluding with an audition panel:
Glyndebourne (Sussex), Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2019
Auditionees recalled to Glyndebourne will be required to attend both days. Accommodation will be provided.

3. One-day introduction

Glyndebourne (Sussex), Sunday 5 May 2019
Includes an introduction to Academy repertoire as well as vocal and physical exercises to assess students and determine individual needs.

4. Summer intensive residential

Sussex (details TBC), Sunday 28 July to Saturday 3 August 2019
Includes coaching in:

  • Vocal technique
  • Musicianship
  • Movement and drama
  • Foreign languages

Sessions will take a variety of formats, including masterclasses, workshops and discussion forums, with time for individual study built into the programme. There will also be the chance to visit Glyndebourne as well as attend rehearsals and a performance in the Glyndebourne Festival.

5. Follow-up weekend and afternoon recital

Glyndebourne (Sussex), Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October 2019
Includes the chance to work and sing on the Glyndebourne stage.

Applicants should ensure they are available to attend all dates as listed.

If you have any questions about application requirements do contact the Education team at or phone 01273 815023.

Glyndebourne Academy is supported by Dr and Mrs John and Jo Padfield, an anonymous supporter, and in memory of John Stuart Beeteson through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.