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Glyndebourne Academy

Glyndebourne Academy is an operatic development project that aims to support gifted and talented young singers


We look for outstanding young singers who are not currently able to consider a standard path towards music college or a career as a professional singer. This could be for reasons including personal circumstances, lack of career guidance, lack of skills development, financial barriers or other factors. Singers will normally be aged between 16 and 26, although in some exceptional cases older singers will be considered. The Academy will focus on a small number of singers who show exceptional potential. Participants will be offered intensive training, mentorship, advice and guidance on future development and career pathways.

Up to eight students will be selected to take part in the full programme – applicants must be resident in the UK for the duration of the project. During the academy programme they will work intensively with leading opera professionals and will have an opportunity to perform at Glyndebourne in front of an invited audience in an informal concert at the end of the programme. Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 government regulations, we are currently unable to give exact dates for some of the activity. However, a draft schedule can be downloaded here which we will update as soon as we possibly can. Please note that the successful applicants will be required to attend the whole project.

Glyndebourne is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Registered Charity. We promote equality, diversity and inclusion and actively encourage young people from all backgrounds to apply, including ethnically diverse applicants and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds who are currently under-represented in our sector. As part of the application process, you will be required to complete an Equal Opportunities form.

‘A thoroughly enjoyable experience which I would recommend to anyone wanting to pursue music but have struggled to get opportunity’  Glyndebourne Academy participant 2019


Glyndebourne Vocal Talent Consultant, Mary King, will lead the Glyndebourne Academy, assisted by a team of opera professionals.


Tuition, room, board and transport at the Glyndebourne Academy for successful applicants are fully funded. In most cases you’ll need to pay your own travel costs for attending auditions, but if this is likely to be a significant barrier to your attending, please let us know on your application.

Application process

Applications for Glyndebourne Academy are managed via YAP Tracker. To submit an application you will need to create an account on YAP Tracker which is free of charge. There are no application or audition fees for Glyndebourne Academy.


Read more about Glyndebourne Academy from previous participants:

If you have any questions about application requirements do contact the Learning & Engagement team at takepart@glyndebourne.com or phone 01273 815023.

Glyndebourne’s Learning & Engagement programme is made possible thanks to Arts Council England and generous donations through Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme.

Photos: James Bellorini

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