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Glyndebourne Youth Opera Performance Projects

We are committed to enabling local young people to access unique world-class operatic experiences, with exceptional performance opportunities at the very heart of our programme.

Youth Opera 2020: Pay the Piper

We are pleased to announce that applications to audition for our 2020 Youth Opera: Pay the Piper are now open! If you are aged between 9 – 19 and have participated in a workshop or performance project with Glyndebourne in the last two years, including upcoming spring workshops, you are eligible to apply.

Pay the Piper is based on the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, directed by Sinead O’Neill, libretto by Hazel Gould and music by the Balancing the Score composers: Anna Appleby, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Cecilia Livingston and Ailie Robertson.

These auditions will be a group workshop style, with our Youth Opera director Sinead O’Neill and conductor Johann Stuckenbruck. You do not need to prepare anything beforehand but will be asked to sing briefly on your own with support from our friendly team.

Each audition slot will be 90 minutes, with four sessions on each day. Within the application form, you will have the chance to specify your availability for each date.

Application deadline: 
Sunday 01 March 2020

Audition dates:
Sunday 05 April 2020 – Eastbourne
Sunday 19 April 2020 – Glyndebourne

Launch day:
Sunday 17 May 2020

You must be aged between 9 – 19 and live within 25 miles of Glyndebourne.

Applications have now closed


GYO performance projects have rightly earned a reputation for excellence and places are in high demand. Each year performance companies drawn from GYO1 and GYO2 get the chance to tackle challenging, exciting (and often new) repertoire under the expert tutelage of our Directors and Music Directors. Auditions enable us to maintain this standard, and to be as fair as possible, places will always be allocated at audition on the basis of aptitude and suitability for the role.

Can I take part?

For those who haven’t been in a GYO performance company before it is a requirement that you attend at least one of our open workshops before you are eligible to audition.

For information about GYO workshops click here.

Stay in touch

If you would like to receive further details of GYO workshops and performance projects you can join the GYO mailing list and receive updates throughout the year.

GYO 1: Ages 9-13
GYO 2: Ages 14-19
For any questions regarding Glyndebourne Youth Opera please contact us any time.

E: education@glyndebourne.com
T: 01273 815 023

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