Glyndebourne on Tour
Glyndebourne on Tour (GOT), originally named Glyndebourne Touring Opera, was founded by John and Audrey Christie’s son, George Christie, in 1968 with the aim of taking productions mounted by the Glyndebourne Festival to a wider audience around the country and to provide a platform for the young talent in the Chorus.
In autumn 2010, GOT celebrated its 42nd anniversary. The first Glyndebourne Tour visited five cities around the country, greeted by enormous critical acclaim and overwhelming public support, which have continued ever since. Traditionally the Tour is an annual autumn event, opening with a three-week season at Glyndebourne followed by a week of performances in each of the five venues it visits.
Today GOT’s policy remains essentially unchanged - to make the work of the Glyndebourne Festival accessible to audiences throughout the country, and to give performing opportunities to young singers. GOT has had a remarkable record of launching the careers of new artists, including Roberto Alagna, Thomas Allen, Edward Gardner, Gerald Finley, Philip Langridge, Felicity Lott, Kate Royal, Christopher Maltman, Amanda Roocroft, John Tomlinson and Willard White, all of whom began their careers with the touring company.
GOT has a policy of commissioning new work and presenting contemporary operas. The policy first bore fruit in 1984 with Oliver Knussen's Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! and continued in 1987 with Nigel Osborne's The Electrification of the Soviet Union. In 1989 GOT mounted a new production of Britten's Death in Venice and then in 1990 took Sir Michael Tippet's opera New Year on tour following its UK premiere at the Festival. In 1993 GOT gave the UK premiere of Cornet Christoph Rilke's Song of Love and Death, a new opera by German composer Siegfried Matthus. In 1994 the company gave the premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong, followed by a new production in 1995 of Britten’s neglected opera Owen Wingrave and the premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Flight in 1998. In 2000 Glyndebourne on Tour gave the British premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's second opera for Glyndebourne, The Last Supper, and in 2005 the premiere of John Lunn’s Tangier Tattoo.
The Northern Sinfonia was the first GOT orchestra, from the company’s inception until 1974, when the Bournemouth Sinfonietta took over. 1986 saw the beginning of GOT’s relationship with the much-praised London Sinfonietta and in 1989 a new orchestra was founded, the Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra, which has played for Tour performances ever since to much critical acclaim. Jakub Hruša is the current Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour, and began his three-year tenure in January 2010.
GOT receives partial funding from the Arts Council of England.