Black tie and Berlioz
On summer afternoons deep in the Sussex countryside, evening gowns, perfectly-packed picnics and cases of the finest champagne accompany world-class opera at the Glyndebourne Festival.
This wonderfully British event is a feast for all the senses and the 2019 programme features something to suit all tastes. There are classic fairy stories and modern interpretations of timeless tales, a cinematic production of the rarely staged La damnation de Faust by Berlioz and the crowd-pleasing comedy masterpiece, Il barbiere di Siviglia.
The festival was founded in the 1930s by an opera singer and her eccentric husband who dreamed of bringing the opulence of opera to their country house in the South Downs. It was the first theatre of its kind in the UK and has since risen to become the pinnacle of the summer season.
Today, several traditions help to make Glyndebourne such a glorious day out. Guests wear their finest evening attire, the beautiful grounds are open to enjoy before the performance, and the extended interval allows for picnics on the lawn, fine dining indoors or simply sipping more champagne.
One of the world’s great opera houses, boasting unfailingly high musical and production standards that are a byword among the cognoscenti.
18 May - 25 August 2019
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