Glyndebourne Festival

A summer night at the opera

One of the world’s great opera houses, boasting unfailingly high musical and production standards that are a byword among the cognoscenti.

The Telegraph

Gentlemen in smoking jackets and black tie. Ladies in jewel-bright vintage and contemporary couture dresses. The pop of a cork. The fragrance of an English country garden. And the soaring arias and bel cantos of the finest opera singers in the world. It can only be Glyndebourne Festival.

A quintessentially British event

Glyndebourne is a unique and celebrated opera house in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Every summer since 1934 the Festival has hosted the great and the good for beautiful performances in its purpose-built theatre. Now, it’s also renowned for its long interval, when opera-goers are invited to picnic in the gardens against the backdrop of a 600-year old manor house. Glyndebourne’s chefs can prepare banquets in whichever style takes your fancy; recline on rugs with your traditional wicker hamper, or up the ante with white-linen-dressed tables and private waiters. Inside, the Galvin brothers bring their Michelin-starred talents to diners seated among props from past performances and lit by crystal chandeliers.

Pop art, politics and pirates

The programme of events at Glyndebourne Festival 2020 caters for opera aficionados and novices alike. This season, join Handel’s Alcina on her enchanted isle, or Blanche de la Force in her convent in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmèlites. A lavish set provides a perfect foil for pirates and harems in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Hockney’s designs bring a pop art edge to a revival of The Rake’s Progress. Beethoven’s Fidelio explores themes of justice and politics, while L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti fizzes with joy – and is perfectly complemented by a flute of champagne.

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Dates

21 May - 30 August 2020

Location

Glyndebourne, East Sussex