Since 1934, the 600-year old Glyndebourne Manor House in East Sussex has been emblematic of opera’s long-standing tradition of striving to produce the highest quality performances.
Similarly, the Glyndebourne Festival running through the summer months, this year from the 18th of May to the 25th of August, follows suit by providing guests with an opera experience that propels the medium forward while staying true to its roots.
For more information on the specifics of this glamorous event, here’s what you need to know.
How to Get to the Glyndebourne Festival
Unless you live in England, a trip to Glyndebourne Festival starts at the moment of takeoff. Once you arrive at a London Airport, the most common forms of transportation to the Festival are by cab or train. A train from London Victoria to Lewes Station takes about an hour. The magnificent Glyndebourne is only three miles away from the station, where guests can have a taxi ordered to take and collect from Glyndebourne.
Getting your Tickets
It’s not unusual for weekend performances to sell out fast, so it is highly recommended that you secure your tickets as soon as possible.
This Year’s Events
Each Glyndebourne Festival is a marvellous spectacle of remarkable performances and 2019 will be no different. Glyndebourne is serious about its opera, its productions are artistically and musically among the very best including - among others - world-class singers and musicians, and the outstanding London Philharmonic Orchestra.
This year's events are as follows:
La damnation de Faust (18 May–10 July)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (19 May–14 July)
Cendrillon (Cinderella) (8 June–2 August)
Rusalka (29 June–21 August)
Die Zauberflöte (18 July–24 August)
Rinaldo 8–25 (August)
Formal wear (black tie and evening dress) is often the most common attire for those in attendance — though “there is no dress code”. However, Glyndebourne states that they “love to see formal or vintage attire or the height of contemporary fashion”.
Food and Drink
With 90-minute intervals, guests can take this time to enjoy a quintessentially English picnic or dine at Glyndebourne’s three exceptional on-site restaurants. For guests planning to picnic, catering services are available as well as a convenient online shop run by Glyndebourne, where traditional picnic rugs, cushions, tableware, and elegant picnic sets can be purchased. Fine dining is always a treat if a picnic is not your thing.
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