Bold, boisterous and bags of fun, Glyndebourne presents a bespoke week of magical opera for all the family

Bold, boisterous and bags of fun, Glyndebourne presents a bespoke week of magical opera for all the family

This November Glyndebourne Opera House presents a brand new week of exclusive events and free behind the scenes activities for families.

Encore Week (24 – 30 Nov) presents dedicated performances of Hänsel und Gretel, L'elisir d'amore and Glyndebourne’s new Tour production; The Rape of Lucretia, directed by renowned actress and director Fiona Shaw.

Key to Encore Week is Glyndebourne’s new children’s commission, Captain Blood’s Revenge, designed exclusively for children aged 7+. This exciting production combines adventure, mystery and spookiness in a buccaneering tale of high jinks. Created as an interactive opera experience for younger audiences, this production is a must for any young theatre goer; tickets cost just £9 per person.

For the first time in the tour’s 45 year history, Glyndebourne will host a dedicated performance for the under 30’s. Join Glyndebourne’s free under 30’s scheme now to access tickets to see Fiona Shaw’s new production of The Rape of Lucretia for just £20 on Thursday October 28.

On November 30 Encore Week encourages audiences to go behind the scenes to learn more about Glyndebourne’s world renowned productions and how they are put together; enjoy free back stage tours, make-up shows, costume displays, props and lighting demonstrations, a technical showcase and a special screening of Kenneth Branagh’s The Magic Flute.

Committed to developing opera lovers of the future, Encore Week is aimed at bringing family and friends together to experience world-class opera at highly subsidised ticket prices. Audiences can see the very best of UK and international operatic talent in a week of dedicated events and performances designed to encourage the next generation of opera lovers. 

Since 1968 Glyndebourne Tour has bought opera to millions across the country and this year more than 62,000 tickets are available. The Tour was founded by Sir George Christie, whose father began Glyndebourne Festival in 1934, and continues today with the same two aims; to make opera more accessible to people across the UK and to develop emerging talent.

Autumn cinema screenings return for a second year to form a crucial part of the 2013 Tour repertoire. Glyndebourne’s seminal production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, which due to the scale of the production is too large to be taken on the road, will be shown in cinemas across the country to mark Wagner’s bicentenary year. Young or old, Glyndebourne screenings are a great opportunity to trial opera and see a production you haven’t previously had the chance to see.

Encore Week is made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England and Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme. Book now to bring your family and friends together to experience a week of opera dedicated entirely to you. 

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