The Glyndebourne Academy facilitates the discovery and development of gifted and talented singers aged 16-26 who haven’t necessarily followed the traditional training routes and face barriers to pursuing this career, whether economic, social or geographic.
In October and November 2014 the Academy will begin recruitment for its second year. Glyndebourne vocal talent consultant Mary King will lead 10 workshops in our Tour venues to give 150 young singers across the country the chance to discover more about their voices. These workshops will give them a taste of what they will experience if they apply to take part in Academy next year. In 2015 successful applicants will enjoy a residential week, trips to the Festival and a performance opportunity at Glyndebourne.
The Academy has provided a select number of young singers, several of whom were entirely new to opera, with seven days of intensive instruction in operatic vocal technique and performance.
In August 2012 eight students between the ages of 18-27 took part in a five-day residential course under the direction of Mary King. Sessions covered vocal coaching, training in movement and drama, language coaching, work on notational literacy, discussion sessions about vocal types, career considerations, support networks and the range of skills development needed for an operatic career. Students reunited for two days of follow-up workshops in November 2012 and presented a public sharing of works in progress at Glyndebourne on 17 November 2012. Over the winter of 2012, they received continued support in the form of advice and resources concerning how they can continue their operatic development until such time as they are able to attend music college or other formal training.
Artistic Director: Mary King
Project Manager: Chris Stones
Academy 2012 Film: Dave Fricker
The 2015 Glyndebourne Academy workshops and recruitment will be supported in memory of John Stuart Beeteson and by the Donald Albert Anderson Charitable Trust through investment from Glyndebourne's New Generation Programme (NGP).