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Coming up in 2020

We take a look at Glyndebourne’s year ahead with key dates for your diary.

Happy New Year!
We can’t wait to welcome you all to Glyndebourne in 2020 for a host of operatic delights. Don’t forget that The Magic Flute is available to watch on BBC iPlayer until February.

Go behind the scenes

January and February

This winter you can join our expert guides for a Backstage Tour of Glyndebourne. We’ll take you on a 90 minute exploration of the theatre, Production Hub, dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, archive and the historic organ room.

This year, for the first time, we’re also offering tours of the Glyndebourne wind turbine. You’ll learn more about our green credentials, see how the turbine is operated and visit the auditorium to see our lighting set up.


Tickets are on sale now

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2020

Join us in discovering the opera stars of tomorrow at the Semi-final and Final of the Glyndebourne Opera Cup.

For the last few months we’ve been auditioning some of the most talented singers from around the world, and in March they will take to the stage to compete for this prestigious award. You can join us at Glyndebourne for the Semi-Final and Final, or watch at home on Sky Arts.


Tickets are on sale now

Festival 2020

Our flagship summer programme of world class opera. Enjoy a performance in our indoor auditorium, and picnic in our gardens or dine in our restaurants during the 90-minute interval. 2020 brings a Festival of contrasts, from the hilarious to the tragic, the political to the mythic.

Dialogues des Carmélites (21 May – 19 July) Glyndebourne’s first ever staging of an extraordinary 20th-century tragedy. Top pick for 2020 in The Sunday Times and The Times.

L’elisir d’amore (23 May – 18 July) Warmth and sparkling laughter highlight Donizetti’s greatest romantic comedy.

Alcina (13 June – 6 August) Seductive sorceress Alcina can conjure anything she wants – anything, except love. Top pick for 2020 in The Sunday Times and The Evening Standard.

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (4 July – 26 August) Mozart’s East-meets-West comedy makes its first Festival return.

Fidelio (25 July – 29 August) Beethoven’s only opera is a powerful musical manifesto for liberty and justice. Top pick for 2020 in The Sunday Times and The Times.

The Rake’s Progress (13 – 30 August) David Hockney’s iconic designs return to Glyndebourne for the first time in a decade.

There’s still time to join us as an Associate Member to gain priority access to Festival 2020 tickets. Find out more about Membership options.

Public booking opens online on Sunday 8 March

In cinemas and online

July – August
Our Festival screenings bring three productions to cinemas across the country, or stream them free online on The Telegraph’s website and enjoy from the comfort of your living room.

Our 2020 cinema and online screenings are: Dialogues des Carmélites (live) on 19 July, Alcina (live) on 2 August and The Rake’s Progress (recorded live in 2010) from 23 August.

Cinema tickets will go on sale in March

Tour 2020

October – December
The Glyndebourne Tour returns in autumn, offering audiences across England a chance to enjoy world class opera on their doorstep. We’ll be kicking off with performances at Glyndebourne before visiting Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Woking, Norwich and Liverpool.

Madama Butterfly (9 October – 4 December) East meets West with devastating consequences in Puccini’s most beloved opera.

The Magic Flute (10 October – 5 December) An enchanting production of Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece makes its Tour debut.

The Magic Flute: Behind the Curtain (29 October – 26 November) Join us for an entertaining evening of opera like no other as we uncover the secrets of Mozart’s magical opera.

Christmas Concert (December) Our popular Christmas Concerts will return once again in the 2020 festive season. More details will be announced soon.

Tour Members have priority booking for Tour 2020 performances, find out more about Tour Membership. Priority booking for Tour Members opens on Monday 27 April.

Public booking opens on Monday 8 June

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