Gus Christie's Christmas message

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In this short video Gus Christie, our Executive Chairman, looks back on ‘a momentous and highly successful 2016 for Glyndebourne’.

It was a year that saw ‘one of the biggest and most ambitious Festivals we’ve ever had’ and a Tour featuring two significant firsts for Glyndebourne.

2016 saw us mark 30 years of pioneering education work at Glyndebourne, which included the creation of a brand-new opera called Nothing.

We also celebrated some remarkable new singing talent, with our annual John Christie Award and the creation of two new awards: the Gus Christie Award and the Bill Weston Award.

Stay tuned until the end of the video for a preview of Il barbiere di Siviglia, which you can catch on BBC Four on Sunday 18 December at 8.00pm.

Before the full opera, which was filmed in Festival 2016, you can enjoy a behind-the-scenes documentary, Danielle de Niese: The Birth of an Opera, at 7.00pm. Both will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Look out for a video from Sebastian F. Schwarz, our General Director, in the new year to find out more about what’s coming in 2017.

We’d like to send all our Members, supporters and audiences our warmest wishes this festive season and thank you for your continued support.


Christmas message music credits:


Il barbiere di Siviglia: Critical edition by A. Zedda © of Casa Ricordi s.r.l (Universal Music Publishing Group). By arrangement with G. Ricordi & Co. (London) Ltd.
The Cunning Little Vixen: Revised version by Jiři Zahrádka. By arrangement with Universal Edition A.G. Wien
Béatrice et Bénédict: The New Berlioz Edition of Béatrice et Bénédict is edited by Hugh Macdonald and published by Bärenreiter-Edition Kassel. Performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd, London.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: By permission of Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd..
L’elisir d’amore: Edited by Alberto Zedda in a critical edition published by Casa Ricordi – Ricordi S.p.A (Milano), Universal Music Publishing Group.
Nothing: By permission of Bill Holab Music. A co-production between Glyndebourne Productions Limited and Royal Opera House.