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Glyndebourne Academy

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

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

About Glyndebourne Academy

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.

‘A thoroughly enjoyable experience which I would recommend to anyone wanting to pursue music but have struggled to get opportunity’  Glyndebourne Academy participant 2019


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.

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Applications for Glyndebourne Academy are currently closed
The next Glyndebourne Academy will take place in 2021. If you are interested in receiving updates about Glyndebourne Academy, please register your interest below.

If you have any questions about application requirements do contact the Education team at education@glyndebourne.com 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.

Photos: James Bellorini

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