Glyndebourne

The sound of summer

One of the world’s great opera houses, boasting unfailingly high musical and production standards that are a byword among the cognoscenti.

The Telegraph

Gentlemen in smoking jackets and black tie. Ladies in jewel-bright vintage and contemporary couture dresses. The pop of a cork and the fragrance of an English country garden. This summer, the spirit of Glyndebourne lives on through a series of soaring open-air performances that bring this corner of the Sussex countryside to lyrical life.

Glorious garden concerts

While Glyndebourne Festival pauses for the year, this famous opera house continues to sing with an inspiring programme of summer concerts from the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. Guests are invited to take in the delightful grounds of the 600-year old manor house, before reclining on rugs with a quintessential British picnic of heritage breads, cheeses and salads, followed by marshmallow meringues and fresh berries. It’s all set to the soft strains of Mozart and Beethoven, while Jonathan Dove’s Figures in the Garden makes an elegant return to the Glyndebourne gardens that inspired its composition.

Great opera for the great outdoors

Catering for opera aficionados and novices alike, this season serves up a two-part musical celebration spanning six centuries with much-loved works by Gabrieli, Wagner and Mahler on the programme. After the renowned 75-minute interval, when chilled champagne and sumptuous summer hampers are served, it’s time for the father of French operetta, Jacques Offenbach, and his riotous one-act tale of romance and revelation: Mesdames de la Halle.

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Dates

1 July - 28 August 2020

Location

Glyndebourne, East Sussex

Keeping Safe

For visitors' safety, numbers have been restricted for the summer and timed entrance slots will be given. One-way systems are in place to enable social distancing and all payments must be made electronically.