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Glyndebourne: No Ordinary Summer

A special 50-minute documentary, telling the inside story of our battle to get back to live performance after UK theatres were forced to close, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This free stream is available to watch until Sunday 29 August as part of Glyndebourne Open House

Glyndebourne continues to face the devastating impact from the loss of revenue due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. If you have enjoyed this free stream, please consider donating to our COVID-19 emergency appeal.

About the documentary

This behind-the-scenes documentary reveals the spirit and determination that ensured the show could go on, resulting in Glyndebourne becoming the first UK opera house to perform full-length opera to a live audience since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

That opera, a new translation of Offenbach’s Mesdames de la Halle called In the Market for Love, premiered outside in the Glyndebourne gardens in August 2020. The story was reimagined to take place at the time of a pandemic, turning social distancing restrictions into a virtue, with clever moments of visual comedy familiar to an audience living with COVID-19 safety measures. 

The documentary follows the creation of that production, with input from cast members including Danielle de Niese, Allan Clayton and Nicky Spence,  conductor Robin Ticciati, as well as members of the creative team and Glyndebourne staff as they tackle everything from weather worries, to the conundrum of how to choreograph socially distanced fight scenes. 

Featuring the cast of In the Market for Love, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Glyndebourne company.

Produced and directed by Karl Dixon. Edited by David Fricker.

Photo gallery

Photos: Richard Hubert Smith and James Bellorini

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