Glyndebourne Festival

Glyndebourne has become the hallmark for summer opera season

The Telegraph

Hitting the high notes

Glyndebourne Festival returns with world-class performances set against the backdrop of Glyndebourne House and the South Downs countryside.

This year, the programme includes performances of beloved classics such as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, along with revivals of Glyndebourne’s popular productions of Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Saul. This year’s festival also marks the UK’s first professional staging of Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Vanessa, which Sebastian F. Schwarz, General Director of Glyndebourne, has called a ‘neglected masterpiece’.

As well as the performances, the joys of Glyndebourne are the setting – and the style. The festival founder, John Christie, started the tradition of a formal dress code for the festival, with audiences customarily dressing in evening wear to show their respect for the performers. Arrive during the day to explore the house and gardens, perhaps with a gourmet picnic hamper in hand.

With much time at Glyndebourne spent outside (including after dark, when the gardens are illuminated), remember to bring warm layers for cooler weather.

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Madama Butterfly — 19 May to 18 July 
Der Rodenkavalier — 20 May to 26 June 
Giulio Cesare — 10 June to 28 July 
Pelléas et Mélisande — 30 June to 9 August 
Saul — 19 July to 25 August 
Vanessa — 5 to 26 August 


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