Glyndebourne Academy (ages 16-26)

Applications now closed for Glyndebourne Academy 2017

Glyndebourne Academy is an operatic development project that aims to support gifted and talented young singers.

We look for outstanding young singers who aren’t currently able to consider a standard path towards music college or a career as a professional singer. This could be for reasons including personal circumstances, lack of career guidance, lack of skills development, financial barriers or other factors. Singers will normally be aged between 16 and 26, although in some exceptional cases older singers will be considered.

The Academy will focus on a small number of singers who show exceptional potential. Participants will be offered intensive training, mentorship, advice and guidance on future development and career pathways.

Up to eight students will be selected to take part in the full programme, working intensively with leading opera professionals, with an opportunity to perform at Glyndebourne in front of an invited audience in an informal concert at the end of the programme.


Glyndebourne Vocal Talent Consultant Mary King will lead the Glyndebourne Academy, assisted by a small team of opera professionals.


The Academy will consist of four phases:

1. First-round auditions
Auditions: 8 April 2017
Recall auditions: 29 and 30 April 2017
All first-round auditions will be held at the National Opera Studio in London.

2. One-day introduction
28 May 2017
Includes an introduction to Academy repertoire as well as vocal and physical exercises to assess students and determine individual needs.

3. Seven-day immersion residential
20-26 August 2017 (arrival afternoon of 19 August)
Includes coaching in:

  • Vocal technique
  • Musicianship
  • Movement and drama
  • Foreign languages

Sessions will take a variety of formats, including masterclasses, workshops and discussion forums, with time for individual study built into the programme. There’ll also be the chance to visit Glyndebourne and attend two operas in the Glyndebourne Festival.

4. Follow-up weekend and afternoon recital at Glyndebourne
25-26 November 2017
Includes the chance to work and sing on the Glyndebourne stage.

Applicants should ensure they are available to attend all dates in East Sussex and London.

Glyndebourne Academy 2017 schedule


The Glyndebourne Academy will be based at Glyndebourne near Lewes in East Sussex, with the immersion residential to be held at Burgess Hill School for Girls, not far from Glyndebourne and accessible by train from London.


Tuition, room, board and transport at the Glyndebourne Academy for successful applicants are fully funded. In most cases you’ll need to pay your own travel costs for attending auditions, but if this is likely to be a significant barrier to your attending, please let us know on your application.

Glyndebourne Academy is supported by Dr and Mrs John and Jo Padfield and in memory of John Stuart Beeteson through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.​

Application process

The application deadline for Glyndebourne Academy was Friday 10 February 2017, 5.00pm

For more information about the application process, please click here.

Student profile

Please click here for full information on student profiles.

Glyndebourne Academy is for singers with exceptional potential whose circumstances have prevented them from following a traditional path towards a professional career. To be considered, applicants should be between the ages of 16 and 26, although we will consider applications from older singers who can make a very strong case for fitting the profile in all other respects. Please note that, although all Academy students will have faced obstacles to furthering their potential, selection will be based on merit.

For more information about our previous Glyndebourne Academy schemes, please click here.

For any questions regarding this or any other Glyndebourne education project please contact us at any time.

T: 01273 815023