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Glyndebourne Education and Tour

The Glyndebourne Tour took to the road for the first time in 1968 to make opera accessible to audiences throughout the country and to provide an opportunity for young and promising singers to perform. Just over 20 years later, Glyndebourne Education was established to complement the activities of the tour and with a clear aim – to encourage as diverse a group of people to connect with opera as possible. Its work ranges from working with schools and youth groups to presenting large-scale community operas on the Glyndebourne stage.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,700,000
  • 2013-2014: £1,700,000
  • 2014-2015: £1,700,000

Video feed

Don Pasquale Tour Trailer

Directed by Mariame Clément, this opulent period staging catches the sparkling essence of Donizetti’s tuneful tale of an old bachelor’s romantic delusions and the young lovers who outwit him. For priority booking for the season, and to support us in being able to bring world-class opera to a wider audience, become a Glyndebourne Tour Supporter: glyndebourne.com/support-us/opportunities-for-individuals/glyndebourne-tour-supporters/

Introduction to Saul - Tour 2015

With a musical score of heart-breaking beauty and intensity, Saul takes us into a nightmare world of madness and despair. Transferring direct from Festival 2015, this is the first production from the brilliant, provocative Australian director, Barrie Kosky, at Glyndebourne. Tickets and information: http://glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/events/2015/handels-saul/

Ravel Double Bill Trailers

Hailed by the Financial Times as "pure magic" when it opened in Festival 2012, Laurent Pelly's unique interpretation of Ravel's two short operas, L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges, is a true spectacle. Tickets and information http://glyndebourne.com/f15ravel

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The Rape of Lucretia Trailer

Britten's extraordinarily tense and chilling treatment of this historic tale is explored in a brilliant production by director Fiona Shaw. Tickets and information: http://glyndebourne.com/f15Lucretia

Introduction to The Rape of Lucretia

Director Fiona Shaw introduces Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, which is making it's first appearance at the Festival since it's world premiere at Glyndebourne in 1946. Tickets and more information: http://glyndebourne.com/f15Lucretia

Carmen Trailer

Full of great tunes, Spanish rhythms, smugglers, toreadors and a sultry female chorus, Carmen is also a trailblazing opera. Its portrayal of working-class life, Bizet's ground breaking music and the shocking on stage murder of its heroine scandalised early audiences, and continues to fascinate and compel today. Tickets and information: http://glyndebourne.com/f15Carmen

Introduction to Poliuto

UK premiere. This is one of Donizetti's grandest operas. Based on the life of the early Christian martyr Polyeuctus, it charts the saint's personal struggle against a backdrop of huge choruses and public spectacle. Tickets and information: http://glyndebourne.com/f15Poliuto

Introduction to Glyndebourne

Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934. Although it receives valued Arts Council support for the Tour and some educational work, the Festival receives no public subsidy. Glyndebourne is a registered charity, funded by box office income, its members and supporters. The Glyndebourne Festival presents six productions each year in a 1,200-seat opera house built in 1994. Glyndebourne on Tour, founded in 1968, takes three productions around the UK each autumn. Together, Festival and Tour present about 120 performances a year to an audience of around 150,000. Glyndebourne's widely respected Education programme, established in 1986, hosts over 230 community and outreach events a year. And Glyndebourne has pioneered using recordings to bring its work to a worldwide audience through broadcasts, cinema screenings, DVDs and internet streaming.

Introduction to Saul

This Glyndebourne premiere of Handel's Saul marks the company debut of the brilliant and provocative Australian opera and theatre director Barrie Kosky. Tickets and more information: http://glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/events/2015/saul/

Glyndebourne Festival 2015 - Season overview

Festival 2015 includes repertoire spanning 300 years and an enticing mix of Glyndebourne firsts and favourites. Public booking opens Monday 9 March. glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/our-seasons/festival-2015/ Recording of Maria Callas in Poliuto, courtesy of Warner Classics http://www.warnerclassics.com/ Recording of ​Die Entführung aus dem Serail, courtesy of Decca Classics http://www.glyndebourneshop.com/mozart-die-entfuhrung-aus-dem-serail-c-solti/%E2%80%8B ​Recording of Saul, courtesy of Coro http://www.glyndebourneshop.com/handel-saul-c-christophers/

Insight into The Turn of The Screw

This autumn the Glyndebourne Tour 2014 takes Britten's The Turn of the Screw to venues around the country including Woking,Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth. Described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘one of Glyndebourne’s most provocative and accomplished productions’, The Turn of the Screw was first seen as part of Tour 2006 and is revived with a cast of rising stars including award-winning Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw in the role of the Governess and Jerwood Young Artist (2010) Anthony Gregory as Peter Quint. Tickets and information: http://glyndebourne.com/production/turn-screw-0

