Glyndebourne announces 2018 programme including new international singing competition

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This morning Gus Christie, Executive Chairman, and Sebastian F. Schwarz, General Director, announced Glyndebourne’s 2018 programme, including a new international competition for opera singers. Find out more below about the exciting year ahead.


The Glyndebourne Opera Cup

Next March we will launch The Glyndebourne Opera Cup – the international competition for opera singers, continuing Glyndebourne’s longstanding commitment to nurturing young singers. We hope you’ll join us in this discovery of the very best emerging artists from around the world.

Read more about The Glyndebourne Opera Cup


Festival 2018


Madama Butterfly, Tour 2016. Photo: Clive Barda.

From rare gems to Glyndebourne classics, Festival 2018 promises to be a vocal and visual feast – the very best in world-class opera.

  • PUCCINI Madama Butterfly
    Annilese Miskimmon’s Tour 2016 production makes its Festival debut, conducted by Omer Meir Wellber.
  • STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier
    A revival of the Festival 2014 production from Richard Jones, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
  • HANDEL Giulio Cesare
    A revival of David McVicar’s 2005 production, conducted by William Christie.
  • DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande
    A new production from Stefan Herheim, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
  • HANDEL Saul
    A return for Barrie Kosky’s 2015 production, conducted by Laurence Cummings.
  • BARBER Vanessa
    A UK premiere directed by Keith Warner, conducted by Jakub Hrůša.

Our Members have priority access to Festival 2018 tickets from 1 December; get one step closer to your must-see productions by joining the family. Find out more about Membership opportunities.

Public booking will open on Sunday 4 March 2018.

In this short video Alexandra Coghlan, Glyndebourne’s Opera Content Specialist, introduces the Festival 2018 programme:

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Tour 2018


La traviata, Festival 2014. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith.

Next autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Tour. In this celebratory year, Tour 2018 will include a new production of Massenet’s Cendrillon alongside a revival of Tom Cairns’s 2014 production of Verdi’s La traviata and a special Behind the Curtain of that production. Behind the Curtain is a unique theatrical event, providing audiences with a behind-the-scenes exploration of how an opera is staged.

Read more about Tour 2018


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