Glyndebourne

Experience the wonder of opera in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

Glyndebourne

Since the first performances in 1934, Glyndebourne Festival Opera has held a unique place in the world of opera, presenting world-class operatic productions in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Today the opera season runs for about four months with performances taking place in its world-renowned opera house, which stands next to the country home of John Christie, Glyndebourne’s founder. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a long and illustrious history at Glyndebourne, with the summer of 2013 marking the LPO’s 50th consecutive year as Glyndebourne’s resident orchestra.

Generally, six operas are presented each summer, covering early music, romantic operas and contemporary works. Surrounded by beautiful gardens in which the audience can picnic during the long dinner interval, Glyndebourne remains one of the most enchanting experiences of the English summer season.

Glyndebourne Festival 2020

Sadly, Glyndebourne Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Click here to read the full statement.

Live performances return throughout August, with Glyndebourne's Outdoor Opera series. The two-part events feature an open-air concert performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Robin Ticciati, and after a 75 minute interval, a performance of Offenbach's one-act Frence farce, Mesdames de la Halle. Find out more on Glyndebourne's website.

Live performances run from Wednesday 12 August to Friday 28 August.

To help keep the spirit of Glyndebourne alive during the closure, Glyndebourne Open House brings world-class opera to you at home. Tune in on YouTube every week for free access to classic Glyndebourne productions and, together, let’s create a taste of the Festival experience. Click here to find out more.

We are delighted that Glyndebourne's staging of Barber’s Vanessa (Opus Arte label), directed by Keith Warner and featuring the LPO, won DVD of the Year at the 15th annual BBC Music Magazine Awards. Read the full list of winners.