Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne brings opera of the highest quality by commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences.
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.
The 2017 Glyndebourne Festival will open with the UK’s first ever production of Cavalli’s Hipermestra, directed by Graham Vick and conducted by baroque specialist William Christie.
The season also includes the world premiere of a new opera based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet composed by Brett Dean with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn. The production, directed by Neil Armfield, will transfer directly to the 2017 Glyndebourne Tour.
Prominent German director Claus Guth will make his Glyndebourne debut directing the third new production of the 2017 Festival, Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito.
Revivals of La traviata, Don Pasquale and Ariadne auf Naxos complete the 2017 Festival season.