In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a long and illustrious history at Glyndebourne – the summer of 2013 marked the LPO’s 50th consecutive year as Glyndebourne’s resident orchestra, and our residency continues with gusto. This outstanding artistic partnership flourished in recent years under Vladimir Jurowski, whose 13-year tenure as Glyndebourne’s Music Director came to an end in 2013, and continues under the baton of Music Director Robin Ticciati, who took over from 2014.
‘The LPO is flexible in style, vividly interested in what’s going on in the staging department and it cares for the singers – you can actually hear it in the way they accompany in concerts’.Vladimir Jurowski
And for the players too, the residency is crucial to the Orchestra’s DNA:
‘This orchestra feels equally comfortable in the pit and on stage. It’s probably the most versatile orchestra in the world because when you do opera it opens your ears, it makes you more aware and that helps you in symphonic playing.’
Pieter Schoeman, Leader of the LPO
Since the first performances in 1934 – a two-week season in a purpose built 300-seat theatre – 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. Generally, six operas are presented each summer, covering early music, romantic operas and contemporary works, the latter including 13 British premieres and eight commissions over the years. 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.
Tickets to Glyndebourne
Want to experience the magic of Glyndebourne with the London Philharmonic Orchestra? Entertaining at the Festival offers a wonderful opportunity to treat clients, friends or family to a wonderful day out. Priority access to Glyndebourne tickets is available to individual supporters of the Orchestra. Members at Benefactor level and above also have the opportunity to attend Final Dress Rehearsals.
Other ways to see Glyndebourne's operas
Glyndebourne Festival Opera offers a number of ways to see their operas, from broadcasting in cinemas around the UK, to streaming operas online and selling DVDs of productions for you to watch in the comfort of your own home.