Performances for Schools

Every autumn Glyndebourne enables thousands of young people across the country to experience opera

Since 2006, Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools have inspired and enriched the lives of over 28,000 students. 

These performances are a unique experience – Glyndebourne’s world-famous auditorium filled with students from our local area experiencing all the emotion, spectacle and intensity of a Glyndebourne opera, full-length and fully staged. 

October 2022

La bohème

Monday 17 October 2022, 2.00pm
Recommended age 12+
Tickets £8

Comedy and tragedy are woven tightly together in an irresistible flow of melody and drama. La bohème paints the complexity of human relationships in all their many shades, framing them with wonderfully vivid, bustling scenes of Parisian life.

The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday 19 October 2022, 11.00am
Recommended age 9+
Tickets: £8

A revolutionary comedy in every sense, Mozart and Da Ponte’s adaptation of Beaumarchais’ banned 1778 play about warring masters and servants takes a topical satire and broadens it into a deeply human drama – all set to some of Mozart’s most sparkling music.

How to apply

The ballot for Performances for Schools has now closed. If you’re successful in the ballot we’ll notify you by the end of May.

To stay up to date please sign up to our schools mailing list.

On the day:
  • Pupils will each receive a free programme with a synopsis, cast list and lots of useful information on what to watch out for.  
  • You will receive a signed poster for your classroom to remember the visit.
  • Each of your pupils will be invited to provide feedback – we love to hear their thoughts.
Arts Award at School

Glyndebourne is dedicated to introducing young people to the arts through opera. As a Trinity Champion Centre for 2022-23, we will be offering pupils attending a Performance for Schools at Glyndebourne the chance to complete an Arts Award Discover certificate alongside their visit. 

Each student undertaking an Arts Award will have access to specially created worksheets and activities and our trained Arts Award advisors will work with them throughout. There is a small additional cost of £4 per pupil to take part in the Arts Award scheme, which covers the administration of each pupil’s work plus postage of certificates. We understand that completing an Arts Award with a whole class may be unrealistic; we are happy to support as many pupils as are interested and there is no obligation for the whole class to complete and submit a portfolio. 

Join the mailing list

If you are not currently on our mailing list you can sign up to receive our brochures, updates and to hear about other opportunities for teachers and students.

If you would like to discuss supporting this programme from £5000+, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact the Director of Development, Helen McCarthy at or call +44 (0)1273 8150

Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools are supported by The Clore Duffield Foundation, The Helen Wade Charitable Trust, plus additional donations through Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme. 

Glyndebourne’s Learning & Engagement programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Image credits: Main image, photo by Sam Stephenson | Illustration © Katie Ponder

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