News and features

Glyndebourne's 2020 programme announced

Find out what will be hitting the stage in our Festival and Tour seasons next year.

Glyndebourne’s 2020 programme was announced today.  

Stephen Langridge, newly appointed as Artistic Director, said ‘I am thrilled to be announcing this exciting season, a classic Glyndebourne Festival smörgåsbord offering comic, tragic, and magical opera from three centuries – but with a steely through-line of amazing women, powerful in politics, strong in their relationships, and brave in their faith.’

Festival 2020

Glyndebourne’s first production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites will open Glyndebourne Festival 2020 – one of the most devastatingly powerful works in the repertoire. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it is based on a true story of religious martyrdom and follows the struggles of a young woman faced with a harrowing decision, made all the more moving by a breathtaking score.

Glyndebourne’s new production will be directed by Australian director Barrie Kosky, returning to the company for the first time since his triumphant production of Handel’s Saul in 2015. Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra and an exciting ensemble cast led by Australian-American soprano Danielle de Niese, making a role debut as the opera’s heroine Blanche de la Force.

Also making its first appearance at Glyndebourne next summer is Handel’s Alcina, in a new production overseen by two Italian artists, director Francesco Micheli and conductor Gianluca Capuano.

Over the past two decades, Glyndebourne has consistently surprised and delighted audiences with its fresh take on works by Handel, including acclaimed productions of Theodora, Rodelinda, Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo and Saul.  The company is building on that record with the first major new UK production of Alcina for over 20 years.  Set in a world of enchantment and magic, the opera calls for lavish stage effects, promising a visual spectacle for Glyndebourne audiences next summer.

Taking the title role is Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan, with Armenian soprano Nina Minasyan as Morgana, Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany as Ruggiero and American contralto Avery Amereau as Bradamante.

The third new production of the 2020 season is Beethoven’s emotionally-charged opera Fidelio, directed by the up-and-coming young British director Frederic Wake-Walker and conducted by Robin Ticciati. It will be the first new production of the opera at Glyndebourne in nearly twenty years and marks the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera, giving audiences a rare opportunity to hear the composer’s work in the opera house, and features music as powerful and beautiful as any that he wrote for the symphony hall. An impressive cast includes British soprano Emma Bell as Leonore and British tenor David Butt Philip as Florestan.

The 2020 Festival sees the return of one of Glyndebourne’s greatest ever productions – John Cox’s definitive 1975 staging of Stravinsky’s sophisticated comedy The Rake’s Progress, designed by David Hockney. It will be the first chance to see the production at Glyndebourne in over a decade, with Czech composer Jakub Hrůša at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a cast that includes American tenor Ben Bliss as Tom Rakewell, British bass Matthew Rose as Nick Shadow and British soprano Louise Alder as Anne Trulove.

Completing the season are revivals of David McVicar’s insightful production of Mozart’s landmark work Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Annabel Arden’s colourful production of Donizetti’s romantic comedy L’elisir d’amore.

Public booking for the 2020 Glyndebourne Festival opens online on Sunday 8 March 2020. Glyndebourne Members enjoy priority access to tickets – get one step closer to your must-see productions by joining the family.

Tour 2020

The Glyndebourne Tour returns next autumn offering audiences across England a chance to enjoy world class opera on their doorstep. It features productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and the return of the Behind The Curtain series with The Magic Flute: Behind the Curtain, taking audiences under the hood of Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece.

Glyndebourne Tour 2020 runs from 9 October – 5 December 2020. Following three weeks of performances at Glyndebourne, the Tour will visit Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Woking, Norwich and Liverpool. Further information and casting to follow.

Glyndebourne Tour 2020 runs from 9 October – 5 December 2020. Public booking for Tour performances at Glyndebourne opens on Monday 8 June 2020. Tour Members have priority access to Tour tickets at Glyndebourne.

The Glyndebourne Opera Cup

Following a successful launch in 2018, the Glyndebourne Opera Cup returns in 2020. The final will take place at Glyndebourne on 7 March 2020 and will once again be broadcast live by Sky Arts.  Applications for the Glyndebourne Opera Cup open on 1 September 2019. Full details will be announced later this year.


Image credits: Festival 2020 painted collage by Shadric Toop | Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Festival 2015, photo by Richard Hubert Smith | Madama Butterfly, Tour 2016, photo by Clive Barda | The Glyndebourne Opera Cup painted collage by Shadric Toop

You might also like

Our guide to getting the most out of a visit to Glyndebourne…
You can read a selection of press reviews and audience react…
Membership and Support
Improve the Glyndebourne experience by giving to the Annual …
Images from the Festival 2019 production of La damnation de …
Massenet’s Cinderella opera makes its Festival debut in a th…
Glyndebourne Shop
A beautiful array of gifts for her, for him, for children and for the house and garden. Every purchase supports our work.
Cendrillon (Cinderella)
Join us for Massenet's magical musical fairy tale this summer
Join the family
Enjoy priority booking for the Festival. Find out how you can join as an Associate Member