Behind the scenes of La traviata

This autumn the Glyndebourne Tour 2014 takes Verdi's La traviata, a new production from the 2014 Festival, to venues around the country including, Woking, Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Dublin and Stoke-on-Trent. Tickets and information: http://glyndebourne.com/production/la-traviata La traviata, the fallen woman. Does that phrase still have relevance today? For Verdi it was a subject of intense personal significance. He and the singer Giuseppina Strepponi lived together for ten years before they married, enduring the objections of those who viewed her as a woman of no worth or moral standing. Violetta, the fallen woman of the title, is a vividly real, flesh-and-blood creation. She suffers from the consumption which will inevitably kill her but which, in the view of the time, brought with it a feverish intensity and heightened erotic impulse. Life, for her, is to be grasped with both hands and lived to the full. The character is based on Marie Duplessis, mistress of Alexandre Dumas fils, who fictionalised her in his novel La Dame aux camélias. When another writer, Marcel Proust, saw La traviata, he wrote: ‘It’s a work which goes straight to my heart. Verdi has given it the style it lacked … for a dramatic work to touch popular sentiment the addition of music is essential.’ That music was written by Verdi at the peak of his powers. It is lyrical, heartbreaking and unforgettable, appealing directly to the emotions and resulting in an opera that invents itself anew for every generation.

On Tour with La finta giardiniera

Director Frederic Wake-Walker and principal Eliana Pretorian (Serpetta) take us into the La finta giardiniera rehearsal room during preparations for their Tour 2014 performances across the country.

Turn of The Screw, Tour 2014 Trailer

Tour 2014 takes Britten's The Turn of the Screw to venues around the country starting at Glyndebourne from 18 October - 24 October 2014. Described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘one of Glyndebourne’s most provocative and accomplished productions’, The Turn of the Screw was first seen as part of Tour 2006 and is revived with a cast of rising stars including award-winning Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw in the role of the Governess and Jerwood Young Artist (2010) Anthony Gregory as Peter Quint. Tickets and information: glyndebourne.com/production/turn-screw-0

La finta giardiniera to La traviata Glyndebourne stage timelapse

Timelapse of La finta giardiniera set transforming in to La traviata. Both operas will be performed at venues around the UK as part of the Glyndebourne Tour 2014. http://glyndebourne.com/season/glyndebourne-tour-2014

La traviata Trailer, Tour 2014

This autumn the Glyndebourne Tour 2014 takes Verdi's La traviata, a new production from the 2014 Festival, to venues around the country starting at Glyndebourne from 4 October - 10 December 2014. Tickets and information: http://glyndebourne.com/production/la-traviata

La traviata, Brindisi (the drinking song) Glyndebourne Festival 2014

This autumn the Glyndebourne Tour 2014 takes Verdi's La traviata, a new production from the 2014 Festival, to venues around the country starting at Glyndebourne from 4 October - 10 December 2014. Tickets and information: http://glyndebourne.com/production/la-traviata

An insight into La traviata at Glyndebourne 2014

To accompany our new 2014 production of Verdi's La traviata Conductor Sir Mark Elder, Glyndebourne Chorus member Jennie Witton, Director Tom Cairns, soprano Venera Gimadieva and tenor Michael Fabiano give their insights into Verdi's masterpiece. Includes rehearsal footage filmed on location at Glyndebourne in July 2014. See this production on Tour in 2014 http://glyndebourne.com/production/la-traviata

La traviata - Voxpops

This autumn, after three weeks of performances at Glyndebourne, our Tour hits the road. We will be stopping at: Woking, New Victoria Theatre (28 Oct - 1 Nov) Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre (4 - 8 Nov) Norwich, Norwich Theatre Royal (11 - 15 Nov) Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Theatre (18 - 22 Nov) Plymouth, Theatre Royal Plymouth (25 - 29 Nov) Dublin, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (3 - 6 Dec) Stoke-on-Trent, Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall (9 & 10 Dec) More information: http://glyndebourne.com/tour2014

Mozart's La finta giardiniera - Glyndebourne Tour 2014 trailer

Glyndebourne's first ever production of La finta giardiniera becomes the ninth and earliest entry in the company's Mozart canon.Straight from the 2014 Festival and on Tour 25 October - 27 November 2014. Find out more and book tickets: glyndebourne.com/production/la-finta-giardiniera-1?tab=group-prod-dates-times

La finta giardiniera - Festival 2014 Trailer

Glyndebourne's first ever production of La finta giardiniera becomes the ninth and earliest entry in the company's Mozart canon. From 28 June - 21 August 2014. Book tickets: http://glyndebourne.com/production/la-finta-giardiniera

La finta giardiniera - False or True

With this new production by Frederic Wake-Walker, in his Glyndebourne Festival debut, La finta giardiniera (The False Garden-Girl) becomes the ninth and earliest entry in the company's Mozart canon. At its heart the opera presents seven characters in search of love. Through a process of exploring themselves as much as each other, their inquiry reveals what is real and what is 'finta'. Christiane Karg, Joélle Harvey and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke anchor an expert Mozartean ensemble. Glyndebourne's new Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Glyndebourne Tour 2014

This autumn the Glyndebourne Tour 2014 delivers world-class opera to venues around the country starting at Glyndebourne from 4 - 25 October. Check the link below for dates tickets. http://glyndebourne.com/season/glyndebourne-tour-2014

80 Years of Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne's founders, John Christie and wife Audrey Mildmay, opened the first Glyndebourne Festival in 1934. Today our world-renowned auditorium and standards of excellence are testament to John's original ethos: 'Not just the best we can do but the best that can be done anywhere'. Find out more about the history of Glyndebourne on our website http://glyndebourne.com/our-history

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