A guide to Glyndebourne Tour 2019
Find out everything you need to know about Glyndebourne Tour 2019.
What's on at Tour 2019?
This year the Tour will include our first ever production of Verdi’s Rigoletto alongside revivals of Annabel Arden’s production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Robert Carsen’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo.
We will also be hosting The Glyndebourne Christmas Concert with the Glyndebourne Chorus and Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra performing some operatic and festive favourites, on 14 and 15 December. In addition to the Glyndebourne performances, there will also be a Christmas Concert at the New Victoria Theatre Woking on 28 November.
What makes the Tour so special?
Founded in 1968, the Glyndebourne Tour has the dual purpose of providing a showcase for emerging artists and giving broader audiences a chance to experience world-class live opera, produced to the same exacting standards as our Festival operas.
The Tour not only enables us to reach new audiences across the UK, but our ever-popular Performances for Schools also present opportunities for students to experience the joys of opera for the first time, 30,000 since 2006.
The Tour also provides a platform for young and emerging singers and conductors and the chance to see top opera artists before they become household names. Among the internationally acclaimed conductors and singers whose Tour appearances helped establish their careers are Robin Ticciati, Gerald Finley, Emma Bell, Alfie Boe, Roberto Alagna and Kate Royal. The Tour has also nurtured young, rising talent in the orchestra pit. This year is no different and as an added bonus the Tour Orchestra will support and play alongside up to ten young instrumentalists as part of our Pit Perfect scheme.
Seeing a Tour performance at Glyndebourne
Public booking for Tour 2019 is now open with the best availability for L’elisir d’amore.
Tour Members get first access to tickets for Glyndebourne performances. Priority booking for Tour 2020 will open on Monday 27 April 2020. Find out more about becoming a Tour Member.
Getting to Glyndebourne
The nearest railway station is Lewes and all Glyndebourne performances finish in time for audiences to return to London by train. We run a coach service between Lewes train station and Glyndebourne. The coach from Lewes Station leaves one hour before the start of scheduled Tour performances. There is also ample free on-site parking available.
In keeping with the more informal feel of the Tour, the dress code is smart casual. While some audience members do choose to make their visit to Tour performances a special occasion and dress accordingly, others may be arriving straight from work. Please wear whatever you find comfortable.
Since October is not ideal for picnics, Leith’s at Glyndebourne offer several dining options in our on-site restaurants.
For 4.00pm performances: dining will be after the performance.
For 6.30pm and 7.00pm performances: dining will be before the performance.
Make the most of your visit
If the weather is kind, you are welcome to enjoy the gardens before you take your seat in the auditorium. The gardens will be open for two and a half hours before the performance starts.
The Glyndebourne Shop is also open two and a half hours before performances and will remain open until after the curtain comes down. All profits from the Glyndebourne Shop are fed directly back to Glyndebourne to support its opera productions and education programmes.
Our 2019 exhibition in Gallery 94 is titled Between Worlds and showcases paintings, prints and ceramics by artists including Julian Sutherland-Beatson, Katie Ponder and Tom Homewood. This exhibition explores the different ways that Glyndebourne’s architecture and gardens might be read, from panoramic views to fleeting glimpses behind the stage. We will also be exhibiting the shortlisted artworks from this year’s Tour Art Competition in Gallery 94. The winner’s artwork is featured on the cover of the Tour Programme Book. This year’s theme is ‘Lost and Found’, find out more about the Tour Art Competition.
Seeing a Tour performance on the road
The Tour starts with performances here at Glyndebourne before heading out on the road to venues in Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Woking and Norwich.
Tickets in all of our venues are on sale now. Book tickets for performances on the road: